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Pro Tools plugins .TMP file? What is it?

Discussion in 'Pro Tools' started by ZebraThief, May 23, 2009.



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  1. ZebraThief

    ZebraThief Guest

    Hello my well versed friends,
    Question for you.
    I was cruising on my HD using disk viewing software trying to clear up space and I found this file in my Pro Tools plugins directory.
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Digidesign\DAE\Plug-Ins


    I would've left it alone since i had no idea what it's purpose was among my plugins, I figured it was some kind of template file or something, but it was an outrageous 9 GB so I deleted it.

    Would anyone be able to tell me the purpose of this file and its importance?
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Template files are .ptt files. Session files are .ptf. Plugins are .dpm or .dll files. A tmp file sounds like a temporary file to me. How large is it? That should tell you a lot. If it's quite large I would bet that you have that folder set as a working folder for some odd reason.
  3. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I should read before I post. At 9 gigs, it's definitely a temp file. You should probably fix that. You shouldn't be recording to your system drive.
  4. ZebraThief

    ZebraThief Guest

    I don't record to my system drive. I took a copy of my session from a system I used at my school (iMac - which was recording to the system drive, haha) and transferred it to my system so I could mix it. Do you know what creates this huge temp file?

    I recently came across a large amount of plugins and I was playing around with them alot on a session, I'm not sure if that's related. Again, the temp file was in my plugins directory.
  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Probably, a plugin has started recording or dumping audio that passed through it, and not stopped.
  6. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Well you just lost every hope of help right there. I think the first thing you should do is delete all those plug ins, then format your hard drive. :cool:
  7. ZebraThief

    ZebraThief Guest

    I'm not really following you. Is there something wrong with using plugins? :/
    Or is formatting/deleting the hard drive the go-to solution for everything?
    Please explain.
  8. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Where might you have came across these, by browsing the plugin list in PT, or by wandering upon some torrents?
  9. ZebraThief

    ZebraThief Guest

    Most are freebies downloaded from kvraudio, but there's a few sketch plugins that I came across wandering upon some *ehem* torrents.
    You suppose these would be the source of the temp file?
  10. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    No, these are the source of the crap that is ruining the software world, and also killing your PC's performance.
    Enjoy your botnet.

    FWIW: noone here wants to help people who pirate anything.

    Especially since I develop software, and I that's $20 less I make when you goto TPB instead of Paypal.
  11. ZebraThief

    ZebraThief Guest

    I see. I'm sorry for wasting your time.

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