How I Use A Template to Mix Faster

Julian Worden

Julian Worden

Don't forget that there's a video on this topic on this page too! Scroll down!

Gone are the days where I spend hours and hours setting up a session getting ready to mix. I want you to be able to say the same thing, so here’s an outline off all the elements that are built into my mix template. I run through them in more detail in the video that’s on this page, so check it out!

  • Empty audio tracks that are already color coded, named, and in folders
    • Don’t hold back here. Make a track for any situation you could see yourself being in! That is, if your computer can handle it
  • Drum trigger tracks that are already loaded with your favorite drum samples
    • I, like many others, use Slate Trigger 2 for this
    • This is a huge one because it helps you avoid option paralysis and it keeps you moving fast
    • I talk about a really awesome way to do this in the video on this page! Go watch it!
  • Instantiate inactive versions of the plugins you use most on different tracks
    • For example, let’s say you love using the Waves CLA-76 compressor on snare top tracks. Make it inactive on your snare top track and build that into your template.
    • Go the extra mile and set it up with settings that are in the ballpark of what you’d normally use on a snare top track. This way, all you need to do is enable the plugin and you’re 80% of the way there
  • Effects tracks and sends that are already set up
    • Create effects tracks for different instruments you usually use effects on, and instantiate inactive versions of your favorite plugins for those effects
      • For example, let’s say you like to alternate between ReVibe, Valhalla VintageVerb, and Soundtoys Little Plate for snare reverb. To quickly figure out which one you’d like to use in a given situation, instantiate inactive versions of all of these plugins on your snare reverb track
        • Go the extra mile by dialing in settings that you tend to use for a snare reverb for fast ABing
      • Next, on your snare bus/track set up an inactive send to your snare reverb. This enables you to simple activate the send and already have a snare drum that is getting sent to your snare reverb

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