Revv Amplification has released a simple stompbox solution for guitar players whose enjoyment of high-gain, high-volume musical extremism has been curtailed by unwanted noise.
The G8 Noise Gate is a killer of hum, hiss and other undesirables, and it is designed to be both flexible and easy to use. A noise gate might not capture the imagination in the same as a distortion pedal (opens in new tab) might, but very often the latter requires the use of the former, particularly if you like to play staccato heavy metal rhythm guitar and want to preserve the silent/loud dynamic.
The G8 does that. Crucially, it does not step on your guitar tone while showing noise the door. Dan Trudeau, Revv Amplification’s president and head designer, says the G8 was inspired by the success of the Generator 120 MK3’s onboard noise gate.
“I knew we could design a killer rock & metal gate,” says Trudeau. “The real journey began once we decided it had to be so transparent we could convert guitarists who would normally never touch a gate.”
The G8 has three controls on a single-footswitch enclosure: Hold, Release and Thresh (threshold). Threshold controls the amount of noise reduction. Release allows you to adjust the gate’s response so you lose no sustain.
Hold, meanwhile, is about making subtle adjustments, making sure the gate closes when you want it to. After all, noise can come from the room, other electrical appliances, bandmate’s gear and so on, and idea is that after adjusting the pedal, the noise goes and your tone stays.
Revv promises that it’s so transparent, you won’t even know it’s standing between you and your guitar amp (opens in new tab). While noise gates are an essential piece of kit for heavy metal and hard rock guitarists, Revv hopes that the G8’s transparent performance will see it on the pedalboards (opens in new tab) of blues, country and jazz players two.
It has four jacks, allowing for two-cable or four-cable connections, and is true bypass, with an LED for showing you when the noise gate is active or bypassed.
The G8 Noise Gate takes a 9V DC power supply, draws a minimum of 50mA, and is made in Canada. And if you’ve got £179 / $199 can buy one now. See Revv Amplification (opens in new tab) for more details.