Yesterday I discovered a powerful tool for mixing songs. it was one of those magical discoveries that make ir worthing writing a post about it.
Simply put, a noise gate can remove any sounds below a certain volume, this can be very helpful to remove all that useless noise that can lay underneath your track, including atmospheric noise, hums or your feet tapping the floor. This way you ‘weed out’ your track and can enhance clarity and cleanliness in the sound.
Of course, some people might prefer to still keep some imperfections in the sound, so its application will depend on your creative preferences.
I personally use Reaper, which includes a factory plug-in called ReaGate. They key is to use just a little bit of the left hand side fader so that it does not cut too much sound and starts sounding unnatural.