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Applying AudioSuite plug-ins

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Video: Applying AudioSuite plug-ins

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.

Applying AudioSuite plug-ins

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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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training

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  1. 12m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      3m 51s
    4. Troubleshooting
      3m 1s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 16s
  2. 23m 41s
    1. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      5m 8s
    2. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    3. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      6m 55s
    4. Setting essential preferences
      3m 42s
    5. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 56s
    6. Identifying elements in a session folder
      3m 2s
  3. 47m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      4m 50s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      2m 21s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      4m 0s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 55s
    5. Investigating Pro Tools menus
      4m 37s
    6. Creating new tracks
      4m 10s
    7. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 36s
    8. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      5m 54s
    9. Adjusting the I/O setup
      7m 7s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 50s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 49s
  4. 30m 43s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      5m 6s
    2. Importing audio
      5m 13s
    3. Importing MIDI
      3m 55s
    4. Importing session data
      6m 17s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      4m 18s
    6. Importing video
      2m 57s
    7. Unmounting a hard drive
      2m 57s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Recording audio
      5m 6s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 31s
    3. Creating a Click track
      4m 53s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      9m 25s
    5. Recording with playlists and the Loop Record mode
      3m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      5m 28s
    7. Dealing with latency
      4m 17s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 33s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      7m 41s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      5m 34s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 13s
  6. 1h 26m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 31s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      6m 57s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 14s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 27s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 26s
    7. Understanding the edit modes
      7m 54s
    8. Arranging regions
      8m 38s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 3s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      10m 29s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 28s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      3m 36s
    13. Special buttons in the Editing window
      8m 16s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 11s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      10m 59s
  7. 18m 43s
    1. Working with region groups
      5m 47s
    2. Setting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 46s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 10s
  8. 35m 30s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 25s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 50s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 46s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      5m 24s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 15s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 27s
    7. Using step input
      4m 45s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      2m 51s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 47s
  9. 48m 41s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      8m 23s
    2. Editing MIDI data with the MIDI Editor
      7m 20s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 41s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 25s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      11m 31s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 59s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      4m 22s
  10. 18m 51s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 22s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      6m 33s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 30s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      2m 26s
  11. 19m 0s
    1. Utilizing the Time Shift plug-in
      7m 41s
    2. Editing with Elastic Time
      8m 30s
    3. Editing with Elastic Pitch
      2m 49s
  12. 48m 20s
    1. Working with Boom
      11m 23s
    2. Working with Xpand2
      7m 21s
    3. Working with DB-33
      6m 58s
    4. Working with Vacuum
      7m 55s
    5. Working with Structure Free
      7m 12s
    6. Working with Mini Grand
      3m 57s
    7. Using Midi Learn
      3m 34s
  13. 25m 55s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 4s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 56s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 9s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 5s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 25s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      4m 16s
  14. 1h 40m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 0s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 18s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      3m 53s
    4. Dealing with delay compensation
      6m 51s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 19s
    6. Adding compression
      11m 17s
    7. Applying limiters
      2m 57s
    8. Using Gates and Expanders
      4m 40s
    9. Working with Side Chains
      3m 35s
    10. Working with De-Essers
      3m 4s
    11. Adding delay
      7m 34s
    12. Utilizing modulation effects
      4m 43s
    13. Adding reverb
      7m 5s
    14. Adding harmonic effects
      5m 7s
    15. Renting and purchasing plug-ins
      2m 2s
    16. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      5m 19s
    17. Bouncing down a mix
      5m 50s
  15. 25m 44s
    1. Setting up a session for mastering
      8m 56s
    2. Using plug-ins for mastering
      8m 47s
    3. Applying Dither and Noise shaping
      4m 5s
    4. Bouncing down master recordings
      3m 56s
  16. 19m 52s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      4m 20s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      12m 28s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      3m 4s
  17. 4m 50s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 50s
  18. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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