On Sat, Jun 11, 2011 at 7:21 PM, Gale Andrews <gale@...> wrote:
> | From Steve the Fiddle <stevethefiddle@...>
> | Sat, 11 Jun 2011 17:40:36 +0100
> | Subject: [Audacity-quality] Noise Gate
>> Although "Noise Gate" effect has only 13 votes in
>> http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Feature_Requests#New_Effects it is
>> quite a popular feature request, would it be worth including this
>> Nyquist plug-in with Audacity?
>> If not, the wiki / manual documenters may want to keep this plug-in in
>> mind if they come across references to Noise Gates in the
>> I have added some notes regarding its usage in the wiki (requires
>> proof reading) http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Noise_Removal#Noise_Gate
> My feeling is that the Effect menu is already long. Quite possibly we
> don't have space for more than another two or three effects at most
> until we bite the bullet of grouping effects or managing them with
> shortcuts or otherwise.
> So a more useful single effect that replaced one or more less useful
> ones will always be valuable. I think we should replace Cross Fade In/
> Cross Fade Out with one or two of Steve's alternative Fade or Envelope
> Although there is a risk of making an effect bloated I think we could also
> consider extending some of the built-in effects rather than adding new
> Nyquist ones that are very similar. So extending Bass Boost to be more
> like Steve's idea of a simple frequency boost could also be good.
> Ideally I would prefer to see a simple noise gate as part of a "Noise
> Reduction" effect incorporating the current Noise Removal, but that's
> probably not practical in the short term. But there is also some demand
> for an "expander". Could there be a Nyquist Noise Gate/Expander?
I think a "compressor / expander" would be a good idea, particularly
as David Bails has indicated that the current Compressor is not
accessible for visually impaired users.
Of course the danger of combining effects is that they become too
complicated for many users. The Noise Gate already has 7 controls, and
reducing the number of Noise Gate controls would limit its
functionality, but adding more controls (for additional functionality)
would IMHO make it too complicated.