This is a problem solver when gating snares. Typically snare gets clipped at its front when gating, so here is the trick. Put a gate on your snare track and enable the sidechain. Duplicate your snare track to a new audio track, pull down volume all the way and move it slightly earlier with a pre send sent to sidechain on original snare track. Gate will now be triggered ahead which will rectify clipping problem.
When tracking drums I always have trouble with hearing drummer talk, so I set up a talk back mic for him to communicate to me from drum room to control room. The problem exists when I start tracking the song, the talk back mic is also picking up the drums. Yuck, annoying! What to do? Here is the trick; I put a 1k tone on an Audio Track and create an Aux Track with the input of talk back mic. I insert a compressor on Aux track and set it hard. I then side chain that 1k tone into the compressor. Voila! When I initiate play on DAW talk back mic cuts.
What a great buy this console is. Great support and sounds absolutely wonderful and pure. I like a little character, so I combine the Audient with some Neve and API mic pre's with some of my fav compressors, like a Urei 1176LN or SSL FX 384. That's just enough salt & pepper to make my kind of record.
For 5.1 Surround Sound I use the Audient ASP510 controller