Audio Engineering & Music Production
Course 10: Digital Audio Plugins & Plugin Processors

From analog compressor emulators to bass wobble synths, digital audio workstations (DAW) plugins can enhance your sound and how you work. In this course, you’ll get an overview of some of the more popular plugin bundles you will see in the audio world and give you a basic understanding of how plugin formats work.

Plugins can be found exclusively for Pro Tools and other specific DAWs and third-party plugins can be used across several platforms. You’ll learn the difference between the two and the advantages and disadvantages of each. You’ll also learn about the plugins that are included with the Pro Tools DAW and how to work with them.

Pro Tools also offers an offline working environment called AudioSuite. You’ll learn how to use this feature to free up system resources for other tasks and other benefits as well as a few things to watch out for. The first required assignment for the Audio Engineering and Music Production Program will concentrate on using AudioSuite.

You’ll create a 30-60 second song using only AudioSuite plugins. This is a fun little assignment that will get you familiar with the plugins. You’ll also be required to go over the course review, take a quiz, and write a blog entry about your experiences with the course. You’ll also prepare for the midterm.


  • Plugin Formats
  • Pro Tools Stock Plugins
  • Audiosuite
  • Sine Wave Assignment
  • Chapter Quiz
  • Basic Key Commands Quiz
  • Blog Entry