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Video Tutorial: How to use the Vocoder with FL Studio

This tutorial has been updated and can  now be found in this post –

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A faster way to select patterns in FL Studio

Fl_pattern_selectOne way to select patterns in Fl Studio is of course to use the Pattern Selector. An even faster way to select patterns is to use the "Playlist". The Playlist has a list of all the patterns in your project. To jump to a pattern, simply click the pattern name in the Playlist. Click the image on to see a larger version of the picture illustrating this.

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FL Studio 6.1 Beta Has Released

Flstudiobeta610shotFL Studio 6.1 has released and is available for registered users.

As always, Image Line has packed this update with tons of new features. Two the require special mention are a new audio editor called Edison and a new effect called Love Philter (click the image on the left to see a larger view).

Edison is an integrated audio editing tool that replaces the old Wave Editor. In addition to being an audio editor,  "Edison loads into an effect slot (in any mixer track) and will then record or
play audio from that position."

"Fruity Love Philter is the most powerful filter plugin in FL Studio.
However, Fruity Love Philter can, due to its architecture perform much more than
filtering effects. As the plugin consists of 8 identical filter units, each able
to be feed to the next in the chain, it can be used to create complex delay,
gating and filtering effects." It reminds me an advanced software version of a Korg KAOSS Pad KP2.

Here is a list of what’s new:

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Image Line Software releases a VST version of the DirectWave Sampler

P_directwaveIf you are looking for an inexpensive way to
get a software sampler and don’t have the budget for more high-end
samplers I recomend you check it out DirectWave VSTi.

This sampler was previously only available to FL Studio users and is now available as a VST so you can use it with any windows-based VST host (diagram below show it running in Ableton Live).

One of my favorite things about DirectWave is the user interface for creating splits and layers. It’s very intuitive and fast. Simply drag and drop samples to instantly create  instrument zone(s) which appear as boxes. Then drag the boxes to create splits and layers.

Another favorite feature is "select preset" (click diagram to see a larger view). When you click "select preset", the
Preset Selector allows you to
directly access samples and sounds on the Samplefusion Website. The manual explains it this way.

Opening the Preset Selector will show a
browser menu where you can double-click sample names to download them. There are
several colors used to indicate the availability of content

    • Red = Free to all. 
    • Blue = Free to FL Studio owners.  
    • Gray = Locked (this
      content can be unlocked by purchase on the Samplefusion site).
    • Black = Unlocked (purchased content).

DirectWave allows you to import DWP (proprietary), WAV (any), SF2 (Soundfont), AKP (Akai), Propellerheads Recycle, Native Instruments Battery, Kontakt *(nki), GIGA *(gig) & eMagic EXS24.

Detailed specs an a free demo can be found at this link You can also purchase the instrument at this link for $99.00. The VST version is a free download if you already own DirectWave as part of FL Studio.

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Tips: FL Studio 6 – Using the browser to quickly find and load presets

Tips_fl_browserMany people load presets into FL Studio generators/instruments by clicking the "Plugin options" then selecting "Presets". The disadvantage of this method is that once you’ve selected a preset, the list disappears – so to load a different patch you have to go through all the clicks again.

In FL Studio 6, there is a faster way to browse and select presets for generators using the "Browse"  menu.  I’ve listed the steps below and provided an image of the process as a reference (click the image to see a larger view).

In this example, I’ve loaded the Wasp XT into a channel in the step sequencer. I clicked the button for the generator which launched the Wasp XT window.

In the top left corner of the window, click the "Plugin options" icon (Step 1) , then click "Browse Presets" (Step 2). This will cause all the presets for the generator in question to magically pop-up in the browser window on the left. Now you can see all the presets for the generator in question. To load a preset into the generator, simply drag from the browser to the generator (Step 3).

I hope you found this little tip helpful. Checkout our FL Studio Video Tutorials for more detailed instruciton.


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Free FPC drum kits for registered FL Studio users

Plugins_fpc_main_1I love the FL Pad Controller (FPC) that comes with FL Studio.  It’s a fantastic drum instrument! Many people don’t realize that Image Line has provided some free additional kits  on their  Sample Fusion site for registered users. You go directly to the kits here.

As of this writing, there are two downloads. The first download alone contains 31 kits! The downloads are in .exe format. Running the .exe launches a time saving installer which places all the files where they need to be so you can access them within FPC.

I hope you found this little tip helpful. Checkout our FL Studio Video Tutorials for more detailed instruciton on FL Studio.


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Get 10% off of the new release of FL Studio

Allboxesfrontmirrorfatter_1 FL Studio 6 just released. FL Studio has always been one of my favorite virtual software music environments – especially if you want to go beyond simply creating music on royalty free loops. This is a fantastic new release with tons of new features. I’ll mention a few new features in this post and talk in more detail in future posts.

New Plug-Ins:   

  • Instrument: Direct Wave – Advanced Sampler plug-in. 
  • Generator: Fruity Envelope Controller – Automation plug-in. 
  • Generator: Wasp XT – Updated Wasp, new interface and additional modulation. 
  • FX: EQUO – Automatable equalizer plugin. 
  • FX: Fruity Delay Bank – Advanced Delay/Filter plugin. 
  • FX: Fruity Multiband Compressor – Variable 3 Band Compressor. 
  • FX: Fruity Reeverb 2 – Enhanced reverb plugin. 
  • FX: Fruity Squeeze – Distortion/Bit-reduction plugin. 
  • Visualization: Chrome – Video synthesizer, controlled from the Piano Roll.

Use this link to get a 10% discount if you spend more than $90 on your order.