In the August ’03 issue of EQ, we detailed a sneaky Pro Tools trick for using folders in the plug-in folder to change the order in which plug-ins appear. Now a better solution is available: Trillium Lanes Labs offers Fauxlder, a Mac Pro Tools plug-in organizer, as a free download (www.tllabs.com).
Fauxlder does two things: It creates subfolders in the Pro Tools plug-in folder, into which you manually move your various plug-ins. It also installs very small, non-DSP-using plug-ins that create placeholders for the various plug-in categories in the Pro Tools plug-in menu.
We installed Fauxlder on our Pro Tools HD Accel system, and moved our plug-ins into the various subfolders. Upon opening Pro Tools and pulling down the plug-in menu, we were pleased to see our plug-ins neatly organized and divided. There’s even a subfolder for your Waves plug-ins to go into. You can rename the Fauxlder subfolders and plug-ins to whatever you like. We were able to duplicate a subfolder, and rename it to add more categories.
Two negatives: The plug-ins still appear in a long list in the Pro Tools plug-in menu, although the list is now broken up by the Fauxlder placeholders. And you have to move your plug-ins out of the subfolders in order to update them. But these are minor compared to the benefits Fauxlder provides. The price is right, Mac PT users, download it now!