Today we are featuring a innovative gate effect from de la Mancha, called the Gator gate VST. Gates can be a fun effect to use when programming beats, or other rhythmic effects.
Allow us to provide a few notes on the interface of this particular VST. It allows you to blend the gate effect with quite a few options, including a change of the gate envelopes waveform, and an LFO. Choosing a Sine shape for the waveform will allow a smoother fade in and out of the sound, whereas choosing a Square waveform can allow a more rhythmic effect. Interestingly, this gate also has a step sequencer, which will allow you to craft your beats even faster, by simply programming the amount and duration of steps.
Need a little swing in your rhythm? There is an included direct “swing” knob, which will offset the step effect changes to a less “on the grid” setting. This is a good idea for hip hop, jazz, and other types of music with characteristically swung rhythms. The global effect level can also be tuned directly with the “Mix” knob. An LFO is also included, for those who wish to include a secondary volume effect in to the beat. With all of these options, this VST can enable very complicated volume effects.
Personally, when I want something weird, I will go nuts with gate effects such as this one. When you want an eerie, surprising, or maybe even slightly off-putting effect – a large amount of erratic envelope motion put in to place with a gate effect can be just the ticket. If you would rather put together a quick, intuitive, simple beat to be the foundation of your composition, a gate can also help you with that. Gates are actually all around nice effects, and can save you a lot of time that would instead be spent manually keying in envelope changes – once you spend some time with them to learn their ins and outs.
If you’ve never used a gate effect before, you might be hard pressed to find a free one with as many options as this. Highly recommended. Have fun with it, and let us know what you think in the comments. If you’d like to post your own track or sounds making use of this effect, that would be great as well 🙂