How to Find Your Plugins in Pro Tools

Last updated on: 11/11/2018 5:21:38 AM

If you can't load your Waves plugins in Pro Tools, follow the relevant instructions for your version of Pro Tools below to make the plugins available.

How to find Your Plugins in Pro Tools 10

How to find Your Plugins in Protools 11 and up:

Step #1 – Verify plugin software is correctly installed

First, check whether the relevant plugin file/s are correctly installed on your computer. Go to:

Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Plug-Ins V10
Mac: Macintosh HD > Applications > Waves > Plug-Ins V10

The relevant plugin file will be named after the plugin, in this format: [PluginName].bundle. For example, the plugin file for Reel ADT will be named Reel ADT.bundle.

If the plugins you are looking for are not there, install the plugins by following the instructions in this link.

Step #2 – Rescan for Plugins

If the relevant plugin files are in the above folders, perform a rescan:

Windows:

  1. Quit Pro Tools.
  2. Press [Win key]+R, type %appdata% and hit Enter. In the Roaming folder that shows, go to Avid > Pro Tools.
  3. Locate the InstalledAAXPlugins file and drag it to your desktop
  4. Launch Pro Tools. If prompted to Locate the Waves plugins folder, direct to C:\Program Files (x86)\Waves\Plug-Ins V10.

Mac:

  1. Quit Pro Tools.
  2. In Finder, click on the Go menu, hold down the [Alt/Option] key and click on Library.
  3. Go to Preferences > Avid > Pro Tools.
  4. Locate the InstalledAAXPlugins file and drag it to your desktop.
  5. Launch Pro Tools, create a fresh session with a supported sample rate, add a track and see if the issue persists. If prompted to Locate the Waves plugins folder, direct to Macintosh HD > Applications > Waves > Plug-Ins V10.
  6. If everything then works properly, you can delete InstalledAAXPLugins from your desktop.

Once the rescan is done, create a new project with a supported sample rate, add a track and load your Waves plugins.
If everything then works properly, you can delete InstalledAAXPLugins from your desktop.

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