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For the tempo change use automation. If you don't know how read on. Create a new pattern with solely nothing in it. Name it whatever you want in the playlist. I prefer Auto. Then make it play for the first block of the playlist. Don't put anything in it. Now, for automation, select that pattern, and hit the record button. Then hit play. Now anything you do in the song at the specific time you do it will happen automatically. So basically the pattern is the automation tool, you record with it when it is selected, and put the play pattern in. if you record within another pattern it redoes the automation thing when ever that pattern plays.

For the C_kick problem. Just use it, I do. Or, look for .wav files of kicks. I find them easier to use then soundfonts. I have a bunch. Just ask.

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If you scroll back a few pages I believe there should be a tempo-change walkthrough...well at least I recall a debate about it anyway.

C_Kick is fine but you'll probably want to use something special. I don't know, try distorting it or something. Creativity = Good thing.

SFArk is a compressed soundfont. You'll need to get the program to unpack it, though I can't remember where I got mine from.

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Thanks, although samplefusion.com doesnt work.

Anyway, my friend (and yes, I do mean my friend, not me) needs a crack for FruityLoops 3.1.7 or whatever it is... he's tried KaZaA, heck, I've even tried Kazaa for him, but we haven't found it...

Then I tried SoulSeek, which is a great up-and-coming filesharing program/network, but it wasn't there anymore. Oh well...

Anyway, if anyone has seen any good sites or specific places for that kind of thing, I'm sure he would appreciate it. In fact, he kind of forced me not-so-kindly into posting for him as his registry wouldnt work, so I think he means it... he threatened to kill me, and if that didnt work, he threatened to talk in capital letters on AIM until eternity ends. Which is worse than death.

Thanks, :P (seriously, its not a big deal, I doubt he's even tried that hard to find the crack that he's been searching for "for millions of years")

Also, I'd like someone's opinion on whether its kind of tacky and amateurish to use hand-clap as a percussion. Personally, I like it, but it won't go very far if nobody else does.

Oh, also, here's a tip (you probably already know this) if you make the cut flow down and the reverb flow up it sounds really cool :) also if you make the echo so that its cut goes up as it echoes and you have a metalic instrument it will sound more music-boxy but retain softeness.

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dude. i need hlep with fruityloops, how can i get decent sines with the 3xOsc and default effects? :(

Hmm... on the 3xOSC, see the wavy lines? That's a sine wave, should be the first square where all the shapes are. That's how you make sine waves. whee.

wavy lines? Squares? Shapes? I feel like I'm in kindergarten again!

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SOC, i mean DECENT sines, not just any old sine sounding wave, it needs to sound like a nice instrument. can't just be a wooooooooooooow or anything, has to sound GOOD. :(

but it doesn't hurt my head like buzz, so i'll just keep toying with it.

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SOC, i mean DECENT sines, not just any old sine sounding wave, it needs to sound like a nice instrument. can't just be a wooooooooooooow or anything, has to sound GOOD. :(

but it doesn't hurt my head like buzz, so i'll just keep toying with it.

But that's what a sine wave is

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I personally thing hand-clap as percussion is really lame in the wrong context. It all depends really, everything has its place - just maybe not in music.

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I personally thing hand-clap as percussion is really lame in the wrong context. It all depends really, everything has its place - just maybe not in music.

The hand clap can actually sound really awesome if you add about 50 % reverb and some other effects (try playing with the parametric equalizer A LOT). The default samples really aren't that bad depending what you do with them. It usually takes a lot of playing with envelopes, lfo's and the different VST effects to get them to sound really good.

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I've got a question. I've heard you shouldnt use the instruments that come with FruityLoops... but I can't find anything to match the default C_Kick. I look at all these soundfont sites just trying to find a kick drum like that, all i can find is drum KITS, where each note is a different drum instead of just one drum and different notes. Darn it all... should I just use C_Kick after all?

Also, another question, about tempo changes. I've been able to successfully make tempo changes within a song at least once or twice... but its mostly luck, since I dont know what i'm doing. In fact, can I just get a quick walkthrough of how to change the tempo within a song? Its really confusing...

