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also an explanation of the different effects would be good (fruity reverb, blood overdrive, etc) I know the ones that are self explainitory lik eflange, phase, overdrive, distort, etc but there are some that i have no clue what their purpose is, like fruity lsd or whatever, there probably about half of them that i dont understand and dont want to use because i dont know what they will do.

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actually, neither do i. However i know a good board that can help. They have some Fl00ps pros there. www.samplecity.net/forum go there and check out the fruity loops discusssion. Ask a question.. Btw their's a sample posting forum there with free samples and my name there is djcubez.

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LSD is for playing back GM instruments as actual instruments in your song. It allows you to load other DLS files to have new sounds and such. Playback is done via MIDI.

Blood Overdrive is distortion, just a more customizable form of it than the Fast Dist. It was designed more for use on synthesized sounds than anything else, and gives a very very very dirty sound. I'm not going to go anymore indepth than that because you can get even more info simply by opening the Blood Overdrive plugin, clicking on the little fruit in the upper-left hand corner and going down to "Help."

I think the Fruity Reverb is pretty... self-explanatory. Again, if you're truly stumped with it, just do the Help thing for it the same way as for the Blood Overdrive.

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thanx for the lsd info, i never knew that. But i dont use gm sounds so i have no use for it, but i never knew you could click the fruit and get help with the different effect generators.

still want help with the sound generators though, lol.

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Up the top of the WASP thingy is a few knobs: two say 'crs', two say 'fine'.

The first thing you should EVER do in wasp is change these to be right in the middle, as this generally puts the sounds in wasp in the same pitch as the rest of the song, thus you can have a half decent electric guitar^_^

Other than that, i wouldn't mind some WASP info myself, like how to save a song so that when you load it again all the WASP settings stay the same, rather than resetting to default :(

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Correction: You don't need to have them in the middle.

The WASP's oscillators are 3 octave +/- capable. Meaning right in the center is 0, a third of the way to the left is -1 and a third of the way to the right is +1, etc. As long as they're at even octaves, they'll sync up perfectly and give you a decent sound. However, I'm pretty sure (can't check right now) that the WASP has an Oscillator Sync feature which causes the oscillators to hard sync if they're not at even octaves. The best way to understand what I mean is to test it out.

The WASP only resets to default if you don't have a registered version of it. It's a plugin that you have to buy seperate from FL for 30 bucks or so; well worth it if I do say so myself.

EDIT: More tips:

Another technique you can use with the oscillators is called "detuning." This is done by fine tuning them both so that they're only slightly not synced up. This gives more width to the sound and is typically used with your stereotypical trance lead.

The "Dual Voice" button activates a built-in chorus type effect that just fattens the sound up a bit.

The PW knob (Pulse Width) only functions with the Square waves, so don't bother messing with it if you aren't using any Squares.

Oscillator 3 is a sub-oscillator that generates very low frequency waves only. It's best used when you want to create a bass sound.

The slider above Oscillators 2 and 3 is the balance slider that selects how much of the two oscillators you want. Right in the middle would be a perfectly even mix.

Anyway, that's all for now... Just the basics.

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Okay, I went and downloaded a few SoundFonts just to give them a go, but I'm having trouble working out how to use them.

I gather you need something called a SF Player, but I don't think I have one, and if I did I don't know where to find it.

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okay, I downloaded a bunch of free soundfonts for my fruityloops full, but for some reason whenever I try to use soundfonts and then save my work, it alerts me that "some of the plugins you have used are demos" and it deletes all the channels with soundfonts before saving it. Is there something wrong with my FL, and is there a way around this other than changing the soundfont channels into other channels until I am ready to export?

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i just want to say that i only made one remix using soundfonts without the sf player and i remember it was one of my best mixes to date but because when i saved and lost stuff i was left with just a snare channel that used a snare wav. I was very very very pissed off trust me. That was one of the worst days of my life i swear. You know those days when you get started on a song in the mornign and you just get hooked and you dont finish until about 16 hours later? well yeah all that work just "GONE!" :evil: i hated fruity on that day, i really did. But life goes on and mixes come and go. I just hope noone else has to go through such a tragedy for it would really be a shame.

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Whenever I add a plugin I always try to save the song to make sure it's not a demo version of the plugin....and look at the top toolbar of the plugin.

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Another crazy question - thanks for all the great help so far, but I'm a long way from being remotely good at Fruity Loops.

Okay, next question/problem - Midi doesn't work properly. You know those little orange lights that are supposed to light up to signify the beat? They don't light up properly, they kind of jump...I can't describe it but suffice to say that it doesn't work very well. As a result the rhythms in Midi are never the same as what I put in to Fruity Loops.

Anyone have a solution for this?

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In the MIDI Options window, check to see what you have set for your Master Sync, and then make sure that under the Options tab, "Enable MIDI Master Sync" is checked.

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does your computer have a lot of ram? maybe it is just having a hard time processing the information sometimes and that is causing the skipping effect. Also, this goes along with that, make sure and restart your computer once in a while when you are mixing, this gives your computer all its free memory back. Often when i have mixed all day my computer is slow as shit.

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256 Ram, and I'm on Windows XP...Fruity Loops does the same thing whether I run it as the first program upon startup, or the last thing. I tried restarting, and it still does the skippy thing. ^^"

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What soundcard do you have?

It's very possible that your soundcard's synthesizer is just a total piece of shit and that's all. But if that's not it, I have no idea what the problem is...

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uhhh anyone know how to make a decent scratching effect in fruityloops 3.0. the only thing i can think of is to get a scratching sf and use that but is there a way to do it with effect or something?

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yeah how do you use the built in scratcher in fruity?

i mean i can manually mess with a sound effect during a song, but i cant put it in directly and control it or anything, i dont think i would have much se for scratching since its not my style, but sometimes i am just like, yeah i need a scratch there.

how do you use the fruity scratch thingy?

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