The problem with mixing music is sometimes you get too much sound coming through your system. I’m not talking about sound volume, I’m talking about unwanted sound, sound that’s not beneficial to your mix. But how can you eliminate unwanted sound? This is where gating comes into play. Audio gating enables you to control when sound enters your system and when it leaves.
Two Primary Benefits of Gating
Benefits in your mix can be gained using gating in two areas;
- Removing secondary sounds from a microphone. You might think of this as spill or leakage. Breakout the hazmat suits, we have a spill on the stage! I’m talking about a microphone that picks up the sounds of another instrument other than the one which is intended. For example, when the drum toms aren’t being played, they will likely pick up the sounds of other drum kit pieces. Of course, it wouldn’t be as loud of a sound that’s broadcast but it is an additional sound source adding in an unnecessary sound, a sound that can even negatively affect your mix because of the added volume and frequencies. …keep reading »