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Old 4th February 2019
Lives for gear
Just as a reference, a couple of years ago, I wanted to remix some 16-track tape transfers I did quite a few years earlier. The recordings were from around 1989 or so, and the toms were gated by a couple of Aphex 612s (very nice gates) before going to tape. Huge tom sound (Yamaha Recording Custom; 421s), but sadly, a few hits were missed by the gates, essentially ruining the takes, as the part relied heavily on the toms in certain sections. After listening, I decided not to remix, as it was too much work to fix at the time. That was the first and last time I gated toms before hitting tape (again, 1989 or so). Lesson learned. As decades past, I became less "reliant" on gates and rarely use them nowadays in post (DAW; haven't owned analog gates in forever).