The BOSS NS-1X Noise Suppressor Pedal is billed as their next-generation noise reducer and ultra-fast gate for guitar, bass, and other electronic musical instruments.
NS-1X Noise Suppressor
This new BOSS NS-1X Noise Suppressor pedal is an update to the previous NS-2 * and uses their Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) which eliminates noise with no impact on the playing feel for the user.
This new noise suppressor pedal uses the aforementioned MDP and this intelligently silences noise without affecting the natural tone and playing feel of a guitar or bass.
It now has much faster processing and versatile operation modes for a wide range of scenarios, from gentle noise reduction for general live use to ultra-fast gating for heavy rhythm styles.
The MDP delivers fast, transparent operation, eliminating the unnatural attack and decay artifacts that can be introduced with a standard noise gate.
Reduction—This mode provides gentle noise suppression and natural note decay with all pickup types, including low-output single coils.
Gate—Ideal for high-gain players, this mode immediately silences the sound when no signal is present. MDP provides a lightning-fast response, ensuring a natural playing feel and punchy note attack for percussive djent riffs, sweep picking, and legato tapping techniques.
Mute—This mode turns the pedal’s bypass setting into a convenient mute switch for changing instruments, tuning, and set breaks. The NS-1X will operate in either Reduction or Gate mode when the pedal switch is off, assignable using a simple power-up procedure.
Threshold, Decay, and Damp controls are then used to fine-tune the selected mode. Finally, the Reduction indicator dynamically displays the current noise suppression status of the NS-1X, for quick reference whilst playing.
Plus, it features a Send/Return for drive pedals and also has a DC output for sharing the supply voltage for other pedals.
Noise gates aren’t exactly a cool pedal in many ways, however, they are necessary, and a good one can really make or break a performance. Especially, if there is a lot of nuance to playing and/or a lot of gain in the signal chain.
This latest NS-1X could be the perfect gate for a lot of musicians and therefore well worth checking out, as there hasn’t been an update to the NS-2 in over 30 years. Though, it is roughly twice the price of the original.
MSRP – USD 199/EUR 209 *
Boss NS-1X Noise Suppressor
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- With MDP: BOSS
- Multi-Dimensional Processing: BOSS