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  • MGR/Superdown RitualMGR/Superdown Ritual

    Boss Noise Suppressor NS-2

    Boss NS-2 Noise SuppressorPublished on 05/18/03 at 15:00
    100$ at Sam Ash. Got it because I have a psychotic DOD pedal called Death Metal Pedal, its not the name it was the feedback and noise it gave while youre not playing it and when I put that psycho DOD with my precious and clean Boss V-Wah - not a good mix, like the two pedals arent made for each other -theyre not.

    And I like the fact that the Noise Suppressor brings the DOD and the V-Wah together and eliminates all the size noise and feedback. Now I am actually able to put the DOD full volume without blood coming out of my ears. And also it acts as a power supply, so I bought a daisy chain for 15$ and hooked up my Zoom Drum machine, Zoom 606, DOD, V-Wah all together, so now I only have one…
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    100$ at Sam Ash. Got it because I have a psychotic DOD pedal called Death Metal Pedal, its not the name it was the feedback and noise it gave while youre not playing it and when I put that psycho DOD with my precious and clean Boss V-Wah - not a good mix, like the two pedals arent made for each other -theyre not.

    And I like the fact that the Noise Suppressor brings the DOD and the V-Wah together and eliminates all the size noise and feedback. Now I am actually able to put the DOD full volume without blood coming out of my ears. And also it acts as a power supply, so I bought a daisy chain for 15$ and hooked up my Zoom Drum machine, Zoom 606, DOD, V-Wah all together, so now I only have one adapter in the outlet and all of them are working, instead of unplugging and plugging 4 adapters into 2 outlets.

    Dude, its a Boss, you have to love it. No you dont. Seriously, its a noise suppressor what wouldnt u like about a noise suppressor? It does its job, my case was extra hard, I dont think MXR Gate would do the job.

    Its a Boss, ahem a Tank! And the quality is smart, the whole noise eliminating thing works great, for 100$ is kinda a lot, but if it will last me a life time, its golden.

    If youre dealing with insane pedals, example: trying to have 2 low-end distortion pedals on at same time without getting a headache, its possible!

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/djMGR/dj

    Boss NS-2

    Boss NS-2 Noise SuppressorPublished on 12/16/01 at 15:00
    Paid $35 through internet auction.

    The unit is very easy to use, and very effective. It has a very useful decay knob that lets you control the gating action.
    The gating is very smooth unlike traditional gates. I have owned rocktron rack pieces and I prefer the Boss NS-2.

    I'm pleased with everything.

    Like all Boss pedals, it is built like a tank. It should provide many years of reliable service.

    If you need to quiet up a high gain rack or pedal board, you couldn't find a more effective, and reasonably priced unit than the NS-2.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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    Paid $35 through internet auction.

    The unit is very easy to use, and very effective. It has a very useful decay knob that lets you control the gating action.
    The gating is very smooth unlike traditional gates. I have owned rocktron rack pieces and I prefer the Boss NS-2.

    I'm pleased with everything.

    Like all Boss pedals, it is built like a tank. It should provide many years of reliable service.

    If you need to quiet up a high gain rack or pedal board, you couldn't find a more effective, and reasonably priced unit than the NS-2.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • King LoudnessKing Loudness

    Fair enough noise gate

    Boss NS-2 Noise SuppressorPublished on 01/31/12 at 17:51
    The BOSS NS-2 has been one of the standard "go to" noise gates or suppressors since the late eighties. It's pretty simple to use and very common to see in guitar rigs regardless of style or gear used, just to cut down on that ever present hum and buzz that many players are fighting in their rigs. It has a threshold control, as well as a rate control and a knob to select whether you want the pedal to reduce your noise or act as a mute, very cool feature for sure. Otherwise it's pretty standard BOSS as far as the features go and there isn't much to say about it. The construction is the standard stomp box fare and it really has a durable feel that will last for a long time.

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    The BOSS NS-2 has been one of the standard "go to" noise gates or suppressors since the late eighties. It's pretty simple to use and very common to see in guitar rigs regardless of style or gear used, just to cut down on that ever present hum and buzz that many players are fighting in their rigs. It has a threshold control, as well as a rate control and a knob to select whether you want the pedal to reduce your noise or act as a mute, very cool feature for sure. Otherwise it's pretty standard BOSS as far as the features go and there isn't much to say about it. The construction is the standard stomp box fare and it really has a durable feel that will last for a long time.

