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MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedal   

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The MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedal gives you 3 selectable types of noise reduction: Hiss, Mid, and Full. Bites down on hiss and hum but lets all of your ...Read More

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Hear the notes, not the noise!

The MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedal gives you 3 selectable types of noise reduction: Hiss, Mid, and Full. Bites down on hiss and hum but lets all of your music shine through. Intelligent design provides dual high and low adaptive filters, opens at lightning speed, introduces no extra distortion, and lets you control the sensitivity of the gate's threshold. The MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedal features hardwire bypass with footswitch and slim, tough stompbox housing.

FEATURES
  • 3 types of noise reduction, selectable
  • Dual high and low adaptive filters
  • Very quick response
  • Introduces no extra distortion
  • Threshold sensitivity control
  • Hardwire bypass with footswitch
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MXRM-135 Smart Gate Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 71 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (55)

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    (10)

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    (5)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (8)
  • Excellent sound quality (7)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not bad.

The smart gate is a well built pedal that does what it's supposed to. I bought it to deal with noise from a single-coil pickup I have in one of my guitars. For this...Read complete review

The smart gate is a well built pedal that does what it's supposed to. I bought it to deal with noise from a single-coil pickup I have in one of my guitars. For this I use the pedal first in my chain on the "full" setting with the trigger knob at just shy of 12:00. This completely eliminates the buzz when I'm not playing, although the gate doesn't shut quite as quickly as I'd like until I adjust the knob to around 1:00, and at that level it can cut in to some of the lighter playing nuances.I wasn't expecting miricles though. Noise/interference issues can change according to the room and where you are so I can always adjust.
With humbuckers I don't really need the pedal at all. What little noise I get goes away with the trigger barely at 9:00.
I've owned the BOSS NS2 and the Decimator pedals previously and the MXR seems to be just as good at what I need it for. I personally don't like BOSS's built quality and the MXR is cheaper than the Decimator so I'd recommend it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

no thanks

Like it says in other reviews, the manual gives no information on the "hi-trigger" button. The pedal doesn't kill any hiss or hum without it pressed down. The only way...Read complete review

Like it says in other reviews, the manual gives no information on the "hi-trigger" button. The pedal doesn't kill any hiss or hum without it pressed down. The only way to stop hiss and hum is to have the pedal turned all the way up, this setting doesn't even stop all of the hum. Plus it sucks a lot of tone. I've even let friends use it to see if they liked it, and they didn't. I use a lot of gain and I didn't really expect it to cut it all out but I definitely thought that for the money it could at least save my tone. The casing is very nice and sturdy though. Its really disappointing.

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5.0

Most useful pedal I've ever had.

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from Reidsville, NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Eliminates Amp Buzz
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Great Packaging
  • Knob Glows In The Dark
  • Responsive
  • Some Parts Glow In Dark
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Practice
    • Recording

    Comments about MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedal:

    I use my M-135 Smart Gate Pedal for recording guitars in my band. It works great and there's no other better pedal out there that I know of. Definitely worth the price.

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    4.0

    Why I like the MXR Smart Gate

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    from Portland, Or

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Can Color Tone Depending

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedal:

    So....... Some straight talk on gating and suppression. A noise gate does just that. Gates sound below a certain threshold. A suppressor, or reduction, like Rocktron's Hush is what they call single ended noise suppression. It is my experience that a gate is best used by metal, and high gain guitarists to tighten tone from the guitar to the input of the amp. The MXR is perfect for that. Also if you use an overdrive to condition, and boost your tone you want to place the gate directly after it. To really clean up your amp and get the "djent/metal" tone use a noise suppressor( Boss NS2/ ISP Decimator/ Rocktron HUSH) in the loop. I personally think, and in my experience have noticed that shielding your guitar and using an amp with high quality transformers with a gate in front of the input does the trick. That said, I really like the feel, and reaction of the Smart Gate, Go buy it. Use it in front of your amp, not the loop.

