- I'm trying to make a custom plugin map in Pro Tools, but when I click on a plugin control, nothing happens. What do I do?
There is a known issue with certain plugin brands, where their code is missing a required linkage between the plugin GUI and the plugin parameter system. Fortunately, there are a couple workarounds for it, which will allow you to create custom plugin maps regardless:
- You can always use the Parameter Menu in the plugin window (the popup menu just to the left of the LEARN button) to select a parameter for mapping. The parameter menu defaults to reading “No Control”. After pressing the Learn button, select the parameter you’d like to map from the menu, and twist a knob. Then pick another parameter from the menu, and twist a knob. This works just like the click & twist mapping method, except you’re using the menu instead of clicking.
However, selecting the parameter from a menu is slower than just getting to click on it, and for some plugins with dozens (or even hundreds) of parameters, it can be a real pain. So, there is a second way, which can work, but again is dependent on the plugin manufacturer’s implementation, so it’s not guaranteed to work:
- After pressing the Learn button, when clicking on a control in the plugin window, hold down the “3-finger salute” keyboard shortcut: the
Command+Option+Controlcombination. This may get the plugin to recognize that you’re clicking on an onscreen control, even if it ignores plain clicks with no keyboard modifiers. (The keyboard shortcut of just
Command+Controlmay also work for many plugins – so if the first one fails, try that one instead.)