AAX – A new plugin format

TDM and RTAS will soon be a thing of the past. They will continue to work in Pro Tools 10 but they will eventually be replaced by AAX, which will be available both in Native and DSP form. Pro Tools 10 will include the following AAX plugins: Channel Strip, Revibe, Reverb One, Impact (the three latter are now available in Native format as well) and Down Mixer.

AAX are 64-bit ready. And, believe it or not, there’s already 35 companies on the AAX-wagon, including some of my favorites like Cranesong, iZotope, McDSP, Softube, SPL and Flux.

The plugin to the right in the picture above is the new Channel Strip. The left one is the Mod Delay. However, the included (Digirack) plugins have been redrawn as well.

My comments: The move to a new plugin format have been talked about for years now. It’s hard to say anything about it really. I for sure don’t have the technical knowledge to discus this, hopefully I can get someone from Avid to comment on it later.

See what Russ at AIR Users Blog is saying about AAX.


  1. says

    if AAX is replacing RTAS, so you think they mean for INSTRUMENTS too? I noticed there were no instrument vendors like Native Instruments or Spectrasonics who were onboard with AAX….worried…

  2. speed_monkey_123 says

    RTAS and TDM are still going to be compatible with PT10…
    i still dont know the Pro’s of AAX, but i doubt the functioning and performance of RTAS or TDM will be any different on the protools 10 Platform…

  3. says

    Yes, I would expect it to go away for VI’s too. I don’t know how many of the instrument vendors are on yet. Spectrasonics wasn’t really on the RTAS train to begin with (some kind of strange wrapper going on there if memory serves me right).

  4. Ryan says

    DMG Audio also has a note on their website saying they’re showing AAX version of their plug-ins at AES, and will be available on their site “pretty soon”.

    But really I’m hoping for the biggies like VSL (VEPro), Native Instruments (Kontakt), Audioease, and Spectrasonics (Omni).

  5. says

    >> “But really I’m hoping for the biggies like VSL (VEPro), Native Instruments (Kontakt), Audioease, and Spectrasonics (Omni).”

    Me too. But remember that their current line of plugins will still work with Pro Tools 10.

  6. ROD says

    POTOOLS has aax on the avid sit. why the hell would they release protools before the other companies finish the conversion from RTAS to AAX

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