This is a project I am very happy it's finally coming out.
With budgets forever shrinking, efficiency is of the upmost importance. Engineers are expected to be able to do great work in a short time or it’s not worth your while. A template is often a good way to mix efficiently. If you look at interviews with many mix engineers at the top of their game, you will see that they often use a template.
We tend, as people, to always search for what's the best whatever. Oh, Pro Tools is the best DAW (cough cough), Neve gear is the best, oh Neumann mics... Jimi was the best guitarist, Malmsteen is the best... None of these discussions make any sense. There is not one single true answer to any of these questions.
On July 28th, 2014 I had the privilege of being called to record Bryan Adams live at Bush Hall. It was for an exclusive session for Spotify and The Telegraph. Unfortunately, the Spotify album is long gone but you can still get a taste of what went down in this Telegraph article.