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Chapter 4. Starting a New Session > Creating Custom Session Templates

Creating Custom Session Templates

You can create a custom session template that retains all the parameters of a session, including mixer configurations, track setups, signal path routing, track views, and preference settings. This saves you the hassle of recreating your studio setup each time you start a new session.

Creating Macintosh session templates

You can create a session template on the Macintosh by saving a session as a stationery pad. Once you do this, the session acts as a template that you can open and save just as you would a normal session.

To create a custom session template on Mac OS:
1.
Configure your session parameters as desired.

2.
Choose File > Save Session.

3.
Name the session and click Save.

4.
Close the session.

5.
Locate the session file that you just saved.

6.
Click once on the file to select it.

7.
Choose File > Get Info.

A File Information window appears (Figure 4.29).

Figure 4.29. To save a file as a template: Choose File > Get Info, and click the Stationery Pad checkbox.


8.
Click the Stationery Pad checkbox to save the file as a template, and then close the window.

To open a custom session template on Mac OS:
  • Double-click a session that was previously saved as a stationery pad (Figure 4.30).

    Figure 4.30. Double-click the session previously saved as a stationery pad.


or

1.
Select File > Open Session.

The Open Session dialog box appears.

2.
Double-click the session that was previously saved as a stationery pad.

You are prompted to either edit the session template or start a new session (Figure 4.31).

Figure 4.31. Choose whether to edit the session template, or start a new session.


3.
Choose Edit Stationery if you want to edit the session template.

or

Choose New Session.

This creates a new Session folder containing a new session file (based on the template), with a new Audio Files folder and a new Fade Files folder.

Creating Windows session templates

You can create a Windows session template by making a session file a Read Only document.

To create a custom session template on Windows:
1.
Configure the session parameters as desired.

2.
Choose File > Save Session.

3.
Name the session and click Save.

4.
Close the session.

5.
Locate the session file that you just saved.

6.
Right-click the file and choose Properties.

7.
Under Attributes, deselect Archive and select Read Only.

To open a custom session template on Windows:
1.
Double-click the session icon.

or

Select File > Open Session.

2.
Double-click the session template icon.

When you first save the session, Pro Tools asks you to rename it. Your original session template remains unchanged.

Tip

  • To modify a session template in Windows, reopen its properties, deselect the Read Only option and select the Archive option. Make your modifications, then reopen its properties and change it back to a Read Only file.


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