The following tips will help you speed up your music production and audio projects so that finding sounds, projects and samples is the easiest and quickest step of your workflow.
ORGANIZE PROJECTS BY MONTH OR SEASON:
It’s important to organize your projects so that you can access them quickly. Adding numbers at the beginning of the names will ensure that they appear in the right order.
It doesn't matter what DAW you're using, there are a few things you are always going to do when you open your DAW, for example, loading the first 8 audio tracks with E.Q and a limiter on the master channel. Save yourself some set-up time by doing this once, saving it as a project file, and loading it whenever you want to start a new track or session. Even if your DAW does not support templates, you can still take advantage of this strategy and have several self-made template project files available to start from.
SAVE PLUGIN AND MIXER PATCHES:
At the end of each project, save your plug-in and mixing settings that you spent hours tweaking so that you can re-use them on similar projects. In this way you don't have to start from scratch every time.
ORGANIZE SOUNDS BY THEIR "SOUND":
Design a folder structure according to your taste and workflow. Don't hesitate to create sub-folders under each instruments for synth ( pad , lead...), world instruments ( African, South America...), Drums ( Cymbals, Snares, Kick drum...) etc... If your DAW doesn't have a file format that remembers patches and plugins, take a look at this free software for PC and MAC computers by Big Tick named Zen.
RENAME FILES AND USE PREFIXES:
Name your files in a personalized way so you can remember what each file sounds like. Add prefixes to each file to quickly identify and organize your library. The prefix will help to sort sounds in alphabetical order.
Don't forget to add shortcuts on your desktop. Chances are, you find yourself navigating to the same places every day…