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Fl Studio Time Stretching

Posted by Ms.Tris On December - 4 - 2008


A lot of people have asked me how to time stretch in Fl Studio. Time stretching changes the speed of an audio file with out affecting the pitch. This technique is used heavily in hiphop for sampled beats.

There are many software editors that have the function such as Adobe Audition. Fl Studio developers have made it fairly easy, adding a few presets to get you started. I must note that Fl Studio Slicer will also do time stretching, between the two I think this way is easier if you are just getting into it.

Here is a video from Future Producers that walks you through with a very familiar sample:

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later

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Setting Up Reason 4: An Introduction

Posted by Ms.Tris On December - 4 - 2008

Hey all!~ Hope your Holiday week was great….mine was, and I had to get right to work immediately after…
The music is rolling full swing again, projects are started for 09, and I’ve been doing vocal sessions :-O… I know….. the vocal recording is a surprise to me as well, but so far so good…

Reason 4

I finally had a chance to figure it out. It’s basically the same as Reason 3 with a few great additions.

Todays post will be an introduction and we’ll get into our first Reason 4 tutorials early next week.

Expert Village Reason 4 Introduction


Reason 4 Basic Tips — powered by ExpertVillage.com



Jason From Propellerheads: Basics/ Set Up Part 1


Jason From Propellerheads: Basics/ Set Up Part 2

Download Reason 4 Demo Here:
Reason 4.0 Demo Download

Happy Beat Making To All
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Fl Slicer: Full Warbeats Tutorial + New Tip

Posted by Ms.Tris On November - 21 - 2008

I was rolling yesterday…just having fun making soulful beats. I chopped a Dione Warwick song into about 50 slices and used Fl Slicer to make the beat. By default all of the slices load, but they don’t start at the lowest octave on my midi controller which happens to be my ASR10. I have been trying to find out how to fix this for a while. Finally I opened the help file which I always suggest and I found exactly what I needed.

I manually adjusted the slices to each key on the Asr10. It’s pretty easy. I’ll explain then add a pictures:
1st: hit the desired slice inside Fl Slicer ie: “Dione Slice1”

2nd: hit your midi controller key/note where you’d like “Dione slice1” to be

3rd: select “last hit” in the Fl Slicer menu


I can wipe my brow now..imagine how can you re arrange your slices,placing them across the keyboard in any order you wish! Niiice deal on my end….

Check out NFX’s full slicer tutorial for more tips and tricks….


Fruity Loops Tutorials

Warbeats.Com

Happy Sample Chopping To All
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Preparing To Record Live Instruments and Vocals

Posted by Ms.Tris On November - 13 - 2008

What’s up all… To all the Reason 4.0 users, I tried to do a Dirty South tutorial yesterday for ya. I had the pictures started, the beat started, and got stuck when I tried to edit the tracks note by note :-(…. I’m not sure if I like Reason 4.0, maybe when I have more time I’ll really get into it and figure it out. Until then I’ll be rolling with 3.0 for the new tutorials, and I’ll have to search youtube for 4.0 material….

On to today’s topic…..

I turned on my motif, and I am ready to play a few chord progressions over a beat made in Fl Studio. Everything is sounding good, I press record, and the motif signal is barely audible in the multi-track session. I normalize the wave, and all I hear is HISS and NOISE where there should be silence….. Back to the drawing board!

This mishap led me to searching about input levels, db monitoring, and mixer settings. I read about ” Signal to Noise Ratio”, I looked at a few videos on youtube, and I opened a couple books. All this and still getting some light hiss.

I finally started turning knobs and tweaking until I got it right. I had to adjust several important parameters in the process.

1. Levels on my soundcard mixer
2. Levels on the motif
3. Levels on the hardware mixer channel where the motif is inserted
4. Levels on the hardware mixers main outs

In a nutshell, you want to get a good solid signal going into your recording software with as little noise as possible.

The first thing I did to troubleshoot was listening, and watching my record input monitors. I used Adobe Audition and initiated the track where I would be recording the motif. Immediately I can see a signal although I’m not playing anything:

**I thought maybe my soundcard mixer inputs are to loud. I open my soundcard manual and set up the soundcard mixer as suggested. This is an important step I should have done when inserting the card in the pc**…better late than never though :-)….
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Thinking About Using M-Audio?

