Fruity Loops 9 Tutorial
Blender 3d tutorial
Fruity Loops 9 XXL Tutorial by DJM
Required software for this Tutorial: Fruity Loops 9 Demo or Fruity Loops 9 XXL Producers Edition fully installed!
This tutorial will be divided into steps since it's a long tutorial. I'll be showing you what some buttons do, some extra functions, the FX (effects) tools and more.
To begin with my English isn't great, so if there's something you've come across that I'm not explaining well, please contact me!
Now, let's begin!
Step one - Basics
This is how FL also known as Fruity Loops, looks like when you open it. Everything is blank.
If you check in the upper right corner you have a toolbar with 5 buttons (named from the left)
- Playlist: Your melodies, beats and FX will be placed here as you build your song.
- Step Sequencer: This tool makes it easy to create simple drum-loops, crash loops and even simple basslines and/or melodies.
- Piano Roll: This is where we work our magic in composing melodies and basslines (and sometimes effect-samples).
- Plugin Picker: This is the menu you see on the left when you open up FL. You can choose to have it vissible or "invisible".
- Mixer: This tool is all about adding effects to your samples/sounds such as Reeverb FX, bass boosts and more.
Since I'm going to teach you how to create your own simple trance track I won't take the deeper info and "how to use" techniques of the other tools except for Step sequencer (the beat), piano roll (the bassline and melody) and the mixer for some effects to it.
Step Two - The beginning
Okay, lets begin with our song shall we?
As you can see on the picture down below I've created my very own melody in the tool called Piano roll. It's a very easy tool to use and when you get the hang of things you'll find yourself stuck in it composing for hours! At least that's what I did. Anyway, Choose pattern 1 in the playlist. For every new melody, effect or bassline you create, make sure to pick a new pattern! Now, open up your piano roll and put out your notes to create your very own melody.
(Optional: Copy my melody with the same sound or your own sound!)
The sounds I'm using in this tutorial can be found in this menu at the upper left corner: Channel > Add One > Sytrus.
Step Three - Bassline and Beatsamples
Okay, now when you've created your very own melody, let's make a fitting bassline for it!
To make a bassline sounds good with your melody all you need to do is edit the "pitch" of the sound. Which means, if you make a melody on C5 keys (C5 keys = the keys between C5 and C6) in the piano roll the bassline has to be at least one C-level down. For example, your melody is C5 keys (such as mine), and your bassline is C4 keys (such as mine). It is shown in step 2 and in the picture below.
Now when you know the basics of bassline creation, please, make your own or just copy mine if you want to.
After the bassline is finished we have to make a fitting beat for it. Since this is trance the BPM (beats per minute) will be 140 and the kick will have slightly decreased bass. Add some velocity/volume on your hi-hats and snares as an extra touch. This is my standard settings, and I will show you how to make these kind of settings in another tutorial since this one will be too long if I explain everything here!
When the beat is done, the melody is good and the bassline is fitting all we need to do now is adding some effects and at last place it in our playlist and after that, listen to our creation! It might sound less good than you were hoping for cause we haven't yet mixed the sounds in the Mixer. But don't worry, we soon enough!
Step Four - Working with the Mixer
The Mixer is one of the main tools in electronic music because through this little application you can change the sound of your samples, your beats and even your own voice! I won't explain the deep facts and "how to" techniques of this tool in this tutorial cause as I mentioned before, it'd be too long!
Anyway, as you can see on the pictures below I've added some of my favorite effects; The Reeverb, Fast DIST (Fast distortion) and Bass Boost. These effects will be added to the beat/sample as soon as you connect the sample to the correct mixer pattern. Which means, if the little box in the upper right corner of your sample settings says "01" you have chosen the #1 pattern next to the Master pattern in the mixer.
This may sound very hard and it sure is at first. But if you keep on trying you'll get it eventually!
When you're done with the mixer all you have to do now is adding all your samples to the playlist. This is done very fast and you'll find your own song not too far from the finish line!
Step 5 - Finish!
Now when you've fixed all your samples, created your own beat, created a fitting bassline and even worked in the mixer you're ready to put out your samples as one piece in the playlist. This is where we edit the loops of the song.
To add your samples to the playlist, all you have to do is click with your mouse on the smaller squares on the open "field". The samples will automatically add as a line in there and eventually you'll see a bunch of white strokes filling the once empty space of yours.
Next to the Play button (in the upper middle), we have a lighting that says Song or Pat. Click on it till it lights up the Song light. Now when you've done that, press Play (Or spacebar). This is your song as a complete piece.
Hope this was helpful enough as my first text-based picture tutorial. If you need any further help, please contact me! And also, give me some feedback on it as well so I know what I can change in my next tutorial!
Peace out and good luck - DJM