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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2011
This is a Boss product, which means you are getting a high quality stompbox that is worth every penny. You also have great customer service, and an item which will always hold a high resale value. I have owned TONS of Boss pedals and never disliked any of them. They have always performed up to my expectations.
Now for the NS-2. This is my 2nd one to own and let me tell you, this is an ultimate problem solver. If you have a noisy effects loop, this pedal is equipped to clean that right up. If you need something to mute your signal with the stomp of a foot, this is it. If you are having a lot of noise problems, this is it. Loads of big names use this pedal, one in particular that has always come to my mind is Hatebreed, a band that relies on massive amounts of gain that would probably otherwise be a screaming mess in between breaks in the guitar riffs. But I've seen them, I've seen tons of bands using this pedal and none of them have had noise issues live.
The NS-2 is my last line of defense in my chain. I have a noise gate on my processor, then I go to my rack gear, then the NS-2, then amp. I used to have problems with feedback, especially in small venues and would have to crank the noise gate out on my processor thus killing my tone, sustain, and just destroying my sound. I tried the Decimator by ISP but same problem, constantly having to re-adjust and dime it out and kill my tone. Now the noise gate on my processor is set LOW and the NS-2 is set with the threshold at a little over mid way and the decay control set at about 3 quarters, for a more natural "fade out" effect when I stop playing. That way you don't have an abrupt stop in your sound. You can also switch the pedal over to a MUTE feature so that you can mute your signal. I have no use for this as I have a volume pedal, but its a good extra feature. This pedal stays on at all times whenever I'm playing and is mounted in a shelf in my rack. Set it and forget it. No issues with tone destruction, and the good thing is, you can even turn it off whenever you want if you are worried about it holding back your signal.
It has cleaned up my sound. Breaks have become completely silent, and I have no more amp noise, just the hum of the fan in my amp head is all I can hear. This pedal is a life saver, especially if you have a lot of gear junking up your signal. Its not going to fix electrical problems or anything like that! A lot of rookie guitarists don't understand that some noise isn't their rig at all but their power. Use the right adapters, good cords, and GET A POWER CONDITIONER and you will be just fine. Add the NS-2 to your rig and noise is dead. Period.