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AudioSuite in Pro Tools

AudioSuite in Pro Tools

 

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AudioSuite in Pro Tools

Pro Tools has several ways to modify the shape or tone of audio files.

Inserts are the standard way of “tweaking” the sound of an audio track by using equalizers, compressors, etc.

Now, inserts are non-destructive, meaning they don’t render the audio with the processing, they just play the processing in real time thru the plugin.

There is a “destructive” way of applying plugins and that is AudioSuite.

AudioSuite is a function included in Pro Tools that basically renders the effect of the plugin into the audio file as soon as it is applied, modifying it and creating a brand new file.

This is specially useful when you want to share your tracks with other people that might not have the same plugins you own but you still would like to keep the tone of your insert.

Here we go!

 

1. Open a Pro Tools session with at least 1 audio track:

AudioSuite in Pro Tools

 

 

Here it is easy to see we have a single “BASS” track.

 

We want to render the effect of Avid’s SansAmp emulation into the file to share it with the mix engineer.

 

2. Click on the audio clip to select it:

AudioSuite in Pro Tools

 

 

3. From the top menu bar click on: AudioSuite

AudioSuite in Pro Tools

 

 

It is important to note, AudioSuite will show the same list of plugins that you would typically see when adding inserts.

 

 

4. Look for the desired plugin. In this case it will be at Avid -> SansAmp PSA-1

AudioSuite in Pro Tools

 

 

5. Click on the plugin to open it as AudioSuite:

AudioSuite in Pro Tools

 

 

You can see how the plugin GUI opens and you can tweak parameters.

 

 

6. Click on the small speaker icon at the bottom left corner to audition the effect of the plugin:

AudioSuite in Pro Tools

 

 

7. Tweak the plugin parameters to make the audio clip sound as you want:

AudioSuite in Pro Tools

 

 

8. Once you have found the desired sound, click on “Render” at the bottom right:

AudioSuite in Pro Tools

 

 

AudioSuite will render the effect of the plugin and create a new file with a new clip as:

AudioSuite in Pro Tools

 

Note how the waveform has changed, reflecting the effect of the plugin.

 

You can now close the AudioSuite window and export the audio for sharing purposes.

 

And that is how you use AudioSuite in Pro Tools

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