As depicted in the above attachment, each track contains a single audio part:
The first audio part is the result of record-enabling the first track, and then recording a blank signal from my UR22 interface. I didn’t expect any low-level noise from the UR22 given the fact that nothing is plugged into it at this time. It’s just sitting there on my desk with no connections other than by USB cable, which transfers data digitally and so isn’t affected by noise. It would appear that the noise is coming from within Cubase.
The second audio part was created using the same means as the first, except this time, I filled the first insert effect slot in its respective track with the Gate plugin provided with Cubase. The settings I used within the Gate plugin are depicted in this attachment:
The third audio part was created in the same fashion as the previous two. Instead of applying the Gate plugin in real time via an insert effect slot, I decided to apply it to the resultant audio part itself post-record. Here, Gate appears to have eliminated most of the noise, but not all of it for some reason.
The remaining audio parts reflect successive applications of the Gate plugin to the third audio part. For whatever reason, the more I process an audio part with the Gate plugin post-record, the more low-level noise is deleted, despite the threshold remaining constant throughout.
Some obvious questions arise:
- The Gate plugin – as proven by the third audio part and subsequent audio parts – clearly has the ability to remove low-level noise when applied to pre-recorded audio. Assuming it functions the same way with real time recording: If low-level noise isn’t filtered out when using the Gate plugin as an insert effect, then it surely couldn’t be coming from outside of Cubase. If so, where is the noise coming from?
- Some of the low-level noise couldn’t be removed with a single application of the Gate plugin. Why does it take successive applications of the Gate plugin to remove noise that is far beneath the threshold in the first place?