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1. How do i make a channle repeat itslef. Its not in step, its piano roll. Its for a drum beat. I saw it in some of the song FL came with.

That's not very specific. Beat slicer? Layer? Could you name one of the projects you saw it done in?

2. I am getting a mid in/out cord for my keyboard. Its a Yamaha-DGX-202. Can my keyboard control the sounds from fruity loops? Like a vst, or a soundfont. Instead of using the sound my board came with.

Yeah, as long as you have some means of connecting said MIDI cable to your computer. If it's a USB-MIDI cable, all you'll need is a USB port (and almost all modern computers do). If it's MIDI-MIDI, you have to have some means of connecting that to your computer, usually your soundcard, provided it has the MIDI in/out ports. Serial-MIDI needs a serial port on the back of your computer, normally the joystick port, although that's one-way. Once those conditions are met, you can control just about anything inside FL with MIDI.

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

FL is a great program, but only if you're able to use it so that it doesn't sound like FL anymore. Aside from the ones you've mentioned and that others have mentioned, a big part of it is how you master your songs. FL has a tendancy to sounds REALLY thick, so you need to EQ it carefully. Sometimes, exporting to .wav and mastering that externally is the best way to go.

In the same line with the default samples that come with FL, avoid using the default synths unless you REALLY know what you're doing with synthesis. 3xOsc is going to sound like 3xOsc no matter what, unless you have had tons and tons of practice programming other synths. A big part of it is usage of effects, though. You can even make FL's default synths and drums sound great if you're able to intelligently use the effects that it comes with.

Basically, think outside the box. If you use it like it looks like it's supposed to be used, it'll sound exactly like it's supposed to, and that's what you want to avoid.

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I was thinking of upgrading from FL 3.5.6 to FL4, but just wanted to ask if any of the new features are worth the money. Also, I wanted to know if the soundfont player comes with FL 4 or if I have to buy it seperate still. Finally, If I do upgrade, should I go with the box version or online version?

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Here's an acutual technical question. Say I record a keyboard track by hooking my keyboard to my computer and using Nero Wave Editor to record the track. Is there any way I could put that into FL and sequence it and master it there, or do I need to make the rest of the song in FL and Export the FL track to an external piece of software, like Acid? Thanks for bearing with my stupidity. :wink:

P.S. MightyMarg, only the online version has lifetime free updates. :wink:

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Here's an acutual technical question. Say I record a keyboard track by hooking my keyboard to my computer and using Nero Wave Editor to record the track. Is there any way I could put that into FL and sequence it and master it there, or do I need to make the rest of the song in FL and Export the FL track to an external piece of software, like Acid? Thanks for bearing with my stupidity. :wink:

P.S. MightyMarg, only the online version has lifetime free updates. :wink:

If you recorded your playing as into a wav file, you could add a sample channel and load the wav into it that way then apply an effects channel and you could master it as you would anything else in fruity.

I personally think it would be a lot less work to to record the playing and put it into fruity instead of taking everything out of fruity and working in another program as if you wanted to change a single note youd have to re-export that track, or if you changed a reverb setting or something like that. I'd mix everything in fruity and then when you think you have everything ready for final export then move it to your other program for its final polish.

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fl3 - fl4 is not a free even if you have free lifetime updates.

Yes it is, if you buy FL Studio 4, you get versions 5+ free.

Customers of the on-line Fruityloops version (not the BOX version, nor the separate plugins) are offered Life Time Free Updates.

This means that whenever a new version of your specific FLStudio/Fruityloops package (Basic, Pro, Full or Producer) comes available, you will have the option to download this new version free of charge.

Free FL Studio updates for life !

This might be hard to believe but buying (the online version of) FL Studio not only gets you the latest version of FL Studio but every new update we release.

This means you'll receive FL Studio 4.5, 5.0, 5,5, ... absolutely for free as we believe you should be able to use the functionality you paid for bugfixed for as long as we develop it.

EDIT: oops... I didn't realize you were talking about only 3 and 4... anyway, I'm pretty sure its still a free upgrade, you get the fruityloops edition.

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1. How do i make a channle repeat itslef. Its not in step, its piano roll. Its for a drum beat. I saw it in some of the song FL came with.

That's not very specific. Beat slicer? Layer? Could you name one of the projects you saw it done in?

I thought about it for a while, and I think you're talking about extending the step sequencer. Open the step sequencer and look for a grey/turquoise box in the top left-hand corner of it. By default, it has a pair of dashes in it. This box sets the beats per bar in that particular pattern, and under most circumstances it'll be set to the default, which is 4. Click on the box and drag upwards to change it, and after you let go, the step sequencer will change accordingly.

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saved my project as a wav file with no errors and a flp file but when i opened my project the next day fl said it maybe corrupted and then fl shuts down, veiwed the file using notepad and it doesn't look any different then the other projects that fl came with

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to make a fadeout right-click the main volume control, and go edit events or something. then scroll further to the bar where the music finishes, and right-click-and-drag from the top-left corner of the last bar to the botto-right corner.

I hope that wasn't too vague or illegible...

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I'm sorry for all the questions i've been making on this thread, but I am trying hard to understand this effin program, AND I have a few extra questions. :lol:

1. What is automation, and how do I use it. and

2. How do I use the event editor.

If anyone knows where to find a couple in depth tutorials on this topic, that will definitatly be sufficient. Thanks! :wink:

P.S. Sorry if this was awnsered before in this thread, but there's 85 pages to read thru, and The Feimeister is very busy. :wink:

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I'll give you the noobified answer, because I'm still learning everything FL. And it sucks cause I had to teach myself everything...

Automation is predetermined control of the various knobs and switches and effects. You can either do things like record the actions you perform with the record button, or you can edit the events of each and every action with a pretty basic editor, which is the event editor.

You use a graph-like interface to control things like knobs. Once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy.

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How to use automation has been described lots of times, but I'll try to do it again.

Automation, controls knob/button/slider changes, meaning, say, if you wanted the volume to change by itself halfway through the song, you go into its autmation and make it do that. The event editor is the editor for an automation track. If you make a 8 bar song, then go into the event editor for the main volume, and scroll to bar 4 and draw something in (obviously higher is higher and lower is lower), then play the song, the volume will change halfway through.

If your song had two instruments, and then went into edit events for the volume knob of one instrument, and made the same change, then only the volume of that instrument would change, instead of the whole song.

I thought there was a tutorial for this in projects>tutorials, but it doesn't seem to be there anymore... hmmm...

EDIT: AAAARGH!!!! I just spent like seven minutes typing this, (I type slowly... sue me) and then someone else gets there first, and says the same with about a third of the stuff I wrote.

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Just got a chance to play with the event editor, and really it's less scary than it looks (although I haven't mastered it yet). Oh ya, and how do you EQ in fruity. Maybe I just don't understand EQ, but any info I can soak up will help make my mixes BEARABLE, to say the least. Have mercy on my wretched soul! :wink:

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If you just want to eq the whole song, go to the effects panel, and in the master track, add a fruity 7-band EQ or something of the sort. To add an effect, click the little arrow next to a slot.

if it's one instrument you want to EQ, give the instrument its own effects channel, (click on the instrument in the step sequencer, and in the top-right corner of the channel properties you can change it) then in the effects panel go to whatever channel you gave the instrument and add a EQ effect.

Hope that was clear enough.

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