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MXR Smart Gate 135

 
Smart gate/suppressor as used by bands such as Korn, Chimaira, Velvet Revolver, Disturbed, John 5, Jeff Hanneman, Scott Henderson, Mark Morton + Ritchie Sambora


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Ease Of Use Well one knob, not much more to say.


Sound Well I used to like this pedal a lot. I added it to the end of the effects chain in my FX loop and most of the time ran it on. It really kills most noise you can get from vintage pedals or dirty channels etc. However I do not agree with the other reviewers that it does not influence your sound or playing.
This became more obvious to me when I began not only to play metal, but also slower and more dynamic songs with also very low volume parts. For example playing with a Slowhand Strat the song "my guitar gently wheeps" in the low volume parts you hear definite sound coloring of the unit.
Comparing it with studio quality rack noise gates, this unit cannot compete anymore. Of course it is still much bang for the buck as it is fairly cheap.
The amount of sound coloring is also not "life changing" or totally bad, I just want to point out that this unit is not the end of the line and there are many products (for a much larger price tag) that do the job better.


Reliability Here it shines. Never let me down.


Customer Support No dealings with them.


Liked about it - Ease of use
- High Volume Operations
- Built Quality


Didn't like - Sound coloring
- Overhyped image


Overall satisfaction:
 
3.0

By Tank
Dec 03, 2009
 
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Great noise gate for high gain applications featured

Ease Of Use The Smart Gate is quite easy to use, and fairly simple to operate. It has a nice sturdy footswitch to turn the pedal on and off, a single knob for adjusting what MXR call the Trigger Point, and a Noise Band Cut Switch. This switch allows you to select the frequency band of noise you are trying to stop (with the settings Full, On and Hiss). There is also a light which informs you of when the noise gate is kicking in.

Basically the way to operate this pedal is roll the Trigger Level knob fully counter-clockwise, and set the Noise Band Cut Switch to the type of noise you wish to block, play your guitar, and turn the knob until you are cutting the undesired noise, but still retaining an acceptable level of sustain.

This is all nice and simple in theory, but how does the Smart Gate operate in reality? I personally found the pedal very usable indeed. My purpose for trying out this pedal was to try and kill some 60 cycle hum coming from my power source, and quiet down some noisy pedals somewhat. The Smart Gate did an admirable job of this, even with the Noise Band Cut Switch set to Full. and the Trigger Level knob rolled close to half way when I was using my other noisy pedals.


Sound I was really impressed with how little effect the MXR Smart Gate had on my over all tone. It didn't really affect my tone even on the higher gate settings that I required with my noisy pedals running. There was a little compression going on perhaps, but nothing to really complain about. Running a tube amp with high gain can compress your tone a little anyway, so it wasn't really an issue.

I found my best results were when I ran the Smart Gate in front of my Blackstar HT-5 head, before my distortion and compressor pedals. These are the two pedals that create unpleasant noise when engaged on my dirty channel, so keeping it between the amp and your problem pedals is where I would suggest you use it.

The Smart Gate did what anyone would want their noise gate pedal to do, and that is control undesirable noise when there is nothing coming out of the speaker, but still allow for nice sustain, and minimal effect on tone.


Reliability MXR certainly know how to build high quality, tough, dependable pedals. The Smart Gate (and all of MXRs other pedals) is encased in a tough metal case, and all of the footswitches and knobs, etc certainly feel high quality. MXR pedals are designed for years of use. I would definitely gig without a backup.


Customer Support I have not dealt with the company.


Liked about it Great noise gate capability with affecting overall tone or sustain
* Simple to configure
* Build quality


Didn't like Battery compartment is found behind the bottom plate, which needs to be unscrewed with a screw driver. Not particularly quick for a battery change if you were about to play a gig, and didn't have a screw driver handy.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By LonePhantom
Oct 30, 2009
 
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As good as it gets for a pedal based noise elimina featured

