I have written before about my template, the base for every spot I make.
Mostly it was for the routing and IO’s for the playout system used in stations. It saves on conflicts and struggles when you need to record from (or listen to) an external source or play out of Pro Tools (or your DAW) to the radio station playout system.
Now it’s turned to a bunch of pre-installed plugins ready to start making.
Speedily getting up and running on a new project. It’s the best way to run your day in Protools. (I’d guess other DAW’s too) The actual file size of the project is quite small, so it is convenient and moreover advisable to create a new folder for each commercial.
I have seen users folders with multiple sessions in them all referencing back to the audio files’ that’s ok too, but harder to trace back sessions when you need to revisit the session at a later date.
One thing you should not do is use the same session for all your commercials for the day. The reason is simple, every change you make to every commercial you have made before your current one, eq’s compression, the lot. Or if you go back and do a remake, the settings are not there any more, and you have to redo the lot. Such a waste of time!! Also every ad, each side of your changes is wrong too.
Start off with the basics, where you go after that is your next part of the template.