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    Hi HC!
    I've got a quick question for the group. I built my ProTools rig about 11 years ago and it is still in a time warp from that era... I'm running PT 7.4 with Windows XP, and now that I've been able to upgrade my original MBox2 Pro interface to a Digi 002, I'd like to keep on keeping on with this thing for a little while. Long story short...I'm finally getting around to serious recording. All that being said, where can I find old school RTAS plugins that are compatible with XP? I don't necessarily want just free ones. Is there a repository for actual purchase/download of legacy plugins?

    Thanks for the help!
    Bryan

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    Some companies may still offer plugins that have RTAS compatibility. Outside of that, you can check on Reverb and EBay...
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      I'd start at KVR. They have an extensive listing of plugins, both free and paid and you can filter the search for whatever you need.
      I don't Run RTAS but I don't think the operating system has much to do with it unless its a 32 bit vs 64 bit. The DAW version may make a difference, but I've typically found older plugins to be backwards compatible so they are available when you upgrade.

      As far as companies selling plugins, they typically try to get you to buy their latest stuff, but they often make older versions of the same plugin available. They may however quit making them downloadable if they were exclusively compatible with an older DAW or OS that's been formally retired like XP. This will depend entirely on the individual software manufacturer and which sites still have the legacy plugins still listed.
      I know some of the free plugin sites I use will list the most current version and the older versions dating back to when the plugin was first listed on their site. I think they are listed by date which might help but they don't usually list the various operating systems, for the obvious reason, the latest version is typically the newest and usually backwards compatible.

      Whey I'd suggest is try some newer free ones, see if they load and see if they are backwards compatible. No sense running old glitchy plugins when you can run new glitchy plugins and get the support you need. Of course some newer plugins do have minimum requirements so look for those specs first. Like I said, most of what I run is VST so maybe there is something unique about the RTAS I'm not aware of.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by WRGKMC View Post
        I'd start at KVR. They have an extensive listing of plugins, both free and paid and you can filter the search for whatever you need.
        I don't Run RTAS but I don't think the operating system has much to do with it unless its a 32 bit vs 64 bit. The DAW version may make a difference, but I've typically found older plugins to be backwards compatible so they are available when you upgrade.
        That's not the case with RTAS. It only works on the older versions of Pro Tools - the 32 bit versions prior to Pro Tools 11, which was the first 64 bit version. If you're running Pro Tools 10, you can run AAS plugins alongside RTAS plugins, but all other versions before that are RTAS only (and/or TDM, if you have a Pro Tools HD system), while all versions after that are AAS only.

        There are some OS limitations as well. On the Mac, you can't run anything later than OS X 10.8.5 if you want to use Pro Tools 10, while you'll need a later OS if you want to run Pro Tools 11 or later. I always advise that people check the www.avid.com website for hardware requirements and compatibility before purchasing or upgrading.
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        "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
        - George Carlin

        "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
        - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

        "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
        - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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