Ease Of Use The pedal is extremely simple. There are four switches to control this unit including the stomp on and off switch, a very bright blue LED to let you know the pedal is on and a small orange LED in the corner letting you know when the pedal has come in and full control as a gate. This I think is a fantastic feature, some guitarists would be against buying a noise gate because of the possibility of reducing sustain. The presence of this little light is all you need to know if you are holding a note and if your sustain ends because of the gate coming in early or some other sustain reducing issue. This LED put me totally at rest and the pedal has NEVER cut off my sustain.
You have a slider which gauges what level of feedback you want to control low, mid to high amounts of expected feedback. For the purposes of this review I mostly tested this pedal at it's highest settings to test it's threshold.
You have a tiny high trigger button which i found unnecessary and unusable unless you just wanted this pedal to silence everything momentarily like how mastodon use this pedal. This button i left off and is a feature i feel warrants no more need for discussion.
Last of all the trigger dial which lets you decide how quickly/much the noise gate should come in and save you from real feedback issues.


Sound Personally I have found this pedal to be an absolute pleasure to use. I have tried extensively the Boss NS2, ISP Decimator, Rocktron Hush Pedal as well as all the built in noise suppressors and gates in multi effects processors, amps etc. However I must say out of all of my experience, I have gotten the best overall performance out of the MXR Smart Gate and I find it so far the most intelligent for a floor based/pedal sized noise eliminator. When you have an effect in play that you just want to enhance your tone and not change it it can be very hard to find something that really does the job whilst staying transparent. The MXR smart gate to my ears "might" add some ever so slight compression, and when I say "might" it is enough for it to be subjective. However this is as far as it goes when it comes to altering your tone, if at all. I would like to add that with heavier music slowly ebbing more and more towards being accepted in the mainstream and en mass, noise gate's and suppressors are also becoming more essential in a guitarist's rig than ever before.

Bands such as Slipknot, BTBAM and Necrophagist are some of the artists who have the potential to receive heinous amounts of HISS, Hum or Feedback from their amps due to their love for Gain. This pedal may not work on the same level as a rack mounted multi channel noise gate/suppressor. But it's ability to customise as to how much noise it deals with and the pedal's intelligence has no reduction of sustain what so ever during lead work or even when playing with wanted feedback. Other noise reducing devices often have a price of changing tone, reducing sustain or fiddly to find the sweet spot in order to clean up so much "noise" I feel you can clean up your distortion where it could become a bit sterile. This again is something that is tonally subjective but something I recognise personally. I find this pedal quite warm in comparison to say the ISP decimator pedal and Boss NS2.

The equipment I have been testing this pedal out on is a typical metal/heavier gain sort of set-up: Ibanez RG with Bill Lawrence Pickups > Modified Maxon Tubescreamer > MXR Smart Gate > Mesa Boogie F50 cranked to gigging volumes and played at bedroom levels with a Marshall Attenuator. (Mesa Amps are hella loud and my master was approaching noon)

When playing with an aggressive sound in the styles of the aforementioned bands it is easy, when trying to replicate a similar tone, for your sound to not be as tight, aggressive and percussive. Apart from tinkering with your EQ and having an appropriate guitar and amp I found the MXR smart gate excellent for helping to make note definition clearer in all manner of techniques from sweep picking to offensive levels of down picking. But really apart from cleaning up your distortion appropriately the intelligence of this pedal really does shine, I whole heartedly recommend this for anyone who has a sleuth of pedals in their chain, noisy pick ups or just really likes to crank their rig.

For the people who might feel they need something more then the multi channeled rack mounted version of this pedal or the ISP Decimator is probably the best solution so you can really dial in specifically on where your feedback is generated.


Reliability I have gigged this pedal and used it for bedroom practice for about 3 years and it has been solid as a rock. The pedal when holding it has a nice weight to it and when inspecting the insides looks fantastically constructed.


Customer Support I had an MXR pedal die on me once and the company were very quick to respond as to where I can send the pedal for repair in my home country, the UK.


Liked about it 1. Extremely intelligent.
2. Does a very good job of removing unwanted noise on all bands.
3. Very transparent when on or off


Didn't like 1.Some people who only use batteries might be annoyed that you will always need to get out your phillips screwdriver to put in a new battery.
2. The socket for plugging in the power supply is a little close to the input jack socket, the particular patch cables i have are a little big and the patch cable/power cable put pressure on each other.
3. The pedal isn't true bypass (but is still pretty darn transparent, I'm just nitpicking!)


