If you don't have all the plug-ins that you want to use in a mix, instead of buying the plug-ins, you can rent them from Digidesign. Just go to the Digidesign store, click on Pro Tools Plug-in, MP3 & Optional Software and you will see this page. Tons and tons of third party plug-ins that you can purchase or rent here. Let's check it out. I am going to click on Amp Farm 3.0. When the plug-in comes up, you can see that we can actually rent it for two days, 14 days, 31 days or actually buy the product.
Now 15 bucks for a couple of days might seem like a lot but in that time period, you can actually get a really good feel for how the plug-in works and if you like the sound of it. Now, not all plug-ins are rentable but this is a great option if you need a plug-in for a limited amount of time. Note that you will need an iLok account and an iLok key for authorizing and using the plug-ins. If you do end up renting a plug-in, I highly recommend printing the effect in your Pro Tools session. So let's go over to Pro-Tools and let's say that this plug-in is the one that you rented and you have been using it on this track.
Be sure to print the effect. That is record the output of this track on to another audio track so that you can keep that effect that you like. So I have got this setup right here with the audio output path set to Bus 9. If you set the audio input path selector to Bus 9 on this track, you can route the output here to the input here and just set this into record and you are good to go and that's called printing an effect.
There are tons of cool third party plug-ins out there to try. The stock plug-ins in Pro Tools are excellent but don't feel limited to just using those. Try some other ones. A two day rental is plenty of time for you to test drive a plug-in to see if you like to purchase it.
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