How to Install Plugins in Adobe Audition

Plugins are add-ons that can be used to extend the functionality of Adobe Audition. They can provide a wide range of effects, such as EQ, compression, and reverb. There are many different plugins available, both free and paid.

Types of Plugins

There are two main types of plugins for Adobe Audition:

  • VST (Virtual Studio Technology) plugins: These plugins are the most common type of plugin and are supported by a wide range of DAWs. VST plugins can be installed directly into Adobe Audition.
  • AU (Audio Unit) plugins: These plugins are used by Apple products, such as Logic Pro X and GarageBand. AU plugins can be installed into Adobe Audition using a third-party tool called AU Lab.

How to Install VST Plugins

To install VST plugins in Adobe Audition, follow these steps:

  1. Open Adobe Audition.
  2. Go to File > Preferences > Plug-ins.
  3. Click on the VST tab.
  4. Click on the Browse button and select the folder that contains your VST plugins.
  5. Click on the OK button.

The plugins will now be available in the Plug-ins panel in Adobe Audition.

How to Install AU Plugins

To install AU plugins in Adobe Audition, you will need to use the AU Lab plugin. AU Lab is a third-party tool that allows you to install AU plugins into Adobe Audition.

  1. Download and install AU Lab.
  2. Open AU Lab.
  3. Click on the File menu and select Import AU Plug-ins.
  4. Select the folder that contains your AU plugins.
  5. Click on the OK button.

The plugins will now be available in the Plug-ins panel in Adobe Audition.

Using Plugins

To use a plugin, drag it from the Plug-ins panel onto an audio track in the Edit view. The plugin will be applied to the audio on that track.

You can also double-click on a plugin in the Plug-ins panel to open its settings. This allows you to customize the parameters of the plugin.


If you are having trouble installing or using plugins, there are a few things you can check:

  • Make sure that the plugins are compatible with your version of Adobe Audition.
  • Make sure that the plugins are installed in the correct location.
  • Try restarting Adobe Audition.
  • If you are still having trouble, you can contact Adobe customer support.


  • There are many resources available online that can help you find and use plugins for Adobe Audition.
  • Experiment with different plugins to find the ones that work best for you.
  • Don’t overuse plugins. Too many plugins can make your audio sound cluttered.

By following these instructions, you can successfully install and use plugins in Adobe Audition to extend the functionality of your DAW and create professional-sounding audio productions.

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