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martes, 29 de abril de 2008

how to use automation fl studio fruity loos free tutorial




This tutorial illustrates the use of sidechain compression and some other important aspects of automation in FL studio. First of all we have to discuss concept of sidechain compression. It is speciall kind of compression, where threshold level is somehow automated. In general. One signals volume level is used as an information to tweak compressor threshold level. Usually, in other hosts, there are speciall plugins, which can be automated this way. In fl studio. Each knob can be automated according to volume level of other signal. For this purpose. FL developers created a plugin called Fruity peak controller. I think, this is one of the most powerfull, versatile and trancy plugin in FL studio.

Most common use of sidechain compression is, when kick volume level is used to automate bass compression. It means, that when kick reaches its peak, bass is compressed the most. Kick becomes much more present. Of course, you may use sidechain in every creative combination.

OK. Lets move to the core of automation system. Fruity peak controller transforms volume level to automation events. And these events can be used to automate each knob in fl studio. (so you can make sidechain filtering, sidechain resonance controll, sidechain release controll...etc). You can adjust how the volume levels are transformed into events. {PEAK group in picture above}

Another interesting effect is Fruity formula controller. I used its automation events to manipulate filter cutoff. Its a and b knobs are further automated using Fruity peak controllers placed in bass mixer channel track. These two automated inputs are calculated using formula and the result can be used to automate other knobs.

OK. And now to sidechain process.

  1. First be sure you have two mixer tracks. First is used for sidechaining and second one is sidechained. In our example we have Kick peaker track {sidechaining} and bass track {sidechained}.

  2. Place Fruity formula controller on kick peaker track.

  3. Place compressor on bass track

  4. Now right click on threshold knob of bass compressor and choose Link to controller...

  5. Set the Internal controller to be Peak ctrl {this controller provides automation events}

  6. Set Mapping formula to Inverted (1-Input). This causes that the threshold knob value rises when kick is not playing and falls, when kick is playing. {And as we know. Higher threshold, lower compression and vice versa). It means, that when kick hits, bass becomes more compressed, then when kick is silent

  7. Do you see that Remove conflicts button? {marked red}. It is marked becouse we controll more than one knob with this {we automate A knob in formula controller too}. Dont click at it. Or it will remove connection with formula controller. Now kick peaker controlls two knobs. And thats what we want in this tutorial. So it is ok for now.

  8. Click Accept. And observe the results. When kick hits, compressor threshold level falls. And thats what we want. {look at the reset button, you may want to use it to stop automating a knob later.}

And now. Why is it call sidechain? Becouse one signal path controlls what happens in other.


Now for the tutorial. I used automated notebook to keep you informed. One pattern is used for automation purposes only. First bring the notebook to front, to keep you informed. Second. Run the song, reak the notebook and listen for changes. I actually only unmute plugins so they start to work.

About the situation. Bass mixer channel has one formula controller and three peak controllers. These peak controllers are used to generate low frequency oscilations which are used to move A and B knobs of Formula controller. Formula controller is used to automate filter cutoff knob. So we have two-level automation in progress. And that is why i called this tutorial filter automation too.

So if you want to learn progressively, first try to find out how automation works, then observe how peak controller works. {i often use it to automate channel volume fader to see what it does}. And then learn, how formula controller works. After you find its power, you have mastered this tutorial. Good luck while exploring. :D

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