Join David Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a custom session template, part of Pro Tools 8 New Features.
Pro Tools 8 comes with over thirty pre- made session templates. Although any of those may be good starting points for your session, what if those templates don't quite fit the needs for your particular project? Well it's easy enough to create your own template. Let's start with one of the pre-made templates and alter it. Let's say I want to start with the Songwriter Pianist session template. So I'll click OK and I'll rename it adding my initials. This session is opened up and it has actually got more stuff in it than I really wanted to have, so I am going to get rid of some of the tracks and simplify this session and turn it into my own session template.
So I am going to just highlight a few of these tracks that I don't want. I am using the Command Key to select multiple tracks here. Now I'll actually delete those tracks from the session, get rid of all that stuff. Let's say this is the way that I want it to be, so I'll go up to the File menu, choose Save As Template. Here we have the Save Session Template dialog box and we have several options of where we can save this file. We can install the template into the system, and that means that it will actually be saved into the Quick Start dialog when we open our Pro Tools.
In this case, I am actually going to select a location for the template that is a different location and there's also this box, Include Media, so if there's any audio or midi files in the session template that we want to include in the session template itself to be repeated, we can check this box. However, that's usually not the case. So to save this file, click OK. We're going to choose where we want to save it. I am going to put it on to the Desktop and make sure that the Name is right.
That's fine. Click Save. In Hide Pro Tools, and we'll actually see this Session Template file on our Desktop, and you'll notice that it has a dt.ptt file extension. That's different than the regular PTF File extension. I personally love using Pro Tools session templates because it just makes it so much easier to get your ideas recorded quickly. You can open up a session, there's all the tracks ready for you, you can just start recording and your ideas are immediately out there and recorded in the Pro Tools.
Use the session template, get started recording quickly. It's a great new feature.
- Exploring the new virtual instruments and effects
- Learning the new menu and toolbar items
- Editing MIDI data with the new MIDI Editor window
- Creating a comp with the new playlist features
- Using Elastic Pitch for pitch alteration
- Working with the new automation and controller lanes
- Customizing the Edit Window toolbar
- Changing the look of Pro Tools with the Color palette
- Utilizing the 30+ new session templates
- Creating a musical score with the new Score Editor window