Sonnox’s Oxford Drum Gate aims to simplify drum processing

The plugin uses intelligent detection to minimise issues you may usually encounter.

Sonnox Oxford Drum Gate

Sonnox has announced the release of Oxford Drum Gate, a tool designed for use in acoustic drum production. The plug-in is a result of Sonnox’s own frustration when dealing with traditional drum gating tools; chatter, misdetection, choked and lost ghost notes. Sonnox says that Oxford Drum Gate offers a “swift and logical workflow… and delivers the fastest, most musical and transparent results available”.

Oxford Drum Gate comprises four aspects that could tackle time-consuming processes found in usual drum gating. First is Drum-Hit Detection. Sonnox’s plug-in analyses drum hits and transients in realtime, with tailor-made technology. Then, the user can manually select which hits on which drums they want to keep. For example, to reduce spill on a snare track in a mix of backbeats, ghost notes and cross sticks, the user will click the Snare button. The rest of the kit is then gated out.

Decay is a feature that allows for quick control of resonance in realtime and according to the velocity of each detected hit. This sounds ideal for toms, where you might want to preserve the resonance of the drum without spill from the rest of the kit. Leveller is the section in which dynamic consistency is improved. It lets you put louder hits in the foreground and send softer background hits to two separately controlled target level ranges.

MIDI triggering is on offer for users who wish to switch out their individual drum sounds with their own samples while retaining the dynamics of the original performance. Perfect if your drum mix is missing a TR-808 cowbell, of course.

The Oxford Drum Gate will launch at an introductory retail price of £127.50. Find out more at


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