Michael gives an overview of the philosophy behind this tutorial.
The Initial Setup3:07
Michael explains how the tutorial will progress and we begin the setup.
For our smallest ambience, we've got three allotted options.
For vocals and drums, the Waves Abbey Road Plates sounds excellent.
Explore two spring reverb options to give guitars a wonderful presence.
See another reverb with a colored tail to add dimension to our tracks.
Explore some non-linear options with this amazingly versatile Waves reverb.
For those massive out-of-world style reverbs, learn how the Blackhole from Eventide can be just what's needed.
1/16 & 1/89:59
Discover how these two timed basic delays can give a rhythmic backbone to the tracks.
Here, Michael uses a traditional effect in a very aggressive way.
See how a number of short delays can sometimes be a better option than a traditional reverb.
Our first colored, timed delay - the "do it all" EchoBoy.
Explore the famed ping-pong mode of the H-Delay - a favorite of many.
Based on the Lexicon Prime Time, this SoundToys recreation has a wonderfully warm sound unto itself.
Explore how this underrated Nomad Factory analog echo box simulator can sound great or alternatively, we could use T-Racks' Tape Echo.
See how our final timed delay option bridges the gap into our modulation effects. This latest Native Instruments delay has some unique post-delay modulation options.
Excalibur (or variant)7:42
See how Exponential Audio's Excalibur is deployed but alternatively, we can use Valhalla DSP's UberMod.
H3000 (or variant)10:57
Discover how this classic widening effect can be created from either the Eventide H3000, Waves Reel ADT, SoundToys Microshift or the Waves Doubler.
Mutron (or variant)3:44
Michael attempts to recreate an old analog classic phasing effect with a Waves plugin or another version of Exclalibur as an alternative.
Sending Some FX to Other FX7:36
We explore the options opened up by create multi-fx chains.
The "Drum Squish" Parallel Path8:06
Michael shows the thickness and presence we can attain by having a second, heavily compressed drum channel.
The "Vox Squish" Parallel Path6:12
Similar to the drum path, here we send our vocal down a second, heavily effected path to bring our vocal forward.
The "ALL" Subgroups2:26
Michael explains these subgroup channels where all our instrumental groups come together.
Mix Bus FX & Metering12:16
Michael breaks down first the routing logic and then the processing applied over the mix bus.
After seeing a few more mix bus options. discover how Master Faders can be headroom conditioners for our gain structure.
Using the Template
Importing the Template into your Song6:21
See Michael now demo the actual song we're using and then importing our template into.
Routing Groups & Organizing Tracks8:54
With our template now imported, we need to make some organisational changes so everything goes where it's supposed to go.
Getting FX Going in the Track11:31
Watch Michael begin to add various effects which leads into the need and deployment of VCA master faders.
More FX on Drums, Guitars, & Keys Pt. 112:01
Michael continues to explore effect options over some of the drums, guitars and keyboards.
More FX on Drums, Guitars, & Keys Pt. 213:47
We conclude with Michael exploring a few effect options over some of the drums, guitars and keyboards.
Studio wiz Michael Costa brings you in-depth video tutorials focused on building an awesome mixing template for your DAW. See how professionals get a mix done with this time-saving practice that allows you to concentrate on the mix!
From setup to routing, reverbs to delays, compression routing techniques, using mix buses and more, Michael breaks down the art of making a great mix template and using it for your productions.
See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you mix music or any kind of recordings, a mix template can drastically increase your productivity and allow you to be more creative. Watch Building a DAW Mix Template today!
Submitted 1 week ago
Pleasantly surprised. Learned more than I expected.
I was expecting a little more of a tactical tutorial involving templates and such but it ended up being much more general and valuable, in my opinion. It helped clarify how some of the pros handle routing and organize vca's, etc. At the same time, it introduced me to some cool plugins that I wasn't too familiar with. The instructor also has a pleasant delivery and pace. Must be the english accent! Recommended.
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer
Submitted 2 months ago
Good for ideas!
This tutorial shows some good tips and tricks to organize your sessions. However, a lot of these videos just show which plugins this producer uses. I expected more info about the signal flow, I/O settings, busses,... , rather than info about the 10 different plugins he uses... it's a bit useless because everyone has it's own favourite plugins.
I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Musician, Student
Submitted 2 months ago
Not what I expected, but informative nonetheless
Informative in that it outlines a specific professional engineer's workflow and setup, but the title is a bit misleading since I didn't feel it helped me to create templates in a general sense. I would have given it a 5 instead of a 4 otherwise.
I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician
Submitted 2 months ago
Building a DAW Mix Template
Excellent approach and helpful designing a Mix Template to fix one's specific workflow.
I am a: Producer
Submitted 3 months ago
Great way to save time
I've been looking around for some great tutorials to help me make a complete mix template to use, and this was a great one. Very comprehensive and a good way to keep the ball rolling, focus on creativity, save time and reduce the frustration of having to setup things every time while mixing.
I am a: Producer, Hobbyist
Submitted 4 months ago
Very usefull Tutorial to Organize the Work with Cubase.
I am a: Hobbyist
Submitted 5 months ago
Interesting and well done; not entirely on topic
I was looking for ideas on templates as the title suggests. The tutorial has a lot of them, and they are very good. But a lot of it is about the use of effects, busses and master faders in mixing, and not so much about building useful templates. If you want to see some very creative use off effects, watch it all. If you want to focus on template ideas, you can skip a lot of this.
I am a: Musician
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