    UTILIZATION

    The setup of this pedal is either easy or difficult depending on your angle. I'm a huge fan of the ISP Decimator gate, which has a more gradual sweep and doesn't cut your tone off so staccato. That's really the biggest thing I find with setting this up. It can be more difficult to get it so it doesn't completely choke off your sound with its gate, whereas the ISP unit is more about keeping the tone and just removing the noise and not cutting off your signal. That being said, each has its place and if you want that sort of very abrupt cutoff, the NS-2 is a great pedal for thaat.

    SOUND QUALITY

    This pedal is really best used in situations where either you're in a noisy place playing, or if your rig is high gain and has a lot of inherent noise issues. This particular noise gate would probably be of interest to a lot of thrash metal or death metal players where you can get those nice quick cutoffs and not be left with a wall of noise. Many players actually prefer the feel of the BOSS unit, but for me where I play more of a standard hard rock style and like having my tones sustain, I prefer a unit like the ISP which has that more gradual cutoff for the notes.

    OVERALL OPINION

    All in all I think the BOSS NS-2 is a decent noise gate for someone looking for a basic stomp box noise suppressor with a nice fast cutoff and more controls for adjustment. If you just want something to get rid of hum and don't need that fast attack, I would have a look at the ISP Technologies Decimator which does that job well and has served me quite nicely for a few years now. It really depends what you're looking for, but for most applications the NS-2 will do fine.
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  • HatsubaiHatsubai

    Solid noise gate

    Boss NS-2 Noise SuppressorPublished on 01/27/12 at 14:07
    Noise is one of the things we higher gain players battle as we play on stage. One of the most annoying things out there is when your guitar starts to ring out and feedback, especially when you're in a metal band with fast start/stop riffs. Boss has been one of the go-to noise gate solutions for quite awhile now. The pedal features a decay, threshold and special selector knob to select between two different settings. You can also run this both in front of the amp AND in the loop at the same time.

    UTILIZATION

    The pedal itself is housed in one of the best housings out there. You won't have to worry about this thing breaking on you while you're on tour. The knobs are also laid ou…
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    Noise is one of the things we higher gain players battle as we play on stage. One of the most annoying things out there is when your guitar starts to ring out and feedback, especially when you're in a metal band with fast start/stop riffs. Boss has been one of the go-to noise gate solutions for quite awhile now. The pedal features a decay, threshold and special selector knob to select between two different settings. You can also run this both in front of the amp AND in the loop at the same time.

    UTILIZATION

    The pedal itself is housed in one of the best housings out there. You won't have to worry about this thing breaking on you while you're on tour. The knobs are also laid out fairly decently, although I don't know why they spaced them the way they did. The manual is fairly clear as to what everything does, but I find that this pedal lacks versatility. I'll get to that later, but the pedal itself is simple enough to set up and go.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The pedal does what it should do. It cuts the feedback and lets you have silence while you're not playing. However, the issue is that this pedal sucks tone. It's one of the major things wrong with this pedal. Another one is that I seem to have issues with this when compared to the ISP Decimator. Where as the Decimator can do some great staccato gating, this seems to have some issues with the gating for whatever reason. The good thing is that this pedal can work in both the front and loop at the same time, but you'll want to be careful about ground loops. ISP now has a G-String which does the same thing, so I question whether this is really necessary today.

    OVERALL OPINION

    The pedal itself is solid, but there are better things on the market today. I vastly prefer the ISP stuff to the Boss stuff when it comes to noise gates. The Boss technology is just too outdated and doesn't sound as natural as the ISP does for the type of music I play. If you can get one of these cheap, get it. Otherwise, just get an ISP.
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  • Falco2Falco2

    pedal essential

    Boss NS-2 Noise SuppressorPublished on 11/01/11 at 07:46
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    Reducer of noise generated by pedals (compression, distortion etc.).

