Perfect your Rig with Silence and Control
“Deep within the solitude of the temple, the Sau’s of the Per-Ankh assembled in silence. Their conclusion was self-evident. Only those pure of tone could be received in the temple and find sonic peace. From the centre of their silent circle, the Orb swelled and raised above the Pylons. Erupting in a rain of light and spewing forth daggers of lightning, their new God subdued and separated the chaotic ocean of noise from the perfect breeze of stillness. Peace reigned once more, the hordes of cacophony overcome.”
When you add drive, dirt or other sound manipulation devices to your signal, the trade-off is always noise. So, many players turn to noise gates to help tame these unwanted nasties.
Unlike many noise gates on the market, the PYLON ATB Noise Gate seeks to not only drive back the hordes of fizz and hum, but also arms and reinforces your tonal attack, shutting down the noise and yet helping you enjoy your rig’s true potential. This advanced, multi-functional and super-versatile pedal not only features an ultra-fast Gate with a smooth trigger, an integrated Boost section, an External Trigger Input for external bypass switching or Gate-triggering, a relay-based Channel Switcher for your amp but also sports a built-in Audio Transformer to help enhance and balance your rig. Hear and feel the quiet in the eye of the storm!
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ATB Noise Gate
When talking about signal gain, we all know drive circuits at full tilt can be noisy malice monsters. To help get a grip on your noise floor, PYLON’s NOISE GATE is based on a high-performance Blackmer® VCA and provides lightning-fast and precise performance. To find the right spot, simply choose between one of the two detection-range settings and dial in the THRESHOLD to taste. With either softly decaying notes using HIGH mode or a fast-closing response in LOW mode, you’re sure to be able to dial in super tight tones when you need it, but without interfering with your sonic signature. Fast palm-mutes? No problem. Decaying notes? Dead simple to accomplish and just so you know when it is operating, the white status LED will also turn blue as soon as the gate starts to act.
Providing up to 30 dB of gain, the integrated BOOST circuit can really help to fine tune your tone, but it can also serve as an attenuator too. Its CUT control will tighten up your low end and is selectable between 65-730 Hz to ensure a mid-focussed and cutting lead sound when pushing your amp’s preamp into saturation. Choosing between three different modes for the boost’s on/off state, gives you plenty of options on how you want to use it. Either leave it ON to always help shape your tone, OFF if you don’t need it, or use SYNC mode so it is activated with the GATE. Both CUT & BOOST knobs are backlit, in order to show you the on/off status of the BOOST section at a glance.
Using transformers in pro-audio gear is nothing new, but while they help to easily match the impedance of low-level and unbalanced signals such as from guitar or bass instruments, PYLON’s audio-grade-transformer also gives additional warmth with associated nice low-frequency harmonics. Your guitars, synths or in fact anything you put through the pedal will never have sounded so solid. The pedal gives more ‘heft’ and enhances the core tone, in a much finer way and without any of the phase issues that can happen when using EQ alone!
However, when the output transformer is boosted even further in level, it can overload many amplifier or pre-amp inputs and make things appear muddy, especially with high levels of additional gain. So, to help tame superfluous low end (especially for rhythm chugging and soloing) we added a fixed built-in roll off that affects everything below 65 Hz when the internal BOOST section is activated.
With PYLON’s IN/OUT and SEND/RETURN jacks, it’s capable of many different wirings to suit different setups. This includes the classic 4-Cable method that helps to tame those unwanted extraneous noises from your amp’s own drive sounds. You do this either via the amps own FX Loop or by connecting your dirt pedals on your board to the pedal etc. via the SEND/RETURN jacks. Using PYLON this way, the clean signal from your source (guitar/bass/synth etc.) will trigger the gate to kill the hiss and buzz, then once you add your favourite flavours of dirt etc., it will help to keep your initial attack and therefore levels more intact.
Due to the utilitarian nature of noise gates, a lot of musicians use their gate on top of or even inside their amp rigs. But what if you have to turn it off and on from time to time? Well, with PYLON that’s dead simple. Just hook up an external (Normally Open) Momentary Switch to the EXT Control Connector, move the slide switch above the jack to BYPASS (BP) mode and you have solved the problem.
But you may be asking what the TR position is for then? If you want to put the PYLON on your pedalboard and have an external source trigger your noise gate, move the slide switch over to TR and bingo. There’s actually lots of fun behind this little function. For instance, by feeding the sound of your drummer’s kick drum into the pedal, your riffs can be tight and synced up. Those who like to experiment with sound designs might even use the Noise Gate in other ways, the creative power is almost endless here!
