Rocktron HUSH Pro and Patchmate Loop 8 Faribault MN

Noise reduction is one thing, but tone reductiondue to problematic pedals or combinations of pedals is another thing entirely. One way around the problem is to isolate individualpedals using loops, and then switch themin and out of the signal chain as they are needed.

Eastman Music Inc
(507) 334-5434
303 Central Ave N
Faribault, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Waseca Music Co
(507) 835-2980
111 S State St
Waseca, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Band Instruments
Guitar Repairs
Hours
Mon-Fri 10AM-6PM
Sat 10AM-2PM
Sunday CLOSED

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Crippa Music & SPD
(218) 326-5330
512 N.W. 4th ST
Grand Rapids, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, Karaoke Equipment, DJ Equipment
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
All Instruments
Hours
Monday-Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday 9:30am to 12:00pm
Sunday Closed

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Crippas Music Store
(218) 326-5330
33 Se 11Th St
Grand Rapids, MN
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Music Connection
(952) 920-5397
3525 W 70Th St
Minneapolis, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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Tone Music
(507) 451-5196
114 N Cedar Ave
Owatonna, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
band instruments (in store)
orchestra instruments
guitar and bass
Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
9:30 - 5:30
Thursday 9:30 - 8:00
Saturday 9:30 - 4:00
Sunday closed

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Broken Note Instruments Repair
(507) 372-2202
1721 Rust Rd
Worthington, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion

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Ellis Dru Specialties Inc
(651) 603-0848
524 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN
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Drums & Percussion

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Tuveys Meats & Music
(952) 955-1128
Po Box 267
Watertown, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Gc Pro Div Guitar Ctr
(952) 297-5984
3650 Hazelton Rd
Edina, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Rocktron HUSH Pro and Patchmate Loop 8

NON-MUSICAL NOISE IS THE MUSICIAN’Snemesis, and amp hum and hiss can spoil beautifulguitar tones, particularly when recording.Rocktron has been in the noise-eliminationgame since 1983, and the HUSH Pro StereoNoise Exterminator ($329 retail/$249 street)represents the company’s latest technology ina sleek, professional-grade package. The unit’s+4/-10 Reference Level switch and balancedXLR and unbalanced 1/4" inputs and outputslet you connect it to just about anything, whileits two-knob interface makes it easier to usethan most effects pedals.

gp1009_gear0338.jpgThe HUSH Pro does two things: The HUSHsection’s dynamically controlled low-pass filter(1kHz-40kHz) detects the input signal’scurrent highest frequency and filters out thefrequencies above it, while a downwardexpander provides up to 50dB of automatic volumereduction. The Gate section works in conjunctionwith the downward expander toeliminate all sound when the input signal dropsbelow the threshold set with the Gate Thresholdcontrol.

I tested the Hush Pro in stereo using a FractalAudio Axe-Fx Ultra, and in mono withinthe effects loop of a Rivera Venus 6 1x12 comboamp. In both cases, I dialed in amp settingsranging from typical to gain-crazy, and threwin a super-noisy early-’70s Electro-HarmonixBig Muff just for grins.

gp1009_gear_0339.jpgThe Gate section may be used independently,so I tried that first. After fine-tuning there sponse, the gate followed the decay of single notes and chords admirably, smoothlyfading them out at the very end like a goodengineer. The HUSH circuit worked equallywell, dramatically reducing—though, of course,not entirely eliminating—hiss and hum. Combiningthe two functions tamed even the nastiestdin, and squelched all sound when I wasn’tplaying. In short: the HUSH Pro performed brilliantly. My only gripe is the large and relatively heavy “lump-in-the-line” power supply,though Rocktron has good reasons for usingan external supply.

SWITCHEROO

Noise reduction is one thing, but tone reductiondue to problematic pedals or combinations of pedals is another thing entirely. Oneway around the problem is to isolate individual pedals using loops, and then switch themin and out of the signal chain as they are needed.This can be done simply by using a mechanicalswitching system with dedicated footswitchesfor each pedal/loop, but that stillleaves you tap dancing if you want to turn morethan one effect on or off at the same time.

The solution to that problem is a system that allows you to program groups of pedals/loops into presets, so that various combinations may be switched in or out simultaneously with the press of a single switch. And most professional switching systems—such as those designed and built by rack guru Bob Bradshaw—employ MIDI for that purpose. Rocktronintroduced the first factory produced Bradshaw switching system 20 years ago, andthe Patchmate Loop 8 ($549 retail/$389 street)is a direct descendent of that technology. TheLoop 8 sports 128 presets organized into groupsof eight (corresponding to the front p...

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