Loop+ show this tutorial on using the free Ableton Live Gated Reverb from AfroDJmac. This Ableton Live FX rack will give you that 1980s gated reverb sound for your drums or any instrument you apply it to.

It's a free download here.  It’s a pretty simple but very useful effect rack and it gives you control over various reverb parameters and gate parameters.  You can get additional Drum sounds here.

What is Gated Reverb

The 1980s brought us some pretty cool production techniques.  One of the more timestamped effects is the gated reverb.

When Producers wanted huge drum sounds, but didn’t want the drums washed out in reverb, the solution was found by placing a gate after the reverb. This suddenly silences the reverb once it drops to a certain level…think Phil Collins’ “Coming in the Air Tonight.” 

If you have ever wanted your drums to sound like they were being played by Godzilla in the Grand Canyon, this is the technique for you.

About AfroDJMac

AfroDJMac is a musician/producer and clinician from New York, who regularly produces Ableton tutorials and how to videos for all stages of the production process.

For more information and downloads be sure to check out the official AfroDJMac site at: http://afrodjmac.com