Get tips for working with plugin windows.
- [Instructor] Pro Tools comes with a variety of real-time plug-ins that you can use to enhance a mix. Many plug-ins also include a large number of presets to choose from. Finding the right sound for a given plug-in can be time consuming, so it can help to audition the preset choices to find a good starting point. In this session, I've arranged some vocal clips on the Vox Effects track for a particular delay effect I'd like to create for one section of the song. I've added an EQ processor to the track in order to create a thin, radio transmission-type effect for this, and now I need to dial in the settings to get the results I'm looking for.
I'd like to mute the Delay Send for now, so that I can focus on the dry signal. I'll do that by Command-clicking on the Send button. On Windows, you can Control-click instead. And let's collapse expanded Sends view here. And I'll also close this Send window. And now I'll open the plug-in window for the EQ. Now I want to switch to the Edit window and select the area for auditioning. I'll press Command+Equals to toggle to the edit window, and I'll move the plug-in window off to the side to get it out of the way.
And this is the area that I'm interested in, right in here, so let me resize the track to make that a bit easier to see. And I'll zoom in a bit as well. Now, let's try out some presets in the EQ III plug-in. I'll click on the Librarian menu here to explore the choices. This plug-in has quite a lot of presets to choose from, so it'll get tedious selecting each one of them, one by one, from this menu to audition.
Pro Tools provides another option in the form of the plus and minus buttons here in the plug-in window, which I can use to walk through successive presets in either direction. So, if I enable loop playback, I can begin auditioning and cycling through the presets to see if anything fits the bill. And Loop Playback is already on. Let's just select those clips, and give this a try.
Oops, let's solo that so we can hear it in isolation. (vocal track repeating) But this still involves a lot of clicking. So another way to assess the available presets is to open the plug-in settings in a dialog box using this button here: the Plug-in Settings Select button. Here, I can see all of the available presets within the the current category, and I can select a category at the top.
So maybe Special Effects would be a good candidate here. And now I can see the available options and click on each one to recall it. I can also enable this checkbox down at the bottom and set a time increment to have the settings automatically advance through the list. So if I set this to increment every four seconds, and then begin auditioning, (vocal track looping) I can evaluate the whole series of preset options without having to make any manual changes, allowing me to focus my attention on the mix.
When I find an option I like, I can simply select it and close the dialog box to use that option in the plug-in. So those are some tips for using the features in a plug-in window to select presets. Let the software do the work for you, and don't keep returning to the Librarian menu over and over again to hunt from a long list of choices. Your wrist will definitely thank you for the relief, and equally important, you'll be able to keep your attention focused on the mix, where it counts.
- Starting a new session
- Customizing settings
- Optimizing the performance of Pro Tools
- Importing loops and tracks
- Working with meter changes
- Recording multiple takes
- Changing the track timebase
- Editing MIDI clips
- Warping sound and tightening rhythm with Elastic Audio
- Using the Smart Tool
- Color coding tracks
- Editing on the grid
- Working with AudioSuite plug-ins
- Working with sends, plug-ins, and master faders
- Working with track subsets
- Finalizing and exporting media