And I haven't even gotten into the advanced stuff... I'm just barely starting to make a Metroid remix that sucks, and I'm having alot of trouble :/

Also, how can I use .sfARk or whatever they are? Or can i only use sf2?

You can actually make the C_Kick sound really nice if you layer a bunch of them together and add some effects to it. Try adding some distortion and really tweak the parametric equalizer for a start (the effects are really good to learn because they can totally change the sounds of different samples)

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dude. i need hlep with fruityloops, how can i get decent sines with the 3xOsc and default effects? :(

That really depends what you want to do with the sine wave oscillator. You can use the sine wave to make portamento lines (for hip hop and stuff), basses (for hip hop, trance, and lots of other stuff), and even pads. If you want to use it for pads, you probably want to refer to the other post I wrote on making pads (like a couple pages before this one). You probably want to tweak the tuning all to the same or an octave apart (when I make basses, I usually turn the high oscillator all the way down from the default setting and it works). Really though, you need to be specific with your questions, because each different kind of oscillator can have multiple uses, and you can blend them together. I like the sine wave because it has a really pure mellow sound. Probably the best thing you can do is experiment and find out how it works.

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For the tempo change use automation. If you don't know how read on. Create a new pattern with solely nothing in it. Name it whatever you want in the playlist. I prefer Auto. Then make it play for the first block of the playlist. Don't put anything in it. Now, for automation, select that pattern, and hit the record button. Then hit play. Now anything you do in the song at the specific time you do it will happen automatically. So basically the pattern is the automation tool, you record with it when it is selected, and put the play pattern in. if you record within another pattern it redoes the automation thing when ever that pattern plays.

um, there's really a lot easier way to do automation than recording and trying to do stuff live (especially if your computer is unresponsive or you don't have a really decent mouse). If you right click on the tempo bar and select "edit events", you can control the tempo as precisely as you want. From the event editor, select "init current position" and events will automatically be placed at the current tempo position. Now, whenever the playlist comes across that pattern (make sure you place at least one of them in the song view), it will read the events in that pattern to control the tempo.

The neat thing is, you can right click in almost any of the knobs in most of the editors, including the VST/VSTi plugins that come with Fruity Loops, including the Buzz adapter plugins, and edit events for almost anything. Just edit events for them in the same way as the tempo, and you have yourself custom made envelopes for cutoff, attack, sustain, reverb depth, or whatever else you need to modify.

The drawback is, and you must be careful, is that any changes you make to events will actually control the corresponding knobs. That is, changes in the event editor will stay in the song permanently. Therefore, if you want changes to be reset to how they were before changes were modified, you must make corresponding changes in the even editor (I've had this problem with some songs, when playing through or rendering a song and when playing it again the cutoff for a pattern start too high. This however, can be fixed, either by playing the pattern with events modified where they should start or making the changes back to how they were in the right pattern).

The event editor can make Fruity Loops an incredibly powerful piece of software. Just figure out how to use it right.

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Here's a simple question that'll probably have a simple answer. Let's say I want a sound to continue on long, maybe make it a whole note or whatever. How can I do that? Basically, how can I tie the beats together?

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piano roll, djkarma. if you have the song settings at default, it will already be looking like a 4/4 signature anyway, 4 beats per measure. if you want a longer note, just pull the whatchoocallit, the trigger so its longer, but make sure that the envelope has a sustain on it, or no volume envelope at all, or else your note won't continue beyond what its hold is set to.

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Ok, I just installed 3.56. I imported an MIDI but when I tried to play it back, it wouldn't make a sound. It's not even funny how much off a n00b I am at this...

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You have to set up midi first. in FL, press F10. I also have a problem with MIDI though. for SOME odd reason, Midi will not play even when I have the correct device selected to port 0! (I use the creative PCI sounds, not GS wavetable) Logically it would've worked, but I have problems with this.

EDIT: Nope, no answers! Help!

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Does the piano roll frustrate anyone else? You cant select large groups of notes and move them all, you cant copy and paste (lets say you want something to repeat, you have to click everything in again) and... its just so frustrating. Sometimes the snap has problems with it, where it gets stuck snapping in the wrong place. Grrrrr... isn't there any better way? And also, could I copy notes from Fruityloops and paste them in Cakewalk, since that is so much easier to edit?

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