How to Install Plug-ins in Pro Tools 8 LE

by Eric Michaels ; Updated September 22, 2017

Pro Tools 8 LE is a recording application with a wide variety of versatile plug-ins. Plug-ins can accomplish almost anything you need to maker your recording project shine. There are plug-ins to model amplifiers, harmonize voices, create choirs, trigger drum kits and auto tune vocals. Most plug-ins will automatically install into the right folder, but if you are working with a copy or backup, it is helpful to know how to install plug-ins manually.

Install Plug-ins on a Mac

Click on "Mac HD" and click on "Library." In "Library," find the "Application Support" folder and click on it.

Navigate to the "Digidesign" folder. In the "Digidesign" folder, click on the "Plug-ins" folder. Usually when you install a new plug-in, Pro Tools automatically installs it in this folder.

Find the plug-in you wish to install. Drag the plug-in icon and drop it into the opened "Plug-in" folder. This will start the installation process. When the plug-in is installed, click "OK."

Install Plug-ins on Windows

Go to the "Start" menu and click on "Computer." Double click on the "C:" drive.

Double click on "Program Files." In the "Common Files" folder, find the "Digidesign" folder. Inside the "Digidesign" folder, click on the "Plug-ins" folder.

Find the plug-in you wish to install and drag it and drop it into the opened "Plug-ins" folder. This will start the installation process. Click "OK" when the installation process is finished.

Tip

  • Make sure the plug-in you are trying to install is compatible with your version of Pro Tools.

About the Author

Eric Michaels has been a writer since 2004. His writing has appeared in the music of Paper Thick Walls and Glasko. He is a graduate of Loyola University, Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in English and theater.