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Gating Explained®

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12 Videos | Length: 1hr 7min 21sec
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  • Gating 101 6:16

    Gating 101

    Learn what all the basic controls of a noise gate do and hear how they work, clinically, on a square wave.

  • Understanding Downward Expansion 6:33

    Understanding Downward Expansion

    Hear how downward expansion works as a subtler means of reducing signal levels when they fall below a specific threshold; demonstrated with the McDSP Channel G and Waves C1 plug-ins.

  • Electric Guitar Noise 3:47

    Electric Guitar Noise

    Explore the way SSL based downward expansion versus gating works on a noisy high gain electric guitar.

  • Dialogue Noise 5:30

    Dialogue Noise

    Hear how gating and downward expansion with two different plug-ins work on a noisy female dialogue recording.

  • Drum Gating Pt. 1 6:34

    Drum Gating Pt. 1

    Hear how the Gate module on the Metric Halo Channel Strip plug-in is used on a drum kit's hi tom and floor tom channels to minimize bleed from the other kit piece elements. Gain staging in and out of the gate module, along with the side chain filter is used to tweak the gate's detection.

  • Drum Gating Pt. 2 7:12

    Drum Gating Pt. 2

    In addition to controlling leakage, explore ways to use gating and downward expansion on kick and snare tracks to shorten, or muffle, the drums natural sustain.

  • Breath Reduction 5:57

    Breath Reduction

    Discover how gates and gentle downward expansion are used to minimize breath sounds between vocal and dialogue phrases in a natural way.

  • Transient Enhancement 5:17

    Transient Enhancement

    Explore a slightly unconventional use of gating, as it is applied aggressively on parallel kick and snare drum tracks. The attack portion of the signal is isolated for further processing and then blended together with the un-gated tracks.

  • Gated Reverb 4:31

    Gated Reverb

    Learn how to create the classic gated reverb effect and see how downward expansion yields different and interesting results.

  • Locking the Timing Together Between Two Tracks 4:32

    Locking the Timing Together Between Two Tracks

    See how side chaining is used to have a gate tighten up the timing between two tracks by acting upon one track based on what it is hearing from another.

  • Creative Sidechaining 7:25

    Creative Sidechaining

    Explore ways of using a gate to have sustained sounds chopped up to staccato rhythms being fed into the gate's side chain input.

  • Gate Control 3:47

    Gate Control

    Explore an unconventional use of gates to separate loud and quiet notes for independent processing.

Product Overview


Studio guru Eli Krantzberg presents an in-depth video tutorial series on Gating! Learn what Gating is and how to apply it to your tracks for a clearer mix, or to add special effects and processing to your sounds.

Eli welcomes you to the video tutorials and then starts at the beginning, explaining exactly what a "Noise Gate" is and all of its basic controls, as well as hearing how they work, clinically, on a square wave.

Next Eli gives you a tutorial on understanding Downward Expansion and how it works as a subtler means of reducing signal levels, and then shows it in action on a noisy electric guitar part.

Eliminating Dialog Noise is next, and you'll learn how to tame pesky background noise from a vocal part, followed by in-depth tutorials on the classic art of Drum Gating.

Breath Reduction, Transient Enhancement, and Gated Reverb are then all explored using a variety of different Gate plug-ins, followed by creative videos on using a gate, such as how to lock the timing together between two tracks, creative sidechaining to chop up sustained sounds into staccato rhythms, and Gate Control to separate loud and quiet notes for independent processing.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you're a producer of mixer, Gating is an essential tool in your processing toolbox. Learn how to wield this powerful sonic weapon and make tracks cleaner and more interesting... Watch "Gating Explained" today.


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