Mixing: Using Templates In Your DAW

6 Subgroups That Make Up My Routing Template

Before hitting my main output busses, I have 6 subgroups that all of the tracks in my session get assigned to.

  1. Drums

    • All drums & percussion.

  2. Bass

    • Any bass instrument (bass guitar, sub bass synth, low end pad etc.)

  3. Music

    • The music bed. Everything else in the session that is not drums, bass or vocals, for example - guitars, synths, piano, keys etc.

  4. Bass & Music

    • This bus sums the Bass and Music busses.

  5. Instrumental

    • This bus sums the Drums with the Bass & Music busses making it the full instrumental bus.

  6. Vocals

    • All vocals and vocal effects returns are summed at this bus.

These 6 subgroups are summed to the Main aux and Print tracks, controlled by the Master fader.

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Songwriting 101: How To Write A Song

I always start with the music, or melody first. Rarely, if ever, do I start a song by writing lyrics. In my opinion, any song that I’ve attempted to write starting with the lyrics reads more like poetry than a song. I also don’t think what is being said is anywhere near as important as how it sounds. Ever find out the actual lyrics to a song you’ve been singing incorrectly for years? Or find yourself singing or humming a melody to a song and you have no idea what the lyrics are, or what the song is about? What matters first is if the song is catchy.

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5 Tips To A Huge Guitar Tone

1. IT STARTS WITH THE GUITAR!

Not all guitars are made equal, and picking the right guitar for the part is going to make the biggest impact on nailing the tone. A Stratocaster will never sound like a Gibson Les Paul, and vice versa. If you’re not sure where to start, check out Rig Rundown on PremierGuitar.com

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