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Oxford Drum Gate

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"Drum Gate is just smarter than anything else designed to detect drum hits. Dynamics handling is out of this world!"
. Producer / Mixer | Puzzle Factory Sound Studios.
"This is a great one-stop-shop of a plugin. Drum gate achieves what I’ve been trying to do with 3 separate plug-ins and more."
. Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist & Producer | Killswitch Engage, Megadeth, Bullet for my Valentine, Opeth.
"This plugin is amazing!"
. Grammy award-winning engineer / producer.

Precise and transparent drum gating

Have you become frustrated with the results of unreliable drum gating using traditional tools; chatter, misdetection, choked or lost ghost notes? Are you tired of overly complex and manual workflows?

Then meet the new Oxford Drum Gate; it's swift and logical workflow solves these problems and delivers the fastest, most musical and transparent results available. At the heart of the Drum Gate is intelligent drum-hit detection. First, the Plug-In detects them all with tailor-made transient detection. Then, you simply decide which ones to keep.


Need to reduce spill on a snare track in a dynamic mix of backbeats, ghost notes, and cross stick hits?

No problem! Just click the Snare button.


Tired of fighting abrupt and un-musical gating? Do you want to keep the natural ring of toms and remove the spill around them?

Easy! Use Drum Gate's adaptive Decay section to quickly focus on the resonance of each tom, in real-time, according to the velocity of each detected hit.


Wish you could improve the consistency of the drummer's performance? Of course, you do!

Conform louder main hits and softer background articulations to two separately controlled target level ranges in the Leveller section.


Want to augment/replace individual drums with samples and confidently retain the dynamics from the original performance?

Piece of cake! It's delivered by Drum Gate's hit detection and MIDI triggering functionality.


  • Precise transient detection and intelligent drum-type matching to effortlessly separate the hits you want to keep from the spill you don't.
  • Create custom drum profiles to isolate unusual drum types or fix the occasional kick, snare, or tom mismatch.
  • A decay curve that adapts to the velocity of each drum hit, giving you consistent spill reduction on dynamic performances.
  • The Spectral decay editor lets you preserve the resonance, ring, or rattle of each drum hit while quickly clamping down on the spill.
  • The leveller's dual-target and amount controls let you improve level consistency without losing the contrast between loud hits and soft ghost notes.
  • Real-time MIDI output and MIDI file capture, for accurately triggering drum samples.

System Requirements


  • OS X 10.8 and above
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers or active internet connection required


  • AAX Native and Pro Tools HDX compatible 10.3.8 and above
  • Compatible with any host application that supports Audio Unit (AU), VST2 or VST3 Plug-Ins.


  • Windows 7 or later
  • iLok USB device with latest drivers OR active internet connection required


  • AAX Native and HDX for Pro Tools 10.3.8, and above - Approved Pro Tools CPU, OS and hardware configuration
  • Compatible with any host application that supports Audio Unit (AU), VST2 or VST3 Plug-Ins.

The minimum version of OpenGL required to use the plug-in is OpenGL 3.3.

Please note: This product supports both iLok Cloud and iLok USB Key activation. An iLok USB Dongle OR an active internet connection (for iLok Cloud) is required in order to activate and use this product.

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