Disclaimer: This is all in good fun. Don't take this stuff too seriously.
That's right. Never.
OH ALRIGHT....there are a few times that using a gate is okee dokee (in no particular order):
1. Heavy Metal Thunder Guitar Dudes -
You know, those dudes that say "Yeaaaaah" & "Rah" before every guitar solo?
2. For That Never Before Used Effect of Gated Reverb:
3. Broken Instruments (because you know, rather than actually fixing it, it's better to just cut it off at the end of every note).
4. Cheap Rack Fillers to Make Your Client Think You Have A Ton of Gear:
The Only Good Use For A Gate:
Ooooh, Alright Alright - There's one cool thing you can do with an audio gate:
You can attach a frequency generator to it, and adjust the generator at around the 50-80hz region. Then key the gate using the kick drum. Run the output of the gate to the console, and there you have instant low end beef. "Boooom." Or, you can also use this technique with white noise and a snare. Blend to taste. Yes it works.
ORRRR - YOU CAN JUST USE A GOOD SOUNDING
KICK OR SNARE, AND MIC IT CORRECTLY.
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