Optional Digidesign Software — Pro Tools LE 7 for Mac OS X 10.4

Pro Tools 7 Plug-In Information

While most Digidesign and Development partner plug-in versions for Pro Tools 6.9.x are also compatible with Pro Tools 7, all RTAS plug-ins will need to be updated to take advantage of the improvements to RTAS plug-in performance introduced in Pro Tools 7.

Please note: Plug-in versions updated for Pro Tools 7 are NOT compatible with Pro Tools 6. For all Digidesign and Digi-distributed plug-ins, both versions will be available, and use the same authorization on both Pro Tools 7 and Pro Tools 6. Check the link above, and with individual third-party developers for compatibility, update, and upgrade information.

Pro Tools 7 Plug-In Q & A

Q: Are all plug-ins for Pro Tools 6.7-6.9 100% compatible with Pro Tools 7 software, or will I have to get updates from plug-in vendors?

A: Most plug-ins will work fine. An updated list of known compatibility issues is posted in the Developers/Plug-In Info section of the Digidesign website.

Q: Do all RTAS plug-ins automatically benefit from Pro Tools 7 software performance improvements?

A: The answer depends on the system configuration. On multi-processor systems (with a dual processor or dual-core processor), most plug-ins will benefit greatly. On single-processor systems, most plug-ins will have to be updated before delivering enhanced performance. Customers should contact third-party vendors for more information about updates.

Final release testing of Pro Tools 7 has shown that there are some performance issues with certain RTAS plug-ins when used with single processor computers. Instance counts on OS X-based LE systems may show a small decrease with certain plug-ins, Windows XP-based LE systems may incur a small performance hit as well with these plug-ins. All plug-ins tested show significant instance count gains on dual-processor computers.

We are actively looking at these issues, and hope to have solutions as soon as possible. Unfortunately, at this time we do not have a release timeframe for improved plug-in versions.

Optional Digidesign and Digi-distributed Software Compatible with Pro Tools LE 7 Systems

Optional Bundles

Digidesign Software

Digidesign Plug-Ins

Digidesign/Bomb Factory Plug-Ins

3rd Party Plug-Ins Distributed by Digidesign

Updates & New Purchases of Plug-Ins and Software Options

See the Plug-In Info section in the Developers section of the website or the individual links above for product information and demo/update downloads.

New boxed purchases of all plug-ins and software above include an iLok License Card for authorization.

Download-only authorizations (listed as Full License or Rental License) sold on the DigiStore for some plug-ins and software require an iLok USB Hardware Key and an iLok.com user account. iLok USB Hardware Key sold separately, available from your Authorized Digidesign Dealer or the DigiStore. For more information on using the iLok and iLok.com, please see the following Digidesign document:

Note: A pre-authorized iLok is included with the Digi 002 Rack Factory hardware/software bundle.

Demo Mode with 7 Plug-Ins and Software Options

Digidesign 7 plug-ins and Pro Tools 7 software options no longer include time-limited demos. Instead, plug-in and option demos require an iLok USB Key and an iLok license for evaluation. If you would like to obtain a demo license, please visit the individual product pages located on the Digidesign Web site and click the Demo button:

MP3 Option


  • Due to the fundamental changes in architecture required for Pro Tools to support Mac OS X, only plug-ins specifically engineered to be compatible with Mac OS X will work
  • Updates for existing owners of all of the above software are also included on the Pro Tools LE 7 CD
  • An iLok USB Hardware Key may be required for some software authorizations when used with Mac OS X
  • Floppy disk authorizations will not work with Mac OS X
  • Installing Mac OS X on your Macintosh may erase any currently installed Mac OS 9 key disk authorizations. Uninstall all key disk authorizations before installing Mac OS X.
  • Please see Mac OS X Requirements for important installation and authorization instructions
  • For more information on iLok see the iLok Information Page in the Support section of the Digidesign website

For a list of plug-ins from Digidesign & Digidesign Development Partners, see the Pro Tools LE Plug-In Finder in the Products section of the website.

Pro Tools LE Systems Overview

Bundled Software Included with Purchases of New Pro Tools LE Hardware Systems

Included Digidesign Software — Pro Tools LE 7

Free Bomb Factory Plug-ins

The Free Bomb Factory Plug-Ins are now included with all Pro Tools 7 web installers and CDs, and are installed by default during Pro Tools 7 installation:

  • Bomb Factory BF76 Compressor
  • BF Essential Clip Remover
  • BF Essential Correlation Meter
  • BF Essential Meter Bridge
  • BF Essential Noise Meter
  • BF Essential Tuner
  • Funk Logic Mastererizer
  • Product Information

DigiRack Plug-Ins

The following DigiRack Plug-Ins are included with Pro Tools LE 7:

  • Chorus
  • Click
  • D-Verb
  • D-Verb-AS
  • DigiReWire
  • Dither
  • Dynamics II (Compressor, Limiter, Gate, Expander/Gate and DeEsser)
  • EQ II
  • EQ III
  • Flanger
  • Invert/Duplicate
  • Mod Delay II
  • Multi-Tap Delay
  • Normalize-Gain Change
  • Ping-Pong Delay
  • Reverse-DC Removal
  • Signal Generator
  • Time Comp-Exp-Pitch Shift
  • Trim

DigiRack Plug-ins are automatically installed during the Pro Tools installation and are automatically authorized by the Pro Tools authorization. The Pro Tools 7 application and included DigiRack Plug-ins do not require an iLok for authorization. Only optional Digidesign and Digidesign-distributed Development Partner plug-ins and software options on Pro Tools TDM and LE systems running v6 and higher software have changed from floppy disk to iLok authorization (as have many third-party software manufacturers). If you do not own any floppy-authorized plug-ins or software that you need to upgrade for use with Pro Tools 6 or higher, or have not purchased any new plug-ins that require an iLok authorization, you do not need an iLok.

For more information on DigiRack Plug-Ins, see the DigiRack Plug-Ins Guide in the Technical Document Library and installed in your Documentation folder during Pro Tools installation.


For information on how to use the DigiReWire plug-in, see the DigiRack Plug-Ins Guide: Using Digi ReWire

Plug-In Formats

Pro Tools LE software supports RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in formats:

Real-Time AudioSuite (RTAS)

Real-Time AudioSuite Plug-Ins are host-based processors, using the computer's processing power to do their job. Functionally, RTAS Plug-Ins offer many of the real-time benefits of TDM Plug-Ins. They are fully automatable, their parameters can change in real time, and their effects are not permanently written to the audio file. Since they are host-based, RTAS Plug-Ins require trade-offs between track and plug-in count, edit density and amount of mix automation in a session.


AudioSuite Plug-Ins provide file-based processing, meaning they process or alter the sound file and create a new file with the processed sound. The resulting effect is applied to the entire file. AudioSuite Plug-Ins are great for conserving DSP power and certain types of processing where there is no real-time benefit or application, such as normalization and noise reduction.

FXpansion VST to RTAS Adapter

The use of VST plug-ins and VST Instruments requires the optional purchase of the FXpansion VST to RTAS Adapter. The adapter enables VST effects plug-ins and VST Instruments to be used as RTAS plug-ins in Pro Tools sessions. Optimized for Pro Tools 7, version 2 is now available:

Digidesign Compatibility Documents Index