Hi all I have been looking here and there for advice regarding noise gates... spent huge amount of time reading and watching reviews, demos, comparisons, etc... Tried the Boss NS-2 and didn't work well for me.. was just about to get a new ISP Decimator G-String which is the most expensive pedal in market (as far as i know).. Here in Egypt there is no authorized dealer so I would buy it from a shop with NO return policy.. on my way to the shop, I got an offer for that MXR Smart Gate.. a guy got it and never used it.. box was still closed.. half price comparing to the ISP so I decided to give it a try.. if I didn't like it I will sell it with no much loss.. Got it home and tried it yesterday.. this pedal is really smart.. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...MImq3z8Ji72AIVmbrACh3XogJ_EAAYASAAEgJ8HfD_BwE My chain is as follows: Guitar > Wah > Boost > Pre-amp > Chorus > Delay > JHS Little Black Amp Box > Power amp Typically 99% of people out there suggest to put the gate after the pre-amp to tame high gain noise.. I didn't like this setup for 2 main reasons: 1. I have to set the threshold very high which noticeably affects the tone 2. I have to change threshold (or turn off the pedal) when I play clean I went to the other extreme and put the gate just after the guitar... still not satisfied as the noise from wah is amplified by the amp's boost and pre-amp which is relatively loud Landed on putting the gate after the wah pedal... that sounded best for me.. still having sum hum at very high gain and boost but sounds very natural and not bothering me as it used to be Now for negative remarks: 1. Hi Trigger switch and Full/Mid/Hiss selectors are really useless... for me, always the Hi Trigger is off and the selector is at Full 2. The pedal is designed to be after dirty pedals so I believe the Threshold is a bit aggressive. I run the pedal with Threshold at Minimum.. does a great job but I wish I could lower it a bit more.. that would made the guitar sound even more natural Overall, I like that pedal.. I am ok with the remaining high gain noise I have at least for time being..