This item was a revelation for me, because my Engl Savage has no built in noise gate and as such buzzes louder than a swarm of bees, even when you aren't playing.
The fact is so much gain is always going to give so much noise but when you want your amp to shut up it's not always easy to hush it without a Killswitch.
That's where the Decimator comes in. This is a 2 channel noise suppressor and is arguably the smartest working mechanism on the market. In channel 1 you put your raw guitar feed, which allows the decimator to remove all of the noise coming from sounds picked up by your pickups, i.e. the room, your wireless system, other speakers etc.
Channel 2 is where the business really happens. Connect it up to feature right before the Power Amp sends the sound out to the speaker and believe me you can achieve silence.
I have my settings at about 12 o'clock and on an Engl Savage (Gain heavy amp), even with gain on the lead channel at 9 o'clock (that's 3 quarters full) I can get a complete silent sound when not playing. The decimator just cuts in right where you need it most.
Whats more if you want a little bit of noise or some feedback to come in, you can just reduce the threshold of when the decimator kicks in. No more humming, no more buzzing, just clean and crystal clear guitar sounds.
I couldn't live without it now and having seen a few live bands recently who didn't have noise gates and whom had really buzzy amps, I had to recommend it to them. Buzz is a complete Buzkill when playing live and if you're serious about your sound then you won't go wrong with this.
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A major evolution in the world of noise gates for guitar
Steven L, 20.05.2011
The Decimator pro G puts an end to years of compromise for guitarists seeking to eliminate the breath of their rack.
The device offers two levels of noise gate. One directly after the guitar signal, and the other after the preamp. Therefore, the Decimator will only cut the preamp signal when the guitar signal is weak enough, regardless of the preamp's blow. This finally allows a triggering of the noise gate "intelligent", according to the play of the guitarist. Syncopated chords and long notes are identified as such and there is no compromise to be made depending on one use or the other.
Two small flats lower the final note. The price on the one hand. Innovation and quality are paid for, but a final score a little down because of this because the ticket remains high. On the other hand, the guitarist using several instruments will have to adjust the gate by changing guitar, if the level of output of the microphones is very different. Between a strat with vintage microphones with low output and a guitar equipped with dual active microphones, the same setting will not be suitable.
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