Top Gate VST Plugins
Top Gate VST Plugins

Top 10+ Gate VST Plugins 2022

We have created for you a rating of the Best 10 Gate VST Plugins as the most downloaded and according to the excellent reviews of musicians

VST list navigation:

  1. MRhythmizer
  2. Oxford Drum Gate
  3. VolumeShaper 6
  4. Complexer 2
  5. Gatekeeper
  6. Gatey Watey
  7. Trance Gate
  8. FabFilter Pro-G
  9. EXPAND
  10. Renegate

1. MRhythmizer

 
MRhythmizer
 

MRhythmizer is a unique time manipulation effect that uses an integrated sequencer to control time, volume and filters. From gating to glitching, repeating to scratching, all with stunning audio quality.

MRhythmizer brings your music to life, so say goodbye to boring audio performances!

Features

  • 36 available sequences for time, 36 available sequences for volume and 36 available sequences for filter – each sequence can be up to 64 quarter notes long and automatically synchronize with the song, time sequences can look up to 8 quarter notes into the past.
  • Controllable via MIDI, modulation and automation – switch between sequences using the controller you like the most, whether it is MIDI keyboard, MIDI pad-type controller or even if you like to automate it in your host. You can even attach it to a modulator so that it switches automatically!
  • Scratching slider – whenever you like to add some scratches, it is as easy as moving a slider.
  • 4 global modulators – in each instance you can have up to 4 fully-featured modulators that can modulate any set of parameters including other modulators! In this way you can make the sound move in time, be less static and more interesting. Each modulator works as LFO, follower, midi/audio triggered ADSR envelopes, a pitch detector or even a combination.
  • Up to 8 channels surround processing – our plugins can handle not only mono and stereo signals, but also up to 8 channels of surround audio, making them ideal for audio production for movies, games etc.
  • Sinc interpolation and high-quality upsampling – MRhythmizer implements the most advanced technologies to provide the best audio quality.
  • Extremely advanced and easy-to-use user interface – our products are always designed to enhance the workflow. You can easily change all values, fine-tune each control in multiple ways. Easy orientation in a standardized GUI, textual editing and smooth visualization with almost unlimited zooming are standard in all of our plugins. Moreover our plugins are the world first (and still the only ones), which support resizable and stylable GUI’s
  • Automatic synchronization to host tempo – every oscillator and modulator in the plugin can automatically synchronize to the host providing as natural a sound as possible while not offending other tracks.
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn – you can map any parameter to any MIDI controller or MIDI keyboard and control it realtime or record and automate it.
  • Very fast, optimized for SSE and SSE2 processors.
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange – using a title button you can save your settings (which are shared on the computer) so you can easily access these in other songs. Moreover all plugins can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from our servers (if this feature is enabled). We are building a community and you can be a part of it!

2. Oxford Drum Gate

By: Sonnox
 
Oxford Drum Gate
 

Have you become frustrated with the results of unreliable drum gating using traditional tools; chatter, misdetection, choked or lost ghost notes? Are you tired of overly complex and manual workflows?

Then meet the new Oxford Drum Gate; it’s swift and logical workflow solves these problems and delivers the fastest, most musical and transparent results available. At the heart of the Drum Gate is intelligent drum-hit detection. First, the Plug-In detects them all with tailor-made transient detection. Then, you simply decide which ones to keep.

Detection

Need to reduce spill on a snare track in a dynamic mix of backbeats, ghost notes, and cross stick hits? No problem! Just click the Snare button.

Decay

Tired of fighting abrupt and un-musical gating? Do you want to keep the natural ring of toms and remove the spill around them? Easy! Use Drum Gate’s adaptive Decay section to quickly focus on the resonance of each tom, in real-time, according to the velocity of each detected hit.

Leveller

Wish you could improve the consistency of the drummer’s performance? Of course you do! Conform louder main hits and softer background articulations to two separately controlled target level ranges in the Leveller section.

MIDI

Want to augment/replace individual drums with samples and confidently retain the dynamics from the original performance? Piece of cake! It’s delivered by Drum Gate’s hit detection and MIDI triggering functionality.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Precise transient detection and intelligent drum-type matching to effortlessly separate the hits you want to keep from the spill you don’t.
  • Create custom drum profiles to isolate unusual drum types or fix the occasional kick, snare, or tom mismatch.
  • Decay curve which adapts to the velocity of each drum hit, giving you consistent spill reduction on dynamic performances.
  • Spectral decay editor lets you preserve the resonance, ring, or rattle of each drum hit while quickly clamping down on the spill.
  • The leveller’s dual target and amount controls let you improve level consistency without losing the contrast between loud hits and soft ghost notes.
  • Real-time MIDI output and MIDI file capture, for accurately triggering drum samples.

