Gating Basics

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: Instructor Keith Morris showing Cycle 3 students the ins and outs of gating

When it comes to signal path, knowing what’s good and what’s bad is very important. And knowing how to deal with what’s bad is where dynamics processing comes in. Setting up gates and compressors, either hardware or software versions, is a big part of Cycle 3 at the Conservatory. Students are taught what it means, and sounds like, when you adjust the Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Decay and Release of a processor. The Conservatory’s Pro Tools rigs, studios and live sound venue offer processors from Aphex, Waves, Drawmer, Manley, Universal Audio, Urei and more, giving students a wealth of experience setting up a variety of gear.

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