Join David Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video New plug-ins and plug-in format, part of Pro Tools 10 New Features.
In Pro Tools 10 Avid has introduced a new real-time plug-in format called the Avid Audio Extension, or AAX for short. AAX plug-ins make use of host-based or native processing and also support non-real-time AudioSuite rendering. There are three new plug-ins in AAX format that are included with Pro Tools 10: Avid Channel Strip, Avid Down Mixer, and the Mod Delay 3. The Avid Down Mixer plug-in is used to automatically mix multi-channel surround tracks down to stereo tracks, and only ships with Pro Tools HD and the complete production toolkit.
Let's take a look at the Channel Strip. The Avid Channel Strip is pretty slick, and it's based on the Euphonix System 5 console channel strip. It comes with EQ, filters, dynamics, and gain effects. Aside from sounding great, I like that it's collapsible. We can use these arrows to open and close certain sections of the plug-in. So down here we can access the gate, the compression, the sidechaining, and below, we have the EQ and filters.
Now let's take a look at the Mod Delay 3 plug-in. This shows off the new skin for Avid's plug-ins. You'll see more and more of the Pro Tools plugs look like this one. It's got all the features of the previous Mod Delay 2 plug-in but in a better-looking layout. It should be noted that during installation Pro Tools 10 creates an Avid plug-ins directory and that houses all of the AAX Plug-ins. The Digidesign plug-in folder is still around though, to hold onto the legacy plug-ins and other third-party installers.
And that covers the main points about the new plug-ins and AAX plug-in format in Pro Tools 10.
- What's new with importing and exporting files
- Adding real-time fades overlapping cross-fades
- Utilizing the Edit window indicators
- Working with the improved AudioSuite plug-ins
- Creating a reverse delay or reverb effect
- Understanding the interface and nomenclature changes
- Getting help with Pro Tools