Digital VST plugins can greatly enhance the functionality of modern recording software, and though they’re sometimes expensive, they can give your recordings that professional touch that really pushes your songs to the next level. Many recording studios forego the effects of programs like Audition in order to use VST plugins exclusively, so they’re certainly worth enabling in your own multitracking software.
If you’ve got digital VST audio plugins, here’s a guide to getting them up and running in Adobe’s Audition recording software.
1. First, get some plugins. There are dozens of VST plugins available online, so find the ones you need and make sure you follow their installation instructions (if they have them). Often, they’ll install into Windows just like any other program, creating their own program group, etc., and while you can access VST and other plugins from those programs if they’re standalone, they won’t automatically work in Adobe Audition–you’ve still got a few steps left. Be patient! It’s worth noting that if you’ve got a lot of VST plugins, it’ll save you time to install or add them all to the same directory on your computer.
2. Open up Adobe Audition. Don’t open any multitrack session that uses any of Audition’s effects, or you’ll have to close that session and try again. Head into the Edit view, which is the view that lets you edit a single track; on the top selection box, it’s clearly marked Edit unless you’ve messed around with the View a bit. When you’re in the Edit view, hit the menu marked Effects and choose Add/Remove VST directory.
3. Click the box marked “Add.” Find the folder that the VST effects are installed into and select it. Then, click OK and Yes. This opens the VST Plug-in manager, which lets you choose which VST effects that you want Audition to use. Now, you simply need to click OK and the VST plugins should be enabled for use in Adobe Audition. Repeat this process if you add new effects that Audition doesn’t see when it starts up.
4. Troubleshooting. If you’re having issues with VST plugins, check to make sure that they’re supported by Adobe Audition. If they aren’t, you’re pretty much out of luck–write an angry letter. If they are, check to make sure that you installed the plugins properly before scanning for them in the Audition VST manager.
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