Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: The Netherlands
Re: cleaning up the noise
When amplifying your guitar signal, you are also amplifying the noise floor. Making small issues become quite big. Distortion is an amplifier, so is a compressor, an equalizer and ofcourse, so is your amplifier. So when you have lots of amplification, you will have more noise since the small noises earlier in the signal chain will become more apparent.
In my opinion, noise clamps, gates decimators etc. are usually unneeded. Usually there is some culprit, bad cables, bad power supplies, faulty pedals, daisy chains, bad shielding, etc.