Deactivate - Activate Plug-ins of Multiple Tracks - Pro Tools

By TOM BOWSER

You can simultaneously either activate or deactivate all the plug-ins assigned to the same insert letter/position of all visible tracks in a session. I'm demonstrating this process in the Pro Tools Mix window. It can also be performed in the Edit window.

Plug-in inserts are assigned letters to uniquely identify them and their position in the Pro Tools signal flow. The image below shows inserts A, B, C, D and E of a single track arranged in a vertical column starting with the "Trim" plug-in installed on insert A.

Inserts A-E of a single track in Pro Tools

The following image shows inserts A-E of 5 different tracks in the Pro Tools Mix window. A plug-in has been added to the A position insert of each track (outlined in red).

Inserts A-E of 5 different tracks in the Pro Tools

To disable all of the plug-ins installed in the A position insert:

  • Press and hold down the Ctrl + Windows + Alt keys.
  • Right click on any plug-in button of a horizontal row of track inserts.
  • Left click on "Make Inactive" on the menu that appears to deactivate all plug-ins in the row.

To re-activate the plugins:

  • Press and hold down the Ctrl + Windows + Alt keys.
  • Right click on any plug-in button of a horizontal row of track inserts.
  • Left click on Make Active to activate all plug-ins in the row.

TIP: At the time I wrote this tutorial Pro Tools had 10 inserts available per track (A-E and F-J).

To change which inserts are visible:

  • Left click on "View" in the Pro Tools menu bar.
  • Hover your mouse over "Mix Window Views" or "Edit Window Views" depending on which Pro Tools window you want to change views for.
  • Left click on Inserts A-E to show or hide these inserts.
  • Left click on Inserts F-J to show or hide these inserts.

Inserts that are currently visible in a window have a check mark to the left in the views menu.

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