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Audio Recording Templates

All of the recording software programs that I am familiar with allow you to create and save templates as a starting point for every new song. Which means, every time you start a new song you can have many of the technical set up chores already done for you by starting with a template.

SETTING UP YOUR TEMPLATE Here's a few things you may want to include in your template:

  • All the technical aspects of your project re: sample rate, bit rate etc.(Audio File Formats Explained)
  • Labelled empty tracks with proper input and output assignments ready to put into record
  • Reverb returns, master faders, all set to go.
  • Midi click tracks that will adjust to the tempo of your track(Of course you will need set the tempo separately for each new song.)

COLOR CODING If you use the same template for every song in the project, the consistency in appearance of your tracks can really help as you go from song to song. As part of my templates I color code my tracks, a feature that most recording software offers.

Here's an example of one of my templates(Digital Performer):


In every song I record, I consistently code the guitar tracks yellow, the bass tracks orange, the lead vocal track dark blue, the backing vocals light blue etc. You can see I also have all the inputs already assigned as well. This really helps me find everything at a glance when I open up a song file, which helps me stay in a creative mode. (colors are better than language for creativity, pick your own colors of course).

Summary Templates are a great way to remove some of the repetitive left brain technical chores from the recording process, and they help you get started on that song idea playing in your head idea before you lose it setting up. Consistency in the appearance of your screen from song to song will help you work more quickly and keep you in creative mode. Related Articles Audio File Formats Explained

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