if you have a long audio track which is the vocal. you can snip bits out with scissor tools.
when you cut them though, the starts and ends tend to make a click. so you add a very small fade in and fade out to stop that happening.
mutes and solos are usually on your daw channels.
you can often record those on and off buttons by clicking them while recording automation. automation is just a fancy way of saying (record what I do). but with automation, you can often use a pen tool and add them in exactly. a mute on off is like a full cut to the volume of the vocal.
a gate does something similar. when it's open you hear the vocal.
when it's closed you don't.
gates are plug-ins and often they can listen to some (other) source (other than what they are gating on off .. e.g. the vocal) and use that signal to trigger the gate to switch in and out.
so if you sidechain triggered the gate from a bass guitar (for example) when ever you hit a note, the gate would be triggered to be open. The side chain is something you select in the plug-in. so you make it look at another source.. that could be another track which is playing.
that track (could) be a synth sound which you play from your keyboard and is another tpe of plug-in in your DAW.
that's also like a on off volume stutter effect then.
Originally Posted by newmusic11
I'm still a beginner, is there a way that you could put this in simplest terms or laymans terms...i don't quite understand the fades in and outs and automating mutes/volume..