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Reaper Tutorials: Track Templates – Workflow – Favourite Settings

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.

Reaper 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.

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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,

Right Click:

‘Save tracks as track template’

Reaper - Track Template

Or you can got to menu bar and use the ‘Track’ drop down.

Reaper - Track Template

Give your Template a name – best to be descriptive.

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I’m naming mine ‘Drums’ – it’s my usual setup for drums.

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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.

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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.

Be safe.

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