52 pedals, week 35—Carl Martin Noise Terminator

I’ve been making a lot of noise recently about the various overdrive and fuzz pedals that I like. Ideally, these pedals would also make a lot of noise. But what about when you’re not actually playing the guitar? Often during those sad moments you don’t want the amplifier to be producing any noise at all. That’s when you need some kind of noise cancelling technology. The Carl Martin Noise Terminator is such a pedal.

Now if only there was a way to shut me up. Oh well.

Many noise gate pedals have a simple dial that allows you to wind it up until you’re comfortable with the amount of unnecessary noise the pedal essentially absorbs. Not the Noise Terminator. It has two dials allowing you to switch between the soft and hard filtering options. Standard noise cancellation can be handled with the soft dial. Insane noise can be cancelled using the hard knob.

With either setting, the tone of your otherwise dream setup remains unscathed. That’s called winning. Or these days, #winning.

Another handy little feature is the pedal’s MIDI controlled remote jack so you can easily switch between the soft and hard settings.

It’s unusual perhaps—to a non-guitarist at least—to say that the awesome main feature of the Noise Terminator is its ability to cut all sound from your guitar rig. But if you’ve had a high output rig before that sounded as brutal as you wanted it while playing while constantly humming at all other times, then this makes perfect sense. And seeing exactly how much noise it can kill is even more impressive. That’s why this video is how I’ll sign off today. The silence is golden.

Disclaimer: I’ve not played this guitar pedal. I have not experienced first-hand the sound or effects of this guitar pedal. That doesn’t matter. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.

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