Using GainAimPro with ARA

ARA plugins can be extremely powerful tools, offering functionalities like those found in Melodyne, VocAlign or GainAimPro. However, each DAW has its nuances regarding ARA. In this blog, I'll guide you through using ARA with some of the most common DAWs and explain why ARA isn't necessarily required to work effectively with GainAimPro.
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1. Does my DAW need ARA for GainAimPro?

No, for all DAWs that do not yet support ARA, there are two additional options to enhance the vocal editing process with GainAimPro:

1. Audio Suite

In Pro Tools, you need to access the AudioSuite by clicking on ‘AudioSuite’ in the top menu. Select GainAimPro from the plugin menu. To capture the waveform in GainAimPro, click ‘Load Audio’. Now, you’re ready to begin analyzing and editing your signal. To apply the changes to your audio clip, click on ‘Render’.

2. Transfer Mode

These method allow you to record the section you wish to edit directly into our plugin. Once recorded, you can adjust the audio clip as needed. Simply use GainAimPro as a classic insert. A red record button will then appear on the interface. To record your audio signal, just press the record button and then play on your DAW. When you press the record button again or stop the playback, the recorded waveform will be visible on the interface.

🚨 Important Note

When there’s already a recorded part in GainAimPro, and you wish to record a second clip that comes later in the timeline, the section between these two parts will be silent. You’ll also receive a popup reminder about this. Moreover, when moving a clip that is recorded in GainAimPro, the automation will remain in place, which means you’ll need to record the clip in GainAimPro again. To avoid any issues related to this, I recommend rendering the GainAimPro instance on your clip.

2. How to use ARA

Studio One

In Studio One, GainAimPro is added as an clip effect.

1. Begin by selecting the clip you want to edit.
2. Open the track inspector by clicking the tiny ‘i’ on top of the Studio One track list.
3. Next to Event-FX, click ‘Enable’
5. Click the plus sign to insert a new event plugin.
6. Click on the ‘Event Editors’ folder and then select GainAimPro.

This automatically loads the VST3 version of GainAimPro, since Studio One does not support ARA for AU plugins, if you are on mac.

In Studio One, its especially easy to render GainAimPro directly into your audio file and can always be undone.

Logic Pro X

ARA plugins only work on logic when not running natively on Apple Silicon chips (M1, M2). If you’re using an Apple Silicon machine, you can still open GainAimPro in Logic using Rosetta.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Close Logic.
  2. Open the Finder and navigate to your Applications folder.
  3. Right-click on the Logic Pro icon.
  4. Select “Get Info.”
  5. Check the box for “Open using Rosetta.”
  6. Launch your DAW.

Once Logic Pro is open, the GainAimPro should be the first plugin in your chain. Placing GainAimPro second will open it in transfer mode.

With GainAimPro is positioned first and a clip on your track, you might notice no audio clip appears in the GainAimPro interface. To fix this, simply press play in Logic Pro, and the selected audio clip will be loaded. Click here to learn how to work with GainAimPro effectively.

If your track contains two clips and you wish to switch between them for editing in GainAimPro, select the desired clip and press play again (the cursor’s position doesn’t matter). The new clip will then show up in GainAimPro, ready for editing and analysis.


Clip FX

  1. Right click on the clip
  2. Go to ‘Take’
  3. Click on ‘Show FX chain for active take’
  4. Select for GainAimPro 

Track FX

1. Insert GainAimPro as the first insert on your track
2. Select the clip on the track you want to edit

Nuendo / Cubase

To utilize ARA in Cubase or Nuendo, their Pro versions are required. If you have a smaller version, you can still use GainAimPro in transfer mode.

Clip Extensions

  1. Select the clip you wish to edit.
  2. Click on “Extensions” in the top menu of Cubase.
  3. Load GainAimPro

Track Extensions

  1. Select the track
  2. Click on ‘Exstensions’ in the tracks’s menu
  3. Load GainAimPro
  4. Select the clips on the track you want to edit
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