So…you think Audition templates are boring huh!

Why bother?

So, there you are, in the your studio, chomping at the bit to make a start on your next podcast or audio project. You’ve imported all your files, guest tracks, jingles, music and whatever else you are going to be using in this session, but then everything comes to a crunching halt, as you begin laboriously adding in compressors, de-essers and endless other rack or session effects. Well, you know, it does not have to be this way.

What you need are templates!

Not so boring really?

It’s like with anything that involves some effort and set up, there are always reasons and excuses that can be found for putting off the very little minimal initial work that is required.

For an audio professional, three things are imperative; a speedy workflow, consistency and efficiency. Templates afford you this. Adobe Audition offers all these via templates both in the rack effects in the wav form editor, and also in saving a complete session as a template in the multitrack view.

Audition comes pre-loaded with a number of session templates for you to use, covering many obvious and regular user cases. Templates such as DJ drop, Film Sequence and even a Podcast template are there, ready fo you to use.

But, not only that, building your own multitrack session template is super quick to achieve and will make your audio workflow way more seamless. Earlier this year in-fact, I built quite a complicated template for a weekly music podcast I host. I pre-record it as a multitrack session. The show is centred around a guest each week, so my template includes a track for them which will include some noise reduction and light compression. This template also has a couple of buses too. These are invaluable as I know, simply by placing the guests audio, my own voice or even a co-host on their relevant tracks and by directing them to the side-chained bus, music will automatically duck. I, have nothing further to do. I have covered side-chaining in another blog which you’ll find here

And, apart from all of those benefits, one of the main and often overlooked workflow improvements are that creating a template will help improve your audio is the consistency it will deliver. The effect, the order of your chain, the master output, all of these will be the same week, after week - and all down to templates.

And don’t forget, this not only applies to the multitrack session view, it equally applies to the wav form editor too. Once again, Audition, comes loaded with some rack effect presets such as Boxing Announcer, AM Radio and Clean-Up & Level, all there built and ready for you to use. Again, once you have created your own rack, it is super easy to save your rack effect as a preset.

Time to get to work!

I’s love to know what your experiences with templates and rack effect presets are. Do you use them regularly within your own workflow? Let me know. And, if you want to learn more about how to create, save and export both session templates and rack effect presets, and you have a few moments spare, then below is a link to my video in which I show exactly how to go about creating them for yourselves.

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