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Side-by-side comparison of the  MXR M-135 Smart Gate Noise Gate Pedal with 4 Free Cables and the  Donner Compressor Pedal Ultimate Comp Guitar Effect Pedal

We will be looking at two popular products, the  MXR M-135 Smart Gate Noise Gate Pedal with 4 Free Cables and the  Donner Compressor Pedal Ultimate Comp Guitar Effect Pedal. The Music Critic reviews can help point you towards models and brands that suit your needs. This article is part of a series called Best Noise Gate Pedal of 2018

The first product we will be looking at is the  MXR M-135 Smart Gate Noise Gate Pedal with 4 Free Cables. The MXR M-135 Smart Gate is a powerful and popular little stomp box with countless reviews. It has 3 different types of selection cancellation, something which makes it stand out from it’s competitors. It has a lightning quick open time and introduces no extra distortion whatsoever.

The second product we will be examining in this comparison is the  Donner Compressor Pedal Ultimate Comp Guitar Effect Pedal. Compressors? I thought this was a review of noise gate pedals? Compressor pedals and noise gate pedals are very similar. A noise gate pedal eliminates the effect of unwanted audio signal below a preset level, while a compressor pedal will cut unwanted audio signal above that level.


Examining the  MXR M-135 Smart Gate Noise Gate Pedal with 4 Free Cables

These pedals have an impressive control knob that alters gate exposure and an LED indication light to demonstrate the level of reduction. It also boasts an intelligent gating system meaning it will open slowly during sustained notes and quickly when playing speed is increased.


Examining the  Donner Compressor Pedal Ultimate Comp Guitar Effect Pedal

Compressors are mainly used by guitarists seeking a clear, professional resonating tone.  When a note is played it is at first very loud, a compressor works by reducing the initial volume then releasing as the guitars audio signal dissipates. A good compressor pedal should give you maximum sustain without undesirable tone distortion by controlling the density of your signal.

HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON
 MXR M-135 Smart Gate Noise Gate Pedal with 4 Free Cables  Donner Compressor Pedal Ultimate Comp Guitar Effect Pedal
KEY FEATURES

+ 3 position cut switch for selectable elimination

+ 4 free cables (leads)

+ Intelligent gating opens gate slowly during held notes and quickly during fast playing

+ Normal and Treble mode toggle switch

+ Level, Comp and Tone knobs for effective tone shaping

+ ‘True Bypass’ technology

+ Classic mini-size for maximum convenience and portability
WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT
 All in all the MXR M-135 Smart Gate is an impressive bit of gear. The intelligent gating system is excellent and it does everything it claims it can. However at almost double the cost of the Boss it’s a tough call.  Just a great product overall, Donner have done it again. These pedals will have you thinking every note you play was mixed in the studio. An excellent compressor pedal at an excellent price.


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