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Boss Audio NS-2 Noise Suppressor
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- The NS-2 effectively eliminates noise and hum of the input signal while preserving the original sound's tonality.
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Have you even been standing there before your amp, axe in hand, thinking to yourself, "if only my sound was a little noisier...." Didn't think so. The problem is, some of the best pickups and effects are just plain noisy - there's really nothing you can do about that, it's just a fact of life. So you're left with two options, live with the noise, or deal with it. Here's a killer way of dealing with guitar noise. The BOSS NS-2 Noise Suppressor is an industry standard way of dealing with the pain of noisy gear. At first glance, you'll probably think the NS-2 is just a simple gate - it blocks out the sound of the noise until you hit it with a loud enough sound and the gate opens. But that's not quite it. The NS-2 uses an intelligent noise detection circuit that hones in on the sound of noise, so it won't pinch off your natural attacks. In the end you get more tone and less noise. What's not to love about the BOSS NS-2?
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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.
As mentioned by others and in the Q&A this isn't a noise reducer, it's not some filtered hum reduction, it's a gate that shuts off the signal at a certain threshold. When you're not strumming any notes, it's pointless to hear that static hum from your speakers. But that static hum is part of what gives your guitar the color of sound it has. Noise has it's place, and when it's put together correctly we call it music. Drowning out the vocalist during their solo isn't one of those places. Dulling your drummers solo with constant static won't get you any points with the band or the crowd. It's worth noting for the sound-novices that this will work against sustain pedals if you chain them incorrectly, or if you don't shut this (true bypass) pedal off.
This pedal is a must-have for noisy pickups. Let the rest of the band be heard over the electric drive of your guitar and effects during quieter songs or parts of songs. Set it up once and forget about it, just have it on all the time and it works wonderfully.
BOTTOM LINE: If you want a smart Noise Suppressor, then the Boss NS-2 is good to go.