5 Trusted Tips for DAW Organization

Whether you're a producer or a mixer, or a musical collaborator, getting organized in your DAW can save you hours of time and free up some creative headspace. Rich Tozzoli shares his 5 trusted tips.  

As a producer/mixer, I get a lot of different session files sent to me. Some are nicely structured, but too many are all over the place. So here's five quick and simple tips from my experience that can not only keep things organized, but help you find them months or even years later if you need a recall.

Create a master project folder 

On my main hard drive, I create a folder for each individual project. For example, if my hard drive is called RT MAIN DRIVE, and I'm doing a show for ESPN, I'll be able to click on RT MAIN DRIVE > ESPN and quickly find the project every time. I will often make that working folder Green (Control-click or right -click to label a file or folder on a Mac), so my eyes catch it immediately when opening each day's work. Easy to do and a no brainer for organization.

Create individual song folders

Within each master project, I will create a folder for each song. Again, this lets me keep thing separated and easily organized visually. I will often make each song a different color depending on how far along I am with it. Yellow means in progress, Red always means I'm done with it '" print it!

Create Individual Song Folders.

Create a Bounce or Print folder

It's important to keep track of your final mixes of each song. I create a folder called '

Grammy-nominated Producer/mixer/engineer/composer Rich Tozzoli has worked with such artists as Al DiMeola, Ace Frehley and more. Also specializing in 5.1 Surround Sound production, he has mixed DVD’s and/or HD Television broadcasts for the likes of David Bowie, Hall & Oates and Blue Oyster Cult. Also a lifelong guitarist, his music c... Read More


Magic Fingers
I just finished creating a 3rd backup drive that I plan to store at a location away from my studio. In the event of a fire, theft, or natural disaster, hopefully one of my 3 backups will survive! Thanks for the tips Rich... Its always a bummer when creativity strikes, it's time to lay down an idea and there's no room left on the drive, or its time to open up an old session that's not labeled correctly. If you take the time beforehand to organize your projects, you'll be ready to strike while the iron is hot!

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