If you like recording music, then chances are you have a home studio. And if you have a home studio, then you probably like to go in with a great song and start a session, hit record, and stack your tracks with awesome parts.
But there’s a few things you’re probably not doing that you should be. That’s right, it can’t all be recording!
Trust us, if you do these simple things first, you’ll have even more time and energy for what really matters – recording your music.
The first thing you need to do is spend time setting up templates in your DAW. Don’t feel bad about spending an hour or two setting up a half dozen templates, because you’ll make that time up after just a few sessions. By setting up templates, you save yourself the hassle of creating click tracks, master faders, and audio tracks every time you want to record a new idea.
The second thing you should do is set up a chain for your most recorded instruments. This is easier in some DAWs – like Logic or Cubase. Save a channel strip setting of your favorite vocal chain, guitar chain, and drum chain. Save the presets in your plug-ins and save the channel strip to be able to quickly recall your settings. When you’re throwing down ideas and need them to sound good – and fast – this is a great way to do it. Even though it’ll take a little time to set up, you’ll save lots of time in the long run.
The last thing you should do is create a file system on your hard drive. This can save you countless hours in the long run because you’ll no longer be looking for sessions blindly among the mass of projects and session folders. You’ll be able to get organized and stay organized. You’ll also be sure to not lose your work, which a messy hard drive can do. Set up a system with a different folder for each project, keeping your audio files sorted well.
Put these three things in place before you hit record next time and you’ll be running a smoother operation, ultimately improving your creativity.