ISP Technologies Decimator II Noise Reduction Pedal
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.... read more
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Use this close to beginning of Signal Chain
It goes guitar, tuner, then Decimator 2 before any other pedal. Greatly cleans up my signal allowing all other pedals to cleanly do their thing. Brilliantly cleans up my tone. Use sparingly. Can make you sound digital. I rarely go past 50%. Second in signal chain.
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Killer at Killing Noise
As I'm starting to have mixed feelings about my Smart Gate, I decided to ask my cousin to borrow his Decimator to test it out. So far I am really enjoying it. I run a really noisy rig (high-gain amp, EMGs, cranked up gain and guitar volumes are dimed) so a noise gate is a must for me. Juxtaposed with the SG, the Decimator is much simpler. The former has the threshold knob and the switch of levels, whereas the latter is simply one knob, which you can turn to find the sweet spot for you. For me, it cuts out a lot of extra noise when I'm not playing at it is exceptional at finding just where it needs to cut out the extra noise. Very little tone suckage, if at all, and only a smidgen of sustain loss. I would definitely recommend it for simple looking for a simple gate.
The Chrome Plated Sound of Silence!
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
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.
- Gradual release
- Smooth and musical
- Gain enhance