Zimple-Gate free gate by Piticule

Zimple-Gate is a free gate Audio Unit plugin developed by Piticule. Compatible OS(s): macOS.

Zimple-Gate is a noise remover plug-in.

A noise gate is generally used to remove unwanted noise or sounds from a recorded audio track. To operate the gate, you have to first set the Threshold level; any sounds on the track that have a an amplitude level below this threshold will be muted. Think about this as an actual gate that will close in front of any sound that is below this threshold and open for sounds louder than the threshold.

In addition, you will have to set the Release and Attack time. The Release determines how fast the gate will close once it detects sounds below the threshold, while the Attack determines how fast the gate will open once it detects louder sounds. Depending on the nature of the sound (more transient or with a smoother envelope), different Attack and and Release settings will be necessary to obtain a natural result; even an infinitesimal difference in the settings can make a noticeable difference on the sound.



VolumeShaper free gate by Cableguys

VolumeShaper is a free gate VST, Audio Unit plugin developed by Cableguys. Compatible OS(s): Windows 64b, macOS.

VolumeShaper lets you shape the levels of any audio signal in pinpoint detail.

From multiband sidechain compression effects to extreme gating, from tempo-synced stutter to precise sample-shaping — VolumeShaper provides a wealth of creative musical effects with a visual approach to volume.

VolumeShaper features multiband waveform-based editing, a comprehensive selection of preset curves, a precise oscilloscope, a big spectrum view and an updated preset library. It runs sample-accurate in sync with your DAW, in Hz mode up to the audible range or retriggered via MIDI.

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More info and free trial: http://www.cableguys.com/volume-shaper.html

“VolumeShaper 4 is already a go-to in our plugins folder. At this price, it’s a winner.”
— Computer Music Magazine, in November 2014.



ZynAddSubFX free software-synthesizer by paulnasca 2

VoCoGaTe is a free gate VST plugin developed by Tekky Synths. Compatible OS(s): Windows.

Originally made to process vocal samples in a pitch shifter and a gater, VoCoGaTe can make infinite percussion variations. Many random options help to create patches. It is not an easy instrument to program but one can achieve some cool sounds with a bit of a time and patience.

VoCoGaTe comes in Pro and Free versions. The free version has some restrictions but it is fully usable and allows to save/load one preset at a time.

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Tiny Gate

Tiny Gate free gate by Tiny God

Tiny Gate is a free gate VST plugin developed by Tiny God. Compatible OS(s): Windows.

16-step tempo-synced gate sequencer with delay and feedback. Mutation control randomly tweaks gate states as it cycles.



StormGate1 free gate by AraldFX

StormGate1 is a free gate VST, Audio Unit plugin developed by AraldFX. Compatible OS(s): Windows, macOS.

StormGate1 is a rhythmic gate that lets you shape audio with amplitude patterns. Patterns can be freely drawn by hand or with the aid of powerful drawing tools. Within seconds you can transform a static pad into an exciting rhythmic part, create new rhythms from vocals, instruments, noises of any kind. It can also be used to simulate compressor sidechaining.


  • Free drawn amplitude envelope.
  • Powerful envelope drawing tools: Free, step, spike and exponential.
  • Variable quantization grid.
  • 16 patterns with variable length and chaining support.
  • Steps of one octave or one octave triplet.
  • Intelligent host loop support.
  • Advanced synchronization.
  • Swing on octaves and sixteenth.
  • Volume controls for original and gated audio, with cross-fading control.
  • 13 functions for editing the envelope (including randomizations).



SplitGate free gate by scamme

SplitGate is a free gate VST plugin developed by scamme. Compatible OS(s): Windows.

SplitGate is a 16 step rhythmic gate that splits the signal into two channels – left/right – which can be gated separately.

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SONIC VOL free multi-fx | chorus | delay | phaser | lfo | gate by SONIC EMBLEM

SONIC VOL is a free multi fx and chorus and delay and phaser and lfo and gate VST, Audio Unit, RTAS plugin developed by SONIC EMBLEM. Compatible OS(s): Windows, macOS.


  • High Precision LFO for Volume.
  • 6 Types Waveform (±SAW ±TRI ±SQU).
  • 1Bar~127Beat LFO Rate (Synchronize with BPM).
  • LFO Phase is retriggered when change from Rate0 (also Host Transport Start).
  • Click Noise Reduction.
  • Support Automation.
  • UI for Touch Device.

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sideGATE free gate by whiteLABEL

sideGATE is a free gate VST plugin developed by whiteLABEL. Compatible OS(s): Windows.

sideGATE is a lookahead flexigate with virtual sidechain input.


  • 2 inputs, 2 outputs.
  • Mono, stereo or dual mono operation.
  • Mixable channels & sidechains.
  • Sidechain filter with HP, LP, resonance & gain.
  • Lookahead of up to 1000 ms.
  • ‘Just in time’ link mode.
  • Channel & sidechain link switches.
  • Sidechain monitoring switches.
  • Response invert switches.
  • Output pan & mix controls.


Voice Production: Use sideGATE as a lookahead noise-gate when, for example, you have a presenter speaking against background noise. Normal gating would result in a bump in background noise as the presenter speaks and the gate opens but with sideGATE’s lookahead feature the background noise can be gently faded in before the presenter speaks creating a smoother, less objectionable, sound.

Music Production: When the sidechain is higher than the threshold the channel is audible, when lower it is gated – just the sort of functionality needed to gate a reverb according to the level of a snare drum, a synth according to a hi-hat, a bass according to a bass drum and so on.

sideGATE can also be used to alter the attack of a sound (e.g. soften a solo electric guitar making it feel more like a lap steel) and its panned outputs can be used to create a situation where the position of a sound in the stereo field is switched according to its volume.

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Side Chain Gate/Expander

Side Chain Gate/Expander free gate by slim slow slider

Side Chain Gate/Expander is a free gate VST plugin developed by slim slow slider. Compatible OS(s): Windows.


  • Sampling Rate: 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k support.
  • 32bit float internal precision.
  • Threshold (-60dB to 0dB): Set the threshold level of the gate.
  • Attack (0.05ms to 100ms): Set the attack time of the gate.
  • Hold (0ms to 1000ms): Set the hold time of the gate.
  • Release (ShortRel to 2000ms): Set the release time of the gate.
  • Expand Ratio (1:1 to 30:1): Set the ratio of the expander. If you want to use this as only gate effect, set “1:1”.
  • Range (-oodB to 0dB): Set the minimum level when the gate closes.
  • KeyListen (ON or OFF): Output the trigger signals.
  • LPF Cutoff Freq (20Hz to off): Set the cutoff frequency of a low pass filter for the trigger signals.
  • HPF Cutoff Freq (off to 20000Hz): Set the cutoff frequency of a high pass filter for the trigger signals.
  • Input channels were assigned:
    • for stereo:
      • input ch1: signal input L.
      • input ch2: signal input R.
      • input ch3: key input L (for SideChain).
      • input ch4: key input R (for SideChain).
    • for mono:
      • input ch1: signal input.
      • input ch2: key input (for SideChain).



sg-glitchgate free gate by Synthgeek

sg-glitchgate is a free gate VST plugin developed by Synthgeek. Compatible OS(s): Windows.

This is an experimental gating plugin- basically a rhythmic gate, but not set up in the standard way. There are two periodic gates which can be used for anything from regular rhythmic chopping to random rhythmic manipulations and strange dropouts. The gates are followed by a delay unit designed to enhance the glitchiness- it does not sync to tempo, and the delay time and gain can be randomized. There are 5 LFOs to add to the fun. A few presets are included to give you an idea of how things work.

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