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I have been using the Input Gate for my high gain tones but I noticed that there is still some noise coming though and it does not clamp down quick enough.  I started putting the hard gate after the Tube Screamer and it does the job really well.  I just want to make sure I am setting the gates correctly.  For some reason the whole open and close threshold is confusing for me.  Which value should be higher than the other?  Is it best to use a meter in a DAW to make sure I am setting the gate correctly and not choking off sustain or the beginning of the note?

 

Typical Rhythm High Gain patch for me...

Guitar > Tubescreamer > High Gain Amp > IR

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On 8/4/2019 at 4:47 PM, schapman1022 said:

I have been using the Input Gate for my high gain tones but I noticed that there is still some noise coming though and it does not clamp down quick enough.  I started putting the hard gate after the Tube Screamer and it does the job really well.  I just want to make sure I am setting the gates correctly.  For some reason the whole open and close threshold is confusing for me.  Which value should be higher than the other?  Is it best to use a meter in a DAW to make sure I am setting the gate correctly and not choking off sustain or the beginning of the note?

 

Typical Rhythm High Gain patch for me...

Guitar > Tubescreamer > High Gain Amp > IR

 

The smaller the -db number you set on the noise gate's 'Threshold' parameter the more aggressive the gate will be.  So -20db is a much more aggressive gate setting than -90db and will kick in earlier and require less noise to be present before activating. In other words it will take less noise  volume for the gate to kick in. I don't think you require a meter, just use your ears. I usually set it to as high a negative number as I can get away with ("high" being a relative term in this context as we are talking negative dbs) and not have excessive noise. This avoids choking off sustain. I also always assign the Threshold parameter to snapshots as for example most clean snapshots require little to no gating(depending on how quiet your pickups and cabling are). I only want it kicking in where it is required on for example high gain or distorted snapshots. So for a clean tone's snapshot I might for example have the threshold set to -95db whereas a distorted lead tone might be set at -65db.

 

The lower the number you set for the 'Decay' setting the more quickly the noise gate will release after kicking in. Here is a post on it from vmoncebaiz, a Line6 product specialist.

 

 

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