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Learn how to build strings composition and mixing templates

For the past few months, I have been hard at work creating a full-blown course. I'm happy to announce it to the Composing Tips community first... ...and to offer you all a 10% discount on top of the intro price, just because you are awesome. Simply use coupon code COMPOSINGTIPS10 at checkout. The course is available at So? What is this course all about? Here it goes:

Learn how to build templates, blend sample libraries, write a cue and mix it

Take your productivity to the next level with over 7 hours of video content! In this course, you will learn how to build two professional templates in your DAW: one for composing and one for mixing. We will look at a vast variety of topics such as routing, articulation switching mechanisms, blending strings libraries from different vendors, and everything in between.

To illustrate the concepts, we will write a track from scratch based on the 3 acts of a film trailer structure. At the end of the course, we will also spend some time mixing it.

Why build templates?

Templates are a big subject when it comes to composing with a DAW and sample libraries. Some people absolutely hate it (although I have yet to hear a compelling reason as to why), some others swear by them. Personally, I have 3 main reasons for building templates:

Approaching the computer as a musical instrument

First and foremost, I am using a computer, a DAW, and sample libraries to write music. Not because I like to spend hours on technical problems, or importing virtual instruments, balancing them and routing them. I use these tools to write music.

When I sit in front of my computer, writing music is all that I want to be doing. Do you know the "plug and play" paradigm? I want to "sit and play". A well organized template allows me to do just that.

Boosting my productivity

As most media composers know, time is often a very scarce resource. By not having to deal with technical things, I can start writing as soon as a new project comes in. But not only! It also helps me to get new projects.

For example, I've read an ad recently by a director looking for a composer. The ad mentioned the genre that they were looking for. Instead of just sending a link to my portfolio like probably dozens of other composers, I took two hours to sit at my workstation and I wrote a custom 2 minutes cue to add with my application. I didn't have to worry about the technical aspects as everything was already handled by my template. I got a call two days later, and got the job.

Creating a palette

I don't believe in having one template for each and every situation, though. At the start of every new project, I build myself a new template (or adapt an existing one). This is why knowing how to build them fast is an asset for the working composer. By having a project-based template, I know that my orchestrations are repeatable throughout the project, be it 10 tracks for a production library album or for several film cues.

Some say that using templates smother your creativity because you are forced into a box. I don't believe in this as it is not because you've already prepared yourself a sound palette that you can't add to it as necessary. In fact, it's the exact opposite: you are able to experiment faster as your foundation is already in place. Your routings, your articulation switching mechanisms, your virtual hall, etc.

These are 3 of the situations that this course will prepare you for.

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Nicolas Schuele
Nicolas Schuele
Dec 22, 2020

Hi Nic. You'll have access until one of us dies. It may take a while 😬 Seriously, it's a one time payment and then you have access forever. If the platform goes down in the future, I will send you the videos and the projects.


Nic1963 D
Nic1963 D
Dec 22, 2020

How long do I have access to the videos once enrolled in the course


Great that the course is here, just purchased it and thanks for all the effort making it

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