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In addition to being able to automate track parameters, you can also automate any parameter in a plug-in or virtual instrument. The quickest way to enable automation on all of the plug-ins parameters is to do it automatically by choosing Setup > Preferences, and on the Mixing page, choose Plug-in Controls Default to Auto-Enabled. If you don't want to use that preference, here is how to enable individual automation parameters and plug-in. First, open the plug-in, we have one open here already, and then click on the Automation Enable button. This window enables you to select the parameters you want to automate for each plug-in on the track. So see we have two plug-ins. We actually have an instrument and this AIR Filter Gate plug-in.
To enable automation on a particular parameter, click it, click the Add button, and it will come over here on the right side, and all of these are now automation enabled. When you've added all the parameters you want, click OK. Now if you want to skip this step, and enable all of the plug-ins parameters for automation, press Command+Option+ Ctrl on a Mac or Ctrl+Alt+Start in Windows and click on the Plug-in Automation Enable button. So if we come up here, press all the three of the main modifiers, you'll see all of these buttons light up and that's what happens when the automation is enabled on the parameters. These little green lights turn on.
Everything that I have shown you here, regarding Plug-in automation, applies to virtual instruments too. Let's take a look at the Edit window here for a second and check out all this automation that I've got down here. You'll notice that the first few automation lines are for the Xpand2 virtual instrument, and then a few down here are for the AIR Filter Gate plug-in. All of the automation looks the same. What that means is that we can actually write and edit automation on plug-ins and virtual instruments in just a same way as you've done it for a volume and mute and any other track parameter. You can even use the Automation Safe mode by clicking on that in the plug-in or virtual instrument.
Let's take a look at the Xpand plug-in. I'm just going to grab the top of the plug-in and show you that I have automated some of these parameters that are listed right here. Note that I've checked off PART A, not the EASY controls, but the PART A controls for this particular instrument. You'll see that there is only one part to this instrument, and I want to show you how, as I play this session, all of these parameters are going to change. And you can see multiple parameters up here in the AIR Filter Gate plug-in changing as well with the automation.
So I'm going to press Play from the beginning of this session and you are going to see a bunch of these parameters here and up here move along with their automation data. (Music playing.) Aside from the drum loop, all you heard here in this session was two notes being held on the Xpand2 plug-in. All the automated parameters change the sounds pretty drastically from the beginning to the end.
As you get more familiar with mixing using automation, you'll see how useful each of these automation features are,= and how creative you can get with them. The power you have over your music is truly incredible.
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