Solid State Logic has announced SSL X-Gate, a new plug-in available now in several formats including VST2, VST3, AAX and AU as part of the SSL Complete subscription from $14.99 per/month (Ts&Cs apply).
X-Gate, the fourth new plug-in added to Complete Bundle in recent months, offers a rolling waveform graph, mid/side processing options and tweakable hysteresis using independent open and closed thresholds. It’s designed for music and content creators to provide extended sound sculpting.
“X-Gate continues to expand the SSL plug-in offering with a comprehensive but easy-to-use surgical gating tool for mixing, live and broadcast applications.” says Jonathan Sandman, plug-ins product manager at SSL. “Fast, snappy and precise, X-Gate is guaranteed to be your new workhorse plug-in for shaping drums and other instruments, adding punch to your mixes, and transparently fixing ghost notes, noise or room bleed.”
In addition to M1 processor compatibility, X-Gate also introduces variable lookahead times and no additional plug-in latency at the lowest setting. Its EXP and DUCK modes allow either transparent gating or ducking options; ducking is typically used for attenuating a signal when it exceeds a certain threshold, and this can be used in conjunction with a DAW’s sidechain function for intelligent ducking.
— THRESHOLD and RANGE controls, visually aligned with WAVEFORM GRAPH and GAIN REDUCTION METER for coordinated control.
— ROLLING WAVEFORM VISUALISATION GRAPH for setting optimized threshold.
— ATTACK, RELEASE and HOLD time parameters for detailed control over the shaping of the audio.
Tune the performance of the gate using the interactive FILTER GRAPH to apply HIGH- and LOW-PASS FILTERS the sidechain signal.
— The EXPANDER mode and accompanying KNEE control can offer a more transparent option, i.e., make quiet signals quieter and expand the dynamic range of the signal.
— Discrete LOOKAHEAD options for minimizing the latency when using a lookahead.
— Transform the plug-in into a production ducker with a click – use DUCK mode to invert the sidechain logic, attenuating the signal only when it exceeds the threshold, i.e., to duck the music when you speak into your microphone.
— Tri-color TRAFFIC LIGHT CUES for a clear indication on the momentary open/closed/hold state of the gate.
— Use the MID/SIDE processing options to trigger the gate in creative ways or gate only the mono or stereo components on the signal.
— SIDECHAIN and GATE audition modes.
— Apple M1 processor compatible.
Along with the SSL Complete Bundle Subscription, X-Gate is also be available at a cost $129 ($89 until July 28, 2022).