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Most plug-ins in Pro Tools have a real- time AudioSuite or RTAS version and a non real-time version that we simply call the AudioSuite version. AudioSuite plug-ins process audio where Pro Tools has stopped whereas their RTAS counterparts work in real time. The advantage of non real-time processing is that it doesn't take up processing power while playing back. To apply an AudioSuite plug-in to an audio region, first highlight the region and then we'll go up to the AudioSuite menu and choose the plug-in that we want.
In this case, I'm going to choose a Chorus to apply to this bass track. We can hit the Preview button to hear what the track sounds like with the plug-in before we process it. (Music playing.) With the Preview button active, we can compare the original track to the processed track. So if we hit Preview, that will have the effect on it.
While it's previewing, we can hit Bypass and that will go back to the original unprocessed track. Let's try that out. (Music playing.) So now we can tweak the settings if we want to change anything up here and once we are happy with the settings that we have, we can hit the Process button. You will notice that Pro Tools created a brand new file and how do we know that? Well, we can look over here, in the Regions list. There is our new file and you will see in the name of it. It has the name of the track and the region number but it also has this little abbreviation for the type of effect that we used.
We used the Chorus, so it's got this little chr on there and the as for the AudioSuite. Now note, this is a brand new audio file. Now usually, before processing a region with an AudioSuite plug-in, I recommend making a duplicate playlist on the track so that you can always go back to the original unprocessed region if necessary. So let's undo that. Create a duplicate playlist, and in this case, we'll call it bass with chorus. Now we can process it and you will see that we have the bass with chorus and the original track that we can choose from right over here on different playlists.
A good time to use the AudioSuite version of a plug-in is when you are running out of processing power from using so many RTAS plug-ins. In that case, save the plug-ins settings that you are using in the RTAS version, take the plug-in off the track, and then apply the AudioSuite version like this. Let's go over to the Mix window, and let's say we really like this effect that we have on this bass track. So I'm going to open up this plug-in, and I'm going to save this plug-in setting so that we can open it back up in the AudioSuite version.
So I'll go to this menu here, Save Settings As, bass eq, Save. Then I'm going to take this plug-in off of the track, so there is no insert. I'm going to go back over to the Edit window and this is highlighted, the bass track that is, and I'm going to choose our plug-in. I am going to choose the preset that I just made which is actually going to be in this library enlist, we see it right down here at the bottom, choose that, there is my little EQ curve and now I can process that.
Now that EQ has been applied to this track, we no longer need it as an RTAS version on the track to play in real time because we have processed this on to this bass track and you will see the new file is right over here. You can also use AudioSuite plug-ins for creative effects like using the reverse AudioSuite plug-in to process a track and reverse. Let's try it out. Let's take this acoustic guitar track, which sounds like this. (Music playing.) And let's reverse it. So I'm going to choose Reverse and let's hear what it sounds like.
(Music playing.) That's kind of cool and there we can see the waveform totally reserved. So we can use the AudioSuite plug-ins for creative effects or to help lessen the processing load on your computer.
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