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FL Studio Dashboard Explained Part 3: Finalizing Your Beat

September 14, 2017 - By 

This is a tutorial continuing from my last tutorial, on how to create a hip-hop beat.

From that last one, we left off here.

We were adding a reverb to the snare of the drums that were already mixed. It’s now time to add this whole pattern to the playlist. Remember how? Find “Track 1” on the playlist, select the Brush tool if not already selected, then click “Track 1.”

“Pattern 1” should be on “Track 1” once. We need it there four times. It should look like this.

Let’s rename this pattern and change its color. Left-click the upper-left corner of the first repetition of the pattern, and when a drop-down menu appears, click “rename and color.” Rename this pattern “Pattern 1 and 3” then click on the grey area. A pallette should appear for you to color your pattern. Make it light blue.

The pattern is now called “Pattern 1 and 3.” We would like the second and fourth repetitions in the playlist “unique.” To make this happen, left-click the second repetition of “Pattern 1 and 3.” Click “make unique” on the drop-down menu. When a new pattern with the same drums as “Pattern 1 and 3” appears on the left side of the playlist, left-click that pattern in the left side of the playlist. (It’s below “Pattern 1 and 3.”) Rename it “Pattern 2” and color it green.

“Pattern 2” should have the same drums as “Pattern 1 and 3.” Change the drums in “Pattern 2” to have them look like this.

Now go back to the playlist to see the fourth and final repetition of “Pattern 1 and 3.” We want to “make” this one “unique” like we did in order to create “Pattern 2.” So left-click the upper-left side of it again, and when a drop-down menu appears, click “make unique.” This is a new pattern you should rename “Pattern 4” and color red.

When you see “Pattern 4” on the channel rack, rearrange the drums to make them look like this.

Your drum beat is finished. To play this whole project, remember to click the “pat / song” button, which is to the left of the play button on top of the screen, until it is not orange, meaning it’s the same color as the play button, and you are able to play the whole song and not the pattern you selected.

While we’re at it, let’s add a bass line to this project.

Go to “add” on the top menu. When a drop down appears, go down to “3x Osc.” Click it.

We are trying to make an “808” bass sound. This “3x Osc” menu should help you make it sound that way.

When the “3x Osc” menu appears, it should look like this.

Adjust all “COARSE” knobs to 24 in order to have everything on the same note.

Now route it to a free mixer track. Remember how? Left-click the top left of the “3x Osc” window (the tiny play-button thing, not the gear-looking thing). When “Route to free mixer track” appears on the menu, click it.

When “3x Osc” is on the mixing board, lower its volume until it’s like this.

Now make a new pattern. When you hover your mouse over the “Pattern” display on the top of the screen, scroll up. (Don’t click the plus sign to the side of the “Pattern” display.) You should say “Pattern 5.”

Click on the channel rack when “Pattern 5” is selected. There is no need to change its name. RIGHT-click “3x Osc” in the pattern’s window so a drop down menu appears. Click “Piano Roll.”

When the piano roll appears, use the scroll bar on the right to scroll down to the c3-c4 range (the notes you’ll see on the left). When you see that, compose this.

This is “Pattern 5.” We won’t spend time making a fancy bass line, just a simple note.

Now add this pattern to the playlist. Select the playlist and simply use the brush tool (if its not already selected) to place four repetitions of “Pattern 5” to “Track 2.”

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