Sidechain gating in three easy steps
Unsure how to go about working with gates and sidechain triggers? Here’s a handy three-step guide to get you where you need to be Whilst the most traditional use of gating is to cut short sounds which feature decay and release times you deem too long, the second most popular approach is to work with sidechain input signals. The ways these work is that they feed an external signal into the gate, so that it only opens when the trigger sound plays. This is incredibly effective if you want to supplant a rhythm onto a sound which is sustained. By gating it with a trigger, you’ll only hear the moments where your rhythmic trigger is in operation. In this way, gates working with sidechain triggers are hugely effective at stripping unwanted content from your mixes, allowing for the potential for many parts to lock to a single groove.
The hi-hat is routed to a new auxiliary bus and its output is switched off to make it silent. This auxiliary bus is selected as the sidechain input for the FabFilter Pro-G gate, which we insert on the pad’s channel. The gate only opens when the hi-hat plays.