The Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor Pedal effectively eliminates noise and hum from the input signal while preserving the original sound's tonality. Natural attack and envelope remain unaffected by suppression of the noise components.
[This](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/21355-rig-rundown-helmets-page-hamilton) rig rundown states that "Hamilton runs all of his pedals in front of the amp and controls the rig with a Custom Audio Electronics RS-5 MIDI Foot Controller designed by Bob Bradshaw. The signal starts with a Hello Kitty-modified Fryette Valvulator before going into an MXR Custom Audio Electronics Boost/Overdrive. From there the signal hits a Real McCoy Custom wah, Eventide TimeFactor, MXR Bass Octave, Boss PS-5 Super Shifter, Boss NS-2 Noise Gate…"more
Brad Clifford assembled a pedalboard for Rosamilia that uses two Loop-Master pedal switching devices to keep the sound pristine. The signal starts with the guitar running into an Ernie Ball VP JR volume pedal, and its tuner out hits a TC Electronic PolyTune Mini Noir. From there, the signal enters the first Loop-Master, which is connected to six pedals: a Boss NS-2. Described here, in this [Premier Guitar article](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/21588-rig-rundown-the-gaslight-anthem).more
“It really cleans up your tone a lot without taking out too much sound from it. A typical gate works a little differently, but the Suppressor just cleans up the hum. When you have a really good, high-quality amplifier, I don’t think you really need a gate, but having something that helps take out some of the hum and the hiss of the electricity that’s going through the amp – especially when you’re travelling a lot to different countries with different electricity – helps a lot.”more
"Enter the RG-16. This midi interface has made my life a lot easier. Now if I want to go from, say, my lead channel with my NS-2 and TS-9 to my clean channel with my compressor, DD7, RV5, on and my NS-2 and TS-9 off, I just have to hit one button on my Mastermind Midi Controller. It makes my life a LOT easier and makes tone changes a breeze. The setup was pretty complex and required the building of a ton of custom cables. The cable making was easy though, thanks to the custom cable making kits that Planet Waves makes. "more
Does what it does, but there are more accurate, better ones out there. The price and the effects loop, along with the DC out ability are the main advantages of this pedal.
If you don't have the experience, time or patience to dial in the right gate for your sound then I'd recommend an ISP Decimator or Decimator 2. Especially if you're a metal head.
My pedalboard uses multiple channels, that creates a lot of line noise. I run one of these on each channel with distortion, and soon as I stop playing, it cuts the noise. Great design!
If you want to really crank up the gain on a lead line but don't want to split every listeners brains out with your dang screechy feedback this pedal will definitely cut out the fat and leave you with delicious meaty tone
We cannot say much about this guitar pedal by BOSS. Its just maybe the easiest way to have a clean sound without any annoying noise. Its very useful in studio but at the live shows too. I can ardently recommend it :)
This is a great pedal if you don't have a high gain amp or high output pickups. I use this with a Les Paul in a Peavey 6505+ and somehow I get a little bit of not so tasty feedback. I knew what I was getting myself into when i got this thing but better noise gates have come out since then. Its easy to use and usually you don't have to adjust it again once you have it set.
The NS2 is obviously the industry standard in noise gates. it has a very high threshold for high gain amps and the convenience of an FX loop for troublesome pedals. The only problem I have with the NS2 is that when the threshold is up extremely high on blistering high gain amps it has a tendency to ever so gently soften the tone and fade back in too slowly to pull off an insanely tight sound. Brilliant device to stop your amp from screaming all the time, however.
This pedal is great at cancelling out hum from my guitar and the noise some of pedals make (i.e. chorus shimmer when nothings playing, phaser swirls). Really reliable and easy to use.