One thing that I have found in reaper is that I spend a lot of time fiddling with setting up tracks. This can include routing midi or audio in and sometimes routing midi or audio out.
This also applies to using a combination of FX plugins.
Getting some templates together can save you a lot of time and in some cases solve problems once you have the template saved. If you have an untidy mind as I do, this means any complex routing can be saved for use at a later date.
Let’s look at how to create a track template.
First you need to add a track.
So we have a simple track.
Let’s add an instrument – I’m going to make this a drum track.
I’m going to want to use it with a plugin called Sequencer_Megababy.
Then I’m going to add my drum plugin – Kontakt Abbey Road drums – this needs to go after Sequencer_Megababy in the chain.
So now I have my track set up the way I want it I need to save it as a template.
Close the ‘FX’ browser and go back to your ‘new’ track.
Select the track,
You now have two options,
‘Save tracks as track template’
Or you can got to menu bar and use the ‘Track’ drop down.
Give your Template a name – best to be descriptive.
I’m naming mine ‘Drums’ – it’s my usual setup for drums.
Now with it saved I can add it any time I need to use that setup for Drums.
As you can see I have a few already setup – these are mainly midi output routing templates.
The V-Amp pro is audio routing in for recording as is the MC-304 Audio Track.
Tracks templates are invaluable, especially with anything you do a lot.
I’ll deal with audio and midi routing in separate tutorials but combined with using templates you can create some good workflow.
Also have a look at creating ‘FX Chains’ – I’ll be doing a tutorial on that too.