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Joe Albano on Wed, July 6th 0 comments
With all the attention lavished on both the technical and creative uses for compression in the studio, we sometimes forget about the other kind of dynamics processor—the Gate/Expander. Here's 4 tips.

1. Watch out for artifacts—use Attack & Release for transparent Gating in playback

Fig 1 A couple of Gate/Expander plug-ins

2. Always check the entire song (for gating artifacts)

Fig 2 A gated track should be checked for artifacts through the entire song

3. Take my breath away—or maybe not so much

Fig 3 A Gate set to minimize (but not completely eliminate) breath sounds

4. Get creative—a Gate is not just a tool

Fig 4 A Gate tightening up the timing of a bass track via a sidechained kick drum track

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