    UTILIZATION

    configuration very simple. Guitar NS2_IN, NS2-Out_ not generate noise effects (Delay, Chorus, Reverb, etc.) to amp (IN). loop: very simple connection: NS2 (Send) to the factories to noise (compressor, distos), connected in series, of course. Out on the last pedal to the Return of NS2 and the circle is complete.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Impressive results (or at least in my case. Parasitic noise reduction is effective upon Inrush of the pedal. The sounds of the strings in the game are stifled. He takes time to tame sustain adapting his style of play.'s once the guitar becomes more docile the game more…
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    Reducer of noise generated by pedals (compression, distortion etc.).

    UTILIZATION

    configuration very simple. Guitar NS2_IN, NS2-Out_ not generate noise effects (Delay, Chorus, Reverb, etc.) to amp (IN). loop: very simple connection: NS2 (Send) to the factories to noise (compressor, distos), connected in series, of course. Out on the last pedal to the Return of NS2 and the circle is complete.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Impressive results (or at least in my case. Parasitic noise reduction is effective upon Inrush of the pedal. The sounds of the strings in the game are stifled. He takes time to tame sustain adapting his style of play.'s once the guitar becomes more docile the game more flexible, it changed my way of reasoning is perfectly jouer.la and harmonics softer.
    on the other hand, I do not see what use has the MUTE (if someone just enlighten me, it would be nice)

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for some days now, there is the NS-2 before and after. this is the first of its kind pedal, I bought it in excellent condition at prices argus (€ 50), very reasonable for "relief" enfin.j 'would have the long time.
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  • RequiemXIIIRequiemXIII

    Boss NS-2 Noise SuppressorPublished on 10/12/11 at 09:57
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    As discussed previously.

    UTILIZATION

    There is no easier to use. Just to do the maze of jack when you want to use the effects loop but in the end it's still an ultra convenient and simple effects loop who knows?

    The way to mute the sound is not bad but is it really helpful knowing that it is used primarily to reduce the parasite? But then it costs nothing to have it.

    It is solid but I click twice on it when I play: when I turn on the amp and when I turned off.

    SOUND QUALITY

    It completely fills its role, in my case it is impressive.

    I think it adds a slight thickness to the sound (because it just be some bad cut treble frequencies) which is far from displeasing …
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    As discussed previously.

    UTILIZATION

    There is no easier to use. Just to do the maze of jack when you want to use the effects loop but in the end it's still an ultra convenient and simple effects loop who knows?

    The way to mute the sound is not bad but is it really helpful knowing that it is used primarily to reduce the parasite? But then it costs nothing to have it.

    It is solid but I click twice on it when I play: when I turn on the amp and when I turned off.

    SOUND QUALITY

    It completely fills its role, in my case it is impressive.

    I think it adds a slight thickness to the sound (because it just be some bad cut treble frequencies) which is far from displeasing me (but you have to strain to hear).

    It does not remove all of the sensitivity scores (without abusing the settings).

    OVERALL OPINION

    I do not spend more, I never play without. This choice I would do without hesitation.

    When I bought it I thought the road to the store with me: Okay it's not fun going to change the sound or make funny effects for 90 euros it's sad. Well in the end it completely changes the way I play and we appreciate it greatly. I therefore advise to all those who have tired of the hissing and always having to touch the volume or block chords when playing it.
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  • electric lullabyelectric lullaby

    Boss NS-2 Noise SuppressorPublished on 09/13/04 at 02:12
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    Boss while metal, tough as usual.

    UTILIZATION

    The concept of a loop is not necessarily very intuitive for a noise reducer, and the manual is not necessarily super clear on this point ...
    Anyway, once you understand the principle, it is the ...

    Attention stypule as the manual does not get in the loop of the NS-2 reverb, delay, looper ... So if your problems come from the background noise of one of these elements, it will not be the best solution.

    SOUND QUALITY

    In the effects loop of my 5150 (amp has a lot of background noise at the base, mainly in the loop), with 7-8 pedals in the loop of the NS-2, the result was not transcendent, and I was quite disappointed with …
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    Boss while metal, tough as usual.

    UTILIZATION

    The concept of a loop is not necessarily very intuitive for a noise reducer, and the manual is not necessarily super clear on this point ...
    Anyway, once you understand the principle, it is the ...

