Love and hate it
Ok, praise this pedal because, yes it sounds amazing and does exactly what it says to do, and surpassed my expectations sound-wise. Quiets up my 5150 to sound as tight and responsive as a soldano SLO (if you ever played one you'll know they are dead silent) Great feel and response, no loss in tone, no loss in articulation or feel... so I love this pedal for that reason...
Now for the real reason for this review. This pedal is one of the most poorly designed pieces of gear I have ever owned. Im assuming ISP engineers produced this pedal this way for space constraints on the inner circuit board, however I have seen multiple ways around this in IC placements as well as just basic greenboard routing... it seems to me they rushed a product to get it out, without application testing. I have a very small pedal board setup... wireless, tuner, this unit, chorus, digital delay, and a boost pedal, and unfortunately due to 3x 1/4 inches on one side, it is the biggest pain in the ass to route on a small board and required me to purchase a significantly larger board to keep assembled. the easiest rectification of this would be to put the output to amp on the same side as the return side... but again this could have been due to space constraints on the board, but i have seen ways around this and im sure the engineers saw this and just did not care. routing this as a preamp noise reduction circuit and fx loop reduction circuit is too much of a pain and required me to custom make my own angled and straight cables to accommodate it, plus took up way too much space, and kind of upsets me that I could have room for 2 more pedals if this was not on my board. again im sure you can find ways around this but is it convenient, absolutely not... I kind of want something i spend nearly 300 dollars on to function (this includes cable prices etc) to be as idiot proof as possible.
now for using in a touring rig... I have many friends I toured with as a sound engineer, as well as myself touring... national, and internationally... and have nothing but praise about the resilience of this pedal... on more than one instance this thing had been COVERED in beer, and still functioned without so much as a crackle... without being maintenance'd or cleaned, it still lasted the entire tour without any issues. never had any issues with power jack *which usually ends up becoming a problem for every other pedal I've ever toured with* also had very good battery life in situations where outlets were not available... usually the 9v batteries only last a single show or 2, but this would go nearly 4-5 gigs without having to change batteries, and honestly, that was only In case they died, we changed them anyway, so they may have gone longer. SO amazing praise to ISP on the design for this. however in more than one case *maybe 2-3 times* the threshold knob became loose in a sense that it longer functioned... now this was not because it wasnt mounted, but the actual inner shaft of the potentiometer just turned infinitely. it is easily repairable if you have the know how, but not something I would suggest to the average guy/gal.
all that being said, would i still recommend this pedal... absolutely... just keep in mind, routing this thing is like pulling teeth... they do make a single channel decimator which is amazing as well, so do your research as to which product you need... and what you need it for... if you are using many pedals in the fx loop, id suggest placing it there, but if you are getting super high squealing even with a shielded cavity on your guitar, and you know your pickups are non micro-phonic, and all your cables are well shielded and have quality end pieces (neutriks etc) then place on the input... but I feel like the standard decimator will do the job for most rigs.
I hope this review was helpful to at least one person out there.