Samplitude Workshop: Creative structures

Intuitive workflows: How to create more time for creative work by making small structureal adjustments to your project preparations

Before starting to work on a Samplitude project, it's essential to create a clear folder structure within the system's audio partition to help you find what you're looking for when you want to edit a project. The outline that follows is just one way to structure project folders. Take the time to find a way of structuring your folders that suits the way you work. The following suggestions should give you an idea of how to go about this.

I. Setting up a folder structure

Step 1: At the top level of the folder structure, create a folder with the name of your client or artist project . This will help you keep al the projects for the client or artist together in one place.

Underneath this, create a structure for the current project. This might be an album, film soundtrack, audio book etc.

The structure underneath is used to divide the project up into individual songs, scenes, chapters etc

On the lowest level of the folder structure, create a folder in which to place different mixing or editing versions.

A folder hierarchy for a VIP project in Samplitude might look as follows: Project or client name > Album name > Song name > Mix version.

With actual titles from a project, this would look like: "Stuutschies_and_Mueller" > "Going_Over" > "Traps" > "Unplugged_VoxUpVersion".

Step 2: Go to "File" > "New virtual project" to create a new Samplitude project with the name "20150517_Unplugged_VoxUpVersion1" and then place this in the newly created folder structure using "File Path".

Untick the box "Create New Project Subdirectory", as the entire folder structure has already been created.

Step 3: Now save the project via "File" > "Save" in the folder "Unplugged_VoxUpVersion".

It's recommended to follow the "yearmonthday" format when entering dates in folder names. This way, you'll be able to find the first or last project you were working on when searching alphabetically, as this will appear at the top of the search result list.

Keep to a consistent order when naming folders, so you'll be able to find your projects easily.

In the title folder, add a folder called "Trackbouncing". This is where all produced and exported temporary mixes will land as WAV or MP3 files.

II. Using project templates

To start a project in a clearly organized form, you can use a project template. Selecting a template displays predefined tracks, buses, AUX paths etc. suited to your project.

You can also save a setup that you've customized yourself as a project template.

Step 1: Set up your project by adding tracks, submix buses, AUX buses etc. to form a functioning project structure.

Step 2: Save the project as a project template in the "Templates" project folder via "File" > "Save Project as Template".

This saves the current version of your project (without track objects) as a template, which can be accessed later via the "File" > "New virtual project" dialog.

III. Using mixer setups as templates

If you'd prefer to use mixer setups as templates, select a template from the "File" > "New virtual project" dialog.

Note: Make sure that you haven't selected a project template - otherwise the mixer setup selection box will remain deactivated.

You can create customized mixer setups here too.

Step 1: Design an optimal mixer setup with instrument channels, AUX buses, submix buses etc. that's suitable for your current project.

Step 2: Open the "Mixer Setup" dialog by clicking on the "Setup" button in the mixer.

Step 3: You can make further adjustments to mixer settings in this dialog.

Step 4: Save the mixer setup you've designed to the program folder "fx-preset" by clicking "Save".

Step 5: The newly created mixer setup can be accessed at any time via the "File" > "New virtual project" dialog.

We hope you enjoy creating your own folder structure and find a system that works for you.

The Samplitude team