Learn when to use third-party plugins and how to manage them in Audition.
- [Instructor] To add a third party plug-in to Adobe Audition there are two steps. The first is to install the plug-in on your computer using the third party vendor's installer. And the second is to enable the plug-in inside of Adobe Audition which I'll show you how to do now. After you've installed the plug-in, open Audition and go to your Effects menu, and all the way down at the bottom, you'll find the Audio Plug-In Manager. I'll just click this. And here is the window where we can add and remove plug-ins. At the very top here is the folder where Audition will search for your plug-ins.
Your installer will usually save your plug-ins to these folders anyway, but if you've saved them to a specific folder, you can add them here using the Add button. Underneath this is a list of all the available plug-ins and if you've installed something and can't find it here, just click the Scan for Plug-ins button and it will look through those plug-in folders and add any new plug-ins that it's found. If you've already added a plug-in to this list, but you've recently updated it to a new version, make sure you check this Rescan existing plug-ins option here and that will check the entire list again.
But if you only want to look for plug-ins that aren't already on this list, you can keep this unchecked. You can also search for a specific keyword if you have a long list of plug-ins as I do here. So, if I wanted to look at all of my plug-ins that relate to noise, I could just go over to the search bar and type "noise" and now I'm seeing only those plug-ins. To clear this filter and go back to the entire list, I just click the x in the search bar and now I'm looking at all of my plug-ins again. You can turn a plug-in on or off by going over to the Enabled column here and just checking it to turn it off and checking it again to turn it on.
And once you've added all of the plug-ins and disabled and enabled the ones that you want, just click OK. And now you should have access to them by going to your Effects menu. So I'm gonna go up to my Effects menu and it's down the bottom here that you'll find all of your third party plug-ins. So starting from the top we have VST and that stands for Virtual Studio Technology. This is a very common plug-in format used by both Mac and PC. And VST3 is just a more recent version of the VST format.
And if you're on a Mac, you may also see this AU folder which stands for Audio Units. This is Apple's own plug-in format. In this course, I'll be using a Mac, but if you're on a PC and you see me apply an effect from this AU folder, just look for the same effect in the relevant VST folder. So to add one of these third party effects to your audio, is really just the same as any effect in Audition. You can do it through your Effects menu as I'm doing here, so I'll just go to VST, Effect, iZotope, and maybe I'll add the RX 6 De-click, and that just automatically adds it to my track here.
I can also do this using my Effects Rack. I'll just close this version here. Go to the next available slot in my Effects Rack and click the flyout menu and you can see we have the exact same VST, VST3, and AU folders here as well. And that's how we add third party plug-ins to Audition and extend the list of effects we can use. Now lets look at how these plug-ins can help enhance our audio work.
- Installing and managing plugins
- Repairing low-quality audio with iZotope RX
- Removing clicks and background noise
- Using plugins for creative sound design
- Mixing dialogue and music
- Outputting your mix with true peak limiting