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without cable and unemployment, i cant exactly look through all 81 pages of this thread... sew, has anyone made a FAQ out of this... and put it all in order of relativity?

im getting cable soon... so if someone needs help, im usually quite easily entertained by monotonous tasks that other people find somewhat helpful

but i could really use it myself :)

8O YES! Another volunteer! Myself and the other person already working on the FAQ project could do with more help, so as soon as you're ready, let us know and we'll find a spot for you to work on.

I could help you out with this myself but I'm bat englihs. But anyways, if you feel like I could be of any help I'll be happy to lend you a hand.

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All you really need to be able to do at this stage is to be able to tell who is talking to who, what the questions are and who's answering them. Later on, once we've finished, we'll do some sorting and edit the questions and answers for relevancy, but at this point, it's fairly straightforward. You should be fine if you're in.

If you want, go back and archive pages 40-45 to start with (I missed a few when I started), and if you think you can manage more, PM either myself or Mythril Nazgul and we'll give you some more to do.

Anyone else? The more, the merrier! :D

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Is there some sort of tutorial for Frooty Loops I can view? I like just got it and I'm as confused as a cow on the train tracks (sory dont know where that came from) I really need help cuz all i kno is how to make drum beats. Tutorial?

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you just posted in one of the best fl tutorials around lol, you should skim through it a little at least.

Will do Lee, but I just want to learn hte basics...

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I appear to always get these two error messages in Fl....

"Error reading the FLP file which may be corrupted." - Then whenever I try to open my projects- it won't allow me to...

and...

"Division by zero" - appears whenever I try to resize the playlist window...

help....me....

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NODSPAW51: There's one on the FL website under the "downloads" section.

jordsau: You can't really do much about the first problem, unfortunately. I have been able to get old corrupt projects working on later versions of FL, but that might not be much of an option. Generally, that sort of thing can happen when your power supply isn't constant, so it might be worth investing in a surge protector power board (it seems to work for me, at least). I've never really heard of your second problem before, though.

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i think i used to get this problem on my old computer and the resolution was the 800x600, but now I always use 1024x786 and I havent seen the problem since, though this is also a new computer.

I never really "fixed" the problem, I just went to an older version of fruityloops... I only had the problem in fl 3.56

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I think this problem is already posted here 5 times or more, but I don't want to look up 120 or more pages :wink: .

export to midi isn't working. When fruityloops sais ithe exporting's finished, there isn't any sound in the midi, and it's 0:00 sec. long..

does anyone know how to fix this problem?

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FruityLoops doesn't automatically assign all of your tracks to MIDI channels. In order to export to MIDI you need every channel to be a MIDI out channel.

There's a macro for this. Tools>Misc Macros>Prepare for MIDI Export.

This will change all of your channels to MIDI out channels.

DON'T SAVE THE FLP FILE THIS WAY, OTHERWISE YOU WILL LOSE ALL OF YOUR AUTOMATION AND SAMPLE SPECIFIC SETTINGS.

Just export to MIDI from there.

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Is there any way to export songs using LAME MP3 encoder, from FL? Or should I export as a wav and then convert later? But, when I do that, it doesn't encode that suave way where it checks to see when 312kb is needed or 96k or whatever... Any help?

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Is there any way to export songs using LAME MP3 encoder, from FL? Or should I export as a wav and then convert later? But, when I do that, it doesn't encode that suave way where it checks to see when 312kb is needed or 96k or whatever... Any help?

Solution: Do a casual check after encoding the file into mp3 after LAME with Windows Explorer. Shouldn't be too hard, at least for me it is not frustrating. Unless you suffer from quite the lack of patience, then I don't know how to fix it for you.

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FruityLoops doesn't automatically assign all of your tracks to MIDI channels. In order to export to MIDI you need every channel to be a MIDI out channel.

There's a macro for this. Tools>Misc Macros>Prepare for MIDI Export.

This will change all of your channels to MIDI out channels.

