Designed for Infected Mushroom and Polyverse Music, Gatekeeper is a cutting-edge volume modulation plugin that has been described as the “Swiss army knife of creative expression.” Not only does Gatekeeper unveil a whole new world of sound design and production for everyone from amateurs mixing in their garages to professionals performing in front of crowds, it does so in a way that makes playing with sound logical, fun and, yes, beautiful.
Gatekeeper evolved from a basic, flat interface of tired buttons and knobs to a sharp, colorful tool that is unexpected yet totally intuitive. In the process of designing Gatekeeper, I was guided by the question “What does this do?” constantly seeking to understand how elements work together and in sequence, and how to prioritize elements and connect them in the most user-friendly way.
Gatekeeper was created in a process not of graphic design, but logical design. A profound understanding of user experience design guided its evolution, resulting in a finished product that is organized, straightforward and built logically—with users in mind. Gatekeeper does not compromise—or even affect—sound; rather, it presents a platform that quickly becomes second nature to the user, putting sound first.
Designed carefully on a grid, Gatekeeper is not only beautiful but also perfectly functional, down to every last pixel. Buttons are spaced to make transitions completely seamless. High-priority elements are front and center, while secondary effects can be hidden, in order to avoid cluttering the interface and experience. This is a product that promises to work just as you expect it to.