Gating very complex sounds like fuzz and delay is always a challenge. The Loop Gate™ provides a loop switch with a built-in “perfect” audio gate (high headroom, no distortion, no hiss) that lets you set up a loop of pedals you can switch in and out of your signal path at will, but you have a couple of really fun options to control that loop that include a cross-fade “mix” option as well as creating tremolo-like sounds with “chop” mode. The beauty of introducing a loop into a noise gate is that the device looks at your guitar signal to see when you want to gate. It doesn’t even bother to look at the output from your loop of pedals... that is way too noisy to study. It’s much better to look at the incoming guitar signal to see what’s up, and that’s just what the Loop Gate™ does. The guitarist can have all sorts of crazy things happening in the loop without worrying that all of that sonic madness will trigger the gate.
Release Knob; Normal / Chop Switch: The release knob controls two different things depending on what position the “Normal / Chop” switch is in. In “Normal” mode, the release knob acts as a way to control the fade out time of the gate or cross-fade. The release time is completely adjustable from downright slammin’ (counterclockwise) to extremely long and lovely (clockwise), like the most gorgeous fadeout performed by a professional engineer. In “Chop” mode, the release knob controls how long the gate, once triggered, will open and close for. There is no fading in this mode; the audio is “chopped.” This control can be used like a tremolo speed knob because the gate will continue to open and close in a rhythmic-like fashion as long as the gate’s sensitivity threshold is surpassed.
Sensitivity: A wide-ranging sensitivity control to set the turn-on threshold. It can be extremely sensitive if set all the way clockwise. If the user sets this all the way counter-clockwise, it is impossible for the gate to open, which is useful for crossfades while in “Mix” mode.
Buffer On / Buffer Off Switch: There is a switchable buffer on the “loop send” part of the device (receive is always buffered). These are the same glistening buffers found in the Lo-fi Loop Junky™ (the clean sound). Please see the back of this page for more information on turning this buffer off. Gate / Mix Switch: In “Gate” mode, the device will gate to silence when the guitar signal does not reach the sensitivity threshold. In “Mix” mode, the device will allow clean guitar to pass when the guitar signal does not reach the sensitivity threshold; if the sensitivity threshold is met, it allows users to do crossfades when audio is being generated inside the loop (i.e. a playback device of some kind like the Lo-Fi Loop Junky).
Bypass Stomp Switch: True bypass switch.
Gate Stomp Switch: When this switch is not engaged, the device acts as a simple effects loop with a switchable send buffer (receive is always buffered). When it is engaged, the “Gate / Mix” switch will control whether the device is gating to silence or cross-fading.
Plug your guitar into the right hand input jack. Plug the output into an amp or other effect’s input. Plug the Loop Gate™ send jack into the input of something weird and noisy. Like a Fuzz Factory™ and a delay. Plug the output of the weird, noisy thing into the Loop Gate™ receive jack. Set the sensitivity and release to your liking in “Gate” mode. Rock out!
BATTERY CHANGE & POWER SUPPLY:
The Loop Gate™ draws about 10mA and can be powered with a 9V battery (remove the four screws on the bottom for replacement) or any standard filtered/regulated musical 9VDC power supply with a Boss-style connector (negative-tip barrel connector). We recommend using an alkaline 9V battery but a carbon-zinc battery (shipped with the unit) will work.
Your Loop Gate™ is warranted for 1 year from date of purchase, or 2 years if you send in your warranty card.