3. VolumeShaper 6

 
VolumeShaper 6
 

MULTIBAND SIDECHAIN – COMPRESS – GATE – ENVELOPE – STUTTER

Shape audio signals in pinpoint detail with VolumeShaper 6’s unique level manipulation toolset. It’s fast and easy to use but packed with power, with a drawable volume LFO and visual compressor on every band. Work at the speed of inspiration with intuitive editing, pro presets, 1-click sidechain and much more.

Running inside Cableguys’ ShaperBox 2 effects plugin, use VolumeShaper 6 on its own or with other Shapers — they all work in exactly the same way, stacking up to create elaborate, multilayered effects that’ll make your productions stand out.

DO ALL THIS WITH VOLUME SHAPER 6

  • Sidechain kick and Bass – Make space for your kick drum — gain punch, low-end clarity, and rhythmic “bounce”
  • Get loud, tight mixes – Sidechain just the bass frequencies for huge mixdowns that “go loud” effortlessly
  • Compress for Flavor – Squeeze energy and attitude into flat drums, loops, vocals and more with punchy bus-style compression
  • Control dynamic details – Combine compression with gain curve editing for incredibly precise dynamic adjustments
  • Remove hi-hats in a loop – Adjust, remove or isolate elements in a mixed loop using frequency-targeted volume LFOs
  • Get perfect punch – Redraw transients at the stroke of a Pen. Tighten decay tails. Make basses, drums, and synths hit hard
  • Create pumping fx – Turn plain white noise and ambience loops into pumping rhythmic FX to energise your tracks

Ducking AKA sidechain compression effect Essential for a well-defined kick and bass, the well-known ducking effect of sidechain compression creates extra rhythmic drive and provides space and definition. VolumeShaper gives you this same effect with absolute control — just draw the curve you want. Simpler, faster, and more precise than using a compressor. You can also trigger the LFO via MIDI notes — choose one of the ‘MIDI Triggered’ LFO types, then route MIDI notes to the plugin via your DAW.

Multiband shaping Use different curves for bass, mids and highs for added precision. The multiband split lets you duck out the bass when the kick hits, or duck the mids to provide space for the snare. Or gate the kick in a drum loop by editing the low band and leaving the mids/highs untouched. VolumeShaper makes it easy to apply this essential technique precisely, for accurate and dynamic mixes.

Define your audio loops VolumeShaper’s oscilloscope displays the incoming audio, helping you to precisely define audio levels. In a drum loop, regulate levels for snare, hi-hat, or anything else with just a few clicks, or edit unwanted notes out of a loop. From smooth bezier curves to hard cuts, you decide. Sync the effect to your DAW from 1/128 note up to 32 bars, sync to the frequency of the played note, or let it run freely at ranges from 0.02 Hz up to 5.24 kHz.

Shape drums Go in deep and use VolumeShaper as a precise volume curve for your synth or drum sounds. Set it to trigger whenever a specific MIDI note is played, and simply draw the shape you need. You can even shape different frequency ranges independently — shorten only the high frequencies of a kick, for example. It’s effectively a gate, but you have total control over the length and shape of the volume tail.

Audio destruction For punishing bit-crusher effects, run VolumeShaper’s LFO fast — right up to the limits of the audible range (Tip: set the LFO to ‘Hertz (Retrig.)’). For a less drastic effect, limit the modulation to specific frequencies — try a medium-width mid band — by moving the band sliders. And for ring modulation effects, set the LFO to the frequency of the MIDI notes that you play.

Stutter and tremolo Simple but effective — VolumeShaper breathes new life into this classic effect. Detailed control options let you create stutter and tremolo with a twist — try applying envelopes to specific frequency ranges, or using a custom curve tailored to fit a specific loop or MIDI note.

This product is part of a greater collection of products. Check out ShaperBox 2 here.


4. Complexer 2

 
Complexer 2
 

Complexer 2 is a dynamics powerhouse, letting you take complete control of your track.

Three Processors – Six Modes

Complexer 2 features three independently controlled dynamics processors, each with a choice of six different modes: Upward and downward compressors, upward and downward expanders, a limiter, and a gate.

Each of the three stages can be processed in a variety of different configurations, including parallel chaining, stereo and mid/side, and multi-band.

Dynamics Chaining

Complexer 2 lets you run the three dynamic processors through a configurable chain. You can have all three in series, or run two in parallel with the third either before or after.

