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MXR M195 Noise Clamp Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal 

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Crank your stomp pedals to the extreme without the fear of any hiss or excess noise with the MXR Noise Clamp. By sensing your guitar's dry signal, th...Click To Read More About This Product

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Easily clean up extraneous noise in your rig.

Crank your stomp pedals to the extreme without the fear of any hiss or excess noise with the MXR Noise Clamp. By sensing your guitar's dry signal, the Noise Clamp reduces the noise level within the effects loop, coming down hard on even the noisiest signals.

A single Trigger knob allows you to set the volume threshold at which the pedal is active, and a green LED shows whether the gate is on/off. This bad boy is capable of reducing noise up to 26dB, maintaining riff definition at extreme gain levels.

FEATURES
  • Eliminates hiss and excess noise from your effects chain
  • A single Trigger knob sets the volume threshold
  • Capable of reducing noise up to 26dB
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MXRM195 Noise Clamp Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

40%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great if you know how to use it.

It is astounding how few reviewers are using the product correctly. It is quite effective when used with your pedals in the clamp's loop. It will kill some sustain, but not so much...Read complete review

It is astounding how few reviewers are using the product correctly. It is quite effective when used with your pedals in the clamp's loop. It will kill some sustain, but not so much tone. Still, that is why there is a switch on it. If you are doing something like uncompressed clean solos, you will have to switch it off. It will cut out the ends of notes if you don't have a significant amount of compression on your signal. Noisy signals like drive and fuzz have a lot of natural compression and work well with the clamp. It is important to understand that is does not kill any hiss/feedback/noise while you are playing. It has a threshold-based approach to limiting noise. If the total signal is above the threshold, it will not do anything. It is meant to kill hiss/hum while you are not playing. I don't know why people are saying it kills feedback. I don't see how it could. The only devices that actually kill feedback are based on notch filters that seek out the exact frequencies of the feedback and mute it. Even with one of those, it just saves you from blowing a speaker. You will always have to eliminated feedback in the conventional way, keeping the output speaker away from the input source.

So, I don't know how this pedal compares to other noise reducers. I'm just reviewing this as a public service to set the record straight as far as how well it works.

http://www.jimdunlop.com/files/manuals/M195_man_WebSite.pdf

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's a clamp not a suppressor

I was trying to choose between this and a regular noise suppressor. It's hard to get answers to just what this does. What this does is it only cuts out your noise when you...Read complete review

I was trying to choose between this and a regular noise suppressor. It's hard to get answers to just what this does. What this does is it only cuts out your noise when you are not playing but I still got the hiss and buzz when playing. I ended up with an ISP that works well.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Thing Works Great...

By Landon Townsend

from GR, MI

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Comments about MXR M195 Noise Clamp Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

This most definately does what the description says. Great with single coils too.
This is one of the better noise reduction pedals I've ever used. I love the effects loop (But you might want to put your delay out side of that, obviously) because it does a pretty good job at silencing my pedals, even my fuzz! I'm running a modified Fender Standard Telecaster into the input and the output goes into my rogue analog delay right into my all tube Fender Hot Rod III Blues Junior, then the effects loop goes as follows: Dunlop Crybaby wah, Fender DPT-100 tuner, Digitech Screamin Blues, Danelectro cool cat fuzz.
I think that this little stompbox was made to last since it is all steel construction. The switch is sturdy enough for me.... Looks great (I like bright leds)
I'm down with only paying this much compared to the price of other noise reduction/sound gates.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great if you know how to use it.

By srinivassa

from Huntsville, AL

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about MXR M195 Noise Clamp Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

It is astounding how few reviewers are using the product correctly. It is quite effective when used with your pedals in the clamp's loop. It will kill some sustain, but not so much tone. Still, that is why there is a switch on it. If you are doing something like uncompressed clean solos, you will have to switch it off. It will cut out the ends of notes if you don't have a significant amount of compression on your signal. Noisy signals like drive and fuzz have a lot of natural compression and work well with the clamp. It is important to understand that is does not kill any hiss/feedback/noise while you are playing. It has a threshold-based approach to limiting noise. If the total signal is above the threshold, it will not do anything. It is meant to kill hiss/hum while you are not playing. I don't know why people are saying it kills feedback. I don't see how it could. The only devices that actually kill feedback are based on notch filters that seek out the exact frequencies of the feedback and mute it. Even with one of those, it just saves you from blowing a speaker. You will always have to eliminated feedback in the conventional way, keeping the output speaker away from the input source.

So, I don't know how this pedal compares to other noise reducers. I'm just reviewing this as a public service to set the record straight as far as how well it works.

http://www.jimdunlop.com/files/manuals/M195_man_WebSite.pdf

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Far better than the Smart Gate!

By eruption77

from Irwin, PA

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Comments about MXR M195 Noise Clamp Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

I used to use a Smart Gate, and it just didn't cut it. While the Smart Gate will kinda fade out your noise, the Noise Clamp immediately cuts your signal as soon as you stop playing. However, it's very responsive to your playing. It will not cut you out--only the noise.

I have this running in the 'X' configuration exactly how you would run the Boss gate. Rather than explain I'll give you my chain: wah-tuner-Noise Clamp INPUT-Noise Clamp SEND-compressor & preamp fx-AMP INPUT. FX Send-EQ-Noise Clamp RETURN-Noise Clamp OUT-mod fx-time based FX-loop return. This allow you to filter out ALL noise.

