MXR M135 Smart Gate Pedal

Noise Gate Pedal for Electric Guitar or Bass, with Three Operation Modes, Intelligent Gate Speed, and Variable Gate Threshold
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Intelligent Gating That Won't Kill Your Sustain

Say goodbye to the noise in your guitar or bass rig with the MXR M135 Smart Gate pedal! The M135 Smart Gate lets every nuance of your playing through, thanks to its intelligent gate speed. When you're holding a chord, the M135 Smart Gate reacts slowly so your sustain is never cut off. Get into fast palm-muted fury, and the M135 Smart Gate snaps into action, adding incredible definition to your playing. And three operation modes let you pick the best setting for the sound of your rig. That's probably why it's the go-to noise gate pedal for Zoltan Bathory from 5 Finger Death Punch, and Frank Iero from My Chemical Romance. Cut out the noise and keep your tone, with the MXR M135 Smart Gate pedal.

MXR M135 Smart Gate Pedal Features at a Glance:
  • Noise gate pedal for electric guitar or bass
  • Intelligent gating means the gate reacts slowly when you're holding sustained notes, and faster when your playing speeds up
  • Variable threshold lets you control how much gating is taking place
  • Three operation modes: Hiss for high-frequency noise, Mid for noisy guitar amps, and Full for wide-range signals and bass rigs
  • Built to last
The MXR M135 Smart Gate pedal gives you transparent noise gating that never cuts off your sustain!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Noise Gate
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Batteries 1 x 9V
Height 2.5"
Width 4.5"
Depth 5.5"
Weight 0.84 lbs.
Power Supply Included No
Manufacturer Part Number M135

Customer Reviews

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Perfection easy to use

I had this pedal before and sold it. It's so good I wanted it again (now that I'm playing again). It's super easy to use.
Music background: 20+ years plus recording school

MXR Smartgate

Yes, I was blown away. This is the best gate I used. I've tried a couple different ones, but they were either too complicated or just didn't do the job without cutting sustain. I did a lot of looking before I check out this one. I mainly play single coil guitars. This thing is so easy to use. Buy it.

So glad I got this

This really is a set-it-and-forget-it gate. I may adjust the threshold a little depending on the guitar, but for the most part I don't notice that it's there besides the fact the my guitars are whisper quiet. It's completely transparent when open, and the way it adjusts its clamping based on the varying dynamics of your playing is pretty-much spot-on. As long as the threshold is dialed-in (not difficult) it just always seems to guess right and and close at the perfect time. Never seems to truncate sustained, decaying notes or lag behind quick, muted ones. And unless your s/n is *really* bad, you can play as quiet as you want without any "pressure" to play above some minimum level. Thus, once it's setup I don't even think about it... I use it straight off the instrument, then pass it through a cheap noise gate at the end of the chain/fx loop -- set to lowest threshold/attack/release --, then back into the effects/amp. So it not only clamps noise going into the compressor/boost/amp/etc., but very accurately triggers the noise-gate towards the end (but before delay/reverb) of the chain to stop added noise from effects/amp. It did work OK just having the smart gate at that spot, but it (naturally) responds better with the raw, uncompressed, quieter signal directly from the instrument (imho). I don't do reviews often, nor am I the world's greatest tone expert. YMMV, obviously. There may be tons of better solutions out there I don't know about. All I know is -- after *many* attempts -- I have a quiet, worry-free signal in an electrically noisy, non-studio environment. It worked better than I had come to expect... and cheap (relatively).

The Smartest

I have used the other brands of pedals and nothing comes close to what this can do. Really handles the noise even better than Mxr noise clamp. The noise clamp is a great pedal but smart gate is a more powerful version that goes to the next level. Smart gate can be backed of as well though. Any setting it really doesn't cut off your guitar and no loss of tone. Really is amazing
Music background: Recording. Performing 19 yrs. Rock, blues

No More Noise

It works very well. It will remain on my pedal board and if it went out at any time, I would definitely buy another one. It is built well and not some cheap piece of crap that you'll regret buying. If you have noise and want to get rid of it, I would definitely get this pedal.
Music background: Hobby
See also: EQ Pedals, MXR, MXR Compressors and EQ