    Attention stypule as the manual does not get in the loop of the NS-2 reverb, delay, looper ... So if your problems come from the background noise of one of these elements, it will not be the best solution.

    SOUND QUALITY

    In the effects loop of my 5150 (amp has a lot of background noise at the base, mainly in the loop), with 7-8 pedals in the loop of the NS-2, the result was not transcendent, and I was quite disappointed with this pedal: either the sound was too ate, or the background noise was not properly mitigated ... I never really found a compromise ...

    I have since changed to a Vox AC30 amp, no effects loop. All of my things (a big couple of pedals) is placed between the guitar and amp, so I put most in the loop of the NS-2.
    Already, the AC30, despite his great age, is significantly quieter than the other gas plant of base metal, but then I literally rediscovered the NS-2, which is simply very good job, especially fuzz on my (Jim Dunlop just cra-cra) or it does wonders.
    Very good attenuation of background noise and the sound seems just ate ... and in any case, I have no coloration of sound.

    OVERALL OPINION

    So a good pedal if you have used a scraper and / or effects that buzz ...
    on the other hand, there will be no miracle if the amp buzz that ...

    I do not buy it back with closed eyes, a comparison with the reference, Hush, would seem to me indispensable ... and especially with his gear, otherwise it has no intérret, since the principle of this pedal is to make up the shortcomings of other elements, and therefore even more than any other pedal, there will be very different results in a config another.
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  • Kargol'sKargol's

    Boss NS-2 Noise SuppressorPublished on 11/01/04 at 04:23
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    Pedal pretty solid, except for Inrush Switch boss, is ca not see the picture but once you open the pedal, it's just a trick p'tit plastic, ca is not the big metal switch costal well. Nevertheless, the NS-2 did not need s'enclancher often.

    3 knobs: 1 for the level of reduction, the second for the reduction of delay (after a note) and the third to choose between reducing or mute.
    Several connections:
    - Input (to connect an instrument) and output (to amp);
    - Send and return: to insert effects pedals (except delay and reverb: the effect can not undergo a reduction of sound).

    There is a small red LED to know when the sound is reduced or not.

    This pedal can power other pedals, you …
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    Pedal pretty solid, except for Inrush Switch boss, is ca not see the picture but once you open the pedal, it's just a trick p'tit plastic, ca is not the big metal switch costal well. Nevertheless, the NS-2 did not need s'enclancher often.

    3 knobs: 1 for the level of reduction, the second for the reduction of delay (after a note) and the third to choose between reducing or mute.
    Several connections:
    - Input (to connect an instrument) and output (to amp);
    - Send and return: to insert effects pedals (except delay and reverb: the effect can not undergo a reduction of sound).

    There is a small red LED to know when the sound is reduced or not.

    This pedal can power other pedals, you have to buy one cable and one little power with a single power supply 6.
    9 / 10 only because of the switch (which is valid on all Boss pedals)

    UTILIZATION

    Pedal very easy to use, it took me .... 20 seconds.
    The manual clearly explains the connections to do, for effects, the Food and other pedals.

    SOUND QUALITY

    This pedal has changed my life. I play on a guitar half body (Epiphone Sheraton 2), home of a combo Peavey Classic 30 tube. No problem of feedback in this case (I have neighbors ...). As against the studio, on a Marshall JCM 900 with a big brute of a drummer, and play punk ... I bothers, as soon as I stop playing, a huge uncontrollable feedback foul. With the Boss NS-2, I rediscovered my guitar and amp! the man is clean, more feedback, and all my signal.

    Yesterday I purchased a distortion: Visual Sound Jekyll and Hyde, quite noisy, once in the effects loop of the NS-2, more noise!

    In addition I supplied with the NS-2, too practical.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have this pedal for one month, it has changed the lives of members of my group that tended to voicelessness my fault ...

