ISP Technologies introduces the Decimator II, second generation of the Decimator Noise reduction. The Decimator II includes improved performance and innovations so unique that it is covered under two new patents pending for these new improvements....
ISP Technologies introduces the Decimator II, second generation of the Decimator Noise reduction. The Decimator II includes improved performance and innovations so unique that it is covered under two new patents pending for these new improvements.
The Decimator II also features improvements in the expander tracking with the new Linearized Time Vector Processing. This novel improvement provides a more linear release time-constant response for the exponential release curve of the downward expander. While the expander is exponentially increasing expansion and dynamically changing its response to fit the envelope of the input signal, the release response remains linear over a given time period. This increases the smoothness of the release response of the expander and provides the most transparent release response of any noise reduction system available and virtually eliminates any release ripple for incredibly smooth decay of longer sustained notes.
Perfect for noisy guitars or effects chains.
I bought this to try and eliminate some RFI interference I'm getting. I still get a little bit on initial strike of the strings, but this is an excellent noise gate. I guess I need to run humbuckers to get rid of the RFI.
To qualify this review, the Decimator II his is my first foray into using a noise gate. From the outset, I was actually aiming to buy the MXR SmartGate. When it came down to it, I was talked into getting the Decimator II. "It's a little more, but worth it." said the salesman. Regardless, I am very impressed. This addition has killed this hiss and I love it. This difference is positively stark. It's like magic. Doubly so given that with a single knob, you can hear when the hiss is gone. It really has provided a simple, no fuss solution.
I am running with a light touch on a Fulltone PlimSoul for distortion, but really haven't pushed this much. I lean into clean for sound so we'll see how things progress as I get deeper into distortion. For now, I'm very pleased.
With regard to price, the difference when compared to the competition was negligible in my book. A little more yes, but nominal. Even still, you have to wonder how much the chrome finish has to do with the dollars vs the technology & circuit. The box looks bad ass & shiny, but still... is it the chrome that makes it so good?
All-in-all, I am so happy with this addition that I can't see a future playing without it. Regardless, I will keep the MXR on my wishlist to try on the off chance that upping the distortion level introduces any tone suck or clipped sustain at the extremes with the noise gate. Until then, with the Decimator II, I'm ready to rock! ~m