All of the power available within Pro Tools and its suite of real-time and Audio Suite plug-ins would be lost without some flexibility in how each tool can be used. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to implement most of the plug-in effects and processors. It’s great to have options, of course, but they come with a cost. Does it make more sense to use the real-time or Audio Suite version of a plug-in? What’s the difference between an RTAS or TDM version of a real-time plug-in for Pro Tools HD? How does that compare to the AAX Native or DSP options in Pro Tools HDX systems? How is a multichannel plug-in different from multi-mono? It’s really all about resource management, so let’s start there.