Using Vst Plugins With An Xlr Microphone

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When it comes to audio effects, most modern non-linear video editors allow you to use plug-ins developed by third parties to extend their native audio effects. You might want for example to de-noise audio, process its dynamics or transition between different segments using reverb or delay. Plug-ins, as the name implies, are pieces of software that can run inside other programs but in order to do so they have to be distributed in a specific format that is supported by the host application.

The two most popular plug-in formats are:

  • VST (Mac and Windows) - Stands for Virtual Studio Technology and was developed by Steinberg. They are bundled as .vst files and they usually live in C:Program FilesSteinbergVSTPlugins (Windows) or /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST (Mac)
  • AU (Mac only) - Apple’s equivalent to VSTs. They are bundled as .component files and their default installation path is /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components

Adobe Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro supports third party VST (and AU on Mac) plug-in effects that are available in both the Audio Mixer and the Effect Controls panel. Initially however they may not be activated so you have to go into Preferences > Audio and click on the Audio Plug-In Manager button. From there, make sure it’s pointed correctly at your plug-in folders and press Scan for Plug-Ins.

The locations where Premiere Pro searches for VST plug-ins are as follows.

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 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. Although there are 8 additional audio inputs and 16 audio outs, these will only light up in green (meaning they can be used) when the VST supports them. So for example some plugs will just work in stereo, but others will have up to 16 or more outputs. You can see how many by looking in this area. Multi-Output Plug-ins.

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareVSTVSTPluginsPath (Windows)
  • C:Program FilesSteinbergVSTPlugins (Windows)
  • System HD/Library/Audio/Plug-ins/VST (Mac OS)
  • System HD/<user>/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST (Mac OS)

If these paths are not present by default you can press add on the plug-in manager window and add a custom location or point Premiere at the correct location.

Understanding the meaning of VST plugin

Find yourself bored with the stock plugins on FLStudio? Or maybe you need a specific instrument or effect and are not sure where to start. This tutorial will go deeper than the rest by providing honest step by step instructions and resources.

First let us educate ourselves, what exactly is a VST plugin? VST stands for Virtual Studio Technology. VST instruments are used to generate a sound. VST effects work similar to effects modules that can be applied to polish the sound. Things to consider when choosing a VST, be sure to check system requirements, some VST’s can eat up your CPU making it difficult to use. Know the source, keep in mind these are 3rd party, while there are a lot of reputable makers, there are some that may harm your system. VST’s are offered for Windows, MAC, and Linux. Windows being the most readily available. Some are free and some can range in price from $10-$500 and up.

How to Install VST Plugins in FL Studio

For those not familiar with VST’s and how to install them I will now walk you through the process. From downloading to moving it to the proper directory, installation and set up. The DAW, digital audio workstation, I am using is FLStudio12. Let’s start with one of my “go to’s” when it comes to VST instruments. MT Drumkit. This is a VST that models a real standard acoustic drum kit. By clicking here the link will take you directly to the download page for MT Drum Kit.

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As you can see this VST is available for Windows and Mac O/S. Go ahead and select your version. You will then be able to select your version based on the bits of your system.

*For Windows Users – (To check what bit system you have, right click the start button, and click on system. a page will open and if you scroll down to device specifications and next to System Type you should see 32 or 64bit)

*For Mac Users – Go to the Apple Menu and select “About this Mac”. If you have a Core Duo processor, you have a 32-bit CPU. Otherwise (Core 2 Duo, Xeon, i3, i5, i7, anything else), you have a 64-bit CPU

Locate your download.

It is a .zip file and you will need an extractor open it. If you do not have one do not fear, there are free extractors available.

On the zip file itself, right click and extract it.

You want to locate and open your VST folder within FLStudio or whichever DAW you are using. If you have not modified the folder you can locate it by selecting (windows users)

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C:/Program Files/Image-Line/FLStudio/Plugins/VST (if you are using an alternate DAW just replace Image-Line with the name of DAW. Inside its contents will be a VST folder.
You will need to copy the unzipped folder and paste it into the DAW VST folder.

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Once you are done, go ahead and close out both folders and open FLStudio. In FLStudio, from the top menu, select ADD.

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A window will open, select MANAGE PLUGINS

Make sure Verify Plugins is selected.

Go ahead and select Start Scan.Now is a good time to go grab a drink or a snack this will take a moment or 2.

Once the scan is complete you can close the window.

Next, we are going to open up our Plug-In picker menu, if it isn’t already open on the left. From the menu select Plug-In Database.

Right-click on it. When the menu opens select refresh plugin list(fast scan).
Once that is complete you should see MT Power Drum Kit on your list.

Your list can be accessed by selecting Plugin database, Generators, or selecting Plugins, VST from the same menu.
In the event you do not see it, simply exit FL Studio and reopen it.

Troubleshooting if for any reason you have trouble loading, this can be solved by locating MT Drum Kit from the list, right-click, and select, Add to plugin database.

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