Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor Pedal Reviews4.1/5.0 based on 10 customer reviews
Kill the noise! Whether you're playing a Strat and dealing with the fabled 60Hz hum, or playing a guitar with humbuckers through a high-gain amp, you can seriously reduce or even eliminate the annoying interference you hear when you're not playing with this simple-to-use pedal. Why would you want to be heard if you're not playing? Just plug this into your effects chain before any reverbs or delays, and let the gate do the rest!
from Hammond, IN
February 1, 2013Music Background:
30+ years. I write and record original rock and blues, no covers any more.
Should have bought this years agoI do a lot of recording in a home studio. I have a pedal Pedal Train Pro board with 4 different distorion/fuzz/overdrive pedals and a Flanger and Phaser, all of which produce unwanted noise in addition to noise generated by the guitar pickups, single coil or humbuckers. This pedal allows me to run the distortion peds and the phase/flange through the loop while keeping my time based pedals (reverb and delay) out of the loop so that the gate does not impede the reverb/delay. This pedal does a great job. My only regret is that I did not buy this years ago. As for the pedal coloring the sound? I hear no difference whatsoever. Loss of tone is not so much a pedal problem but having a long signal chain. If you hear the tone change try using the tone control on your ax, on your amp, or on your pedal board. Thats why we have them. It's not rockket science.
from Coral Springs, FL
March 20, 2012Music Background:
Hobbyist, Live Player
Does the JobThis pedal is great! I love it especially because I play a stratocaster which are genrally noisy. It gets rid of all of the noise that is produced by my other pedals. Over all I love this thing!
John R. Payne
from Modesto, CA. USA
October 2, 2011Music Background:
Music Recording hobbyist
Exactly what I was looking for.I found the Boss NS-2 to be exactly was I was looking for. I would get noise from my distortion pedal so I purchased a NS-2 & found it was simple to hook up & eliminated the noise from the pedal, instantly. I highly recommend the Boss NS-2 to anyone who has unwanted noise from any of their pedals.
from United States
July 28, 2012Music Background:
what noise?that's what you'll be saying. i will recommend putting your distortions,fuzzes,etc. in the loop as per the manual.it DOES make a difference, then put your delay after this in your chain and your delays won't get gated out.great pedal,i gave her a 4.5 mainly because of cosmetics(i know) I DON'T LIKE THE WHITE FINISH! haha,minor but i had to find SOMETHING to complain about. makes all your other pedals sound classy,get one
from Hot Springs, AR
March 22, 2012Music Background:
Pedal does exactly what it's meant to doThe Boss NS-2 effectively cancelled the hum I was getting from my Strat single coils without affecting the sustain. Very easy to use.
December 30, 2011Music Background:
Works greatWorks great
January 5, 2011Music Background:
Great fix for noisy pedalsI had this for years in my home electronica studio in which I used a few distortion pedals on bass and lead synths. This thing worked amazingly well to kill %90 of the noise my pedals made when left on. Use it the way it was designed to be used, and it does work miracles. If you have a ground hum or a noisy amp though... Well, it's not an electrician. It isolates the ambient noise in the fx loop and phase cancels it like the Bose headphones do but fir your guitar. TV stations use this same tech to eliminate wind and crowd noise with a background mic instead if an FX loop in broadcast audio. Very effective. If noisy boxes is your problem, this is your solution.
from Fort Wayne, IN
October 29, 2009Music Background:
Cut the NoiseI use this pedal all the time. No - it won't eliminate the noise from your signal. It will shut it down between songs when performing if your signal to noise ratio is at least somewhat sane. I use it as a downward expander so it doesn't just shut off like a gate. It has worked well for me for years - great for performing.
from Bristol Township
August 15, 2007Music Background:
Noise suppressorsI've got bad hum and buzz coming out of my amp and have it just about turned off and it's still bad. I've been trying to pin down the cause and thought NS-2 would help because I've had good luck and sound with Boss equipment but it's not powerful enough to silence the zoo I'm hearing. Does a nice job if I'm using humbuckers but if you're having a severe noise problem it's probably a ground problem. Let a tech check out your amp and pickups before you invest in a pedal that you may not need.
January 1, 2005
Not Bad... might be what you need, and might not be...This is an interesting box. It's not quite a noise-gate, and it's not quite a noise-suppressor... it's somewhere in the middle.
This is not a tool for studio use! It's also not a tool to just remove minor hiss from a already almost noisless system. However, if you often play live shows and play with distortion (which is obviously going to create a lot of noise when you aren't playing), then I do recommend this box... it's just a hair better than a noise gate (which isn't saying much, but it still says a lot when you are already struggling with noise and noise gates are close to fixing it but don't sound quite right).
For the BEST results... do NOT plug this pedal between your guitar and amp... plug it into the FX loop!!!
When it comes to live noise and problems, sometimes a tool like this can go a looooong way (even if it only helps a little). Of course you can easily set this box to over-do-it, like anything.