Making the most of Studio One's templates.
If you are anything like me then you enjoy the vast expanse and enormous potential of the empty project. Anything is possible as I ponder whether to add an Audio Track in mono or stereo, or perhaps to kick this masterpiece off with an Instrument Track. I don't tend to give the idea of templates much thought. I mean, how on earth could a programmer at PreSonus have any idea about the awesomeness I'm about to conceive, let alone create a template for it? But looking at the Podcasting template that we used in last month's workshop reminded me that, actually, these templates can be enormous time savers. But more than that they can be instructive in the sort of processes they have set up, and give hints at how you should be handling various types of project. Useful and creative, eh? Well, in that case, let's take a deeper dive and maybe even create our own.
Templates can be accessed whenever you create a new song. The New Song window (shown above) appears and you can select a template from the Style, Interface or User tabs.
Interface templates are only relevant if you have a PreSonus audio interface, and they generate multitrack projects that are handily configured to the specified interface. They are relatively simple, adding in a couple of effects busses for reverb and delay, inserting some standard Fat Channel plug‑ins across the tracks and some EQ and limiting on the master outputs — good solid stuff and a useful shortcut to having to set up all those inputs and outputs yourself. Of course, there's no reason why you couldn't commandeer one of these interface templates, remap the I/O to your own interface and resave the template.
The Style tab is where all the action is at the minute. In addition to our favourite 'Empty Song', we get 11 other options which are less about style and more about intention:
Band Recording is quite an intense template that...