Recently I've decided to purchase a couple distortion pedals to run my synth's through. Asking around and company reputation led me to purchase an EH Double Muff which isnt here yet, and sex appeal made me buy a Damage Control Demonizer, which is for sale if you're interested. Why is it so damn noisy? Are all pedals like that? If they are, man did I make a mistake. What I really wanted was a distortion to run my SE-1X through, which has a bit of internal noise to begin with, but when I plugged it into the demonizer the noise floor was reading -35db's or so inside my DAW!!! When I engaged the "nuclear" setting it was humming like a bastard and completely unusable. I cannot use a nose gate on that, it will cut into the source to be effective. I switched to a VA and it was more usable without "nuclear" engaged. Something a gate was able to compensate for and not sound like poo-poo. Is the Double Muff going to be like this? I was wanting to get a Rat pedal and a Boss OD-20 eventually. The main reasoning behind this is I love distortions and my "go-to" distortion is Antates Tube, but it's a CPU hog, number 2 is gotta be Audio Damage's Ratshack Reverb which isnt as hard on the cpu. Putting it them a send track doesnt usually work because drums/synths/whatever all get different settings. So I want to save on my cpu a little bit, and of course investigate some new tones in the process. If pedals are the wrong direction and fx boxes are the answer then so be it.