Add a Plug-in to a Track - Pro Tools

By TOM BOWSER

You can add a plug-in to a track from within either the Edit or Mix windows. Press and hold down the Ctrl then the = key to toggle between the Edit or Mix window.

NOTE: Adding a plug-in is also referred to as "inserting" or "instantiating" a plugin.

To add a plug-in:

  • Left click on the insert of a track. An insert looks like a blank rectangular space with a black dot on the left hand side. The small black dot is called the "insert selector". I've drawn a red line around an insert in the image below.

The insert selector on a Pro Tools track

  • Hover your mouse cursor over the word "plug-in" to see a menu of available plug-in categories.

Pro Tools plug-in insertion categories menu

  • Left click on the name of the plug-in you want to add (insert). The insert becomes populated with the "insert button" of the plug-in (outlined in red within the image below). The main window of the plug-in you added will open allowing you to begin to use it.

Pro tools track showing inserted plug-in

TIPS:

  • Left click on the plug-in button/name to toggle the plug-in window view status between visible or hidden from sight.
  • By default, there are 5 inserts located below the heading INSERTS A-E. There are an additional 5 available inserts.
    To view them:
    • Right click on the heading INSERTS A-E.
    • Left click on INSERTS F-J to view insert positions F-J (see image below).

Pro Tools track showing insert selectors A-E and F-J

To remove a plug-in from an insert:

  • Left click and hold the mouse button down on the insert selector (surrounded in red in the image below) to the left of the plug-in name.

Remove a Plug-in from a Pro Tools track

  • Hover your mouse cursor over the words "no insert".
  • Release your left mouse button to remove the plug-in.

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