Gate Module

 

The Gate can be thought of as performing the opposite task as the compressor.  It takes audio below the threshold and reduces it.  Depending on the Ratio setting, this module can function as a noise gate (silencing quiet sections) or an upward expander (boosting quiet sections).

 

Controls

Threshold (dB)

Sets the decibel level where the gate/expander processing begins.

Floor (dB)

Sets the decibel level where the gate processing ends allowing you to preserve some noise floor.

 

Ratio

Sets the ratio for the dynamics process. Higher ratios will result in more extreme gating.

Tip: The Gate can have a ratio greater or less than 1.0. When the ratio is greater than 1, it is operating as a gate and any signals below the threshold will be decreased in volume.  With ratios less than 1 the Gate can act as an "upward compressor" by boosting the low level signals. This is an effective technique for adding fullness to a track as you can bring up the lower levels without compressing or limiting the upper levels.

 

 

Attack (ms)

The attack time is the amount of time in milliseconds that it takes for Nectar to bring its gain reduction back to zero once the signal has fallen below the threshold.

Tip:  Shorter attack times can tend to unnaturally pump on certain audio material, where longer release times have a more subtle gradual feel to them.

 

Release (ms)

This is the amount of time in milliseconds that Nectar will wait after the incoming signal has passed the defined threshold value, to apply the specified ratio of gain to the signal.  Shorter release times will engage the Gate module much more quickly, while longer release times can result in slower more subtle processing.

Detection Modes

 

   Peak

When this option is enabled Nectar looks at the incoming peak signal level to trigger the gating dynamics process. This allows for more surgical and exact processing and can be effective when trying to remove room tone or noise from a signal.

 

    RMS

When this option is enabled, instead of processing your audio based on the incoming peak level of the signal, Nectar looks at the RMS average signal level. This can allow for much more gradual processing and may give more natural results depending on the incoming audio.

 

Make-Up Gain (dB)

Adjusts the output gain of the signal after being processed by the Gate module. This is useful for compensating for any change in volume caused by the processing.

 

Auto Gain

When selected, Auto Gain calculates RMS levels of both the input and output signal and applies the appropriate amount of gain to the output signal to compensate for the difference. This allows you to not worry about manually applying make-up gain as you set the module's controls.

 

Visuals

Gain Reduction Trace

The Gain Reduction Trace display is a scrolling meter that displays the incoming signal’s waveform with a superimposed curve illustrating the amount of gain reduction taking place in real-time.  The Gain Trace can help you to set attack and release controls appropriately and monitor the envelope of gain reduction and addition.

 

Mini-spectrum Display

Each module of Nectar features a display of the frequency spectrum at the top for reference while making changes to your audio within the module.

 

Threshold Meter

The Threshold Meter is a meter that allows you to adjust the thresholds of the Gate and Gate Floor with sliders on the left and right side.  Additionally, the Threshold meter allows you to monitor how the incoming signal is being affected by displaying gain reduction as it is taking place and level meters.

 

 

Two meters display the levels of the incoming signal and as gain reduction begins to take place, a gain reduction meter appears in red between the two level bars.  The Threshold meter also displays the amount of gain

reduction in real-time with a dB readout at the bottom.

 

Dynamic Curve Meter

The Dynamic Curve Meter shows the input signal (x axis) plotted against the output (processed) signal (y axis).  

 

 

Nodes

The Dynamic Curve Meter features individual nodes for the Gate and Gate Floor.  These nodes are linked to the Threshold and Ratio controls and can be used to adjust the curve in a visual way, rather than setting them with the standard controls.

 

Tracking vs. Mixing Mode

In Mixing Mode, Nectar’s Gate module will make use of lookahead in order to provide the most transparent results. However, this process requires a small amount of latency (delay).  In Tracking Mode, the Gate will use very little latency to assist in tracking, but will be less transparent.