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Old April 7th, 2011, 09:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What does a noise gate do to fuzz pedals?

Hiya,
The ol' pedal board is starting to get a bit messy sounding and I was wondering what a noise gate would do to my beloved fuzz pedals. They're not your standard Big Muff but more a long the lines of DeviEver disaster fuzz thing, the whole point is that they go a bit crazy and I am worried a noise gate will clip off bits I really quite wanted.
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Old April 7th, 2011, 09:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Setting a gate properly takes some tweaking as you probably know. What I would do, if you can find a pedal that can do this, is start by setting the gate to reduce - not eliminate - the white noise when your fuzz is on but you're not playing anything and your guitar volume is up full.

IMHO, setting the gate or noise suppressor this way pretty much ensures that anything you would normally hear over the din of white noise generated by your fuzz-o-rama would pass through the gate.
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Old April 7th, 2011, 09:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The thing about Devi Ever's pedals is that there are usually multiple gates in quite a few of her models. Using your guitar volume can work as quite a gatekeeper, without actually sacrificing volume. Aside from the killer slabs of fuzz that are at my disposal, the characteristic I really like in her peadals is how my guitar's volume knob acts like an extension of the pedal.
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Old April 7th, 2011, 12:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah the DeviEver pedals are great, don't have one sitting on the board at the moment but I have a Shoegazer that I muck around with quite often and one of those Mangler type things somewhere? The pedal I am talking about in this thread is actually a Secret Seasons "Snowdrift", what used to be a Penny Pedal "Fingerprint", its sort of the v2.0.

Mostly what I need this thing for is all my other pedals EXCEPT the fuzz, I love the fuzz as crazy as it is and I don't want to be turning off the noise gate everytime I turn it on. Lefty, I was going to go for the ISP G-String considering everybody seemed to think it was quite good and the whole effects loop coverage with the one pedal sounded pretty good but I think the MXR smartgate has a feature similar to what your talking about, I suppose the real trick will be balancing it between get a decent amount of noise away from the overdrive/distortion without messing with the fuzz :/
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Old April 9th, 2011, 03:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm with Dogma Dunn on this, noise gates are the most unnecessary thing ever.

You'd be surprised as to what is really causing the noise sometimes.
I just shielded some of the wires in my tele and a lot of my pedals have less noise.
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What those guys said. You can fix noise problems through other areas. Unless you are playing arenas or 6,000 seat theatres, noise gates will give you a limp one.
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