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Let's have a quick chat about several plug-in features that are handy to know when mixing or really when using Pro Tools in general. When you have a plug-in open like this and you go try to open another plug-in, the first plug-in actually closes back down. However, if you want to have both plug-ins open at once, all you need to do is click the Target button right here so that you can open multiple plug-in windows at once. Now I can open this one and both will be showing. This also applies to virtual instruments, Sends, and output windows. If I open this Send, deactivate the target, I can open another one both in the session and right here in the output window, if we click this button, same deal. Target, there we go.
If you Shift-click a plug-in, virtual instrument, Send, or output window, it will open with the target already deactivated so that's a good feature. We'll try that, Shift and click on this, and you will see that the target is already deactivated. Let me close that down. Now if I go to this output window here, or the plug-in window, and press Option on a Mac or Alt in Windows, and then hit the Close button, all of the open plug-ins will close at once. So I'm pressing Option on my Mac, or Alt on a PC, click, and they all go away.
You can click-and-drag plug-ins, virtual instruments, and Sends from one position on a track to another. So if I click-and-drag, I can just move it right down there or onto another track. Option+dragging on a Mac or Alt+ dragging in Windows will drag a copy to another position on the same track or to another track. So I can do that and it creates an exact copy with the same parameters of that plug-in on this other track. Bypassing a plug-in takes the plug-in out of the signal path and there is a Bypass button on every plug-in that's right over here. Use the Bypass button to A-B the effect. That is to hear what the track sounds like with and without the effect. So if we solo this track, and have a listen to it, we'll try out this A-B technique. (Music playing.) Note that bypassing a plug-in doesn't reduce the processing load on your computer. Conversely, making a plug-in inactive takes the plug-in out of the signal path and does not take up processing power. The plug-in settings are still saved with the session though. It's very handy to use it and I'll show you how to do it right here.
If I actually just right-click on the plug-in, I can either choose to bypass it or make it inactive and when it's inactive, you see that it is italicized. If I right-click again, I can make it active. The same action can apply to virtual instruments, also to Sends, and to output choices. If you don't want to right-click, you can press Command on a Mac or Ctrl on Windows and click a plug-in to bypass it, like this, see that it turns dark blue.
If you hold down the Command and Control key on a Mac, or Ctrl and Start on Windows, you can click on an Insert and make the plug-in inactive. So use these buttons pushes and key commands to become more efficient when using plug-ins, virtual instruments, and Sends while you are mixing.
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