Forever, guitarists in all kinds of music, particularly louder styles, have dealt with non-submissive rigs. Hissing amps and humming cabs. It’s annoying to have to deal with all this excess noise. A lot of the time, it’s downright embarrassing. My band plays a lot of dynamic parts that build from slow and quiet to loud and fast, or the reverse. To have my Marshall slam in full blast is always convincing. However, when things slow down a bit and the mood is trying to be set to a degree that’s a little more low key, an amp that is continuing to be unrelenting even after it’s moment in the spotlight…is about the worst thing. It comes across as unprofessional and unflattering. Most of all, it’s completely uninspiring because it’s stealing the moment for nonsensical buzzing that’s driving everyone out of the bar and creating awkwardness over a set that you’ve worked really hard to compile. Having that kind of scenario in mind, you should be able to directly relate, or this pedal probably isn’t worth your time unless you’re getting it for a studio.
The Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor pedal is one that will help you if you use it right. I’ve heard a lot of guitarists claim that it seems to absorb all their tone and literally suck the life right out of their sound. I do understand how it can feel like this is what’s happening. But I encourage you to take the time to really get familiar with this pedal. It can be dialed to directly cut buzzing, hum, and unwanted feedback without doing a single thing to your tone. It’s a really simple pedal with just three knobs. Threshold, Decay, and Reduction allow the user to eliminate bad sounds no matter how large or small, old or new the rig is. For years, I used a volume pedal to cut all my sound because I have two distortions that I run almost all the time. This was so much a hassle because volume pedal strings break constantly when you’re on the road and overusing them. This is so much easier and care free. I got rid of all my consistent, and non consistent hisses and over tones. The truth is, whether it’s audible or not..these buzzes are riding on top of your tone already. Your amp may just be too loud to hear it directly. But it makes me cringe to think about how much money I put into my gear and to know there is a buzz polluting my tone.
Try this pedal immediately if you’re a serious live player with a loud rig that seems unable to tame. For $79, you’ll really feel like it’s the best money you ever spent. Five year warranty on all Boss pedals.