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domingo, 18 de mayo de 2008

how to make techno fl studio tutorials Part 2

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How to make techno in fruity loops tutorials

Fruity Loops 6 Techno Tutorial - Part 2 fl studio free


The previous tutorial taught you mastering principles, adding and manipulating samples, including effects and effects layering techniques, using virtual soft synthesizers (VSTs), using the piano roll and arranging a pattern. This arrangement of patterns is where this tutorial will pick up from. Patterns are the platform from which an entire song is made up from. Patterns are merely an arrangement of various hits, events, automation etc that can be placed on what is called the “playlist editor” in FL Studio 6. Each horizontal line on the playlist editor hosts a new playlist, meaning, you can have a different drum arrangement on the Pattern 1 track and another on the Pattern 2 track, and then, when you play through your song the various patterns will play out, and you will have “a song” ad not just a pattern looping for 5mins. If all of this isn’t making much sense at the moment, don’t worry, all will be covered now. So lets get started!

  1. First of all open your song track in fruity loops. A nice shortcut i use to open the previous track i was working on is to press “alt + 1″. If you are new to fruity loops and don’t have a song, or lost the song you were making. Please download or follow the previous part of this tutorial series from http://blog.nightgen.com/?p=13. You can close all of the VST windows that load up, I.E close down the multiband compressor window etc. to make it easier to work.
  2. Next make sure both the step sequencer and the playlist editor are open by pressing “F5″ for the playlist editor and “F6″ for the step sequencer. Both windows should now be open. Now on the step sequencer we want to cut the melody from the sytrus VST and move it to another pattern. I like to separate my melody patterns and drum patterns so i can have more control over variations on my drum patterns, which you will see later on. So on the step sequencer, right click on the purple rectangle, orthesytrus VST with the tutorial preset and select “Edit > Cut”.



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    Next go to the playlist editor, and click on the text “Pattern 2″.

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    This selects a different pattern from the song, where you can input new arrangements and so back on the step sequencer. When you click it you will notice that all the inputted beats and hits on the step sequencer are gone. Don’t stress they aren’t gone, we just haven’t inputted any for Pattern 2 yet. Back on the step sequencer, right click again on the sytrus VST, where it says tutorial. Go “Edit > Paste”. Bam, our melody is back in our song, but on the pattern 2. Now this is where the song building begins.

  2. On the playlist editor, making sure you have the paintbrush tool selected, and snap to line selected: f23.jpg paint 4 pink boxes on the pattern one horizontal line, and one big line on pattern 2 track. Your playlist window should now look like this: f24.jpgSorry for all the images popping up now, just a picture says a thousand words, and i don’t want you to be pasting boxes on the step sequencer, that was what the last tutorial was about. Next, we want to see what our efforts have done, so we will go ahead and play the song. Make sure you have song mode enabled and not pattern, if you have pattern mode enabled you will just hear the selected pattern on the playlist editor, nothing more. So click song mode: f25.jpg.
  3. Great, now lets add some variations to this beat. Right click on the last box of pattern one to remove it. Making sure the pattern 1 line is selected press “CTRL + SHIFT + C” to clone the selected pattern. A blank pattern will appear below it. Paste a box on the 4 bar (Under where we right clicked on the other box) on the new Pattern 2. Your playlist editor should now look like this: f26.jpg Now make sure this new pattern is selected in the playlist editor and go back to the step sequencer so we can edit the beats. For the two top samples (The two kick drums) add a beat to the 3rd beat of the last bar. I.e:

    f27.jpg

    If you just want to hear this pattern loop over and over, make sure you are in pattern mode. Otherwise let’s keep going in song mode and presss pacebar to hear our creation.

  4. Too much rides! So on pattern 1 and 2, in the step sequencer right click all of the highlighted beats on the ride cymbal, i.e EB-trance_ride_2. We will add it in again later. For now lets keep making some different arrangements by pasting the first pattern and cloning it then editing it. I will make 3 more variations and post my final playlist and the variations i made in the step sequencer.

    Playlist Editor:
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    Pattern 2:
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    Pattern 3:
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    Pattern 4:
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    Pattern 5:
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  5. You can use the above patterns and arrangements for your song or whatever, i am just illustrating how to use the playlist editor to arrange and build a song. So go ahead and play your song, add tweaks, you are in control. Lets add in our rides however, to give the tech track a bit more power. Select what is now Pattern 7 (This should be free) and draw in the rides. Paste the pattern on track 7 from bar 17 till 24. Add in the other patterns, i.e the melody and whatever drums you made. My new playlist editor looks like this:

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  6. Next we will add some automation to our track, because i dont like how the synth comes in at the moment. I won’t make a full track here, but i am just showing you the basics of how to compose a track with what FL Studio 6 has to offer. So lets slowly fade in our synth and add a filter! Firstly open up the FX Mixer by pressing “F9″. Select channel 6 which is the channel for our Sytrus Synth . On Bay 6 add the Fruity Filter Effect, not Fruity Free Filter (Fruity Loops 7 will have a new bigger and badder filter, yum yum). Back on the Playlist editor make sure Pattern 8 is selected. Then with the Fruity Filter window open set all of the setting to:

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  7. Next right click on the “Cutoff freq” dial and select “Init song with this position”. This will make sure whenever the song starts, the dial will snap back to this position, and not the position that it ended on last time. Right click again on this cutoff dial and this time select “Edit Events”. You must make sure you are still on Pattern 8 on the playlist editor, or this may lead to some big confusion later on. A new window will pop up, this is where you draw a graph, which controls the parameters of the dial. So with the paintbrush tool selected, from the bottom left of the screen right click and hold to draw a diagonal line up to the top of the screen ending at the end of the 4th bar. I.e:

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  8. Next step is to go back to the playlist editor, and paste a bar at the start of Pattern 8. You have just created an automation channel, which filters gradually the highs of the synth we made. Sounds good yeh ? You can do this for just about any parameter in fruity loops, just watch out which pattern you are drawing in the event, it can cause some headaches and frustration, believe me, i’ve stress tested this one. Here is my final playlist editor window:

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  9. So continue to produce your song, add new elements, take some away. But now when you are ready, lets export our track. Make sure the song mode is selected, or you will export your track only with the selected pattern. Go to “File > Export > MP3 File”. You can export to WAV if you like, if you don’t like the LAME ENC which FL Studio 6 uses, or you wish to do further mastering in programs like Adobe Audition or SonySoundforge etc. But i think what we have here has enough punch, plus most of the mastering work is best to be done on individual channels and sounds, not on the final song as a whole. Anyhow, select MP3 File and select your save location. Next use these settings, although you can select a lower/higher bitrate when desired.

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  10. We have made a song, exported it to MP3 format and ready to upload to our friends/the web/record labels/radio stations whatever. This concludes my two part tutorial of how to makeaTechno track with Fruity Loops 6. Please if you have any tips for me and the others, or you would like to show me your final version of the track or you got lost before you even read the title of the post, please write me a comment here and i will get back to you! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, i will be writing more tips and fruity loops news when i get the chance to!
  11. Final Zipped Loop Package
fruity-loops-6-techno-tutorial-part-2.zip

 
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