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Rocktron Guitar Silencer Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal 

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Combines patented HUSH technology with a noise-gating process.

Now you can achieve noise exterminating bliss with Rocktron's Guitar Silencer stompbox that combines patented HUSH noise-reduction technology with a noise-gating process. This combination of two noise eliminators creates one effective noise-killing device.

No matter what style of playing you do, from pop to metalhead madness, the Guitar Silencer is your Swiss Army knife for wiping out hiss and silencing awkward changes in your music. The Guitar Silencer allows you to go from heavy, all-out distortion to complete silence by muting your guitar strings. All without changing your tone one bit.

There are times when your music calls for single-ended noise reduction; that softer version of noise elimination that allows your sustain to ring out unaffected, while getting rid of creeping hiss and circuit noise. That is what Rocktron's patented HUSH does so well. Then there are times when you want hard noise-gating to chop the ends of your notes while achieving instant noise kill, first achieved in metal by Dimebag Darrell with the original, rackmount Guitar Silencer. This stompbox version provides both of these noise-reducing methods in one simple pedal that takes up minimal space on your pedal board.

Part of the Rocktron Boutique Series of stomp boxes, the Guitar Silencer comes in a rugged metal chassis with eye-popping, retro, custom-designed laser-etched artwork. True bypass, and as a bonus, you can use it to add true bypass to your favorite distortion pedal using the Send/Return jacks.

Controls for the Guitar Silencer include GATE, which is the threshold at which the noise gate portion of the effect will clamp to silence. The HUSH control determines the threshold of the noise floor you want the HUSH portion of the effect to reduce. An active LED lights up when the gate threshold has been met.

The Guitar Silencer runs on a 9V alkaline battery, or with the optional Rocktron DC OnTap universal power adapter (Product #158004).

FEATURES
  • Combines patented HUSH technology with a noise gate
  • Send/Return jacks
  • Active LED for gate threshold indication
  • Rugged metal chassis
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RocktronGuitar Silencer Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal
 
5.0

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Responsive (8)
  • Compact (6)
  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

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  • Home studio (8)
  • Performances (8)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review of Rocktron Guitar Silencer

By Flacy

from Spartanburg, SC

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Pros

  • Does Not Squash Tone
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about Rocktron Guitar Silencer Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

I am a bass guitarist who has thumped the bottom end since 1964. I currently play in a classic rock band and use a lot more effects than the average bassist, often quite subtlety to slightly color tone rather than create a dramatic effect. Regardless of the pedal effect/route taken in my effects chain, the last pedal before my amp and the mixing console (not considering a noise reduction pedal) is always my Tech 21 VT Bass. The reason for this is that the VT Bass creates a tube-like sound. I guess because I am old school (severely), I love that sound. I also love using solid-state amps and skipping the cost of tubes. The problem with the VT Bass is that it is quite dirty, with an incessant hiss when pushing the Drive and Character knobs, my two favorite controls on the VT Bass for that tube-like grit. At first I thought I had a bad VT Bass pedal and so I bought another. Nope, that is the way they sound.

So, not wanting to give up my Tech 21 old school sound, I set about finding a noise reduction pedal. Looking at the noise reduction pedals available at the time, I determined that the ISP Decimator was the best, so I got one. I am here to tell you that they are great, really great, with one exception. Though the ISP Decimator stops all hiss when not playing, played notes carry the hiss along with the note. For a guitarist, whose frequency of notes are closer to the frequency of the hiss, that may not be such a big problem. But for a bassist, whose notes are in a frequency range quite disparate from the hiss, it becomes darn irritating (bear in mind that, though far from being one, I often display perfectionist tendencies).

In looking for a replacement for the ISP Decimator, I found the Rocktron Guitar Silencer. Already owning a Rocktron Tru-Loop, I was previously familiar with the quality of the Rocktron products, however, I found very few reviews of the Guitar Silencer, hence this review. Like the ISP, the Guitar Silencer has a knob to stop the noise when not playing, called the "Gate" knob (equivalent to the ISP "Threshold" knob). Unlike the ISP, it has a second knob that employs what Rocktron calls "Hush Technology." What the Hush knob does is greatly reduce the noise when notes are being played, to a point at which even this perfectionist's ears are happy.

