In a software host application such as Pro Tools, audio plug-ins can be inserted either as Instruments or Effects. Some Native Instruments applications can only be used as Instruments (e.g. KONTAKT 5) while others are Effects only (e.g. GUITAR RIG 5). Some of our applications can be used as both Instruments AND Effects (e.g. REAKTOR 5, ABSYNTH 5).
Inserting an Instrument in Pro Tools
Loading the Plug-in
- Create an Instrument track using the Track > New dialog.
- After creating a new track click on the Inserts area of the track to select the Instrument you want to load. If you do not see the insert column, choose View > Edit Window Shows > Inserts from the top menus in Pro Tools.
- In the Inserts pop-up menu, go to the category Instruments to view all available Instrument plug-ins.
Note:The Instrument track will also appear in the Pro Tools Mixer.
Multiple MIDI Tracks to the Same Plug-in
In the case of KONTAKT 5 it is possible to load multiple instruments into one instance and trigger them via different MIDI channels. In some cases you may want to send different MIDI tracks via different MIDI channels to the same plug-in.
Let us assume you have a Violin and a Flute loaded into one instance of KONTAKT and you want to sent different MIDI patterns to each two instruments.
- Assign different MIDI inputs to each instrument within KONTAKT 5. In this example we are assigning MIDI channel 1 to the Violin and assign MIDI Channel 2 to the Flute
- Make sure the I/O panel is displayed in the edit window. To enable it, go to View > Edit Window > I/O.
- Add two MIDI tracks to Pro Tools and configure each track to send its MIDI events on MIDI channel 1 and 2 respectively.
Now the MIDI events of each track will trigger the two instruments within KONTAKT 5 individually.
Inserting an Effect
There are different ways to use an effect - e.g. as insert effect or send effect. We will demonstrate how to set up insert effects in this example. For further information about effects routing in Pro Tools please refer to the Pro Tools manual.
Loading the Plug-in
- Create an audio track in your session.
- In the audio track, panel Insert slots are available at the top. Click on a slot to bring up the Insert Effects list. Select the effect you want from that list. In this example we have chosen GUITAR RIG 5.
- Once the effect has been inserted, clicking its slot in the mixer or edit windows will bring up the GUITAR RIG 5 interface so you can edit the parameters of the effect.
Please note that you will hear no sound when recording through an RTAS insert plug-in in Pro Tools. The plug-in will be bypassed in the mixer. This is due to the fact that Digidesign has implemented RTAS plug-ins in Pro Tools TDM, please contact them directly for more information. An easy workaround is to insert a TDM plug-in (such as a 1-band EQ) in the signal chain before the RTAS plug-in(s) you are using.