Sometimes you may want rely on your amp’s distortion but also use the clean channel of your amp and only want the Gate on the drive. That sounds like it could be a bit of a tap dance to switch over channels, turning your gate on/off and maybe turn on a boost too. Well have no fear, PYLON is here and will give you all of that in one go! Connect the CHANNEL input on PYLON to your amp’s channel switcher connector, set the polarity slide switch to suit and here we go. As soon as you engage PYLON it will also switch the amp’s channel. Alternatively, you could also use this socket as a remote switch for many functions on other pedals you may have in your arsenal too.
Last and by no means least we added an internal GND-Lift DIP switch for helping isolate any ground issues, if needed.
So, you thought gates were just utility devices? With PYLON you’ll enhance your whole rig. Now go let your tone flow through and riff!
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Changes the centre frequency of the 6 dB/Oct LF Cut (65 Hz to 730 Hz).
This helps to tighten up the sound further and changes the boost into a presence boost
Sets the signal trigger point at which the gate starts operating and starts to let signal through.
Note: this should be adjusted by listening for noise while not playing - turn the knob clockwise until noise becomes inaudible. You also may need to readjust the THRESHOLD to accommodate additional noise your instrument and/or other fx etc. may produce. However, setting the knob too close to the actual trigger point may not allow your tone to decay naturally, so best to back it off a little if this occurs.
Level control - up to 30 dB Gain.
Due to the ultra-high headroom design, boosts gain without ever clipping internally
Range Toggle Switch
Sets the detection-range for the trigger-circuit.
Note: this gives the possibility for finer adjustment or for extremely noisy setups, a bigger range and/or “gate-only” wiring.
Boost Toggle Switch
SYNC: Boost turns on as soon as you turn on the Gate
OFF: Boost is off, regardless of main bypass
ON: Boost is always on, regardless of the main bypass
Note: PYLON features a built-in transformer which is strapped on the main output. While this helps to easily match the impedance of low-level and unbalanced signals from a guitar or bass, it also can create additional warmth with associated nice low-frequency harmonics. However, when this is boosted even further in level, it can overload many amplifier or pre-amp inputs and make things appear muddy, especially with high levels of additional gain.
Therefore, to help tame superfluous low end (especially for chugging and soloing styles of playing) we added a fixed built-in roll off that affects everything below 65 Hz when the internal BOOST section is activated.
Activates the pedal and boost (depends on Boost Toggle Switch Position)
Main LED lights up white when the pedal is switched on and changes the colour to blue when the gate is closed.
Input for your incoming Signal (Guitar/Bass etc.)
NB: This signal then heads through an internal splitter. On one side it will be fed into the trigger circuit for the gate and on the other into a relay that takes the boost in or out of the signal path and from there out over the unique “transformer-enhanced bypass”.
Main Signal out from the gate circuit (to amplifier input etc.)
Signal coming from the transformer isolated output and going into anything that needs to be gated (such as amplifier via a serial FX loop or insert – 4 cable method etc.).
NB: This socket detects when a jack is inserted and bypasses the internal routing.
Connect the returning signal from all noisy devices here (this is what drives the gating circuitry).
NB: If SEND is unused, the signal gets automatically routed here internally.
Input for an External trigger source to trigger the Noise Gate (TR) or the Bypass (BP) - mode is selectable by the switch above the jack.
Note: useful to trigger the gate from an external audio source such as a bass drum etc, for very precise and synced creative gate control.
Relay-based switching output for externally controllable devices.
Useful for channel switching on amplifiers at the same time when the pedal is activated, triggering other pedal functions etc. - polarity is selectable through the switch above the jack socket.
Disconnects the ground-potential in case of extraneous grounding noise loops in 4-cable-method connections.
1: Guitar -> IN, SEND -> Amp
Just the Boost-Circuit
2: Guitar -> IN, OUT -> Amp
Boost into Gate - the most useful Two-Cable-Method
1: Guitar -> IN, OUT -> Amplifier A Input, SEND -> Amplifier B Input
Isolated splitting into gated signal [A] and boost/DI/both [B]
2: external splitter -> IN, Amplifier’s FX-Loop Send -> RETURN, OUT -> Amplifier’s FX-Loop Return
Guitar -> IN, SEND -> Amplifier’s Input, Amplifier’s FX-Loop Send -> RETURN, OUT-> Amplifier’s FX-Loop Return
This is the main function: Amp boosted, gate triggered directly from the guitar, amp is gated after the preamp
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