Futz track: automate or gate?

I have some dialog I put on a futz track with a lot of distortion plugins. This, of course, if noisy, even if there is no dialog present. What’s the best way to deal with this?

I started automating, bypassing the inserts. Then I realized I couldn’t copy/paste automation to a different length with the range tool and I had to edit the automation points.

Then I thought I could just mute the track when there wasn’t dialog.

Then I thought I could possibly just use a gate. How do y’all deal with this?

I’d say, gate.


The gate isn’t working exactly like I’d like it to. But maybe I can play with the settings a bit.