Here’s a quick, easy way to mix albums faster AND more consistently.

(And it involves a simple feature that most DAW’s have today.)

I’m mixing several different albums for clients right now. A couple of 4 or 5-song EP’s and a couple full-length albums.

I’m doing something fairly new that I haven’t done before, and it’s helping me move through these mixes more quickly without sacrificing quality.

What is it?

Templates.

Yep. Boring, nerdy templates.

See, a lot of people use templates to create a starting point for every one of their mix sessions. They like to set up EQ’s, compressors, reverbs, etc. with all the “right” settings for kick drum, snare drum, bass, guitars, and so on.

That’s not how I use templates.

(Honestly, I think that’s a waste of time.)

Here’s what I do.

I create a blank session, and I mix the first song. (No shortcuts here.)

Once the first song is mixed, I save that song as a template. Then I use THAT template to create Song #2.

For Song #2, I import the audio onto the already-mixed tracks (where it makes sense).

Now, when I hit play, Song #2 already sounds a lot like Song #1. From there, I go through and make lots of adjustments. I still use my ears to listen and tweak, but if I was already happy with the drum sound on Song #1, then by using a Song #1 template on Song #2, I instantly have that same drum sound (or at least something close to it) in literally a few seconds.

Now, like I said earlier this week, there are no shortcuts.

However, if you were going to use those same settings on your tracks anyway, this allows you to get there faster.

Try it on your next album project, and let me know how it works.

For this week’s VIP video, I show members exactly how I set up and use this template system (and a few pitfalls to watch out for).

Check it out for yourself here:

www.HomeStudioCorner.com/VIP

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

 

  • MvP

    I did this for the first time on the last album I mixed. Worked great especially because the songs on the album all had a similar vibe. I could see it being a handicap on creativity though, especially if the vibe varies from song to song.

  • Chris Kirkpatrick

    Joe,

    I’ve been doing the template thing since you made that vid on importing track settings for that drum session. You were at some studio, it was like 4:00am or something. Just applied it the same as your article – Time saved

    • Haha! Yep, that was like 3-4 years ago.Ha!