1 Once you’ve got your sustained sounds moving with a gate, you’ll find they’re suddenly far more responsive to rhythmic effects such as delay and auto-panning treatments.
2 Try putting gates after all kinds of auxiliary treatments, leaving source sounds ‘dry’ whilst their effects have the dynamic stuffing knocked out of them.
3 If you’re working with heavilyreverbed samples, or if you’ve made or been given ‘over-wet’ recordings, use gates to tame the decay time and you’ll find percussive sounds become much punchier.
4 Experiment with longer attack times when sidechaining. Blunting the start of gated audio can produce unexpected effects.