This quick tutorial shares how to save, load, manage and use channel strip presets in your DAW to help speed up workflows and provide continuity between projects.


Every little thing we can do to help save time when producing music adds up and it helps us stay focused on actually making said music and not managing all the minutia involved along the way. So we are always happy to share a quick tip to help you work smarter, not harder. Using channel strip presets is a fantastic way to save some time, but it is also a very efficient way to create standard between projects and manage large groups of plugins and their settings instead of dealing with them all individually, as far too many people do.

Most DAWs handle channel strip presets the same way these days. Regardless of which program you use, make sure you know where and how your channel strip presets are being saved. This way you can organize and manage them the way that makes the most sense to you and to avoid having your presets become a cluttered mess. It’s usually best to organize them by folder so you can quickly navigate them the next time you need to recall one.

Each of the channel strip presets that you save will most likely be sorted by object type. This means that software instruments have presets stored in one directory, while audio track presets are stored elsewhere, bus presets are saved on their own and so on and so forth. So whether you want to ensure you never lose that incredibly complex synth and all the plugins used to properly process it, or you just want to set up some basic plugins chains for quick loading, channel strip presets are probably the fastest and best solution. And you can even share them with friends! As long as you both have the same plugins available, that is.