    I paid 85 euro new, very good value for money!
    I hesitate not remake that choice 1 / 1000 th of a second.
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  • krodelabestiolekrodelabestiole

    Boss NS-2 Noise SuppressorPublished on 12/27/04 at 17:02
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    JOperation the gate in multiple configurations but never for a guitar (electronic music, microphone, after routs in analog effects and lots of distortion or saturation)

    for use other than dun guitarist, the parameters are somewhat inadequate: the threshold does not rise high enough to place the pedals just after a heavy distortion or signal too pramplifi the decay does not go always enough.

    can be in the User SERIES in a chain effect (before distortion) or loop.
    l it becomes very interesting: the input is between the sidechain whose dynamics is applied between the gate on the return!
    the sound that comes through or not going to return as an output from the input or not.

    one can…
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    JOperation the gate in multiple configurations but never for a guitar (electronic music, microphone, after routs in analog effects and lots of distortion or saturation)

    for use other than dun guitarist, the parameters are somewhat inadequate: the threshold does not rise high enough to place the pedals just after a heavy distortion or signal too pramplifi the decay does not go always enough.

    can be in the User SERIES in a chain effect (before distortion) or loop.
    l it becomes very interesting: the input is between the sidechain whose dynamics is applied between the gate on the return!
    the sound that comes through or not going to return as an output from the input or not.

    one can imagine many applications.

    UTILIZATION

    Cest clear: the mute function is not nothing; p

    when we know the principle of a dynamic effect everything is clear and easy to use.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Among other things I use it with a KAOSS pad (whose effects tend "delay" sounds) and saturation with feedback. Loop the ns-2 can cut the feedback, and eliminate the delay of the KAOSS PAD.

    obviously also very practical to avoid noise and Feedback dun distorted microphone.

    always the problem of decay which is not zero-down and rounded the corners always a bit of dynamics.

    then its a good gate so I prfre refrain from criticizing the quality sound of silence

    OVERALL OPINION

    I had a small gate for my lives more or less electronic, but always noisy.
    rack was too cumbersome.

    the pedals very well fulfilled its function. However, it remains probably best fits a guitarist. Too few parameters (decay, attack) to apply a gate IDAL such a rhythm loop

    The default is big for me that decay does not turn enough left.
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  • ArayornArayorn

    Boss NS-2 Noise SuppressorPublished on 09/08/05 at 01:52
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    This pedal is noise reduction, very convenient to remove background noise and other blasts.
    Boss quality is the appointment is no problem it's sturdy and very reliable.

    Two knobs and three LEDs, a threshold for noise reduction, a decay (which I still trying to use??) And a selector between the reduction mode and mute. The pedal has an effects loop whose use is still quite dark and I honestly have not yet fully understood.

    UTILIZATION

    Very simple, unwanted (except for the famous bouble effect ...)
    Threshold knob very effective, but it must grow high enough to erase completely all breaths with a big distortion (to do depending on the configuration of each and saturation used…
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    This pedal is noise reduction, very convenient to remove background noise and other blasts.
    Boss quality is the appointment is no problem it's sturdy and very reliable.

    Two knobs and three LEDs, a threshold for noise reduction, a decay (which I still trying to use??) And a selector between the reduction mode and mute. The pedal has an effects loop whose use is still quite dark and I honestly have not yet fully understood.

    UTILIZATION

    Very simple, unwanted (except for the famous bouble effect ...)
    Threshold knob very effective, but it must grow high enough to erase completely all breaths with a big distortion (to do depending on the configuration of each and saturation used ...).
    The decay knob is useless (the guys at Boss themselves say in the manual it should practically in all cases remain at 0 !!!).
    The manual is quite clear on the use (except for this .... put the effects loop!)

    SOUND QUALITY

    Ben this pedal is very good job and it falls well that's all you asked!

    In my setup it is placed after the distortion in the effects loop of the amp and it is enabled in permanance quelquesois the channel of the amp used. I do not use the effects loop of the NS-2 (and anyway I do not know how it works in case you still would not have understood! Phew!)
    Be careful not too push the knob to remove the threshold that could lower some répétitons Delay ...

    Ben Zion is that good!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for at least three years, and I am very satisfied! This pedal very well filled his office, but it may be appropriate to compare it with other noise gate in the same price range (Rocktron Hush ...). Just look at the effects pedals and fridges from the pros to see that this pedal is everywhere (Robb Flynn, John Petrucci ...) and finally to be convinced of its quality!
    again that the good quality / price / satisfaction nice!
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