How to use the VST wrapper with ProTools?

First…

You’re going to need some VST plugins to wrap. There are a plethora (did I just say “plethora”? I believe I did…) of free VST plugins available on the ‘net. I keep a list of some good ones here. Or you can Google “Free VST” and you’ll come up with a huge list. There are also some great details about a number of them at KVR Audio. There are also some commercially available, which usually have better quality than the free ones.

Next…

You will need to purchase and install the VST_RTAS wrapper from FXPansion. This help topic covers version 2.0 of the wrapper. For information on using the 1.x version, consult that version’s documentation.

Then…

Open the wrapper. In the upper left pane labeled “Searching for VST plugins in these locations” click on the icon with the plus symbol, and browse to the location that your VST plugins are installed. Repeat this process if you have VST plugins installed in several places. Once all your locations appear in that pane, click “Detect and Wrap VST Plug-ins”. While the scan is processing, you will get a report in the upper right pane with the status of each plugin being wrapped, and then “” when the scan is finished. Then you’re all set to start using the VST’s that wrapped successfully. There are some advanced features of the new version 2.0, such as the ability to rename the plugin or the vendor, or whether to wrap the plugin at all, but I’m only covering the basics here. Check with the documentation for full details.