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10 Tips for the perfect DAW Template

If you haven’t already, then set up a DAW Template to improve your workflow. It’ll load whenever your DAW loads up and can be the perfect starting point, with everything ready for you to start making music immediately. Here are 10 tips to get you going…

01 SET UP MIDI AND AUDIO TRACKS WITH YOUR FAVOURITE INSTRUMENTS

The most basic Template requirement is to set up both MIDI and audio channels with your favourite instruments or samples. This will give you a good starting point, as you’ll know you have a decent armoury already installed and ready to get producing with. We always say you should get to know a few instruments well and use these as your core Template plug-ins. You’ll be surprised at how few plug-ins can go a long way, once you really get to know them.

02 NAME AND COLOUR EVERYTHING LOGICALLY

As soon as you start recording in most DAWs, the recorded information assumes the same name as whatever track you are recording. Most DAWs start with Audio 1, 2, 3 or MIDI 1, 2, 3 and so on, which isn’t that helpful down the production line (what the heck does ‘Audio 1’ mean?). So give your tracks decent names, even at the Template stage, and it will save time naming tracks and recorded data later. Use a lot of synths? Name them Synth 1 [name of plug-in]; Synth 2 [name of plug-in] and all your tracks will assume those names. Make sure you have a colour code, too, and stick with it for instrument, MIDI and audio tracks. How you do this is up to you: purple for pianos? Grey for percussion? Choose a code and stick to it.

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The new issue of MusicTech is on sale from Thursday 21st September where this month we go all out and show you how to record EVERYTHING! Across 12-pages we cover the best ways to position your microphones and accurately capture the vast majority of instruments you’ll ever need to record. To help you along the way, our Beginner’s Guide this month takes an extensive look into the world of dynamic, condenser and ribbon mics. Elsewhere we sate our inner geek with our in-depth interview with the pioneering Radiophonic Workshop, whose rich history begins way back in the early 60s, where they painstakingly created innovative soundtracks for the BBC, most notably the theme for Doctor Who. As if that wasn’t enough we’ve also assembled a special 24-page supplement full of our favourite reader and pro studio interviews, free with this issue.
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