What is Cubase’s Noise Gate and how do you use it? Find out in this week’s Cubase tutorial

Cut out unwanted sounds from your recordings with minimal effort.

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Noise Gate’s are an extremely useful tool in the production process. When recording instruments or vocals, you may accidentally capture ‘bleed’. This means that you’re inadvertently recording other instruments or sounds that you want to avoid, such as different parts of the drum kit when you’re only aiming to record the kick, or the quiet bleed of the backing track in a singer’s headphones. Noise gates use a volume threshold to remove these sounds, leaving you only with the loudest parts of the audio you wish to keep.

In this Cubase tutorial, Bruce Aisher gives you a brief overview of Cubase’s Noise Gate. You’ll learn what each parameter of Noise Gate does and how they affect your audio, and how the different modes change the behaviour of the gate. You’ll also learn the various situations in which you may wish to use Noise Gate.

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Bruce Aisher is an English music producer, music technology journalist and lecturer. As one half of the duo Brancaccio & Aisher, he has had club hits for labels including Bedrock, Parlophone and his own Player One Records. He regularly contributes to MusicTech content and is one of our Cubase Experts.

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