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Strings: Only two days left

Hey all. I'm not comfortable with doing this kind of posts but I just want to remind you that the special intro price on my course DIGITAL COMPOSING SERIES: Strings will end in two days on January 20th. Get it at

As a member of Composing Tips, you get an extra 10% off on the already discounted prices. Just use the coupon code COMPOSINGTIPS10 at checkout.

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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That's All Folks!

Time to say goodbye... Hey everyone! In the recent years, I produced many tutorials, videos, courses, a web platform for composers where I shared tips and tricks. And I even recently started a podcast


what a nonsense, lets talk music here instead of negotiating about what the price for this work must or should be. Take it or leave it. Most of the courses are above 125 and some of them are pretty short and less comprehensive. And what do you want to learn? Just write music yourself and try to sell it. Put up a course yourself and try to sell it. You will see how hard it is to earn a note of the orchestra to live from.

So I have enrolled and am happy I did.


Dick Tempelaar
Dick Tempelaar
Jan 19, 2021

Hello Nicolas,

Just enrolled !

let's go


Happy to tag along and check out what the course has to offer. I'm particularly interested in how you organize your templates with different sounding libraries. For what it's worth, I believe the pricing is fair! On top of that, you can get the additional 10% off as a registered user.


Peter Richardson
Peter Richardson
Jan 18, 2021

For me I can't buy it twice...:)

I think the price is extremely fair... and I don't consider it a beginner course.

I'll just copy my comment from vi control

"After watching the preview content and reviewing the course content, I think this is pretty much a bargain ! I'm pretty sure I would need 2 or 3 thinkspace courses to cover the same content. "


your choice. library are more expansive, sure, also cars and some other things. i think your course is adressed to beginners and, as ex-teacher myself, i like idea to share his passion, especially artitistic ones, and maybe encourage numbers into creation process and ""normal "" 69$ price (+20%tax = 82 $) appear for me a bit too expansive (and half price of 41$ seemed more 'fair' to me) but sure it is your choice.

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