Learn how to make basic beats in FL Studio 10
In this tutorial I will be teaching you the very basics of beat making in FLS 10. It can be a tricky thing if you are just starting to learn how to use Fruity Loops for the first time, but, you will hopefully have a greater understanding after this tutorial is complete. I will be writing very easy-to-understand instructions with pictures, and videos at the end of each section so that you can really get the feel of things. I will also be adding in a few "advanced" tricks to spice things up a bit. Let's get started!
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Starting Your Creation.
First, what you want to do is, make sure you have FL Studio 10 installed and make sure to install ASIO4ALL that is included in the FL installer! If you have skipped the installation of the ASIO driver you can get it here: ASIO4ALL
Now, open up FL and in the left hand corner of the screen click on: File, New. This will open up the default template of the FL interface:
Here is what we should see next:
This up here, is where you are going to be making your beats with. You just left click on one of the boxes, and it should fill in with white. Left click on the boxes to delete what you had placed.
Press the space bar on your keyboard or the play button on the top of the screen to play the beat.
Video Tutorial - Lesson 1 Overview.
Please watch in HD if available.
Extending Your Beat.
Next, what we need to do is extend our beat. You can't make the world's greatest song with just one solid beat so, here's what we need to do:
1. Start off with the same template from lesson 1.
2. Press '2' on the number pad to go to the next track or pattern. If you don't have a number pad you can always use your mouse to slide the value up or down. Proper area is marked in red:
3. You will see that the pattern you had previously made is gone. It's not really gone, just hidden for now. Change up the beat however you like. I'm going to just change the ending of the first pattern so it has a little transition or 'fill-in'.
*Note only the snare hit has been changed*
4. Press the F5 button or click on the 'View Playlist button' to start placing your patterns.
5. Here is the playlist. Start by going back to pattern 1 (NUMPAD 1) and click on the playlist. Place three pattern ones on the top line. Then go back to pattern 2 (NUMPAD 2) and place one pattern 2 under, and after the three pattern ones you placed like so:
6. Make sure the 'Song' button is selected so that it will play what you have programmed into the playlist. 'Pat' is just to listen to the individual pattern.
7. Push play.
Video Tutorial - Lesson 2 Oveview
Adding Your Own Samples
The sounds in Fruity Loops are great and all, but, what if you want to use your own sounds or you have higher quality samples that you want to use in your project? Simple, import it.
1. On pattern 1, click on the button that says 'Kick'. A box will pop up. Looks like this:
2. Click on the little folder icon in the box to open up your file browser:
3. Find your sample library and click 'Open' on the desired sound. Your new sound is automatically assigned to the previous sound. Now our song doesn't sound like it's from the early 90's.
PRO TIP: You can add new samples by right clicking on one of the 'samplers', going to insert, then clicking on sampler. Repeat steps 1-3 to add your sound.
Video Tutorial - Lesson 3 Overview.
The piano roll is a more advanced technique (for new users) which lets you go more in-depth with your beats. You will be able to assign different timings on the notes you use. (Half notes, quarter notes, etc...)
***I will not be using the previous drums for this part of the tutorial. I will be starting from scratch.***
1. Right click on your sampler and click on 'Send to piano roll'. Any sampler will do. You will be able to use the piano roll on any instrument you want.
The piano roll will pop up and you will be able to freely add notes as you please. NOTE: When using the piano roll on drums and cymbals, the proper note is almost always going to be C5 on the keyboard in piano roll.
Video Tutorial - Lesson 4 Overview.
In this video, I just wanted to show some basic stuff you can do in the piano roll. As you can see you can place notes, drag them, re-size the length of the notes, and delete them. I recommend just messing with some of the settings in the piano to get the feel of it more.
Rendering Your Beat
Finally, we can render the beat. This will be the final product of your hard work.
1. Make sure that on the menu with the play button on the top of the screen, the 'Song' button in selected, not the 'Pat' button!
2. Go to the top-left hand side of the screen and click on File, Export, MP3 File. ( or WAV or MID )
3. You will then be prompted to name your file. Save it.
4. Here is where you are given options on what quality you want to render you project in. On your last final rendering, these are the settings I recommend:
Thank you for reading this tutorial and I hope that it is helpful. All Youtube videos recorded and pictures provided, are my own works and credit goes out for whoever made 'Erkan's Organized Samples' available.
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My Demo Song - Made in Fruity Loops!
This is a song I am working on that uses almost all of the methods described in the tutorial. If you would like to see how I recorded the guitar in this video, click the link: Fruity Loops 9 Guitar Recording Tutorial
PRO TIP: This is a metal song, so if you don't like metal, don't listen to it.
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BeatMakerSolutions on May 27, 2013:
Great lens.... really took the time to brake it up in steps...well done
anonymous on May 01, 2013:
woOW I Was about to lose hope about fruityloops i have so many song need to be exported m gonna export them all now!! tanx now i go high with my deep house production # smilinG
anonymous on April 25, 2013:
anonymous on November 09, 2012:
ha wat of how to open new and bass keys
anonymous on November 09, 2012:
ha wat of how to open new and bass keys
skarone5314 on November 01, 2012:
imma reason user myself but always interested in these articles ..
almost every d.a.w. can nowadays do the same ,
it's not even important , i heard people made great sounds out of the simplest programs .. as a producer i say it's not about the tools , its about what you do with it !! great share , thanks !!
anonymous on September 22, 2012:
I'm using fl studio , so that lens is great for me , thanks
anonymous on September 12, 2012:
gonna try thanx.
anonymous on August 23, 2012:
thanks well made!
anonymous on August 11, 2012:
thnx for da tips
nata86 on May 22, 2012:
nice share, thanks for the tips
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on March 11, 2012:
Fruity Loops is great program for beginners and it gives professional results too!
Jesse (author) from Milwaukee on February 29, 2012:
@Genycis LM: Thank you for the feedback! :)
Genycis LM on February 29, 2012:
Ahhh, very nice lens... those needing to learn how to use FL Studio or at least get the idea of the basics will really benefit from this. Nice detailed layout and step by step. Mixing is hard to do a step by step on given that it varies with the beat, the instruments, sounds, etc. Nice lens!
Jesse (author) from Milwaukee on January 20, 2012:
@anonymous: I would recommend looking up some mixing techniques for your specific genre in fruity loops on Youtube. I really don't have good speakers, so I kind of have to guess if I'm doing a good mixing job or not, and I don't really think I'm that great at mixing just yet.
anonymous on January 19, 2012:
bro how do you mix your shit? Im using Guitar Rig Pro 5 for guitar and Superior Drummer for the beats, but the one thing I can't get right is the mixing. I have a million VST's, and ive been using FLStudio for years so I know it well. Any tips?
Jesse (author) from Milwaukee on January 04, 2012:
@sherwing: Thank you!
Sherwin Griffith from Bridgeport Connecticut United States on January 04, 2012:
nice well done
NoobWriter LM on August 06, 2011: