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Your favourite gate/expander

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

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Rah
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228 posts since 30 May, 2013, from Space is the Place
 

Postby Rah; Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:16 am Your favourite gate/expander

I'm interested in gating, I'd like to know what you prefer, and perhaps why.

Thanks.
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Postby Orchidius; Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:39 am Re: Your favourite gate/expander

ReaGate and the one in Variety Of Sound's preFIX. Both are very configurable, the former rather clinical and precise, the latter, as everything from him, more on the musical sounding side.

I still use the great Floorfish from time to time...even in 2014...it's just awesome :hihi:

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Postby Halma; Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:16 am Re: Your favourite gate/expander

I am using Bootsies PreFix Gate too.

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Postby lazymarc; Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:30 am Re: Your favourite gate/expander

http://www.eareckon.com/en/products/freebies.html

eareckon fr-gate 87
i love this gate
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Postby robojam; Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:38 am Re: Your favourite gate/expander

I hadn't really used them before, but I do like the one in Reason when used sparingly.
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Postby rasmusklump; Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:05 am Re: Your favourite gate/expander

lazymarc wrote:http://www.eareckon.com/en/products/freebies.html

eareckon fr-gate 87
i love this gate


+100
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Postby wesleyt; Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:18 pm Re: Your favourite gate/expander

Pro-G. Smooth as butter on voice. Easy to use and great visuals.
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Postby highkoo; Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:33 pm Re: Your favourite gate/expander

wesleyt wrote:Pro-G. Smooth as butter on voice. Easy to use and great visuals.

+1
I dont use it much, but when I do, I always think that it couldnt be designed better.
GUI workflow just makes sense and looks good.
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Postby Tricky-Loops; Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:34 pm Re: Your favourite gate/expander

ReaGate is my absolute favorite (and it can use sidechains, too)! :love:
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Postby sin night; Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:39 pm Re: Your favourite gate/expander

I'm using Waves C1, because I bought it when it was on special, I like it because of the expander (I use it that way 99% of the time).
I never tried Pro-G (I didn't have enough money when I bought C1 to even consider it, I may it in future if I need a different gate/expander and if I have some spare money), but it looks nice and I know FabFilter has a good reputation.

I use C1 mostly to model the tail of the sounds, in order to both expand and gate them with a single processor. I don't remember by heart the exact settings I use (I'm not on my daw right now), but I use quite extreme settings for ratio and floor, while I set the threshold so that it passes the strongest parts of the waveform without changes.

I prefer using expansion instead of gating because it sounds more natural to me to have a sound fading away instead of an on-off cutting, I prefer a smoother transition into full silence (I may otherwise leave some noise bleed through a gate, but I still prefer the result of an expander).
I use it a lot as a transient designer tool though, not just to remove noise (I mostly work itb with virtual synths, but I'm starting incorporating some hardware synths, so gating off noise is becoming an issue to me).
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Postby cryophonik; Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:41 pm Re: Your favourite gate/expander

wesleyt wrote:Pro-G. Smooth as butter on voice. Easy to use and great visuals.


+1

Every vocal track, or anything else recorded with a mic, gets a healthy dose of Pro-G.
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Postby lacandon; Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:22 pm Re: Your favourite gate/expander

The toneboosters one its nice too as most of the offerings i get excellent results with it
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Postby Eddie TX; Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:45 pm Re: Your favourite gate/expander

lazymarc wrote:http://www.eareckon.com/en/products/freebies.html

eareckon fr-gate 87
i love this gate


Amazingly, on vocal tracks this gate outperforms anything else I've got ... and it's FREE!!

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Postby Davias; Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:41 pm Re: Your favourite gate/expander

Maximus or MCompressor where you can drive any curves of gating/expanding/compressing ^^

Good visual feedback on Maximus but I'd rather prefer a bigger visual as in pro-G...
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Postby electro; Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:12 am Re: Your favourite gate/expander

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