How To Create Trance Gate Effect In FL Studio

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How To Create Trance Gate Effects In FL Studio

Since the early days of trance music, gate effect has been a trademark of this genre and it’s still going strong in a form or another. There’s several different ways and plugins for creating a gate effect, but in this tutorial I’m going to show you how to do it with Love Philter (advanced filter plugin) in FL Studio.


First thing to do is to create a melody – long chords played with a sweeping pad sounds works very well with gate effect, but of course you can use gater with any sound you wan’t.

Anyway, here’s a very simple chord pattern I created for this tutorial. I’m using a preset called “PD Sun Rise TAL” from the TAL-NoiseMaker (freeware VST synth):

Chord Pattern

This is how it sounds:

[audio:http://howtomakeelectronicmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/audio/Chord-Pattern.mp3]

Ok. Assign the TAL-NoiseMaker to an empty mixer track, add a Fruity Love Philter plugin to the first fx slot and load a preset called “Default”:

Add Love Philter To FX Slot And Load The Default Settings

Now, click on the first filter unit and do the following:

  • Set the Filter mode to Off
  • Set the Editor target to Volume
  • Set the Articulator part to Pattern envelope
  • Enable envelope by clicking that little box at the bottom of the plugin
  • Click Tempo to enable tempo based time

Click on the Options (that little arrow icon at the bottom of the plugin), and select Create sequence from the pop up list box:

Prepare The Love Philter For Trance Gate Effect

This is a 32 step sequencer for creating a repetitive sequences for envelopes. When you open it, there’s already a 8 step sequence created as a default, but you can modificate it anyway you wan’t. Here’s a quick introduction to the functions:

  • The “boxes” you can see at the top row isΒ  where you add/remove the control points. Left-click to step forward, right-click to step backward through four modes: Off, Normal step, Step without gate, Step merged with next.
  • The blue bars that are below the step boxes is what you use to control the volume of the envelope.
  • Controls on the right: Mode selects via two modes: Normal (loops the envelope), Ping-pong (repeats envelope once backwards), Time multiplicator changes the envelope time-base, Swing creates a ‘swinging rhythm’ to the sequence, Attack, Decay and Sustain controls the shape of the envelope and Gate sets the gate time.

Click on Reset to set the sequencer back to default settings and Accept to apply the changes.

Envelope Sequencer Controls

Now, press play and open the Love Philters envelope sequencer again to tweak and hear the changes in real time. For a very basic, old school trance gate, use the following settings:

Settings For Old School Trance Gate

This is how it sounds:

[audio:http://howtomakeelectronicmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/audio/Old-School-Trance-Gate.mp3]

Old school, but pretty cool, eh?

Let”s make it a bit more interesting by creating a sequence to the filter envelope as well.

Do this:

  • First, select a Filter type: Chocolate state variable (default)
  • Set the Filter mode to Single
  • Set the Editor target to Filter cutoff
  • Articulator part to Pattern envelope
  • Enable envelope

Now, open the envelope sequencer.

Prepare The Love Philter For Filter Envelope Sequence

This time, the envelope sequencer controls the filter cutoff envelope as we set the Editor target to Filter cutoff.

Use the following settings for some interesting cutoff envelope sequence. Pretty much same settings except adjust the filter cutoff frequency step by step via the blue sliders:

Envelope Sequencer Settings For The Filter Envelope

This is how the whole thing sounds:

[audio:http://howtomakeelectronicmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/audio/Trance-Gate-With-Filter-Envelope-Sequence.mp3]

Remember that you can also create a longer sequences (32 steps) and 10 different patterns each with different sequence to make a very complex gating and filter effects.

Here’s a video showing me creating the trance gate effect:

That’s basically it. Hopefully you got the idea. Now experiment with the different settings and have fun!

I’m also sharing the FL Studio project file with you to get started (TAL-NoiseMaker required):

Download FL Studio Project File.

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19 Comments

  1. Thank you for the very detailed, step by step instruction on how to do this! It was helpful. I tried it and got it to the tee! These are the type of tutorials that I am looking for! Thanks again!

  2. Aewsome effect really, thank you! We are really happy that we can find this kind of tutorials somewhere… πŸ˜‰

  3. hey man nice video..whenever i see your video,i feel like i’m gonna be great producer oneday..cuz i love trance more than anything…i’m a Dj but i want to produce my own music and enjoy seeing people feelin ma style..i hope one this would happen…anywez keep’em comin man..good job

  4. DJ Alkaline on

    dude great stuff.but i need to ask you a few things regarding some effects related to 3xosc!thanks!

  5. hello I’m Brazilian and new to music production and am learning a lot with their tutoriasis thank you god bless you

  6. Joey Brown on

    Just a little tip to add onto this, if you automate the gate effect’s volume control in the mixer, you can make the gate “ease in” and out for a nice transitional effect.

  7. U chang my mind.i like ur tutorial and i want to learn every thing in electro and i want to pro mixier and master.pls help me.

  8. wilame sindy on

    hello man I would like to know if I can make use calase level fl studio but beyond that the blog my love music in general especially trance music am from africa but I live in Spain thanks

  9. Unbeliever on

    Hi Petri,

    This is pretty awesome, thanks! One question: at the end you mention longer sequences and 10 patterns with different sequences. Where and how do you create different patterns? And can you then automate them? This would be truly outstanding, but I can’t seem to find more patterns then the one it opens?

    regards, Frank

    • Hey Frank,

      In the Articulator part -row, there’s a pattern selector box at the left of the PAT -tab. Place your mouse pointer on top of it, left-click and drag up to select a new pattern and you can proceed to create a different sequence. You can automate the pattern selection process by right clicking on the pattern selector box and selecting ‘Create automation clip’ from the menu.

      Hope this helps!

  10. Leon Fretter on

    thank you very much, i am producing psytrance and other electronic music since a bit more than a year now but never really came to the gate effect until now.. i think it has a great potential of overdoing it, but when used at the right time definetely has a great effect :)) thank you, great tutorial, easy to follow, easy to understand :))

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