Noise Gate: Differences between the AMP1 Silver, Mercury and Iridium Editions
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All three AMP1 versions have an integrated NOISE GATE - an intelligent suppressor of unwanted background noise. Compared to external noise gates, the signal in the AMP1 is evaluated at several points in the circuit at the same time in order to react as sensitively as possible. In this way, the NOISE GATE automatically and intelligently adapts to the channels and their gain settings so that as little signal as possible is lost.
The NOISE GATE switch gives you three options:
SOFT - for all classic guitar sounds. The signal is attacked as little as possible, and only the background noise disappears when you are not playing.Delete
OFF - this disables the gate.Delete
METAL - ultra-fast and hard gate response with extreme damping. Best suited for metal riffing at high gain.Delete
METAL setting: special features for Mercury and Iridium Editions
If the NOISE GATE is set to METAL, there are differences in the operation and functionality of the NOISE GATE on the AMP1 Mercury Edition and AMP1 Iridium Edition compared to the AMP1 Silver Edition:
CLEAN Channel: based on the assumption that in the CLEAN Channel a fast, hard-acting NOISE GATE is rather counterproductive*, the AMP1 Mercury Edition and AMP1 Iridium Edition automatically switch the gate to SOFT as soon as the CLEAN channel is activated.
- REVERB: with the AMP1 Iridium Edition, this principle is also applied when the REVERB is activated: as soon as the REVERB is activated, the NOISE GATE - regardless of which channel is activated - switches from METAL to SOFT. On the one hand, this prevents the reverb tail from being cut off by the gate. On the other hand, we assume that the reverb is primarily used for solo sounds, where a fast acting gate would prevent standing tones from fading away.