Electro Harmonix Silencer

Pedal Effect for Electric Guitar

  • Noise gate and effect input
  • Up to 70 dB noise cancelling
  • Buffered bypass
  • Knobs: release, reduction & threshold
  • Compact construction
  • Rugged chassis
  • Power supply via 9 V battery or 9 V DC power adaptor (not included, coaxial power connector - minus on the inside, suitable power adaptor available Art. 409939)

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Effect Types Noise Gate

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DiogoMelo, 15.04.2019
I was very proud of never having felt the need of a noise supressor. But when I switched from playing guitar in a bass amp with a distortion pedal (EHx Metal Muff) to using a real guitar amp with its built in distortion... my Needs changed.

The amp (Peavey Bandit) isn't noisy, at least with my settings, but I like to use flanger in front of the amp and my Neo Mistress, when was turned on and I wasn't playing, made a lot of noise, I guess it did before but, since my bass amp lacked in the mid range when compared to the Bandit, I never noticed that much. So I had to swallow my pride and search for a noise supressor.

I knew about the Boss one, since my old PW10 Wah had some NS2 inspired noise gate functionality in its drive selection mode, but I never liked that implementation on the PW10. So I did what I usually do when in need of a new type of pedal: see if EHx has one, and they did! And, as usually, it is cheaper and with all the essentials.

It took a while for setting it up correctly, I read about the X method (using the amp in the Noise Gate's FX loop), I tried what I read online but I figured that my problem wasn't the same as most people had. Usually the problem reported is that the amp is noisy, mine isn't, so I tried to isolate the noisy pedal.

The best placement I found for the Silencer is right before the amp, I have Wah -> Compressor -> Phaser -> Flanger -> Soft OverDrive -> Silencer, than a volume pedal (mostly to soften the amp's distortion in some parts and to volume swells) and then the Bandit. If I turn the Silencer off I hear the Mistress and the Compressor, but with it turned on they stay silent.

I tried the Silencer in the FX loop but I couldn't find the right threshold, since what worked to the distorted signal was too much for the clean signal. So I ended with this solution, I cut the noise the clean signal path and then I apply distortion, it works for me! And I can still play around with letting notes ring for a long time and generating feedback with distortion and flanger.

The Silencer is a great tool, with a FX loop its versatility is on pair with the more advanced and expensive Noise Gates I think. I really find it useful, competent and makes me sound more professional without unwanted extra noises.
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Capable of handling any type of noise
26.09.2016
In my chain this pedal is the highest hierarchically, extending its scope over the entire chain from the guitar input to the return of the fx loop of my tube amp.
Since currently i have an twofold impedance mismatch between an amp and a cab, it produces a constant low hum, making playing a single coil guitar through the setup being excessively noisy. Implementing a noise-gate X-connection with this pedal battled every type of noise that could appear in my chain, and had just enough controls to make it sound organic.

My main points of experience:
+ The noise-gate X-connection does not damage the tone, and no phase cancellation running it through a long loop has been a problem;
+ The range of control values on the knobs can make this pedal take on more functionality than just of a noise gate, so however strange it may sound, it may be played around with as well;
+ Small current draw, as of the majority of EHX pedals, favors the owners of large pedalboards;
- Even though it can be tweaked with the proper combination of "Threshold" and "Reduction", it seems to have been more intuitive to have a separate "Attack" knob. However the pedal functions just as well without it.
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good gate
Indrek P., 30.05.2018
My mini-rig consists of Randall RD-1 head+1x12 cab, delay and a boost up front. Main guitar has EMG 57 in bridge. This setup has been completely silent in different rooms even though I play hi-gain stuff primarely. After we moved to a new house my music room has been getting bad EMI noise. This noise supressor makes everything noticeably more silent and adds extra tightness aswell. Controls I use: gate about 11 oclock, threshold 13 and reduction 13. I have discovered that the most effective knob is threshold. Gate affects the sound mostly full on. But then it cuts too much sound. X-pattern didnt change things much because I have no distortions in the loop. Only clean boost(bad monkey). When going for light crunch or guitar volume rolloff the SIlencer is better to be switched off because it starts to cut the weakened signal pretty badly. But this is not the pedals fault - rather something all gates do. EH power supply 9,6v works perfectly with the pedal. Good product specially for the price.
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Silencer does silence but requires attention to detail.
Corkdave1, 20.01.2020
Overall a good noise reduction pedal, the user would need to be very precise while setting the threshold. Best to use it in a loop around one sound, either clean, crunch or high gain and then in each one of these decide the consistency of the attack of your picking hand. Overall a good product.
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