On one of my earlier Viewer’s Comments episodes a bunch of you asked to see an episode on Templates! I was going to do this massive comprehensive templates episode, however it took me about 4 hours to get this episode set up… so I’m going to break it up into 3 or 4 parts. There’s a lot of ground to cover on a couple of different DAWs!

Why use templates? Why do we need them?

I saw a few comments saying that you should always start from scratch and I’m thinking “If I did that, I wouldn’t have time to do a show.”

Templates are what allow me to crank stuff out for you guys; they sound pretty good and they let me get my point across without any excessive dicking around.

Basically, I’ve got one main template for tracking drums. I look at things as if they were an old school mixer; you got your EQ section, you got your dynamic section, you got your output section- and that’s how I’ve got Reaper Configured. I’ve got things Bussed in certain ways, EQ’d in certain ways; things that are tried and true that I keep coming back to. Then you just kind of riff off of that depending on the drummer you bring in, vocalist, guitar player, or whatever.

We’re going to start out with Reaper configured for Waves because I was doing a couple of tracks with it and it’s pretty damn cool!

Make sure you download my Metal Mix Template so you can follow along.

I’ve also included a list of all the Waves plugins that I’m using during this tutorial!

Waves Plugins Used

Kramer Tape

SSL Comp and G Channel



NLS Channel

CLA 76, CLA 2A

Sheps 73

Api 560