How To Load Vst Plugins In Pro Tools First

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How to add vst to pro tools first

Host VST and AU plug-ins within Pro Tools AAX plug-in format. An extra feature that will be very useful for cross DAW collaborators is the save/load plug-in preset feature. Mix with plug-in chains within Pro Tools using Patchwork and load those plug-in chain presets within a different DAW such as Logic Pro X. Learn more about plug-ins used in Pro Tools, as well as other DAW’s. Pro Tools plugin locations for macOS.

Hi there !

It's been quite a long time since I had the idea to write an article about a burning subject like Is it possible to use VST plugins with Protools ?

The short answer is No.

The complete answer is Yes but you'll have to cheat a little bit Protools to do so. In fact there are plenty of methods available depending on the software you want to use and the budget you have for that.

I am not pretending my method is better than the others, BUT what I say is that this works fine with Protools 8/9/10 so far, it's free and if you use it, you'll be able to import tons ad tons of free VST plugins directly in your favorite Protools software.

Otherwise you can Rewire / route your VST plugins / audio in Protools with a lot of softwares such as :

Bidule / Plogue (95$) works like a charm with plugins & instruments + is very versatile but can be a little complicated for newbies...

See how in the video below.

HostX (free) load your VSTi only

Reaper (free for 30 days) works like a charm with plugins & instruments

SoundFlower (free) Route any audio in your Protools like Logic Audio, Cubase etc... create your audio / midi config & you can play your AU or VST instruments directly in Protools

Ugly VST Interface (free) load your VSTi only

VSTLord (free) load your VSTi fast & easy, just need to create audio / midi configuration and you're good to go

Watch the video below to see how to do it

VST Shell X (free) load your VSTi & your VST plugins but maybe quite outdated.


How To Load Vst Plugins In Pro Tools Firstn Pro Tools First

use Jack

Ok then, where should you start ?

The method is simple :

1°) Download Jack Here

2°) Install Jack

3°) Restart your computer

4°) Go to your applications folder & launch JackPilot in your Jack folder

5°) If it’s the first time you’ve run JackPilot, and/or if you’ve not yet saved your Jack

preferences, the Preferences dialog will open automatically, so that you can set up your

Jack environment


PS : a very exciting project (a VST to AAX wrapper by Sugar BytesTransVST) has been canceled by Avid... sad!

There are a few different way to use VST and AU plugins in Pro Tools 12. It’s even possible to use VST/AU plugins in Pro Tools First, the free version of Pro Tools 12.

How to install vst plugins in pro tools

One of the things that separates Pro Tools from other DAWs is the proprietary AAX format that it uses for plugins.

Not all plugins are available in AAX, especially some really good free ones, so Pro Tools users have to find workarounds to get their favorite VST and AU plugins to work.

Luckily there are a few methods that can get the job done.

Unfortunately none are free, but they all have demos to try for free, and each offers a number of other features as well.

Not all of these options will work with Pro Tools First since one of the main limitations with the free version is you have to get all the plugins through Avid’s marketplace.

Pro Tools First does supports ReWire, though, and that’s a big plus because that means it can run other DAWs that support ReWire. It can use Ableton Live’s built-in instruments, for example, and if you ReWire with Reaper it can run VST plugins within Pro Tools. Bidule is another option that works with Pro Tools First.

Using Reaper in Pro Tools to Host VST Instruments and Plugins

Reaper is a good option to use VST plugins in Pro Tools because it has a 60-day free fully-functioning demo and it only costs $60 to purchase. Plus it’s a full DAW and not just a plugin like the other options.

How To Use Any Virtual Instrument Plugin in Pro Tools First

The folks at Pro Tools Expert uploaded the helpful video above showing how to use Bidule with ReWire to load VST instruments into Pro Tools First. Bidule sells for $95 and can be used for a number of other things as well.

How To Use VST/AU in Pro Tools 12 with Blue Cat Audio Patchwork

How To Use Vst Plugins In Pro Tools

Another option to run VST and AU plugins in the full version of Pro Tools 12 is with the Blue Cat Audio Patchwork plugin. It’s capable of hosting up to 64 VST, VST3 or Audio Unit plugins in one instance. It sells for $99 (79 euros).

How To Install Vst Plugins In Pro Tools

Pro Tools 12 and Metaplugin – Wes Renaud

How To Load Vst Plugins In Pro Tools Firstro Tools First

The Metaplugin is an AAX plugin that can host VST and AU plugins in the full version of Pro Tools. It supports up to eight individual channels and sells for $49.