Removing Unwanted Plug-Ins From Pro Tools

 In TSM Studio Blog

Plug-ins; less is more, or so they say…

Whether you download a heap of plug-ins to expand your processing selection or simply to retain the convenience of loading up any session delivered to you without needing the previous engineer to commit tracks, the expansive selector list can quickly become overwhelming. One moment you’re looking for an EQ to dip out a problematic frequency on a snare drum and the next you’re left in a momentary daze, staring blankly at tens or even hundreds of plug-ins; tons of which you may have forgotten you even downloaded!

Today’s article will briefly discuss how you can remove some of these unwanted plug-ins to expedite your workflow and get you back to mixing.


To navigate to the AAX (Avid Audio eXtension) plug-in folder location:

Users/Hard Drive/Library/Application Support/Avid/Audio/Plug-Ins


To navigate to the Audio Unit (AU) plug-in folder location:

Users/Hard Drive/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components


To navigate to the VST plug-in folder location:

Users/Hard Drive/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST


To navigate to the VST3 plug-in folder location:

Users/Hard Drive/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST3

Within each of these folders you will see all of the downloaded plug-ins as the corresponding file type. By relocating or deleting the unwanted file for each plug-in format, Pro Tools will no longer be able to reference that plug-in and it will no longer show up in your plug-in selector list. 

By occasionally scanning through your plug-in list and removing excessive files, you may find that your decision-making process becomes streamlined. A more efficient workflow increases productivity output, enhancing your ability to meet deadlines.