Full Control

Each of the processors feature a vast amount of control. Along with the familiar attack, hold and release, each processor has an advanced look-ahead section to capture peaks ahead of time.

There are also three detection modes: peak, RMS and average. Peak is perfect for limiting, and RMS allows smooth detection – great for compression.

Each processor can also be controlled via an external sidechain.

Multiband

With Complexer 2, you can run each of the processors in their own adjustable frequency band. Not limited to just compression, you can also do multi-band limiting, expanding, and gating, allowing effects ranging from mixing and mastering applications, to creative effects.

Mid/Side and Stereo

There are two separate modes specifically for stereo dynamics processing – mid/side, and stereo.

In stereo mode, you can process the left and right channels independently, and in mid/side mode, you can apply different dynamics to the mid or side channels of the audio.


5. Gatekeeper

 
Gatekeeper
 

Polyverse Music and legendary electronic duo Infected Mushroom have released their third plugin, Gatekeeper – a volume modulator capable of producing sequenced volume patterns, MIDI gates, stutter effects, ducking (pseudo sidechain), planned dynamics, creative gain clipping, and more.

Seeking out the ultimate in-your-face gating effect, Polyverse and Infected Mushroom have embarked on a mission to bring the fastest, most accurate and flexible volume modulator to the world.

From punchy volume spikes to gentle sidechaining, Gatekeeper is the most versatile volume tool ever created!

Capable of sample-fast transitions and equipped with a unique variable smoothing algorithm, Gatekeeper allows users to automate the fastest volume envelope possible for your sound source – allowing for drastic, punchy gating and sequencing while keeping output smooth.

In addition, Gatekeeper’s special boost and clip functions make it possible to distort your transients for extreme snappiness.

Gatekeeper’s most impressive quality is its versatility. It can act as an LFO, envelope, step sequencer, sample accurate automation and more. Curve brushes and an elaborate shortcut system makes drawing automation fun and easy.

The plugin’s 8 envelopes can be triggered via MIDI input, and can even produce CV output for external hardware such as modular synthesizers. Gatekeeper also includes hundreds of patterns and presets that will spice up your sounds.

It is truly a multipurpose tool for creative musical expression, mixing, and sound design alike.

Version 1.2 Now Contains:

  • Wet/Dry knob now replaces bypass
  • Overlapping notes do not re-trigger the envelope (legato mode)
  • You can disable “discard” dialogue for presets
  • Dialogues are now contained within the plug-in
  • Improved sub-sample-accurate engine
  • Panic at MIDI CC# 12
  • Preset change at MIDI CC# 119
  • Faster loading times
  • Various small bug fixes

6. Gatey Watey

 
Gatey Watey
 

Gatey Watey is a lightweight but clever gate plugin.

Unlike traditional gates, Gatey Watey lets you choose which frequencies get attenuated when the level drops below the threshold, making for a much more natural sounding gate.

It works great for getting rid of drum bleed without cutting off your drums, or de-noising electric guitars without cutting off the sustain. Basically, it’s how all gates should work, but for some reason, they don’t.

Really? A gate plugin?

Let’s just be honest here for a minute. It’s really hard to get excited about a gate plugin. Part of the reason I have a hard time getting excited about gates is because they all pretty much seem to do the same thing, with some minor differences between different gates.

But that’s why we made Gatey Watey. It stems from the idea that gates, even as a utility, can be much better.

What Sets Gatey Watey Apart from the Zillions of Gates Out There?

Gatey Watey has one feature that we believe every gate should have; frequency selective attenuation. What this means, is that you can tell Gatey Watey to only attenuate the high frequencies (or the low frequencies, if you’re into that sort of thing) when the input drops below the threshold.

This turns out to be super powerful when it comes to gating drums, electric guitars, or pretty much anything that requires a gate.

For example, if you want to cut the high hat bleed out of a snare without killing the ring of the snare, Gatey Watey is your man. Do you want your distorted guitars to ring out without without your neighbor’s fluorescent light collection blaring through your pickups? Gatey Watey to the rescue.

Even in normal gating situations, Gatey Watey excels. You just tell it what to turn down, and how much to turn it down.

Simple to Use

We packaged Gatey Watey in a way that makes it dead simple to use. It does its thing, and it does it well. Anybody of any skill level will be able to open up Gatey Watey for the first time and immediately see what’s going on.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Frequency selective gating
  • Lookahead
  • Simple Interface
  • No Learning Curve

7. Trance Gate

 
Trance Gate
 

Trance Gate: Programmable gate

What if ___ _____ easily chop up ____ __ the sound __ _ rhythmical pattern?

