Noise seems to be every guitar player's nightmare. It can be buzz, hum, hiss, air-traffic control ... (This Is Spinal Tap, anyone?) I'll start off by saying that guitar rigs are a noisy environment to begin with. Gain has a lot to do with noise, but if things are clean before it hits the gain stage, your rig can be quiet (er).
I'm Matt Brown, a producer, engineer and guitarist for A Pale Horse Named Death (featuring members of Life of Agony, Type O Negative, Biohazard) and Seventh Void (featuring members of Type O Negative). I'm also a touring sound engineer for Lou Reed, among others.