Chapter 44: Plug-In and Hardware Inserts 997
Linking and Unlinking Controls
on Multi-Mono Plug-Ins
When a multi-mono plug-in is used on a stereo
track or greater-than-stereo multichannel track
(Pro Tools HD and Pro Tools with Complete
Production Toolkit 2 Only), the controls are
linked by default. Adjusting the Gain control on
one channel, for example, will adjust it for all
You can unlink multi-mono plug-in controls on
specific channels of a track and edit them inde-
pendently. You can also selectively link the con-
trols of specific channels.
To unlink controls on a multi-mono plug-in:
Deselect the Master Link button.
To access controls for a specific channel:
Select the channel from the Channel selector.
To link the controls of specific channels:
Deselect the Master Link button if it is not al-
Click the Link Enable buttons for the channels
whose controls you want to link.
Using Hardware Inserts
You can connect external devices, such as reverb
or effects processors, to your Pro Tools system
and use them as hardware inserts on individual
tracks or on submixes.
Pro Tools inserts utilize corresponding hardware
input and output channels to send and return
the audio. Inserts can be defined, and their
channels mapped to audio interface channels
on the Insert page in the I/O Setup dialog.
If you plan to use a device as an insert, be sure to
connect the device to matching inputs and out-
puts on your system. For example, a hardware
insert being supplied by outputs 7–8 needs to be
returned to hardware inputs 7–8.
To define a hardware insert:
Choose Setup > I/O, then click the Insert tab.
Select an insert path, or click New Path to cre-
ate a new Insert path.
Double-click the Path Name to enter a custom
path name for the insert.
Make sure the insert path is set to the correct
format (mono, stereo, or other).
Map inserts in the Channel Grid as needed.
Insert and Output paths have special rules re-
garding channel mapping (see “Valid Paths and
Requirements” on page 108).
Channel selector and Link controls (shown with Link
All channels linked except the LFE
Link Enable buttons
Master Link button
Delay Compensation can be applied to
Hardware Inserts. See “H/W Insert Delay
(Compensation) Page” on page 89.