Alex Hilton - A1TriggerGate | Free VST Plugin
 Alex Hilton - A1TriggerGate | Free VST Plugin

June 21st, 2022

Alex Hilton - A1TriggerGate | Free VST Plugin

When most of us can't find a piece of software that does exactly what we want it to, we have to either find a workaround or keep looking. When Alex Hilton couldn't find a trigger gate that did the things he wanted, he just went ahead and built one from scratch.

Luckily for us, he has decided to make the plug-in available for free on his website. A1 TriggerGate is a rhythmic gate plug-in that can be sequenced and contains a host of other features too.

The plug-in displays the sequencer front and center in a format that will be familiar to most producers. The sequencer works to straight 16ths by default, and there is a toggleable option to use triplet rhythms. Beneath the sequencer are envelope controls and a selection of onboard FX; Lowpass Filter, Drive/Distortion, and Echo/Delay. There is a global 'FX Off' control if you instantly want to bypass all of this processing.

Rhythmic gating is a very simple effect to create, but don't dismiss it because it's simple. Take the time to experiment, and you're almost certain to come up with something that will push both your creativity and your music forward.

A1 TriggerGate comes with a 'Random' button that will sequence random patterns for you – potentially leading you to weird and fantastic results!

TriggerGate is available as a 32 or 64 bit plug-in for PC and Mac. It comes in VST2, AAX, and AU versions, and you can download it from here.