The above config is well-documented online. I play through a 5150 III and wanted to control the noise of my amp channels as I don't use a distortion pedal. I don't play metal either; just hard rock.

I almost bought a 2nd Smart Gate but Noise Clamp solves it all.

The only thing I hear is ME. When I'm not playing you hear nothing.

(4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Dead on Arrival

By Tom

from Houston, Tx

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Pros

  • Pretty

Cons

  • Didn't work

Best Uses

  • Paperweight

Comments about MXR M195 Noise Clamp Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

Received this today to tame a Wylde Wah and modded TS-9 on my JVM OD channel. Popped in a duracell and switched it to loop bypass to get the tone sucking wah out of my signal unless I need it. Screwed it all together, plugged it in and tried to fire it up. No LED, no nothing. Unscrewed the backplate and tried another Duracell, repeat. No nothing. Tried my onespot. Nothing. Called MF to return and found out that the broken pedal they got to me 3 days after I ordered it has to go all the way back to them, be received and then they'll send me another one in 5 days or so. Useful. All my other MF purchases have been issue-free but I'm not really pleased with this little turn of events.

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

didn't work

By Mlower312

from Abingdon, VA

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Pros

  • Compact Design

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

    Comments about MXR M195 Noise Clamp Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The first one I recieved didn't work.
    I returned it and the second one worked for twenty minutes. I'm done with this piece of junk!

    (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not a noise gate.

    By JAC

    from MI

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    Comments about MXR M195 Noise Clamp Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I should have done a bit more research before I bought this, or even just read the implication in the product description. This pedal is NOT a noise gate. Some reviewers think that it is, but it is not. It wiill do absolutely nothing for the noise coming from your amp, such as hum or hiss. It will only reduce/eliminate FEEDBACK coming from your PEDALS.

    The upside is that it doesn't color the tone of the amp, which a noise gate will do. So if you have a quiet amp, but get screechy feedback every time you turn your OD pedal on and you don't want to color your tone with a noise gate, you could instead consider this to just quiet your pedal.
    Was plastic, but still seemed tough. No door for the battery.
    All pedals are ridiculously expensive.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Buy it for the right reason

    By TrixR4kids

    from Mad-City, WI

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    Comments about MXR M195 Noise Clamp Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This was my first noise gate ever... I got it needing something to clean up my EQ/compressor/distortion from an embarrassing amount of feedback. I'll start by saying it was the cheapest one on the market which was the main selling point. And since it was MXR, I thought 'why not'?

    It's good. If you're not playing, it keeps things quiet. Personally, I love playing clean tones but I use a heavy distortion (think Weezer), so finding a noise gate that works is kind of a nightmare if you got a small budget... That being said, if you're going to record, spend the $$$. I don't. I like open jams and despise hissing late at night when I practice in my room, so this is functional for me. Side note, it's cheap and kills sustain so I jack up the sustain on my compressor which gives me enough of the good stuff. You need volume to get your tone through or else it can't tell the difference between a good clean and background static.
    It's a noise gate. Simple knob to dial in accordingly to how much you want to level off... it's not gonna send a rocket to the moon, but it'll keep from annoying your friends.
    The build is solid and it works well. It's comparatively cheap compared to everything else, so it's a get what you pay for thing. But if you buy it for the right reason it'll be a great addition to your chain.
    If you buy it to record, you prolly wont like this thing a whole lot... I'd consider rack unit ca$h if that's your angle. If you play live, it'll take care of business for you. Nobody likes getting drunk and listening to 50+ watts of hiss... be nice to your fans. Clamp the hiss, k?

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Does what I want it to do

    By Brian Sunga

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about MXR M195 Noise Clamp Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I am happy with the MXR Noise Clamp. It does what I need it to do: take out unwanted noise and retain the massiveness and tone of my high gain pedals. I put it before my high gain pedals and after the overdrive and it still works. No need for the loop.

    I gave it a 9 because the first MXR Noise Clamp I purchased had a defect and didn't work as it should have been 15 mins after using it. Now, my Noise Clamp is okay.

    MXR just needs to look out for the quality of the products they deliver.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Put a Clamp on it, MXR M195

    By muleskinnerslide

    from Lebanon OR

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    Comments about MXR M195 Noise Clamp Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

    It's hard to go wrong with this pedal. When your ready to get rid of the noise - for what ever reason - it gets the job done elegently.
    The Good: Heavy Duty and it works well. I do have my delay in the loop, so I just shut of the noise clamp when using the delay. No big deal and a whole lot less messier then running a seperate effects loop, now that's a pain.

    The Bad. This thing a a blue LED on it that will blister your eyes if you look at it too long. I ended up covering it with electrical tape and poking a pin hole in the tape so just a little of the light shines through.
    Very well constructed, good enough for my pedal board. No real weak points that I can see or feel.
    For the money, this is a good noise gate to buy. You can spend more, but why. Plus it has a small footprint which is a real plus on the pedalboard.

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    It's a clamp not a suppressor

    By Larry L

    from Cleveland OH

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Limited Selection Of Effects

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about MXR M195 Noise Clamp Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I was trying to choose between this and a regular noise suppressor. It's hard to get answers to just what this does. What this does is it only cuts out your noise when you are not playing but I still got the hiss and buzz when playing. I ended up with an ISP that works well.

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