Now that you’ve established levels and balances, it’s time to add plug-ins.
In the past, we’ve advised creating a sequence template to speed the recording process. For mixing, a template may not be necessary since it’s more of a build-as-you-go process. However, you can save time setting up plug-in settings in advance. If there are particular plug-ins that you favor for certain tasks, for instance, a UAD1 1176 compressor with a Pultec EQ for kick drums, create a folder and save those settings. When you move on to the next song, you can access your settings folder via the plug-in’s preset recall. While the settings may not remain the same from song to song, you have an in-the-ballpark reference to start from.