Well now you can! Trance gate is a gate sequencer which quickly adds a rhyth  to a pad or lead, chops up a beat or adds more staccato to an arpeggio.

The world of anthem trance lies at your feet!

What’s a Snapin?

Pattern Select

Switches between the eight different pattern slots.

Pattern Editor

Edits the current pattern. Click to toggle steps on or off, click and drag to tie steps together.

Length display

The length of the current pattern.

Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release knobs

These knobs comtrol the ADSR envelope which is applied to your sound, using the specified pattern.

Resolution

Length of one step in the sequencer.

Mix

The dry/wet mix of this effect. A lower value will let some of the unmodified signal through.

Settings panel

Whenever you have your mouse cursor over a snapin there is a small arrow at the top right corner (not visible in screenshot). It opens a settings panel where you handle presets.

It also has a “randomize” button that can be useful. I guess…

Enabled checkbox

The small checkbox to the left of the plugin name is a checkbox that bypasses the effect when disabled.

Resize handle

The bottom right corner of all Kilohearts plugins is a resize handle for scaling the UI to any size. This allows you to get a good view of the controls whatever the screen resolution, and also comes in handy if you need big controls, e.g. when using Trance Gate as a real-time effect on a touchscreen monitor during a live set. (This is not available when the snapin is used inside a snapin host.)


8. FabFilter Pro-G

 
FabFilter Pro-G
 

Expand In Style

A good gate/expander is an indispensable tool in any mixing or live situation. FabFilter Pro-G offers everything you could wish for: perfectly tuned algorithms, complete control over the side chain and channel linking, excellent metering and great interface design.

Ultra-Flexible Side-Chain Routings

Apart from excellent sound, FabFilter Pro-G also provides very flexible routing. You can choose between mono, stereo or mid/side processing and in expert mode, external side chain input is available with completely customizable channel linking and routing.

Clear and Precise Metering

FabFilter Pro-G combines smart input/output level meters with a real-time level display and transfer curve. Everything was specifically designed to give clear feedback on the current gate/expander settings and processing, letting you set them up easily.

FabFilter Goodies

Of course, you also get all the usual FabFilter goodies: perfectly tuned knobs, MIDI Learn, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, an excellent help file with interactive help hints, SSE optimization and much more!

MAIN FEATURES

  • Six meticulously tuned expander/gate algorithms, including upward expansion and ducking
  • Program dependent attack and release curves
  • Low CPU usage
  • Adjustable range, hold time and knee settings
  • Optional look-ahead time up to 10 ms
  • Precise and helpful metering, including a real-time level display
  • Expert mode that offers highly customizable side chain options
  • Mono, stereo or mid/side processing
  • Up to four times linear-phase oversampling
  • Zero-latency operation mode
  • MIDI triggering: open the gate/expander with your MIDI keyboard
  • External side chain option
  • Separate dry/wet level settings
  • Easy to set up for common gating / expansion scenarios with the included factory presets
  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration
  • Double-click text entry of parameter values
  • Stereo and mono plug-ins available
  • Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces
  • MIDI Learn
  • Undo/redo and A/B comparison
  • Smart Parameter Interpolation
  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints

9. EXPAND

 
EXPAND
 

EXPAND

Expand mode allows you to dial in a pristinely clean sounding upward expansion. This increases the volume of signals over the threshold, giving your audio more dynamic range in a transparent way.

More Features:

  • Mid/Side, Left & Right Functionality
  • Sharp retina display
  • Easy to set up. Gives you total control with a user friendly interface. Interactive tool tips can also be activated for even more information.

This product is an individual plugin related to the Parent Plugin: Animate


10. Renegate

 
Renegate
 

WHATS THIS?

RENEGATE is simply just a full-band Gate plug-in.

It has an always smooth, natural sound, and is quick to operate.

RENEGATE radically simplifies gating. But surface-level simplicity is only possible because it’s complicated on the inside:

  • Program-dependent hysteresis automatically captures the desired phenomenon.
  • Builtin Look-Ahead lets you hit the transient 100% of the time.
  • Program-Dependent Auto-Release
  • Expensive 43 bands psychoacoustic auditory model for State-of-the-Art envelope detection.

RENEGATE also features:

  • Alternative ways to apply Gain Reduction, namely with a 1-pole lowpass or highpass
  • Oversampling
  • Built-in Sequencer
  • Raw knob to get back digital grit if needed

That all makes RENEGATE a workhorse plug-in for all your creative (or boring) gating needs.

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