One of the easiest ways you can save time in your home studio is by labeling your inputs, outputs, and busses in your DAW. This is easy to do and will only take you a few minutes. 

Once you do this, your routing life will be much easier. You won’t have to waste time guessing where a certain track is being routed. Check out this short video on labeling your IO in Pro Tools.


How do you set up your IO? Leave a comment!

  • jose

    I’ve tried to name my I/O’s but keep getting (you haven’t defined a format for some new paths. please either define the paths formats or delete them) don’t know what to do.

    • Hmm…not sure on that one. Sorry.

      • jose

        I already had a reverb and delay buses being used so when i tried to rename them i was mistakenly renaming the reverb 3-4 delay 3-4 and delay5-6 reverb 5-6. I guess since the buses where being used already i was “crossing paths” or confusing the software.Oooops! hopefully this will help someone else.

  • Thank you for the video, your video is so helpful for someone who doesn’t even use protools (to broke to use it)

  • bp

    Great idea and you are the man, Joe!

    • Thanks Brian, and thanks again for letting me use your photos!

  • Jon

    I usually right-click and rename as needed.

    I never label inputs because they’re constantly changing. Buses and hardware insert for my space echo get named.

    • In the past I’ve always renamed them on the fly, but then when I go to work on the next song they’re all unnamed, so I have to do it again. This is particularly helpful if you have several sessions for the same artist. The mixer layout for each song will be roughly the same, so it’s nice to have it all labeled.