DON'T SAVE THE FLP FILE THIS WAY, OTHERWISE YOU WILL LOSE ALL OF YOUR AUTOMATION AND SAMPLE SPECIFIC SETTINGS.

Just export to MIDI from there.

thanks, but now it saves all instrument as acoustic grand piano in the midi file, while I've already configured the instruments. And is there a way to listen to your midi out instruments in fruityloops?

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You have to assign the instruments of each of the MIDI channels. FL isn't smart enough to assign the closest match to the original instruments on your MIDI channels.

To hear the MIDI instruments, put a Fruity LSD somewhere in the mixer (and make sure its MIDI port is set to the same number as your MIDI channels). I think I mentioned just this within the last 5-6 pages.

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What do you mean by that? It keeps on reverting back to acoustic grand piano? Try setting it on the Fruity LSD if it won't stay put when you set it on the MIDI channels (or vice versa). If it keeps on doing it, check to see if there's any automation that's making the channels revert back (I think it's under Current Project>Automation). If there's no automation, then I don't know what's wrong.

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yes it keeps reverting back to acoustic grand piano in the midi file.

but um...

where can I find 'current project'? :oops::oops::oops:

oh, and is it needed to select 'enable MIDI remote control'? (because the remote control input I use doesn't work)

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I'm trying to record scratching of a voice sample on the Fruity Scratcher, but it doesn't play back whatever scratches I record in song or pattern mode.

Does anyone know how to do this?

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that reminds me, I havent used fruity scratcher in a long time, but when I do, every time i open up the project that uses it in it, the scratches automatically plays (not while im playing the song, right after i open the project, i dont do anything at all and it just pops up and plays until i manually stop it and return it to its starting position).

Is there some reason for this, or is there a way to stop it?

I know its not event editing or anything like that because it is triggered automatically.

The only way ive stopped it was deleting it.

It has happened on every version of fruity loops ive used, so its not a version thing either.

The main problem with this is I have been wanting to get a mix going where i use a beat loop scratching through and on certain beats scratch in a voice and at the same time the melody line will be a harsh raw synth pattern that will also scratch in, and if i can figure out a good structure where the bassline can be a single note repeating off beat, i would just scratch that in...

Basically I want to mix something up where a number of the main sections would be scratching parts, not just programmed notes.

If i did this, the project would open up and kill my speakers by playing all the scratchers at once (i always mix with loud volume).

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I had a general question about fruity loops that could probably be answered a number of different ways.

I've been using Fruityloops 3 for some time, and I've grown to really like the interface, and the way that it functions. In other words, the program and the way it handles information... "thinks" the way that I think, and I plan to stick with it for some time.

My question is, what are some of the most common "FL Noob" mistakes?

I often hear people refer to a "typical FL noob" mistake ruining a particular song, and I was just curious as to what a number of people thought were some of the biggest mistakes a user of FL could make.

I already know a couple, such as to never use the "stock sounds" that come with the program, and how to eliminate clipping, but I'm interested in hearing about some of the biggest (and/or most annoying) FL mistakes are, in your opinion.

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dont pan stuff too far (all the way to one side) unless it is really for effect.

Panning too far can make something sound too thin, so if you are just panning an instrument to one side to spread things out, only pan it up to 50% or so (in my opinion, over 50% sounds cheesy and makes it sound like "hey look, I panned an instrument :D) lol.

Another thing, which nobody mentions but me it seems, if you are using a realistic instrument (piano, flute, string, etc) make sure you adjust the velocities of each note. Never ever have realistic instruments play at the same volume because it sounds lifeless. People arent perfect so they wont hit a key with the same weight every time. When you hear someone say that your song lacks dynamics, this could be why.

Dont use drum loops in the step sequencer that go from the start to the end of the song, thats boring. If its an amazing loop that is like 8 or 12 or 16 meaures long with variation then it may be an ok idea to loop it through the whole song, but usually you should have at least one part of your song with no percussion to let your nstruments get some of that spotlight.

DONT COPY A MIDI TO NEW INSTRUMENTS WITH A BEAT ON TOP OF IT... BIG NO NO!

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