02/04 - Fruity Loops Tutorial | Want to be a composer ?

Fruity loops is a highly underrated program when it comes to music production software. I find the layout and usability of FL Studio top very ingenious. Songs are structured with on the basis of compiling various patterns and layering various elements of these patterns. Automation is used with effects and instruments to achieve various results and make the songs interesting. But today i would like to compile a fruity loops 6 tutorial, on how to make a techno track. We will start from loading up drum samples, then mastering these samples, then making a pattern structure, then implementing a melody with a softsynth provided and then finally doing some automation and exporting. Firstly a note, this tutorial will be showing true techno music, not some scooter or paul van dyk, they aren’t techno! First things first! You need to have a Fruity Loops version 6 installed and working. When that is done open it up.
Original Post : blog.nightgen.com

  1. Sample Settings Fb1309.Tmbr FX Channel: 3 Channel Settings: Volume 25%EB-trance_snare_1: FX Channel: 3
    EB-trance_CLhh_4: FX Channel: 3 Channel Settings: Volume 50%
    Fb9410.Chd.Fexit: FX Channel: 5
    Fb9502.Chd.Kvick: FX Channel: 5
    bass 2.111: FX Channel: 4 Channel Settings: Volume 55%
    EB-trance_ride_2: FX Channel: 3 Channel Settings: Volume 60%
    FX Channel Settings: FX Channel 5: Bay 8: Fruity Delay Bank Preset: 3 Echos FB Filt Cut: 13%
  2. So now we have the settings, you’ve added all the samples, and set up the patching to the FX Bays with the appropriate Effects settings and so. But you have no pattern! Well copy what is below!
  3. fl4.jpg
    If you can’t follow what is above, please see the fruity loops tutorial file provided. Press spacebar and enjoy your creation.
  4. fl5.jpgNext comes some melody! Click up the top of the fruity loops window and click on channels > add one > Sytrus. This comes with the producer version of Fruity Loops 6 but can also be bought outright as a softsynth. Make sure the instrument window is showing, you should see a purple window. On the Left hand side, where all the samples for this tutorial file are located, locate the Tutorial.fst file in the file browser. It will have a little green s icon. Drag and drop this file on the Purple Sytrus Window. You will now have the patch, or soundtype made for this tutorial. Usually i do not use Sytrus for Techno basses, but it comes with Fruity Loops so i thought i better use it than give simple another sample file made from another VST Synth. Patch the synth through to FX Channel 6 with a fruity compressor with complete mix set as the preset and a paramatic EQ on the 7th bay with these settings: Set the FX Channel volume (The red slider of FX Channel 6) to 65%.
  5. Now that we have the right sound we need a melody. fl6.jpgRight click on the purple rectangle in the pattern maker and click on Piano Roll. Making sure Line is selected here:  Enter in this melody with the paint brush tool. Resize and arrange as necessary. fl7.jpg
  6. Now here is the trick. If you press space bar, the drums will stop and the melody will keepfl8.jpg playing. This is because the melody is longer than 4 beats. So click on this orange button in the pattern maker window:  This will make the drums continue to play with the melody. So now we have a melody playing with the drums. Feel free to add more instruments or tweak the sound. That is it for this tutorial. I have shown you how to add samples, do some basic mastering and layering. Use the effects channel, arrange beats, navigate through files and make a melody. Next i will continue this tutorial by showing how to arrange a full song with events and automation. Firstly continue to play with the samplers and options in all of the effects bays.
    As i said before, the sytrus synth does not fully suit techno music. I think this synth has too much a metallic sound, not enough crunch and underlying bass. I recommend looking at Vanguard VST and Albino. Two powerful synths that i often use for my basses.
    Here is an export of what you should be hearing: fruity-loops-6-techno-tutorial-part-1.mp3 (Courtesy :blog.nightgen.com)

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