Using Gates and Expanders


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Using Gates and Expanders

In this video, I want to discuss mixing applications for Gates. I'm going to open up this Expander/Gate plug-in here on the Bass track. Now, a Gate allows an audio signal to pass through it if the signal is above a specified volume level. When the signal is below that level, the Gate is closed and the signal is attenuated either partially or fully. Gates are used to allow the desired or louder signal to pass through while denying unwanted softer signals.

They're good for eliminating unwanted noise on tracks like guitar amp hum as well as creating cool effects, like cutting off reverb tails and making click-triggered pluses. Let's listen to an example here. The Gate is used to cut off the sustain notes on this bass track. (Music playing.) As you can see, any part of the signal that was above this threshold line wasn't cut off, but once it fell below this threshold, it came down into this area and was drastically reduced in volume.

Now, what happens really when you have a...

Using Gates and Expanders
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Using Gates and Expanders provides you with in-depth training on Audio + Music. Taught by David Franz as part of the Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

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