Most DAW’s provide nifty templates if you’re unsure of how to get started.
For example, Pro Tools includes the ‘Rock’ template which sets your session up with tracks for:
Drums / Bass / Organ / Guitar / 4 empty audio tracks for recording / Click Track / Pre-routed Headphone Mix / Reverb Return / Delay Return / Chorus return / Wanky guitar solo that comes in at 3:42
Although this is a basic band mix template, there are other templates to choose from. If you don’t see the template you need, just make one. Making your own template is a great step in developing your mix style. Perfect for booting up your computer and starting a mix from scratch.
Name Your Tracks
This sounds super simple, but trust me. In three months you won’t be able to remember where the third shaker is if it’s called ‘Audio track 48.’ If you record a ‘lead guitar’ then do yourself a favor and call it ‘lead guitar’ before you hit record. Poor naming adds oodles of unneeded studio time. to your session.
Color Code Your Tracks
Make ROY G BIV proud. Color code your tracks. For example, make all of your drum tracks yellow, all your vocal tracks blue, and all your guitars green.