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Fl Studio: Patterns, Playlist, And Song Mode (part1)

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On September - 26 - 2008

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In this tutorial I will show how I use the pattern and song mode in Fl Studio.

There are many options available. I always try to find a way that works smooth. If you are building your beats pattern by pattern, I suggest naming them as you add them. Also name your sampler channels when you add them as well.

I explained before that I use a 16/4 grid when programming or playing a drum pattern. To set Fl Studio to 16bars/ 4 beats, go to “Options” then ” Project General Settings” and change the number 4 in the first box to 16. (This setting is just my personal preference because it allows me to do more within a single pattern). You can try different settings when you get the hang of it, and see how it affects your rhythms….

I normally load a template file saved from previous projects, today I’ll start from scratch. I’ll add about 6 sampler channels. Name them accordingly and add to mixer. I am loading 2 kicks, 2 snares, a hi hat, and a crash then assign each to a channel in the mixer

Before I start the beat, I immediately add my favorite fx to the kick channel in the mixer, and adjust to my liking. This may change later, but it’s a common setting that works for all my kicks for hip hop:

Depending on the type of beat I want to make, I may add a vst instrument and play a melody or load up a sample in the Fl Slicer. It’s up to you how you start your beat. You can start with drums first or a chord progression, and melody, or any variation of them.

Today I will start with a sample. I load a sample into the slicer, and add hi hats to pattern 1. Next I go to ” Song Mode” and paint pattern 1 across x 4(note:the hi hats help me keep my timing) :

I will make the beat in “Song Mode” using several patterns. I highlight pattern 2. This is the pattern where I will record my sample:



I name the two patterns now. Pattern 1, I rename ” hi hats”. Pattern 2, I rename ” Sample Verse1″. I know I will add the kicks and snares to a pattern so I name them also:

Be sure to come back Monday for part 2 of the tutorial..

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later..

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4 Responses to “Fl Studio: Patterns, Playlist, And Song Mode (part1)”

  1. John says:

    i need help trying to set a loop

  2. Ms.Tris says:

    @John Im not sure what you mean? Fl Studio will loop itself once it gets to the end of a pattern..

  3. D'Andre says:

    I a just starting out with FL Studio, although since I have musical background already it hasn’t been difficult at all learning how to use the software and start cranking out beats . . . I know this may sound a little farfetched, but I really do want to be the next Scott Storch. Do you have any advice for someone new like myself on getting my beats out there so that quality artists can have a listen, maybe even some advice on selling my tracks?

  4. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey D’Andre I suggest youfollow some of the artist you’d like to produce for on twitter. They are always asking for beats. You’ll need to know a little about selling beats how much to charge etc. DynamicProducer.Com is a great place to learn more about the business side of production as well as opportunities to get placements.
    You can also upload your music online to places like Soundclick, Reverb Nation and Soundcloud if you’d like a lot of exposure…

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