Whether you are a voice-talent with a home studio, a public address announcer, or providing live sound for an event, noise gates have a very useful purpose keeping background noise at a minimum. I recently ran across a well written article that explains the basic functions and how to set up a noise gate by Dan Lenard. Dan is not only a great voice-over talent, but he is also known as the “The Home Studio Master” helping folks with their home studio problems. He also co-hosts along with George Whittam on their Ustream channel show EWABS (East West Audio Body Shop) broadcast live via the Internet on most Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ewabs A show that discusses different topics each week regarding home studios. I have covered more details about their show in an earlier blog.
Below is a link to this article which explains how a noise gate works, the variables, and settings to use as a starting point to help you get started in setting up your own.
Do you use a noise gate in your studio audio chain? If so what settings do you find work for you?