Boss releases its first noise suppressor pedal since 1987 – and it’s not just for high-gain metal and djent

Boss NS-1X Noise Supressor
(Image credit: Boss)

Boss has just unveiled its first noise gate pedal since 1987, the NS-1X Noise Suppressor – and this might be the pedal that to convert a new generation of players to the benefits of noise reduction.

Not that there aren’t large cohorts of players who need a little something to cut the hiss and hum from their electric guitar tone. The punishing high-gain conditions that metal guitar players operate in – particularly those cloistered in the staccato rhythmic chug-life of djent – will often call for a noise gate. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.