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Introducing StormGate3

StormGate3 is a new and unique gating effect, which lets you create new and unheard rhythmic parts from virtually any kind of audio material.

StormGate3 splits the audio in three bands, and lets you shape each audio band with amplitude patterns. Patterns can be drawn freely by hand, or with the aid of powerful drawing tools! You can transform within seconds a static pad into an almost complete rhythmic part, create new rhythms from vocals, instruments, noises of any kind, or even create amazing drums parts out of pure noise!

There is more, much more. StormGate3 offers four different configurations:

  • Three bands mode: a pure three band rhythmic gate!
  • DIST+LPF+GATE: Three serial effects: analog sounding overdrive, low-pass filter and a gate!
  • LPF+DIST+GATE: Similar to the previous configuration, but you can get sounds similar to those produced by the Roland TB-303 thanks to the analog sounding overdrive effect placed after the resonant filter.
  • Two bands mode: overdrive on the lower band and gating for both bands!

Not enough? If your host allows it, you can use the envelopes to control external software or hardware synthesizers or effects by translating the envelopes to MIDI control change messages! Bring some new life to your old synthesizers!

Don't want to draw the envelopes? Just record them! StormGate3 can take any audio source, and after calibrating the cross-over frequencies, you will be able to record a new envelope pattern!

There is more, much more to discover... feel free to try StormGate3 and read the user's manual, or continue reading for some little examples of what you can do with it!


 
What's new in version 1.7?

StormGate3 version 1.7 corrects the MIDI output issues and inaccuracies reported by some users, and adds an "Easy mode" synchronization, which keeps the pattern always syncronized to the song position. If the song does not have time signature changes or you are just experimenting with gating/FX patterns it is recommended to use this new mode.


 
How does it sound in a real mix?

We made a little demo song with two sentences taken from a radio, a pad (two chords) and a pink noise signal. There is also a drums kick every quarter (courtesy of our DKS), just to spice up the things a bit. Nothing else.

Listen to the song by clicking here, or to the song without the SG3 (which simply plays a static pad and noise).

The hat and the snares have been modeled from noise, the chords and the bass directly from the pad, the gating on the voice is subtle, but the effect is unique and fits well in the mix...


 
Need inspiration? Is it difficult to use??

You can also easily generating new patterns by drawing them or within seconds by means of the randomization and shuffling functions. Each gating band has a menu with some simple but useful functions, from the basic copy and paste to the more advanced pattern shifting, envelope smoothing, envelope randomization and more!

Listen to a basic (boring and uninspiring) pad (Listen)

Listen with randomized gating pattern (spikes) (Listen)

Listen with another randomized gating pattern (spikes and pulses, shown below) (Listen)
 

After smoothing the edges of the pattern (yes, there is a function to do that, among the many others), let's Shuffle it!.
 
Smooth

and shuffle...


Listen


 
More demos...

This demo shows the 3 bands gate on the pad and the LPF>DRIVE>GATE mode on the "bass" part (which was just a held note). The pad gating has been obtained by randomizing, smoothing and shuffling each band. The bass cutoff has been drawn more or less randomly (by hand) in a quantized grid (16 x 8 steps), and automation has been used to increase and decrease the envelope's cutoff range.
Unprocessed version
Effected version


 
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