We gave the boys at Graffic Jam some gear to road test. Here is what Josh from Graffic Jam had to say about one of our Proximity Triggered gates, the Optogate PBE-05E.
Hey guys, Josh here from Graffic Jam.
Just going to talk to you a little bit about the Optogate PB-05E from Axel Joost Electronics. Our friends down at Audio Technik gave this to us for a little spin. It’s pretty cool. We use it for a couple of our soundcheck sessions.
Basically what it is, is a proximity triggered gates. So you can use it live sound and you don’t have something like a snare drum bleed accidentally breaking through your gate and you don’t have the gate triggering to slower sounds and cutting off a few of those S’s or softer sounds from a singer. So really good for say a singer who might be shredding an instrument going off and you don’t want that blade coming through while they’re playing their instrument. It’s just going to be taking the signal while they’re close to the microphone and singing.
So it’s got a little sensor at the front here. You can set that between 15 and 120 centimeters. So you can use a trim pot here with a little screwdriver, which is one thing I kind of don’t like about it. Because realistically especially if you want to use it as a musician, how many people will carry a screwdriver around with them. Sound techs might, but I feel like you could make this thing with a trim pot on it that can be adjusted by hand really.
One other application I also wouldn’t use it for is recording. Because it can introduce its own problems in that if someone is not moving the way you thought they were going to move, then they can be triggering the gate or not triggering it and creating an effect of coming in of bleed, coming in and out. If you are recording, you can remove that all with post a lot more accurately than a gate can do. Having said that it’s really really good for live sound.
So great for every sound engineer to have in their arsenal. Although sometimes you do need to train a musician to work with the gate. Because a lot of musicians won’t be expecting to pay attention to how far away, they are from the microphone.
And one other case that I really recommend is it’s for musicians themselves to get used to. You can just plug this into a microphone and send phantom power to it and the sound tech has to do nothing. And you can get cleaner sound for your fallback and a cleaner sound for your mixes. So that’s the little device available from Audio Technik.