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If I have my midi keyboard hooked up to my computer and can use it in other applications, how can I set it up so that I can record in FL with it? I've looked at every option, all over the intarweb, help file gave me no aid...
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options -> MIDI settings -> remote control input.

set it to your device, i.e. the name of your keyboard. have you tried that already?

edit: also, you know how to make it record, right? click the record button on the playback control (so that it lights up) and make sure you have a pattern and chanel selected to record to. otherwise you'll have wasted a good bit of time. D:

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Ok, thanks a ton. I swear I've tried that before, but now it seems to work. Only thing I have to work around now is having ir record for more than 64 beats.

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So, uh, how can I get it to record without cutting me off after the stupid step sequencer decides to run out of time?

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Ok, so I was working on a remix, and I opened up the piano roll, and i got an error message, I should've written it down, but it said something like "cannot find bla bla bla.bmp"

so i tried to open up FL again, and i got an illegal operation before it could open up.

Now I can't open it up, i scanned for viruses, all that crap, and i still can't open it without it crashing.

I'm thinking about reformatting...anyone had this problem before?

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Ok, so I was working on a remix, and I opened up the piano roll, and i got an error message, I should've written it down, but it said something like "cannot find bla bla bla.bmp"

so i tried to open up FL again, and i got an illegal operation before it could open up.

Now I can't open it up, i scanned for viruses, all that crap, and i still can't open it without it crashing.

I'm thinking about reformatting...anyone had this problem before?

Check the skins folder(in FLStudio5/artwork/skins ).

All the contents are probably gone. The only way to get around that is to reinstall, make a copy of skins, and repaste its contest into the skins folder each time it happens. Only happened to me once awhile back.

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SSB, I'm not sure if this is the type of solution your looking for, but I usually do it when I'm creating a fresh guitar clip.

I switch the playlist to live mode. It will continue to play/record until you press stop, and you won't have to "buffer" it with patterns.

Although, now that I think about it, I think your problem is much different... Sorry!

Now this is just a random tip!

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Hmm... This will probably seem like a n00bish question, but I suppose this is the right thread for it(I hope).

Well I'm thinking of finally starting to remix. It'll help develop my musical ear and composing skills(and hopefuly, I'll be able to create some good stuff. :P). Anyway, I'm gonna go with Fruity Loops and I was wondering, which add-ons should I get along with it. Is there a prefered basic set?

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Depending on what types of music you want to make, here's a couple of options:

Vanguard- the ultimate trance VST. Pretty much the only thing it's good for, though.

QuadraSID- Great for C64-style chiptunes.

z3ta+- A great, all-around synth. Supposedly it's mostly used for trance, but I've heard it used in many other genres.

I know there's some that I've forgotten, but in FL's bundled demo synths, Sytrus is pretty good, despite using massive amounts of CPU.

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ok so yesterday i was using FLStudio 5 for probably my 5th time (im new to it since switching off E-Jay BOO :evil:) so i was dragging and dropping my wave files to the playlist and lineing them up IT WAS ALL GOOD. Then i got uber tired shut off comp and forgot to save :cry: now i loaded it up and it wont let me add any pattern Wave or anything to the playlist and basically the only way i knew how to do this was by draggng and dropping. I wanted to know if anyone could help or if there was an alternate way to add tot the playlist.

SRY but i did check and i couldnt find similar problems and FLStudio's "help" isn't really help. Thanks

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can you take a screenshot and link to it from somewhere? I think you may have clicked on the wrong tool in the playlist. check up in the top lefthand corner of the playlist window. there's a pencil, paintbrush, knifeblade, magnifying glass, etc. it sounds silly, but make sure the pencil/paintbrush is selected. I'm pretty sure the knife only works in the audio clips section. anyway, check that. if not, post screenshot.

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Alright, Im sure this has probably been asked before (thats a great way to start out a question, huh?) but with 130 pages, it seems impractical to search through them all. What Im asking though, is for someone to explain to me how to take advantage of the slide feature in the piano roll. I mean, I know what a slide is musically, and I've tried experimenting with it, but most of the time I just get these weird slides and I can't exactly get it to do what I want. So could someone explain the basic dynamics of the slide in FL, and how one can make the best use of it?

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i recently figured out how to use it

BAAAASSSICALLY, you put the slide UNDER or ABOVE the note you want the slide to START. then, you place the slide thingy ON the note you want to slide the note TO. the beginning of the slide bar will mark where the slide begins, and the end, of course, where the slide ends.

so like, lets say you want to slide from a B down to an A

put a normal bar on B. Now, put the slide bar on A, but right UNDER (not overlapping, but under) the B note...and where the slide bar begins is where the slide will start, and where it ends is where it will end.

so just to clarify, there will only be two bars in this slide. one for A, and one for B. the A note will actually be the slide bar thingy.

kinda hard to explain, plus im not familiar with the terms and shit, so yeah. ahah.

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sora, is your playlist blue for any particular reason? I've never seen anything like that - but then again I just leave FL on all the default visual settings so perhaps you changed a skin around.

bobby, the slides are basically just that - slides. two things you'll need to pay attention to are voices (what color the notes are) and length of the slide. if you have two green notes and one green slide, both green notes will slide to the new note, giving you a generally unpleasant sound (although it's surely useful sometimes). that may be what happened to you. another thing to watch for is what kind of instrument/synth you're using. external VST can't slide, as far as I know, and soundfonts (for example, because they run on wav files) will sound gross if you slide them up or down too far. you know how your voice sounds when you octave it up in sound recorder to make prank calls and chipmunk albums? it's the same basic principle, only with strings and guitars instead of alvins.

let me know if any of this helps or applies.

edit: ok noop, let me help you clarify.

if you want to slide from A up to B, place a whole note (4 beats) on A. then click the slide button and place another whole note on B. now, DO NOT make the slide start at the same time as the note. this is an almost instant "wait, what was that." also, if you want to actually be able to hear the note you slid to, let the slide finish earlier than the original note.

also, you understand already that slide notes on their own do nothing, right? you have to have a normal note entered for them to do anything.

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