Precise transient detection and intelligent drum-type matching to effortlessly separate the hits you want to keep from the spill you do not.


Have you, like us, become frustrated with the results of unreliable drum gating using traditional tools; chatter, misdetection, choked or lost ghost notes?

Are you tired of overly complex and manual workflows?

Then meet the new Oxford Drum Gate; its swift and logical workflow solves these problems and delivers the fastest, most musical and transparent results available.

At the heart of the Drum Gate is intelligent drum-hit detection. First, the plugin detects them all with tailor-made transient detection. Then, you simply decide which ones to keep.



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Need to reduce spill on a snare track in a dynamic mix of backbeats, ghost notes, and cross stick hits?

No problem! Just click the Snare button.



Tired of fighting abrupt and un-musical gating? Do you want to keep the natural ring of toms and remove the spill around them?

Easy! Use Drum Gate's adaptive Decay section to quickly focus on the resonance of each tom, in real-time, according to the velocity of each detected hit.



Wish you could improve the consistency of the drummer's performance?

Of course you do! Conform louder main hits and softer background articulations to two separately controlled target level ranges in the Leveller section.



Want to augment/replace individual drums with samples and confidently retain the dynamics from the original performance?

Piece of cake! It's delivered by Drum Gate's hit detection and MIDI triggering functionality.

  • Precise transient detection and intelligent drum-type matching to effortlessly separate the hits you want to keep from the spill you don't.
  • Create custom drum profiles to isolate unusual drum types or fix the occasional kick, snare, or tom mismatch.
  • Decay curve which adapts to the velocity of each drum hit, giving you consistent spill reduction on dynamic performances.
  • Spectral decay editor lets you preserve the resonance, ring, or rattle of each drum hit while quickly clamping down on the spill.
  • The leveller's dual target and amount controls let you improve level consistency without losing the contrast between loud hits and soft ghost notes.
  • Real-time MIDI output and MIDI file capture, for accurately triggering drum samples.

"This is a great one-stop-shop of a plugin. Drum gate achieves what I’ve been trying to do with 3 separate plug-ins and more"

Andy Sneap (Killswitch Engage, Megadeth, Bullet for my Valentine, Opeth)

"Best rack and floor sound I've got in a long time, thanks to the decay settings"

Alex Archer, Vevo live producer (Sigrid, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs)

"Never isolated bass drum and snare drum so easily with such accuracy. Even subtle ghost notes in a very dynamic jazz performance!"

Nils Hahmann, Audio Engineer and Abbey Road Institute lecturer

"Drum Gate is just smarter than anything else designed to detect drum hits. Dynamics handling is out of this world!"

Dax Liniere, producer/mixer at Puzzle Factory Sound Studios

"This plugin is amazing black magic sh*t! I can't believe what I just did to fix a crappy drum track"

Will Russell, Grammy award-winning engineer/producer

  This plug-in offers 2 activations for each product licence you own.
  All licences must be kept on the same iLok account, and each activation will allow you to authorise your Plug-In using either of the following methods:
  • iLok USB device. iLok2 / iLok3 required with latest drivers

  • iLok Cloud. Active internet connection required

For more information about these choices please click here.




Pro Tools
  • Pro Tools 11 and above – AAX Native
  • Approved Pro Tools CPU, OS and hardware configuration: www.avid.com
Audio Units
  • Audio Units compatible application (Logic, Digital Performer etc.)
  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later
  • VST2 or VST3 compatible application (Cubase, Nuendo, Sequoia etc.)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Windows 7 or later


Note: The minimum version of OpenGL required to use the plug-in is OpenGL 3.3 more details.


Compatibile with any desktop application that supports Audio Unit (AU), VST2 or VST3 Plug-Ins.

Also supports Pro Tools AAX Native Plug-In format



The Drum Gate does not support Avid’s TDM/HDX hardware DSP platform (including Venue, S3L and S6L systems), Waves SoundGrid or Universal Audio's UAD platform.

Sample Rate (kHz) Latency (Samples) Latency (ms)
44.1 2289 65.5
48 3144 65.5
88.2 5777 65.5
96 6288 65.5
176.4 11554 65.5
192 12576 65.5
44.1 – 48 kHz:
88.2 – 96 kHz:
176.4 – 192 kHz: