Having a Cubase Pro 10 template set up for my projects has saved me a considerable amount of time, and speeds up my workflow.
When I’m in the creative process, anything that takes me out of it makes composing music harder, and by the time I’ve set myself up to record that great idea I had becomes hard to remember.
I’ve found that after I built my Cubase templates, I was able to be more creative, and spent less time messing around with the technology and concentrate on the job in hand.
Building a full composing template in Cubase isn’t a quick job, I think in total to get to where I’m at now took around a week. It is also an ongoing job as I keep everything updated with new plugins and instruments that I purchase. But by doing this, I learned more about Cubase, and I’ve saved more than that time on projects.
I was a Logic user, but the track limits made it very difficult to have everything ready and loaded, so I switched to Cubase.
I’ve also created some blogs if you’re interested in the sample libraries I used to compose, and the sound effects that are great for TV & film composers.
The template I compose in most of the time from has around 1800 tracks, organised into folders, and everything colour coordinated.
Below is a screenshot of the folder structure that I have organised all the instruments into:
Here is a screenshot of the folders open:
In the mixer window, I have icons above the tracks and effects ready to just turn on. I’ve set global FX, and I have also applied EQ settings on some instruments that I think need it. I’ve also set up some group tracks to help with the mixing process. I’ve set up a bus mix for the groups of instruments:
I’ve also set up a stems mix as well: