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Track Templates for Audio [Completed 6.0]

+533 votes
asked Dec 30, 2015 in Completed Feature Requests by Funkybot (21,540 points)
recategorized Sep 29, 2022 by Lukas Ruschitzka
At the moment, Studio One doesn't allow for audio track templates. Example: when I record live drums I always use the same 8 inputs/channels, and always use a similar set of effects, so I'd like a pre-loaded template I can call up for drum tracks (note: you can do this with virtual instruments, but not audio).

The feature request is, allow users to create a set of audio track templates that could include:

1. One or more audio tracks (think of the "drums" scenario where you'd want to recall 8 channels)

2. All insert effects

3. Any busses/effects

4. Any sends/effects

5. Channel input/output settings (example, if my OH's inputs are always channel's 1 and 2, and Kick channel 3, these should be recalled)

29 Answers

0 votes
answered Oct 2, 2022 by Lukas Ruschitzka (255,350 points)
Best answer
Completed in version 6.0
+13 votes
answered Dec 30, 2015 by AlexTinsley (924,290 points)
Thanks for the suggestion.

If anyone else agrees or disagrees, please vote on it.
+11 votes
answered Jan 3, 2016 by jpettit (11,810 points)
Thanks for putting this FR in. Can't believe it was not there already consider this has been on the top 3 list for five years. :-)
+2 votes
answered Jan 3, 2016 by jpettit (11,810 points)
Here is a link to  a discussion I started on the FR 3 years ago but unfortunately  I have deleted all my  pictures since then.

Will have to redo them some time.
+35 votes
answered Feb 24, 2016 by jpettit (11,810 points)

Added simple Audio track template example. All parameters of the existing Add track are stored in the template. If Output bus does not exists then create.

Will add a more complex one involving FX bus and  multiple tracks next.

Simple Audio Preset



+4 votes
answered Feb 26, 2016 by jpettit (11,810 points)
Really surprised this one is not ranking much higher.

It has finished in the top three for 5 years.
+14 votes
answered Apr 30, 2016 by jpettit (11,810 points)

I will continue to try to promote this  FR as I believe it is in the top 5 gap areas of Studio One..

If you always record the same tracks and channels in the same order then the existing song starting templates make sense.

However I believe most  have a preferred set up for a particular instrument.

  • Drums for example can involve many channels with optionally several sub buses along with an assortment of compressor EQ and  FX sends.
  • Drum samplers ( Addictive, Ezdrummer etc.) can also use a standard multi-track set up.
  • Amp simulators often require the same compressors, EQ and FX sends
  • Vocal also will typically have a chain of FX and sends.

Track template logically fall between  (song templates > track templates > FX templates (chains)  and are currently a workflow gap with Studio One.

As mentioned earlier this was in the top 5 for as many years but has failed to get the necessary votes to make a 3.5 feature list.

+1 vote
answered May 28, 2016 by MarkyGoldstein (6,940 points)
edited May 28, 2016 by MarkyGoldstein
Is there a DAW out there coming with this?

Maybe it should include VCA tracks, busses, fx tracks and console scenes, etc.
+5 votes
answered Dec 11, 2017 by kenmatson (2,570 points)
Big plus one from a sonar refugee! In addition to the things listed, of course it should also include fader level,  pan setting , gain setting .... which I know doesn't even exist yet LOL! But hoping it will soon!
+3 votes
answered Dec 18, 2017 by zoheirmokeddem (530 points)
It's all about templates !!! even made some templates for my automations .... typical ones i do !!
+1 vote
answered Dec 27, 2017 by Magic Russ (870 points)
A lot of this can be handled by the multi-instrument, which is in many ways more capable than a Sonar Track Template.

However, for multi-track things, a track template would be nice to have too.  Plus the track template already would have the name, color, and track icon set.
+2 votes
answered Jan 5, 2018 by kennilsen (580 points)

As a newcomer from SONAR, this is one of the few things I miss.

It would make for a huge improvement for me, so +1.

All the best.
+4 votes
answered Jan 12, 2018 by Magic Russ (870 points)
OP should also have listed automation tracks.  If you had a track template for whatever guitar sim you may be use, it would really be convenient to have automation tracks already defined for the controllers you want to use.
+3 votes
answered Jan 25, 2018 by neiljordan1 (18,300 points)

This just got added to Pro Tools in v2018.1. Don't want to fall behind them!

+4 votes
answered Mar 8, 2018 by robertgray3 (42,190 points)
The broader the approach to track templates, the better. IMHO. It would be great if they could include any kind of track. Audio, instrument, FX, bus, etc.

I've been trying to think of a good use case that would cover a lot of ground. Let's say we want a "track template" for adding Real Vocals and a Virtual Piano all with the same Reverb to an existing session/instrumental for a live vocal and piano.

I would love it if the same template could include:

- An audio track setup to record through my main input with my desired FX chain for vocals.

- An instrument track with a sampler like Kontakt and 2 stereo outputs, as if Kontakt was running a piano and a string pad to 2 separate outputs.

- An FX track with Reverb. The vocal and the piano/pad are both routed to it.

The idea here being that it doesn't matter if they're audio, instrument, or FX tracks, they're just as easy to drop as a group into a session in progress.
+4 votes
answered Apr 2, 2018 by lucaspetruzzini (600 points)

Thanks robertgray3 for directing me here! Voted on this FR!

Those of us who joined Studio One from Sonar (and there are MANY of us) are badly missing Sonar's most beloved feature - track (or channel) templates. With one click, we were able to insert a track/channel that had already been set up in a previous mix, for a particular type of instrument. A track template could have any number of outputs, busing, effects EQ, dynamics, panning, gain, color etc., already built into it, which was tremendously helpful in reducing production time.

Currently in S1 (unless I'm mistaken), we have to rebuild unique tracks from scratch, every time. The closest feature I've found in S1 is the ability to save an FX chain, which is only a small part of what was available with track templates. Opening another song template just to find that perfectly configured track/channel and then copying it, simply isn't an effective solution.

It would be amazing if you Presonus could build this feature into upcoming releases of Studio One 3!

+1 vote
answered Apr 9, 2018 by nickaa (1,550 points)

same here, +1000.
i would love f.e. to setup impact (or any multitimbral/multioutput instrument) with its own tracks per pad in the arrange and individual outputs on the mixer (even with insert plugins), all packed into a foldertrack which is routed to its own mixerbus and be able to just select the tracks in the arrange and drag these to the browser to save that specific configuration. much like musicloops, but for multiple tracks.
in fact, this should work with whatever track combination. there's thousands of meaningful possibilities to use this feature.

btw - someone here asked, if there's a host available that can do this - yes. reaper can do this.

+1 vote
answered Apr 26, 2018 by almazmusic (360 points)
Can't believe it's not there yet. Simply S1 is unusable with VEP, Omnisphere, Kontakt, Workstation and all other multi-timbral VST's that required some time to config its audio outputs and midi inputs to instrument. In the middle of 2018. Just can't believe...

Back to Live 10 :(
+4 votes
answered Aug 27, 2018 by stevenicel (3,860 points)
Yes... and if Presonus could see their way to implement this, perhaps it could in some way RELIEVE the pain of not currently being able to save/import presets for physical inputs and outputs. I often start tracks at home on the laptop then bring them into the studio to complete. When I decide in a moment of creative flow that a section needs live drums and remember "oh ****, the inputs are set from the laptops 2 ch interface, and I have to sit there and re-create/name/assign 11 mic input tracks", I feel a dark rage whelm up inside me.

Presonus, why the "head in sand" on this? Why won't you make this happen? It's a massively time conserving function that's simply an essential template. It will save thousands of your dedicated users SO MANY HOURS OF LOST TIME!

So what do you do? You go ahead and release V4, touting amazing new features and swizzling production bling, which are in essence not even on the same planetary level of importance to fundamental user functionality such as the above, AND/OR In/Out preset saving.

I still have to pinch myself over the reality that these aspects are viewed by the company as a "Bling" Request! In the world of current DAW markets, they are primal! How can your live instrument multi-tracking user base be perceived that insignificant, when you have a whole line of mixer products aimed at that market?
+3 votes
answered Nov 28, 2018 by johannesdittmar (410 points)
i would like to have track templates too. Reaper can do would be so nice, just draggin "Your individual track" like an instrument plugin from the browser. Could be part of instruments or effect tab.

