Using Triggered Gates
Using Triggered Gates
Bet you want to know why I asked you to record a low frequency tone, pink noise, and a copy of the guitar track on the remainder of your tracks, right? You are going to use them as added ingredients to the soon-to-be altered sounds of the kick and snare, and to change the dynamics of the guitar.
You will be using the key input on gates to:
- Trigger a low frequency tone with the kick drum to augment the kick's sound. This technique is commonly known by the name of the Roland drum machine that first used it as a prepackaged sound; the 808 kick sound.
- Trigger pink noise with the snare drum to add extra edge to the snare.
- Trigger a gate with the kick again, but this time it will open and close a copy of the guitar track so that the guitar will seem to emphasize the kick's accents.
Adding more bottom to the kick with a triggered gate
You are going to use the cleaned up kick drum as a key input into another gate. This audio signal going into the gate will be the low frequency tone you recorded on your track. (Let me call this track for 'Tone channel'.) Once you get the parameters set just right, the low frequency tone will open in sync with the attack of the kick drum. When you mix them together, you will get a fatter, more powerful kick sound.
1) Get a good, but rough mix going.
(You are going to need this as frame of reference when you start adding the triggered effects but don't spend a lot of time on this.)
2) Select a gate processor for the Tone channel.
3) Select an external source for the gate's key input.
4) Now send the kick drum to Aux 1.
5) Set gate parameters to taste.
(Use the threshold setting on Tone channel to set the gate to open when the kick drum's signal comes through. Find settings that work and remember, you are looking to have the gate open and pass the low tone when the kick plays. You can further alter the sound by changing the gate's attack, decay, sustain, and release.)
6) Select a gate processor for the noise channel.
7) Select an external source for the gate's key input.
8) Now send the snare drum to Aux 2.
9) Set gate parameters to taste.
(Alter the tone's sound characteristics by changing the gate's attack, decay, sustain, and release. Find a setting that works and remember, you are looking to have the gate open and pass the pink noise when the snare plays.)
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