Learning how to use templates in Reason is essential to speeding up your workflow and making great sounding tracks. I've got a quick video today on how to set up templates in Reason, how to use them, and why you should use them.
I've also made a few videos in the past about my specific templates that I use for mixing mastering. You can download my free templates here:
But today I want to actually show you how to load a template in Reason and how to save it.
What Is a Template
A template is Reason is also called a project file. Basically, it just means that you can open a song with a bunch of devices already in place and wired the way you want. A template is really just a preset for your DAW and they're super helpful. Just like you can use presets in Thor and Malstrom.
So for example, you could have a hip hop template. In it you might be sure to have Kong patch with 808 drums loaded, a couple of instances of Serato sample, a bitcrusher as an effect send and a sidechain compressor ready to go.
And then when you save a song started from a template, it doesn't overwrite the template. It saves it as a new song automatically, so you don't mess up the template.
Why You Should Use Templates In Reason
Now the reason you should use templates is because they greatly greatly speed up the the time it takes to get started with a song, because your most used settings are there. They also facilitate your recording because you don't have to remember how you setup everything.
And this speed doesn't only save you time, it lets you record better music because you can capture your inspiration before it flits away.
How to Use Templates In Reason
So with that said how do you find your templates? How do you change them?
Well there's two different ways of doing it and reason.
Changing the Default Reason Template
First of all you have your default template which shows up when you automatically open reason and this can be really helpful to set up. So to change the template that automatically load when you launch Reason, you go to "edit" and then "preferences" and then you go down to defaults on your template and click on folder button.
From there and you can browse through any of the templates you want and then select which one will be your default template.
And you can make any song or project into a template.
So once you are in a new document your template stays secure it's just the starting point for the file but it is not the file the project file itself.
Using Project-Specific Templates in Reason
While it's really helpful to have a default template when you start Reason, sometimes you need a specific template whether or not you know you're going to be doing a rock track and you've got a certain set up for that that you like maybe you know your guitar amp simulators already in there. Or you might want to use a project specific file for mixing. It's good to use a different template than for mastering or for recording.
So if you want to use a different template than the default one that's also really easy to switch on the fly.
To select a specific template for your current project, go to "File" and then you just do "new from template." Initially you'll just see the default ones that come with Reason. But you could also click on "show template folder" and it'll take you to this folder where you can put your other templates. Then you'll be able to select them the next time you want to change.
Hopefully this covers everything you want to know about how to use templates in Reason. If you have any other questions, leave a comment below.