Join Evan Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Template examples in Pro Tools, part of A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks.
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- So let's take a look at a template…that I've set up in Pro Tools.…Now, this is a vocal recording template that I have set up…and it has a lot of things that I've already talked about.…So, for example, I have my stems aux,…which is either where all of the stems…will be bused to via the stems aux bus,…and I can EQ it and make lots of nice room for the vocal…or I can just send the stereo mix that I've gotten…for the vocalist to record to there.…It really is session-dependent.…Now, I have my record track,…which is where I do a good deal of my vocal recording,…and then you can see that I have Quick Punch all set up…so that I can do nice, quick punches.…
So if I record-enable this, I can go ahead…and do my cool quick punches over here.…All that's set up, ready to roll,…I don't even have to think about it.…Then I have my different channels for my vocals,…as I mentioned before, I have verse, chorus, dub,…things like that.…On each of them, because of the fact…that in Pro Tools, you can't change plugins…while things are recording and it can get…
Evan starts with the music production tools that can make it easier to see a song through to completion, such as templates, presets, and foolproof hardware setups. Next, he gets into the heavy lifting, mixing both songwriting and production techniques with tips for dealing with the psychological factors that may trip you up when completing a song. He wraps up the course with techniques that help to clear the final steps of song completion, including building transitions, adding ear candy, mixing strategies for increased efficiency, and simple mastering techniques, whether you choose to master your tracks yourself or hire a professional.
- Planning your track with a problem-solving mindset
- Prepping to record vocals and music
- Using DAW song templates
- Getting basic musical ideas down
- Making decisions that serve the song
- Using channel strip presets
- Creating sections and structure
- Building better transitions
- Adding FX, ear candy, and automation
- Mixing and mastering