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Old 05-13-2010, 06:50 PM
jadown jadown is offline
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Default Free Mixing & Mastering Templates

Are there any free mixing & mastering templates that I can download that have different genres other than the ones that comes with Pro Tools? I make mostly R&B, Pop, and some Hip-Hip. But I would love to have some templates that has whatever eq, compressor, reverb, etc placed on your standard instruments for each genre. If anyone knows of any please let me know.

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Old 05-13-2010, 07:01 PM
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Default Re: Free Mixing & Mastering Templates

If you have waves.... The eq presets by great mixing engineers are available for free on their site, waves.com
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:30 AM
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Default Re: Free Mixing & Mastering Templates

Imho these kind of templates and presets are nearly useless. They might work in 1 situation from a thousand, but really, you cannot go too far with them.

You have to learn how to use things, and the added bonus with this method would be that you are actually able to manipulate the sound the way you want, and not only praying for the best.

Presets are only starting points, but many times they even failed to be that.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:40 AM
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Never heard of such thing (I believe you're talking about PT session templates, not plugin presets). The reason why this doesn't exist I think is because everyone has got a different way of laying down their tracks, aux, fx, etc...
As far as mastering goes, I have made my own MS mastering template that I'd be happy to share you if you want. It's just a basic MS matrix decoder using the standard PT plugins so it works on any system.
Send me your email address if needed.
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Old 05-14-2010, 01:09 AM
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Default Re: Free Mixing & Mastering Templates

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Are there any free mixing & mastering templates that I can download that have different genres other than the ones that comes with Pro Tools? I make mostly R&B, Pop, and some Hip-Hip. But I would love to have some templates that has whatever eq, compressor, reverb, etc placed on your standard instruments for each genre. If anyone knows of any please let me know.

Thanks
If you want to save time and grief - ask a seasoned PT user to give you 40-50 min support session and sit next to him and formulate what you want and why and simply save that as your personal template. I save my personal templates in Pro Tools all the time, but adding Logic to my system I did just that - I included the template making support in my buy of a new mixer unit that I got!

I usually mix on different 8 channel mixers, therefor I place from left to right -
  • Mastertrack with plugins inactivated
  • Hardware Reverb via SPdif
  • Software Reverb on Power Core
  • Software Delay
  • Instrumenttrack with EZ-Drums output bus Drums
  • Audiotrack - input bus Drums
  • Instrumenttrack with Bass Trilian outout bus Bass

    with the instrumenttrack plugins made Inactive for faster loadtimes

...and so on and so on. When I ride the unit with the Bank selected I always have Matering tracks on my left hand to the left and have my vocal-tracks last on the right side...

I just did this long posting to clear out that a basic strategy saved as a personal template can save a lot of time.

(Don't forget to add a setup with Memory locations and place you most used genre typical naming like Intro, Vers 1, Ref 1, Vers 2, Outtro and just drag them into position)
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Old 05-14-2010, 05:52 AM
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Default Re: Free Mixing & Mastering Templates

Here's a bit of a guideline to get you on the track of clean sessions...:


As a general rule, every track should be routed to a bus that will group different frequency areas:

kicks
drumloops (as well as parallel comp drumloop bus)
guitars (divided into more buses if using acoustic + electric, both then router to a master guitars bus)
piano
synths
bass

reverb1
reverb2
delay (really short that acts like reverb)
delay (FX, usually triplets with low feedback)
delay (FX, quarter note with longer feedback)

master fader



Every bus should have:
HPF on it, where you put that filter depends on the instrument being processed.
EQ should be applied with "niche EQ" techniques.
transient designer (only on some buses though)
Compressor
brightening EQ
Tape saturation


Master should have:
EQ
Comp
Harmonic enhancer
Brightening EQ
tape saturation
Limiter








But then again, this is only a guideline and may not work in every situation. But at least it'll give you a good starting point...

Good Luck!
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:13 AM
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Default Re: Free Mixing & Mastering Templates

Izotope Ozone has some halfway decent presets that would get you going.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:02 PM
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Hahaha... Reading these post you gotta admit that my first advice was the best - buy a guy a couple of bears to sit beside you and help you out doing your personalized template!
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:34 PM
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Izotope Ozone has some halfway decent presets that would get you going.
Definitely a great starting point, but don't think Ozone is the "be all end all" as you will find after using it for a while, you can get much better results with individual processors of each of those components...
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:04 PM
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Default Re: Free Mixing & Mastering Templates

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Hahaha... - buy a guy a couple of bears to sit beside you and help you out doing your personalized template!
Wow now we have to compete with trained bears in the studio?
I understand they work for berries and grubs...and some "Silly Old Bear" will mix for a pot of honey at "the 100 Acre Woods Studios". But I hear all his mixes sound like "Pooh" -- and the faders are always sticky when he's done. LOL!
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