+4 votes
answered May 25, 2019 by Robdp (350 points)
Crazy how this function isn't available on S1 yet.. There are work arounds but nothing like a one step action to bring up a Kontakt instrument with inserts, Sends and routing all saved.

Come on Presonus, this one should be easy to implement!!!!!
+3 votes
answered Jun 26, 2019 by justinstewart3 (1,060 points)
This is probably my number 1 misaing feature. Track templates of all kinds are needed. In Reaper I can insert instruments, effects and routing and save multiple tracks as a single track template. Not having this is nauseatingly slow and tedious. Nobody wants to build every track from scratch in every project.  Brutal.
+1 vote
answered Feb 12, 2020 by robreid1 (1,360 points)
Can't beeeeelieve this!!

Been working with S1 on and off for a few months, tonight I said I'll sit down and finally getting around to setting up my track templates (coming from reaper they are an essential part of my work flow)...

Are you serious? Super bummed :(
+2 votes
answered May 11, 2020 by bobichavka (340 points)
Very new here, been led to believe S1 is great for creative workflow. I am a musician and have been using another DAW (Samplitude) for long time, which is very nice for mixing, but a bit clunky when it comes to creative process. I would have to interrupt the flow to adjust something, for example I need to add another guitar track to capture an idea. I was hoping in S1 workflow this would be a breeze, quick drag&drop from track template browser tab, where all is set already - esp. I/O and FX chain, smart routing to and existing bus woud be a plus. and bam! Unfortunately not. At the moment have to interrupt my creative flow just as much as with other DAW, go to the insert track menu and click my way through.

Please add intuitive drag&drop track templates. Including midi instruments, and multi outputs.
+1 vote
answered Jun 14, 2020 by robreid1 (1,360 points)
Just want to keep activity on this... Such a basic essential workflow feature!!
+1 vote
answered Oct 21, 2020 by benbowen3 (410 points)
Guys, I REALLY hope this is coming for 5.2.

Often when recording a guitar it's common to have multiple tracks recording at the same time (DI, Amp mics, etc). I usually put all these in one folder for each part.

Having to copy/paste these tracks and rename them all as well as adding them in to a new folder each time I want to add a new part is by far the single biggest productivity killer for me in S1 by miles at the moment.

The new retrospective record looks great for when I'm working with MIDI and the MIDI workflow in S1 at the moment is pretty good, but please don't neglect the audio recorders among us; this feature request has been top 5 for years and I'm starting to worry that S1 isn't the right choice for real audio recording and is only targeting electronic music production...
+1 vote
answered Nov 18, 2020 by gretalink (500 points)
Yes, PLEASEEEE Presonus - I am begging you! I was quite surprised to see SO5 STILL doesn't have this essential feature -- kind of crazy really, considering pretty much EVERY other DAW in the world has it by now.

I am very grateful for Import Song Data and for now, this is an ok/somewhat-lackluster workaround....

But  -- the reason Studio One kicks *** and why people switch over to your DAW is because of how instantly intuitive and smooth it can be to work with -- that's essential for when the ideas are flowing. That's why I love it. There's nothing more annoying than your DAW bogging you down when creativity kicks in.

So just like how Studio One has made everything intuitive and fast with drag & drop - you really need to give us Track Templates in this same way! It's too cumbersome to have to go into Import Song Data and have to find the right synths/tracks etc. Track Templates should be like everything else implemented in Studio One's design -- in its own nicely organized section within the Browser, with the option for images/icon for each preset, where I can conveniently drag them right into the song and get to work, with all the track's buses/routing/fx  options imported in when I drag the preset into my song.

This saves so much time, and makes starting songs WAY faster! Please implement this already.
0 votes
answered Dec 27, 2020 by pascalwinterle (1,590 points)
Multiple Track Template is needed as well as making a folder and saving all as template as is possible in the new Pro Tools.
0 votes
answered Nov 27, 2021 by btkkykzt (1,600 points)
I miss this feature very much as auto fades. Please, PreSonus, do this in 5.5.