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Xhip Gate Vst Effect

Xhip Gate plugin is a typical gate effect. Tiny but clean GUI and overall, it seems to be pretty complete thing. I like “invert” option 🙂

Very quick, my real time 😉 demo – not the best one but it’s better than nothing 😉

ps. Feel free to download beta version of Xhip synth too – it’s great 🙂

Download: Xhip Effects – Gate

Peter den Herder – Gatez Bank for AraldFX StormGate1

AraldFX StormGate 1, presented ealier here, a rhytmic gate effect that lets you shape audio with amplitude patterns (quite similar gate works in NI Massive synth) has received a new, free bank of presets created by Peter den Herder.

Feel free to download it, via Rekkerd.org

Download: Peter den Herder – Gatez Bank for AraldFX StormGate1

Floorfish Gate / Expander

Floorfish from digitalfishphones.com is an expander / gate device. It’s easy to set up and offers a broad variety of processing, ranging from slight expansion, background noise attenuation to extreme gating effects. It’s also frequency conscious, so it’ll do things like de-essing. Originally, it was designed to make acoustic drum recording much cleaner. Especially seperately miked snares and toms often unveil a large amount of ‘bleeding noise’ if you compress them. The Floorfish can help to lower this noise floor. Unlike a typical ‘noise gate’, the signal is not cut off completely if you do not want it to.

Floorfish comes with fish fillets package – three plugins – Blockfish (compressor), Spitfish (de-esser) and Floorfish.

The best free gate / expander plug-in ? Maybe 🙂

Download: http://www.digitalfishphones.com

AraldFX StormGate1

Finding free, good gate plug-in can be quite tough. One plug-in worth mentioning (and quite sophisticated) is AraldFX StormGate 1 – rhytmic gate effect that lets you shape audio with amplitude patterns (quite similar gate works in NI Massive synth).

Patterns can be freely drawn by hand (there are 16 different amplitude patterns) or with the aid of powerful drawing tools. The internal sequencer can be synchronized to the host song position and is capable of chaining (extending) the patterns. Within seconds you can transform a static pad into an exciting rhythmic part, create new rhythms from vocals, instruments, noises of any kind. It can also be used to simulate compressor sidechaining.

* Free drawn amplitude envelope.
* Powerful envelope drawing tools: Free, step, spike and exponential.
* Variable quantization grid.
* 16 patterns with variable length and chaining support.
* Steps of one octave or one octave triplet.
* Intelligent host loop support.
* Advanced synchronization.
* Swing on octaves and sixteenth.
* Volume controls for original and gated audio, with cross-fading control.
* 13 functions for editing the envelope (including randomizations).

If you’ll like StormGate1, you can consider upgrading to commercial StormGate3, which offers many additional features including multiband noise gating, filtering, envelopes recording.

Download: AraldFX