Power of the DAWside: How and Why to Make Templates

When you open up any given DAW--digital audio workstation--you are almost always presented with a small screen that has multiple templates to choose from. 

For years, I almost always chose "Empty Project" and would then start setting up my session for songwriting, mixing, or whatever I was doing that day. One day, I decided to do some scoring to video, so I decided to check out the corresponding template. That day changed everything. 

All of a sudden, I had all the tools necessary to start composing, INSTANTLY. 

Sure, I knew I would change the arrangement and instrumentation, or what instruments I use; but I now had a starting point where I could merely import the video file and get to composing. Deciding to apply this to songwriting, I setup a "standard" songwriting/recording session, and simply clicked "Save As Template". 

What used to take 20 or 30 minutes of setup is now done instantly. 

Check out the video:


 

Do you make templates for songwriting, composing, or scoring? 

Will you after watching the video? 

Let me know in the comments! 

Thanks for reading. 

Cheers, 

Avi 

 

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