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By dark_void86
Oct 11, 2009
 
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An important gadget for the stomp box addicts

Ease Of Use I struggled with unwanted hissing and feedback from my set up and added this little box to my pedal board after reading good reviews of it on Jemsite. The SmartGate has an on/off switch, a sensitivity knob, a little switch that allows you to choose between three filters (mid, hiss or full) and a high trigger range switch.
A big red LED light shows when the box is active and a smaller yellow light illuminates when it cuts unwanted noise.
When you've set it up it is a set-and-forget type of pedal.
Put it last in your chain before the amp.


Sound I have not noticed much colouring of my tone. However I have to switch it off when I play clean parts as it filters away a lot of my volume. I assume that is a result of setting the sensitivity filter on high as my pedals create quite a bit of hissing and humming.


Reliability MXR is rock solid through and through. I've not experienced any problems with it and it is an essential part of my set up.


Customer Support Not dealt with.


Liked about it - It takes away most unwanted noise. Overtones and controlled feedback comes through perfectly.
- Set and forget set up means you can pretty much forget about the hissing from your other pedals.
- Very transparent tone.
- So small you can squeeze it into any pedal board.


Didn't like - Some noise comes through occasionally.
- Doesn't work as well on clean sounds.
- As with all MXR pedals this size - the power connection placement is not optimal.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.5

By hp29
Dec 12, 2010
 
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Works as advertised

Ease Of Use One knob which is essentially the "threshold" for the when the gate function kicks in. Paired with a switch to select the frequency band you would like the gate to be monitoring for noise. There are three band choices; hiss, mid or full. A single click switch to engage/disengage the unit, and an led to display when the gate is stopping noise.


Sound I bought mine to use in a pedal board scenario with my 5150 combo. The 5150, being a fairly intense, high gain amp, produces a lot of hiss when you're not playing. The Smartgate came recommended by a friend so I tried it out, and sure enough it more or less eliminate hiss when I wasn't playing. My amp went from a noisy, hissing beast, to absolutely silent.

I used it in the 5150's effects loop, with the switch in the hiss position, and the threshold knob set to engage when my guitar was silent.

I did not notice any signal loss, or change to my tone. It was about as transparent as it could be from my perspective.


Reliability MXR makes solid pedals. This one is all metal, with a solid stomp switch and the pot on the knob was smooth and solid. I would gig with it, no question.


Customer Support Didn't need any support.


Liked about it Simple to use, very transparent, works exactly as I expected it would.


Didn't like The little three way toggle felt a tiny bit flimsy, but it's not something you probably mess with too much anyway. The Smartgate is designed as a "set and forget" pedal, and works.


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By blackspy
Jul 07, 2010
 
Last updated: July 15, 2010
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A classic is reborn!!

Ease Of Use A sensitivity knob and a range button--just about as simple as it gets. This product is Dunlop's incarnation of the famous ROCKMAN Smart Gate--when Dunlop bought the rights to most of the SR&D technology they killed off most of the line but kept the Smart Gate, changing it from a 1/2 rack mount unit into a pedal and a professional-grade rack-mount version. This is still some of the best guitar noise reduction technology on the market and is easier to use than the more complex and more expensive ISP Decimator, also available in both pedal and rackmount format.


Sound In the pedal setup I have one in front of my signal chain to reduce any noise from the guitar and one at the end of the pedal chain t reduce any noise generated by the pedals. Works like a charm and makes the rig quiet as can be. Excellent product. I have a Tube Screamer, BOSS SD-1, Modded BOSS DS-1, BOSS Drive Zone, and Marshall JMP-1 between the two Smart Gates and it keeps all of them quiet.


Reliability Never had a problem with a Smart Gate--I even own one of the old ROCKMAN Smart Gate units from the 80's and it still works as well as the new ones.


Customer Support Never had to deal with them.


Liked about it Extremely easy to operate and dial in.
Good price for the value--cheaper than the ISP.
History of excellent design from the ROCKMAN days.


Didn't like Battery compartment requires tools to open.


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By racerevlon
Dec 27, 2009
 
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