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Uses of a 'Gate'

VST, AU, etc. plug-in Virtual Effects discussion

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26 posts since 17 Jun, 2010

Postby eox08; Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:49 pm Uses of a 'Gate'

Hey fellow KVR'S..I was hoping someone here could help me out with some usage of a gate..I have been doing music production for about 6-7 years now and I haven't really used a gate effect at all (excluding the presets on synths for that arp sound.) See..I am having difficulty of making my synths sound smooth with my drums..one or the other is over bearing and there isn't much life there, I feel like having a gate routed in between the two may give a better flow. I'm not sure if I am making any sense to anyone out there lol but I am hoping someone understand what I am talking about. I guess I assume a gate is what will help my problem but I am not sure. Aside from that I am just curious about a gate and how it works!
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2323 posts since 3 Aug, 2003, from Narnia

Postby Andywanders; Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:30 pm

I wrote an article about gates for music tech students. You can get it here...


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7202 posts since 6 Sep, 2008

Postby Mushy Mushy; Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:28 am

Adding a chopped effect, to say pads
Stutter effects on say vocals
Gated reverb
Shortening a sound, say a kick or snare
Noise floor removal
Adding room for another sound, say a kick

+ Many many others
"I was wondering if you'd like to try Magic Mushrooms"
"Oooh I dont know. Sounds a bit scary"
"It's not scary. You just lose a sense of who you are and all that sh!t"
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7262 posts since 20 Nov, 2003, from Lost and Spaced

Postby osiris; Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:27 am

What he said. Use them sometimes. It can really pull together a drum loop. I've also used it on a vocal that was noisy and the person was inhaling very loudly. It worked, and I didn't have to tediously edit it.
(I got the Nomad Factory one and it's very easy to use)+1
363 posts since 10 Nov, 2005, from New York City

Postby 5Lives; Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:10 am

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