The trick is to find a point for full time noise reduction without eliminating sustain. With the Rocktron, this is not hard to do. Start by putting it in your chain, plugging the pedals you want to make quieter into the "Send" and "Return" ports of the Rocktron and click the foot switch to turn the unit on, then turn both knobs all the way down. Next, turn the Gate knob up until the red "Active" LED lights up. The last step is to play notes while turning the "Hush" knob up, listening for the point at which sustain starts to be reduced. When you notice that point, drop the Hush knob back just a little and voila, you have full time noise reduction.

I love this pedal. I recommend it to any player wanting to eliminate noise in a signal chain, even guitar players (who often make too much noise anyway, hee, hee). But for bassists especially, this is your noise reduction pedal. Get one. It will make you happy! It made me happy. And as my ex-wife would tell you, that is darn hard to do.

By the way, I am unaffiliated in any fashion with the manufacturers of any of the above mentioned products.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a terrific product

By Psychedelic Drifter

from Green Bay, WI

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Pros

  • Cleanly Gates Signal
  • Compact Design
  • Reduces Noise
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Effects Loop Of Amp

    Comments about Rocktron Guitar Silencer Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I've been trying out different noise suppressors and gates since I finally decided to stop sacrificing tone for quiet operation. I was leery of this particular Rocktron noise reduction product because of a paucity of reviews of it wherever it's sold. But the combination of hush and gate in a stomp box was irresistible. I have not been disappointed! I run it through my effects loop before the reverb and delays. I set the hush just enough to reduce major hiss and hum (too much hush results in a volume drop). Then I set the gate. The gate is exceptional; it neither chokes off the signal nor allows much incidental activity through. I now have a quiet rig with the tone I desire. The hush even cleans up my playing by dampening high frequency finger and palm and pick swipes. And because of the efficiency of the gate, only what I want to resonate and repeat gets into the reverb and delay units. I play late 1960s-early 1970s psychedelic and heavy blues rock primarily (e.g. Pink Floyd, Robin Trower, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Marino), but also early Black Sabbath. I highly recommend this product.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A guitarists must have

    By Matt_Krush

    from Saginaw MI

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Rocktron Guitar Silencer Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Best results in the Head's effects loop, otherwise use as last chain of the pedal configuration.
      Works as everybit as good as the rack mount unit.
      Total control of feed back, noise, sustain.
      Does not alter/color the sound of your guitar/rig.

       
      5.0

      Great Silencer

      By BSB

      from Montgomery, AL

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Rocktron Guitar Silencer Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Rocktron has a reputation of making good products and this silencer is well made. Good quality and sturdy construction, works well with my Marshall 410C.

         
        5.0

        Better than my ISP!

        By Mmike

        from Big Bend Florida

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • NONE!

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Rocktron Guitar Silencer Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Works better than my ISP Decimater! Set it and forget it. Does not mess with my sustain and decals don't come off in a week like the ISP not that that is functionally a issue just a pain. EASY to set up and I wish I would've purchased it before the decimator.

         
        5.0

        Simple, Effective, You can move on

        By 0isez

        from Minneapolis, MN.

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        Pros

        • A Novice Could Work It
        • Does Just What You Expect
        • Responsive
        • Responsive To Tweeking

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • All

        Comments about Rocktron Guitar Silencer Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

        All excellent equipment seems to read your mind on what you're trying to achieve. This is one of those equpments. Intuivive and precise. Novice or Pro makes no difference. Miles ahead of the field.

         
        5.0

        Great Product!

        By Inhabitant

        from Daytona area Florida

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Rocktron Guitar Silencer Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I think this is an exceptional pedal for what it is designed for! This is the second one I bought! The hush feature is spot on! I have it on my recording board and my travel board.

           
          5.0

          Great product!

          By Inhabitant

          from Daytona area Florida

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Rocktron Guitar Silencer Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Does what it is supposed to! Love the Hush feature which removes the noise as you play!!

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Silencer Noise Reduction

            By GRAVES CROSSING BAND

            from East Jordan, MI

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            Pros

            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive

            Cons

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                Comments about Rocktron Guitar Silencer Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I bought this unit because I was building a pedal board. I have the Rocktron Hush unit in rack mount and always have loved it. This pedal performs just as well as the rack mount unit.

                 
                5.0

                Rocktron Noise Reduction Pedal

                By Jackhammer

                from Somewhere, TX

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

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                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Rocktron Guitar Silencer Noise Reduction Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Have always ran the old original rack mount guitar silencer from the 80's. No difference between the two performance wise. The pedal version is much more versatile with the additional isolation abilities, plus being on the pedal board is nice to say the least. Why it needs a bypass button is beyond me, but, whatever. It's a great unit and a must have.

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