Pro tools plug ins

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by tobacco_slammers, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. Can you use VST plug ins with Pro Tools or does it rely on RTAS plug ins?

    I ask as I was speaking to one of my lecturers at college last week about his studio that he has, which he uses Logic as the DAW, just to get his opinion on what he prefered working with and he mentioned he liked both but prefered logic only because pro tools used a different format for plug ins.

    I didn't quite catch all that he said but if anyone can shed some light that would be great.

    I'll mention just now that i'm not even sure what RTAS means.
  2. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Protools CAN use VST with no meaningful overhead.

    VST/RTAS adapter needed for Protools:

    Real Time Audio Suite. A realtime plugin that relies on native power (computer CPU) versus TDM Time Division Mutiplexing plugins which relies on HD card processors.
  3. natural

    natural Active Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    Just to amplify what TVPostSound said.

    - You can't use VST plugs as is. You need to use the adapter from Fxpansion. (see link above)

    - RTAS plugs are like fx boxes. you insert them and you can adjust the settings as the song plays back. Every time you use an RTAS plugin it takes up a bit more memory from your computer.
    Eventually, when you get too many going, the computer won't be able to keep up and will start to stutter.

    -TDM plugins don't use the computer memory to work, instead they use a dedicated card that Digidesign sells for for about 8K. But space there is limited as well.

    Hope this helps
  4. Spot on with the replys here guys, thanks very much.

    This now makes sense to what I was ACTUALLY told and not what I thought I heard!
  5. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    There are several models of TDM cards, so you might pick one that fits your needs and pockets.
    From the previous generation : PT24, PT24Mix, PT24Mix Plus, PT24 Mix Cubed... (PCI Cards)

    Newer generation: PT HD1, PT HD2, HD3....HD1 Accel, HD2 Accel, HD3 Accel.... (PCI-X or PCI-E cards).
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