Until recently, when mixing drums, I've put a gate on most of the drum tracks when they're not being played. This was of course a quicker method to reduce noise than the one I use now; ie. I manually silence the bits I want in my wave editor. It's just that, this has become way too time-consuming! So I've thought about switching back to my original method..but I'm concerned about losing some transients in the beginning of each hit, especially the bass drum hits sound a bit flat to me when put through a gate, but I don't know if this is only psychological. Because a lot of you guys seem to know these devices very precisely, my question is: do I lose some of the transients when gating the drum tracks? Is it better to mute the silent bits manually? Thanks in advance.