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 A1TriggerGate by Alex Hilton / A1AUDIO is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
A1TriggerGate
A1TriggerGate
Product A1TriggerGate
Developer Alex Hilton / A1AUDIO
Price (MSRP)
Free
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Effect(s)    
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1.0.0
 
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Windows XP / 7 / 8 / 10
(32 / 64-bit)
 
1.0.0
 
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OS X 10.6 (and above)
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A1TriggerGate is a 'Sequenced Gate' plugin to chop up any incoming audio signal. It is a well known effect in electronic music and sometimes also known as 'Trance Gate' effect.

Pattern Sequence

This plugin synchronizes to the host sequencer / DAW tempo. Each internal sequencer pattern consists of 4 beats / 16 steps (or 12 steps in Triplet mode). Each step length is eighter a 'ShortStep', 'LongStep', 'StepLink' or 'NoStep' and has its own step volume fader. There are 8 independent patterns that can be switched via automation.

Integrated FX

The integrated FX (Lowpass Filter, Drive/Distortion and Echo/Delay) are designed for easy usage. There is only a minimal number of parameters to get the desired effect as fast as possible. Of course there is a 'Global FX Off' switch to step through all presets without hearing any of the integrated FX. Professional producers will appreciate that little feature.

Pattern Commands

In Expert Mode there a 4 pattern command tabs featuring 'shift left/right', 'copy & paste, 'random' and 'init' commands eighter for the step volume values, the step lenght values or all of them. Especially the 'random' command on step length values gives interesting results and is a good source for inspiration.

Features:

  • FREE.
  • VST / AU / RTAS / AAX for MAC & PC (32 / 64-bit).
  • sequenced gate.
  • 8 patterns, 4 beats.
  • triplet mode.
  • additional internal FX (Lowpass Filter, Drive/Distortion, Echo/Delay).
  • all parameters automatable.
  • all parameters fully undoable (undo / redo).
  • no latency.
  • RESIZABLE GUI (fully vector-based, nice on 'retina' displays or even very small ones).

Price: Free at www.AlexHilton.net/A1AUDIO

Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By Sycopation
October 20, 2015

I like this plugin a lot. The presets all seem to be geared to dance / EDM genres, which doesn't do a whole lot for me, so I basically never use them.

So, if you're not working in those genres, you might think this thing is way too over-the-top. The solution to that is simple - turn down the mix knob. Actually, I rarely use this over 50%, and I quite often use this as a send effect rather than an insert. I find it easier to control that way.

My favorite use for this is on pads. It just adds a rhythmic component to them. But again, subtlety is key. There is a fine line between adding a relatively subtle rhytmic pulse to a track, and making the whole track sound like an EDM banger.

It's free, but having used it now for 3+ months, it would easily be worth at least $20 to me, and I'm a cheap SOB. It's just sooooo easy to use, and it can really help give a nice "breathing" to an otherwise lifeless part. Just don't try to use it to rhythmize your whole track, unless you want it to be repetitive as all getout.

One suggestion I have for improvement is to be able to adjust the note value of each 16-part pattern. It only allows for 16th note durations, which can be pretty limiting, especially if you're not into dance music.

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Discussion

Discussion: Active
SynthJocky
SynthJocky
20 June 2015 at 9:49pm

Fantastic plugin, definitely worth getting if you want a sturdy yet simple rhythmic gate processor in your mixes. 5/5.

Will Zégal
Will Zégal
29 July 2015 at 8:53am

Impressive work. Plenty of functions with remote control and automation on almost each, easy and simple to use, even in expert mode, steady and efficient, clear and readable GUI. 5/5.

miikalumi
miikalumi
27 July 2017 at 5:06am

Very nice plugin when it works, thank you! I'm having sync problems on OS X / Logic Pro 9, also initial opening of the plugin freezes Logic for about a minute.

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A1TriggerGate

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