Community Tip - What Should Go Into A Pro Tools Template Session

08-08-2013 10:00 AM

With the support of iLok, here is another community tip. This tip from Owen Swanson-Low is a very timely tip with me recently posting a tutorial video on how to create template sessions for both music and post. Owen says….
My tip is to spend a bit of time creating a session template. I start a session by opening one of my default templates. I think of it like a ‘virtual modular studio’. Things that I do:

  1. Set window layouts for your system- if your screen layout gets messed up, you can quickly switch back to normal;
  2. Have sets of tracks/busses already created, named, hidden and inactive;
  3. Keep track naming short and simple; use track comments to add extra detail;
  4. Set multiple dithering/mastering, busses/audio tracks for realtime ITB bouncing; set up a few cool send busses for reverbs and delays, with source tracks pre-populated with sends;
  5. If doing post-work, pre-define your usual frame rate; keep your edit window viewing options simple with as much space assigned to viewing session content, I make an exception to the groups/hide/inactive left-hand-bar, that I use frequently;
  6. Turn on marker colours; label markers with the marker ID number at the beginning of the text field - so you can use the .NUM#. command to jump around quickly;
  7. Set master bus outputs with preferred metering options - I have enough window space to keep spectrum analysis open all the time - so build it into my default window layout. In fact, I use a Shadow Hills Equinox to sum OTB to 2 tracks;
  8. I loop back into protools - so I set my metering inserts on an aux-in.
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