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Discussion in 'Pedals' started by A string bounce, Aug 24, 2011.
Tc electronic just released the sentry, worth a look.
I have the Rocktron Hush Super C Guitar Silencer (Rack) and it is absolutely perfect..
I have the pedal version as well....its about a year and a half old and has developed some issues.
Until a bout a month ago it was perfect, quieted the amp down and worked great as a gate when I wanted it too..lately it intermittently produces a static and an echo...
I replaced a couple capacitors that blew and it cured most of the issues...but not all.
I think I sent to hot of a signal and screwed it up...
I am going to replace it with another.
When it worked properly, it was great. No change in tone, got rid of the amp noise, and gated quick when desired (for metal).
OK...I am going to try this one!
and the Rocktron...again...
I've had this for years:
I rarely use it. I could be persuaded to part with it...
Just a question and suggestion and maybe not even a perfect solution...
Did you replace those caps with caps with a higher voltage rating?
Often, the electrolytic caps in a lot of pedals are rated at 16volts.
I would replace with 25volts.
But do so at your own risk
Although the caps in question may have been faulty or old to begin with.
Oh, and I use an ISP Decimator G-String
I think noise gates are very rig/amp specific. I have an Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger and an ISP Technologies Decimator G String Version II and they work differently with different setups. Sometimes one won't do a thing and the other works great (and vice versa). So YMMV with any of them.
Yeah, they were replaced with 25V (that is what was in it anyway).
I just acquired the TC Sentry Noise Gate.
I don't have a lot of time in it yet...but:
It gates better than the Rocktron Hush Guitar Silencer, but, does not remove as much 'hiss' as the Rocktron does.
I'll keep both on the board; Rocktron for eliminating the amp hiss, and the TC as a hard clamp gate...that is until the Rocktron pukes again then it'll be pulled permanently.
I can't compare to the a Boss or the ISP since I've never had either.
EHX also just released the silencer I'm looking to try one of those... I've been very happy with the EHX line's quality/price lately.
Decimator no contest, hands down. I've used most of the others. The Decimator has truly minimal effect on tone and response, and works freaking great. All the others alter tone and feel in ways that have invariably led me to dump one after the other, while the ISP technology just works great and does not feel "on" even when it is. Try a few different units in a guitar shop and hear/feel for yourself. I like MXR -- but not their gates.
That's the trick with the NS-2 to put all the dirt pedals in the loop, then just tweak the knobs I usually start at max effect and dial back until it does not keep the noise out and then dial up a notch. Works very well with noisy DiMarzio super distortions and boosted JCM.
MXR Smart Gate !!!! I wanna try 1 of these... but I too heard they are great.
My GitHero uses the ISP Dec I. When I got to go backstage and check out his rig, he went through all the pedals and he said that it is his main bread and butter for the clean sound.
He has 2 chains - in this pic, it is when he switched over to the BadMonkey from the TS
he front end BM->dec
loop one katana->BF-3->uni-vibe->CR-5->DD-6
After this jogged my memory I have some re-routing to do (single switch is my modded channel selector for the DSL40C)
just glad someone else knows how awesome a CE-5 is... that pedal gets so much venom, but is truly one of the best chorus' on the planet... and I've tried a lot of them