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Old 11-07-2003, 05:50 PM   #1
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Fruity Loops Help

Uhhhhhhh yeah I've had a few people tell me they want me in my sexiness to explain how to make drum loops with Fruity Loops.

I probably won't finish this thread right now, but I have a little bit of free time so I'll do my best....I'll explain in a simple way how to make a drum loop and export it to a .mp3 or.wav.

I'm assuming you have a fully registered version of Fruity Loops 3. If not, pirate it or something

You can download the demo version here

Here's what the screen should look like after you open Fruity Loops and get rid of the pop up thingy:
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Old 11-07-2003, 05:56 PM   #2
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Selecting a drumkit

The first thing I usually do is choose a tempo, but this isn't necessary right away because you can change it at any time. Just make sure you play your guitar at a consistent rate so the drums won't be off time. The built in menetrome in Fruity Loops I've found to be inacurate, but maybe it's just me.

So, you'll probably want to choose a drum kit. On the left hand side there's a bunch of drum kits and drums you can use. I usually prefer a custom drum kit, but you can find one of your choice. "Realistic" is just an example that, in my opinion, sounds good.

To create custom drum kits, I suggest finding the "Empty" drumkit in the browser, and then opening that. Then continue to look around for sounds you like (a good place to look is in under "Packs > Real Drumkit"), then right click them and click "Open in new channel."
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Old 11-07-2003, 06:00 PM   #3
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Once you've decided which drumkit you want to use, you begin making different patterns of drum loops. Attached is a picture of the pattern toolbar. You can have up to 999 different patterns of drum loops, so don't feel like you have to "save space".
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Creating patterns

And now for creating patterns. To create a pattern, you merely select a pattern number (preferrably starting with 1, then advancing upwards from there) and click on the step sequencer where you what which drum to play. Here is the step sequencer:
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Old 11-07-2003, 06:12 PM   #5
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Click to add a drum sound; right click to delete one.

For example, here is a simple drum loop on pattern 1 using the bass/kick drum, snare, and high hat:
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Old 11-07-2003, 06:15 PM   #6
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For drum fills and the like, simply think of a drum fill one would use on a real drum set and fill it in using the appropriate drums. Here is an example of a drum roll:
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Old 11-07-2003, 06:18 PM   #7
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Connecting patterns

Once you have the all the different patterns you want for your song, you simply need to connect them. Click the "Playlist" button on the top right of the screen:
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Old 11-07-2003, 06:24 PM   #8
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Once the playlist window is shown, you click the grid that aligns with the pattern and measure you want. If you want pattern 1 to play 3 times, pattern 2 once, and then pattern 3 to play four times, you would click the appropriate grids and the playlist window would look like this:

(where it says "Main Automation", you should uncheck that if you are using pattern 9, because although it is labeled "Main Automation", it acts for pattern 9 like all the other patterns do. I don't know why it is labeled that)
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Exporting file

Once you have all your patterns ordered and repeated correctly, you are ready to export your file. Do so by clicking "File > Export" and you can export to either .mp3, .wav, or .mid.

Make sure that when you're exporting a drum loop, the red light next to "SONG" is selected, instead of the one next to "PAT" (like I failed to do in the picture lol ) If you don't do this, only your selected pattern will be exported, as opposed to the entire playlist selection.

Hopefully you're successful in making your drum loops

If anyone has any questions concerning Fruity Loops, I guess this is the thread for it...

uhh, I have a question to start off: does anyone else know how to change the time signature? I've done it a few times, but it's been a while and I can't remember. Thanks
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Old 11-08-2003, 12:03 PM   #10
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good job

one question: how do i import my loops into cool edit?
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Old 11-08-2003, 12:08 PM   #11
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When you open cool edit, on the left where it lists the files you have opened, right click and click "open..." and open your mp3 or wav that you saved the drum track as, then click and drag the file onto a track
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Thanks a lot dude, one problem, i cant think of any riffs lol...thanks again..
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Old 11-10-2003, 09:10 PM   #13
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Thanks a lot dude, one problem, i cant think of any riffs lol...thanks again..


lol

Yeah, no problem...when I first got FL nobody helped me and it took ages to figure out how to use it hah

Start off with a cover if you can't think of riffs
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Old 12-05-2003, 01:20 PM   #15
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Wow excellent, I'm pirating it now, you rock Tyler
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Old 12-05-2003, 11:21 PM   #16
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thanks man i really needed that
gonna start recording something now
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Old 12-06-2003, 01:01 AM   #17
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Dude, I finally figured out how to properly use to playlist stuff by myself like, yesterday. Great timing.


Keep up the good work, d-cup.
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Old 12-06-2003, 09:28 PM   #19
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man, you are my hero! thanks, now i finally can put some drums in my band songs (well, i'm going to buy a drumkit next week, but, anyways...)
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