In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates an alternative approach to using gates or expanders to control bleed on drum recordings. It's similar to, but subtly different from gating and doesn't damage the audio like a gate can.
Using a gate to isolate the wanted signal from the unwanted bleed in a recording can give mixed results. If the bleed is bad enough to warrant using a gate, it's probably so bad that a gate will give less than perfect results. Filtering the side chain and using expansion instead of gating can help but often the best results are going to be found by cutting up drum hits on the timeline.
In this video see how Julian uses a technique which looks at this problem in reverse and uses the bleed to control the processing rather than using the wanted signal to trigger the gate. After all, we're trying to exclude the bleed rather than change the wanted audio.
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