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July 16, 2012 /

Audition CS6 and Audio plug-ins

Audition CS6 added support for VST3 plug-ins, rounding out our support for all of the major plug-in formats (we also support VST and AU). Note that VSTi and DirectX effects are not supported in Audition CS6.

This release also introduces an under-the-hood change that may not be as obvious—but that helps make using 3rd party plug-ins in Audition more predictable.

Most audio apps scan for plug-ins on launch, but in our experience—given the enormous range of plug-ins out in the world—that can be a problem. If one plug-in crashes, the whole application comes down, and the resulting troubleshooting process is not a lot of fun.

In Audition CS6, we’ve separated scanning for plug-ins from launching the app. As a result, start-up times for Audition are super quick. And because plug-ins are scanned separately, we’re able to isolate and disable any that are causing trouble.

How do you scan for 3rd party effects? Simple: choose Effects > Audio Plug-in Manager. In the VST Plug-in Folders section of the dialog, specify the folders where your 3rd party effects are stored, then click Scan for Plug-ins. Most of your effects will simply then be available, but any that fail to scan correctly will simply be listed as disabled. If you add new effects, all you have to do is click the Rescan Existing Plug-ins option.

One last note about plug-ins for Audition: because the app is currently 32-bit, only 32-bit versions of 3rd party effects are supported. We’ve been happy to see the top tier effects companies like WAVES and iZotop release 64-bit plug-ins, and would love to hear what you think—so please leave a comment!

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  • By jayjay - 3:56 AM on August 10, 2012  

    It simply doesn’t work. Audition starts “scanning” for 3rd party VST plugins and just gets stuck. Major bug I think

  • By omg - 9:22 PM on November 10, 2012  

    I dont understand why CS6 does not support VST and MIDI. This is the basis!! How can I create sound?

    • By David - 5:23 PM on May 2, 2013  

      aammmm, recording an instrument??? wtf!?

  • By omg - 9:22 PM on November 10, 2012  


  • By angel gonzalez - 9:10 PM on June 22, 2013  

    I would like to have the effects for adobe audition cs6 program
    that are vst to use that are very good

  • By q - 2:28 PM on July 8, 2013  

    Waves plug-ins are constantly crashing in Audition CS6 (same as with CS5.5). I.e. I can generally use these plug-ins, but after a few minutes of using them, Audition crashes.