I only really started using templates when I got into hardware - just a few channels with the right MIDI destinations set up and the right trigger layout for the drummachines (why do some companies insist on spreading them seemingly randomly across the keyboard?), but I end up moving shit about and replugging everything quite often so it all goes to shit and I have to make a new one almost every time.
yup, I made a template for ableton. colorcoded and everything. with all the miditracks, audiotracks and I/O's matching the setup in my studio, set to go.
Its really helpfull, saves lots of time from routing stuff and all that. I also have my fav plugins there so they load up when I launch ableton.
Since it's really easy to configure in Ableton and to overwrite the default template i tend to update it like... once a week or so - like when I find a new favorite plugin
I feel like I end up doing a lot of the same. I make templates, and they are very useful for a couple days; then everything goes to shit. haha. I suppose, it really depends which DAW I'm using and why I'm using it. I keep protools and reason pretty updated with a template scheme. Especially, for the routing and "go-to" plugins in the right order on the inserts. It is always nice to switch it up every once in awhile.
I always use my template. I configured all Inputs/Outputs, made all Aux channels with routing to control external effects, made color scheme, metering on faders, tracks for Analog Rytm (drum machine) with correct bussing and VCA group. It just save my time A LOT (16 ins/outs + all stuff I mentioned above).
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Yes I do pretty thorough template sessions that load with all the possible tracks I may need which includes audio tracks, internal midi tracks and well as aux tracks with plug-ins. I have about 6 different templates I use to start. Say I am tracking vocals I have a template specific for that. Same if I am going for a organic type of track vs a synthetic track. WORKFLOW!!!!
I crack a fresh egg open every time. Can't beat that first thick streak of ink across a fresh sheet of paper. Whenever I need some quick placeholders I just flip open my folder and throw down the first appropriate instruments I see.
In Logic, I only have templates set up with things like effects sends ready and sidechain compression in place, so i don't have to fanny about with all the fiddly things. Also have a template with the kind of neuro EQ band split all ready to go.
I've got a few but when making electronic music usually I start from scratch, I have one for orchestral compositions in cubase that took me like a week to build it up...a friend of mine spent like a month building his template, but he is really a master composing for orchestra, honestly I can only do shitty short things in that environment lol
I have an initial template that I generally use for each project. It's basically Battery 4 set up in Reaper so that each drum routes to a separate track within the drum group. If I decide to use audio for drums (cutting samples) I'll eventually remove this, but it's great to have it set up to program a simple drum loop and start creating. I know other DAWs like Ableton do this automatically, but Reaper is not quite there yet with midi. It's great for other things though.
I always start fresh when using cubase I found that using templates really annoyed me as im always doing something different each time I create something and the templates I made never catered to each one my projects.
About 40 templates and around 50 or so track templates..with one main template as my base to work from with my normal effects chains.. I am template fiend..in this day and age for what I do speed sometimes is a major factor..good fast cheap pick two..usually it is fast and cheap..oh well
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I do actually, i found out that i used to spend a lot of time on setting up the same compression sidechain effect, and loading the same percussive samples i use, so i decided to create a template with all of that instead, to avoid unnecessary waste of time.