The Pigtronix PXFNG Gatekeeper Noise Gate Guitar Effects Pedal is a fast-acting noise gate that prevents unwanted noise from creeping in where you don't want it. The beauty of a noise gate comes into its own during high-gain performances, where feedback can cause havoc when you don't want it to. A noise gate is particularly useful when performing choppy metal rhythm, switching between chugging palm muting and tightly executed hammer-ons and pull-offs with deft precision. The Gatekeeper allows you to attenuate the gate to lock down your perfect response.
The J-Fet transistor powered circuitry enables the Gatekeeper to act efficiently, so that no matter how tight you want your chops to sound, you can rest assured that Pigtronix have thought of everything so that you don't have to.
The Gatekeeper may be powerful, but the control layout is nice and simple. Firstly, the Threshold control pot can be adjusted to control the exact amount of signal you wish to allow through before the gate is activated. The higher the gain, the lower the threshold. The best way to find your sweet spot is to pick out your strings with the Threshold open at its fullest, to let all of the signal through. Then dial it back until you roll off the feedback, slowly but surely and you'll find the perfect setting. Obviously, if you wish to let more signal back through, simply roll it back up. Easy! If you want a completely muted sound, then all you need to do is completely close the gate, and nothing shall pass through it.
The Release knob controls how much time passes before the gate closes once your signal drops below the threshold you have set. If you want a staccato feel then set it to activate quickly. Alternatively, you can use the Release as an effect in itself, to create sharp or slow signal drop out. It is all about individual feel, and the Gatekeeper is more than happy to accommodate your wishes.
The Mute LED lights up when the signal has fallen below your threshold setting. If the Release is set to a long time, then the Mute will take a moment to light. If Release is set to a minimum, then Mute will kick in immediately. This is particularly useful for giving a clear indication as to the pedal's settings when you are playing on a dimly lit stage.
As with all their products, Gatekeeper Noise Gate Guitar Effects Pedal is a shining example of what Pigtronix are adept at: building excellent products that are robustly built, do their job without any problems whatsoever, and complement your existing hardware beautifully. True Bypass circuitry is built-in, so that your original guitar tone remains unblemished. Each model comes with an 18VDC power supply. All you need to do is get out and play!
Manufacturer Pigtronix Model PXFNG Gatekeeper Noise Gate Guitar Effects Pedal Dimensions (H x W x D) 25 x 61 x 112 mm Controls Threshold
Included Accessories 18VDC 300mA power supply
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