Function of Mute vs Gate with fast attack

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    Sirtempelritter
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    Dear all,

    I‘m a volunteer aufio engineer at a local church and last week we had a workshop with a studied audio engineer about compressors and gates. In that workshop we came across the fackt that a gate with very small attack (50 microseconds or whatever the lower limit on sq is) is making a clicking noise. So I started to wonder, why I don‘t get that same clicking with the mute buttons? Is there an attack to mute and unmute? Or is the clicking supressed by something? Or is there something else? Our teacher told us that the clicking produced by the gate comes from the sudden shift in voltage, but shoulden‘t then the same effect happen when suddenly unmuting a channel?

    Since our teacher didn‘t know and a googlesearch didn‘t turn up much (apart from an interesting anti-clicking-circuit for diy) I thought I‘d ask if any of you might know?

    Best regards,
    SirTempelritter

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    nehasehgal59
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    #116468
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    Mike C
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    What are you trying to gate?
    Fast attack and fast release times can cause clicking both in analog
    and digital gates.

    If your trying to gate vocal or spoken word mics that normally does not work
    real well.

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    Thanks for your reply.
    Originally that topic came up when talking about noise-gating, yes. But my question is more of a theoretical nature than a practical one. Why doesn’t this clicking also affect muting and unmuting?

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