Guitar pedal blocks sound when I engage?

Asked by: Brandon Kali

If engaging a pedal causes the sound of the guitar to cut off, one of a few things is happening: The volume knob on the pedal is turned right down (always check the simple things first). The pedal isn’t powered. Many pedals will pass signal in bypass without needing power, but won’t pass signal when engaged.

Why does my pedal board make noise?

If you suffer from a noisy pedalboard (or pedals), the first thing to do is check for problems with your power supply. Are you using a cheap or underpowered power supply? If so, you should switch to something appropriate for your setup, and make hum and buzzing things of the past.

How do I stop my guitar pedals from making noise?

Your last pedal is a delay. So what you're gonna do is you're gonna plug your guitar into the input of the Det delay. And then go out of the delay to your amplifier.

Why does my guitar pedal pop when turned on?

This is normal. The reason this happens is because the capacitors in the circuit leak a little bit of DC while the pedal is in the bypassed state. When you engage the pedal, the capacitors charge back up to the proper operating voltage which is translated into a small “pop” in the audio signal.

How do you fix a noisy pedal?

So the first thing you might want to do is just unplug the power supply and also the other cable. And just loosen.

How do you fix a noisy effects loop?

The most common cause for effects loop noise is placing a pedal or electronic device to close to the amp head. Make sure your pedals or effects devices are at least two feet away from the amp head.

Why is my guitar pedal hissing?

Static noise is an inconsistent crackling, like a bad cable or guitar jack would make, which is often caused by a loose connection in the pedal—in one of the jacks, wires or the switch. It can also be caused by a very sick component (transistor, e.g.). White noise, a sort of a hissing sound, is another common type.

How do I know if my guitar pedal is broken?

The only way to really know is by order of elimination. If your guitar sounds fine when connected directly to the amp but adding pedals causes issues, then you’ve probably got a pedal problem. When a pedal does not work correctly, you first need to review its power supply specifications and cable connections.

Where do you put the hum eliminator?

With a rack of amplifiers, we recommend putting an eight channel Hum Eliminator™ in front of your amps inputs so you do not have to solve ground loop problems during sound checks. A common path for ground loops is through a chassis into the rack and then into another chassis.

Does a noise gate work in the effects loop?

If you want try putting it it's very very end of the chain. But I don't think that's as good results. It's much better to clean up the noise.

Where should noise gate go in pedal chain?

Where does a noise gate go in your signal chain? In some ways, this is subjective. Naturally, you’ll want to place the noise gate wherever the noise is, for example after your fuzz pedal. It’s most common, however, to put it at the end of your chain but before any ambient pedals such as delay and reverb.

Does a noise gate go before or after distortion?

Noise Gate Placement

If you are not using a delay or a reverb, go for the end of the chain. If you are, place the noise gate before these effects, otherwise it will interfere with their performance. Some also like to put their noise gate after their high gain pedals such as overdrives or distortions.

Is a noise suppressor pedal necessary?

Get a Boss pedal, noise supressor pedal, their great! And yes, you will need one eventually, when you play live, having a noise supressor pedal will eliminate all the uneccessary noises that no one likes.

What is the difference between a noise gate and a noise suppressor?

A Noise Gate defines thresholds that fully open allowing all of the sound to pass, or fully close to block the entire signal. A Noise Suppressor can also do this but has the added capability to let some of the signals sound pass by adjusting the sensitivity of the open / close thresholds.

What does a noise suppressor do?

A noise suppressor (also called a noise gate) is a real problem solver, by being able to detect which part of the incoming signal is just noise and which is a guitar signal wanting to be amplified. A gate is a handy emergency device, when playing at different venues, each with its own set of electrical problems.