Posted by Ms.Tris On November - 7 - 2008

Happy happy historical election week Friday!~ I am being a tech geek today..rewiring my hardware..again :-), and I think I’m going to do a clean install of windows xp very soon.

I am using the Delta Omni i/o audio interface as pictured above. I am configuring it to record 4 tracks simultaneously..I hope !~ I mentioned before that I also use the Edirol M-16 Dx, and planned to ebay it. Well that changed after recording a vocal session a couple weeks ago. The Edirol worked so great for vocals that seasoned engineer,Mark Carey even gave me a compliment. I was feeling like a winner after that!~ So the Edirol is terrific. The only sound that I notice a digital difference, is on the Kick drum coming from the Mpc. I have compared, and would rather have my kicks going straight from the Mpc, through the Delta sound card, into my Multitrack software.

I found a wonderful document all about M-Audio products. It’s super easy to follow and contains info on firewire, monitors, soundcards, and even midi interfaces….

M Audio Ed Guide

**you’ll need Adobe Reader to see the file**:Adobe Reader Download Page

After reading through, this is helpful for understanding audio equipment from other developers as well. Real good read indeed…

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til Later!~

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Choosing Your Digital Audio Workstation

Posted by Ms.Tris On October - 29 - 2008


Happy Wednesday…how are those beats coming along? Hope you have been making some bangers, and building your catalog. B Crust asked me what’s the difference between Fl Studio and Adobe Audition. A Digital Audio Workstation or Daw is a computer with programs designed for working with audio. Most DAW systems will include an audio editor, multi track recorder, and music production software. You will basically have two types of main programs for making beats. A “digital audio editing” program and a “music production” program. Over the years many developers have made programs that do both, and simply call the “do it” all software a DAW program or DAW. I will try to explain a few differences.

Adobe Auditon as explained onWiki Adobe Audition:

Adobe Audition (formerly Cool Edit Pro) is a digital audio “editor” computer program from Adobe Systems featuring both a multi track, non-destructive mix/edit environment and a destructive-approach waveform editing view.

When you look at all digital audio programs like Sonar 7, ProTools, Cubase, Logic and Adobe, many of them will allow you to do all, or some of the following and more:

Record and edit multitrack audio/ video
Add effect plugins
Add vst instruments
Manipulate audio recordings
Automate mixing
Mastering
Rendering multitracks to several formats.

Programs like Reason and Fl Studio started of as ” music production software” including software synths, drum modules, and samplers. Today Fl Studio allows you to record and edit multitrack audio, adding it to the list of do it all “DAW” programs. Reason is still considered only “Music Production Software”, meaning you can not record audio directly into the program.

Here is a nice article that may help you decide which DAW Software is right for you:
Harmony Central How To Buy Gear Daws

For more info on some of the most popular DAW software and a comparison chart check out:
Digital Audio Workstation shootout

You can see, there is a wide variety of workstations and software. I like Sonar and Adobe Audition, it’s more of personal preference than me saying ..”oh this is better than that one”. I work with both hardware and software music production equipment. So I needed a DAW system that can handle midi, multitrack, vst instruments, and live audio recording. Although Fl Studio is capable of being my only DAW software, I don’t do live recording, final mixes, or vocals within the program. I have noticed other programs handle those functions better. Most developers offer free demo downloads. Try them out, and choose the one which helps you work easily, efficiently, and most of all handle your production needs with no hassle.

Happy Beat Making To All
Pz Til later

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All About Drums

Posted by Ms.Tris On October - 28 - 2008


What’s up all..back at it with some cool videos. It’s all about drums today. Friday I mentioned how Swizz Beatz gets crazy with his drums, banging out on the Mpc. I just want to remind you to be creative with your rhythms. I like to chop up loops, add effects, and blend them in with the drums I either play out, or program.
I have also been a huge fan of one the greatest drummers ever, Sheila E.. She’s amazing on percussion and a full piece set up. She does a lot of Latin cadences even in her ” Pop” type songs. I often try to mix Latin percussion loops into hip hop rhythms, adding flange or phasers. Mixing techniques from different genres will help you make better drum patterns for hip hop.

Sheila E. Drum Solo:


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