Gatelope2Demo is a universal binary Audio Unit plugin for the 2-buss. Sound coming in triggers a gate which sweeps two very transparent and natural filters across each other to cut off the sound. Can cut mostly treble for toms, or tighten bass on kicks and snares. Startlingly useful!

This plugin was inspired by Ola Sonmark, who continues to enjoy it many years later. It’s like an audiophile version of an envelope follower, the original purpose being to gate toms in such a way that their roundness could hang on even while cymbal bleed is being filtered away from them. I also found that you could tighten up things like kick drums by using Gatelope and cutting down the bass sustain. Or, of course, you can do both at once.

The changes are as follows. Now, Gatelope uses the 80 bit internal buss and noise shapes to the 32-bit CoreAudio buss inside the DAW. That is a very tiny increase in resolution I started doing with the Purest series of plugins. More noticeably, Gatelope2 now runs zero latency! The original version used 256 samples of latency to do the lookahead. This version instead uses an attack speed control, to suppress clicking sounds on cut-off attacks. You can also use it for sound effects, taking the front transient right off if you like! Works best (most obviously) with very aggressively gated settings.

Gatelope2 is $50, and you can have the original version (with latency and lookahead) if you buy version 2: just email and ask once you’ve got the current version.