In lesson two of my Remixing course I ask students to cook up a comprehensive rewire session that will work as a template for remixing. They can use any rewire master they choose, including Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, even FL Studio. We go over all the details and really get deep into it. But, often, because there are so many possible ways to build your rewire environment students are left questioning whether their setup is really the best. Of course, the only way to know for sure if your rewire session setup will work well for you is to jump in and start using it. This way, you’re actually working with your setup instead of just thinking about it. No doubt, you’ll be making changes and improvements over time.
In the spirit of sharing and knowing that a really good example is worth a thousand words (or more), I’ve cooked up a rewire session template based on what works well for me when I’m composing and mixing in Pro Tools. I’m attaching it here as a Zip containing a Pro Tools session file, a Reason song file, and a Word document listing my suggested rewire inputs. The session files are old versions, Pro Tools 8 and Reason 4, so they will open on any current version of these programs. The rewire session is for you to study, use, and modify. There’s a short demo in the Pro Tools session that’s just there as a sound check. Erase the demo before you start writing your own music so that you can start with a clean slate. Remember to launch the Pro Tools session first, then after Reason has automatically launched in the background, launch the Reason song file.
Have fun and keep finishing your productions!