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    5.0

    It's smart, it's a gate, it's the M-135!

    By 

    from NEW YORK, NEW YORK

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedal:

      The MXR M-135 gets the job done. Its only competition is the Decimator as far as pedals go. I own both. Both do a very good job. The MXR is more compact, has a few more options and a better switch (not a real big fan of the Boss style pedal switching). In the end, if ya got a noisy rig, do yourself a favor and pick one up. A hiss and hum free rig sounds way more professional - your sound guy will thank you (so will your band mates).

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      5.0

      Better than I had hoped for.

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      from MD

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            Comments about MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedal:

            Awesome! I had so much noise coming from my pedal chain, and it was limiting the way that I used my effects. I could not turn up the distortion or gain pedals to the levels that I wanted because of all of the hissing background noise. Put this at the end of the chain, and now I walk into the practice room and can't even tell that my amp is turned on.

            Before the addition of the pedal, my guitar was so "hot" that any finger movement or neck bump was heard. Now, when I stop playing, the signal goes silent. Just what I needed. When set correctly, does not affect the tone at all. Highly recommend if you have a high level of signal noise.

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            5.0

            Best bang for your buck

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            from Hopkinsville, KY

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Quiet
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedal:

              First off the instructions are not the best for this pedal. But at the same time, 5 minutes with this thing and I can see why they didn't write detailed instructions.

              I plugged it in as the first pedal in the chain. So I have the MXR M-135,an MXR ZW-44, volume at 10, tone 50%, gain 0 to about 3 going into a Blackstar HT-5H with the gain at about 90% into a Randall 2x12 loaded with the Eminence Patriot Swamp Thang and Eminence Patriot Texas Heat. So my home rig is pretty loud and noisy.

              Prior to the M-135 this thing made more noise than two skeletons fighting on a tin roof. Every time I'd stop playing all you could hear was me trying to not move my hand on the strings unless I kept my pick hand completely still. So I set the gate to full and the Trigger Level to zero with the Hi Trigger Range in the up position and that was it.

              I did not try in on the hiss mid yet, but that's not what I bought it for complete silence and that's exactly what I got.

              Now the little rubber thing I presume is for the knob, since that's what if fit on, but inless you want to fight with it for about 20 minutes to get it back off, don't mess with it.

              To be honest, if I could get one of these for my dog I would! Great pedal for the money and does what it advertises.

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              5.0

              MXR Solid as a Rock!!

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              from Madison WI

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                    Comments about MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedal:

                    Great Gate!!!

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    "Smart" Noise Gate is Right

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                    from Austin, TX

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

                      Comments about MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedal:

                      I've owned both the Boss Noise Gate and the ISP Decimator, and I like the control/features of the M-135 best. I certaily did the best job in not killing my tone like the Decimator did. The M-135 does not squash noise as well, so it's a compromise. Personally, I would rather put up with a bit of hum vs having something in my signal chain that could totally kill my tone. I use it to bring down the hum from my overdrive pedal; does a perfect job.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome

                      By 

                      from MN

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedal:

                        I've used the boss supressor, and the isp decimator, this ones rules by far. Minimal tone/sustain loss if any, Set And forget. i love the blue led, Highly recommended

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                        5.0

                        Smart Gate Pedal

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                        from Saint Leonard, Maryland

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                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedal:

                          Sounds great. I keep the hi gain trigger on and the knob at 12 oclock. Works Wonder! Absolutely no noise. It has become a very important pedal in my guitar rig!

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                          4.0

                          well..it gets rid of noise

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                          from toledo oh

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                          • Excellent Sound Quality

                          Cons

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                              Comments about MXR M-135 Smart Gate Pedal:

                              Works amazing with a solid state amp, not needed as much with a tube amp. Takes some playing around with but its very simple to use
                              Definitely a must for my board cause you never know what kind of amp situation your gonna run into

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