SMG Cockblocker

The Best Guitar Noise Gate, now as a plugin.


The best noise gate for guitar in your DAW

Gating without loss of sustain

Easy to use. I mean, its 1 knob after all

Rhythm Guitars

Lead Guitars

Bass Guitars

One Knob

The Cockblocker was made to be as easy as possible to use while giving you maximum noise blocking.

SMG Splitter

Included with the Cockblocker is a splitter plugin, allowing you to split the signal for use with the FX Loop of a real amp.

The Back Panel

For anyone who needs more control over the gate, the back panel will let you fine tune the parameters to perfection.

System Requirments


  • Apple M1, Intel Core 2 Duo, or AMD Athlon 64 X2 minimum
  • 4 GB of System RAM or more is recommended
  • An Internet connection for one-time activation
  • A graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.1 or higher.


  • Mac OS X 10.9 & above (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, AU, AAX
  • Windows 10 & above (32/64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, AAX
  • Native Apple Silicon Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this for?

Guitar Players: The single knob interface might be too complex for bass players

Will it work on leads & rhythms?

Yes! You’ll have to set things up differently for the application, however. One size does not fit all, and one setting doesn’t work with every style of playing.

I have a gate on my DAW. Why would I pay for this?

Because this has been designed to work like the hardware Cockblocker: it’s been tuned specifically for guitar, and isn’t a “generic” gate. Besides, it says “cock” right on it.

What’s a “sidechain?”

“Sidechain” simply means the source that causes the gate to open and close. Normally a gate would just be triggered by the signal coming from the amp’s output. In high gain situations, this can cause misfires, and the gate could open unintentionally. The cockblocker works with your guitar’s direct signal to control the gate. Properly dialed in, when you stop playing, the amp goes SILENT.

Can I use this on my mixes?

Yes! This is the Cockblocker’s super power! You can use your guitar’s direct signal to clamp down on your heavy rhythm tracks quickly and accurately. You’ll save HOURS of editing time!

What if I use a delay on a lead?

The Cockblocker can be used to stop noise, even on leads with effects. Just place it in this order: Splitter or DI signal–>Amp Sim–>Cockbocker–>Delay/reverb

SMG Cockblocker


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