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Noise floor removal

Not all sound is created alike, and sometimes you want to just leave it at the Gate. Quickly cut out low hum and noise from the signal, cut reverb tails short or exaggerate the dynamics in a beat. The possibilities are... maybe not endless, but should cover your gating needs!

kHs Gate has simple but powerful controls for tuning in the desired effect, and can easily be driven by an external sidechain signal. The gate can also be flipped around to make a signal duck under another.


Threshold knob

The volume threshold for when the gate will open.

Tolerance knob

A hysteresis range requiring the volume to drop a set amount of dB under the threshold before closing.

Attack knob

The time it takes to for the gate to fully open when the input volume is over the threshold.

Look ahead

When enabled, a 5ms look-ahead will be used, allowing transients through at the cost of latency.

VU Meter

Displays the current input level, the selected threshold and tolerance, and the gate's current state.

Range knob

The amount to attenuate the signal when the gate is closed.

Hold knob

The minimum time the gate will stay open.

Release knob

The time it takes to for the gate to fully close when the input volume is under the threshold.


When flipped, the gate will act in reverse attenuating the signal when the gate is open.


When you select another sound source in the sidechain drop-down the plugin uses that source for determining the behaviour of the plugin instead, it still effects the main sound source. This is useful for lowering a lead sound whenever the kick hits.

Remember that song Call on Me by Erik Prytz? It has a lot of sidechaining going on.

The snapin Ecosystem

Kilohearts Essentials

The Kilohearts Ecosystem

Gate is one of a growing collection of plugins that form the Kilohearts Ecosystem.

They can be used as regular plugins (VST/AAX/AU) but also as Snapins in our modular Snapin Hosts; Phase Plant, Multipass, and Snap Heap, where you can combine and modulate them to create your own unique instruments and effects. These lightweight and high-quality plugins have intuitive no-nonsense interfaces so you will be using them like a master in no time.

The Kilohearts Essentials collection contains a number of useful plugins to get you started and is available absolutely FREE. Snapin Hosts and Premium plugins are available to buy separately.


System Requirements

  • Operating System: PC or Mac (M1 Native supported)
  • CPU: 2 GHz or faster
  • Memory: 1 GB or more
  • Software: Any DAW supporting VST 2, VST 3, AAX, or Audio Unit plugin standards. All plugin formats in 64-bit only.

Kilohearts recommend keeping up to date with OS versions as they become available. We are not able to support OS versions that are no longer supported by their respective manufacturers. If you are using an outdated OS please try our free trials to ensure compatibility before making any purchases.