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Quick start

The installer will copy the FabFilter Pro-C plug-in into the common VST, VST 3, AU (OS X only) and Pro Tools plug-in folders on your computer. On Mac OS X, the global plug-in folders in /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins are used.

In most cases, your host will then recognize the plugin automatically. However, if the instructions below do not work, see Manual installation instead.

  • Cubase
    Choose an empty insert slot, for example in the Mixer, and select FabFilter Pro-C from the menu that appears. To use the MIDI features in Pro-C, create a new MIDI track and set its output to the Pro-C instance you have just created. (The VST 3 version of Pro-C can be found in the Dynamics section.)
  • Logic Pro
    Choose an empty insert slot on one of your audio tracks, instrument tracks or buses and select FabFilter Pro-C from the pop-up menu. You will find FabFilter Pro-C in the Audio Units -> FabFilter section (named FF Pro-C).
  • Ableton Live
    In Session view, select the track you would like to place FabFilter Pro-C on, for example by clicking the track name. At the left top of Ableton Live's interface, click on the Plug-in Device Browser icon (third icon from the top). From the plug-ins list, double-click FabFilter/FabFilter Pro-C, or drag it onto the track.
  • Pro Tools
    Choose an empty insert slot on one of your audio tracks, instrument tracks or buses and select FabFilter Pro-C from the pop-up menu in the Dynamics section.

To begin, make sure attack and release are both zero. Put the ratio in a gentle 4:1 setting and bring down the threshold to make compression audible. Play with those parameters until you have the desired effect. Have fun!

Next: FabFilter Pro-C overview

See Also
Compressor Basics
Overview
VST plug-in versions