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Do you use a noise suppressor pedal (eg Boss NS-2) in your guitar recording chain?

Discussion in 'F.O.H.' started by Grå Värld, May 7, 2014.

  1. Grå Värld

    Grå Värld Member

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    Was wondering how many use a noise suppressor pedal when tracking guitars? People report tone loss with them and the band i am recording are a converge type lots of feedback in their songs so I am not sure whether to put it in the chain or not

    Thanks for any opinions.
     
  2. xFkx

    xFkx gain induction

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    Sure, why not, there is tone loss but nothing serious. But if it's a converge type band than i'd keep the gate bypassed more times than active, guitar feedback is a part of this genre in my book
     
  3. Deuteronomy

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    I find this pedal useful for liveshows but not for recordings.
    Record 1 track without the pedal and 1 with the pedal, and compare them.
     
  4. bryan_kilco

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    I've used an NS-2 in between my interface and guitar before with fine results. I hear a lot of negative talk about these pedals destroying tone, but I honestly can't hear the difference with it on or off. Just make sure it's set up right so your notes decay naturally.
     
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    Colin Richardson uses a NS2 in front of the amp, good enough for him...
     
  6. bryan_kilco

    bryan_kilco Member

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    I do this live all the time. People who say it's a tone-sucker are probably setting it up wrong. I dunno; I've used mine for years and love it. If the battery starts to die, then yes, you will hear a degrade in tonal quality. I demand someone to post a clip of a chord or riff and switching on and off the NS-2 so people can try to hear the difference. :)
     
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    If I have a guitar that sounds awesome but is noisy (I have a PRS SE One with a noise-but-mean sounding soapbar), then I'll throw one between the guitar and amp, post-DI. If I can get away with not using one, I prefer that.
     
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    Of course. If you're playing high gain without a noise suppressor you're doing it wrong.
     
  10. Nuno Filipe

    Nuno Filipe You talkin' to me?

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  11. egan.

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    I've never used an NS or gate while tracking. I'm not above it but I'll edit normal amp noise during rests and try to get at handling noise at the source. I suppose a single or noisy hb might benefit but I've never had the need.
     
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    Depends how High gain, but generally no.

    Chop chop chop those gaps out.
     
  13. JeffTD

    JeffTD Senhor Testiculo

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    The NS-2 definitely changes the top end a tiny bit by just being in the chain; tends to make things a touch brighter IME.
     
  14. Heabow

    Heabow More cowbell!

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    Never the NS2 but I personally find the Decimator great when I need a noise sup.
     
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    I will admit that I wish the NS2 opened up a bit faster (ISP is better in that aspect) but other than that I've no complaints with it being in my chain, helps the guitar tracks to be a bit cleaner before hitting the DAW.
     
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    Decimator all day
     
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    Decimator live, sometimes reamping... I prefer cleaning by hand
     
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    I think we all edit noise by hand. But there is more to a noise suppressor than just simple gate is there not? Although I generally just use a noise suppressor/reduction in the box if needed. I find the podfarm one reminds me of when I had an ns2, similar feel and result. I don't have it but I imagine izotope rx 3 is pretty amazing for dealing with noise.
     
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    i use the decimator when recording really high gain obnoxious tones because editing is such a PIA when you have loud squealing feedback at every pause. but generally if it isnt too bad i try to leave it out.
     
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    drew_drummer Dancefap

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