How to Make a Basic Beat in Fruity Loops

This emindsca will show you how to make a basic beat in FL Studio 12. While FL Studio’s interface appears complicated at first glance, you can create a simple hip-hop or R&B beat using the built-in channel rack and piano keyboard.

Part 1 Creating a New Project

1. Launch FL Studio. Double-click the yellow pepper-shaped FL Studio app icon. This will launch the FL Studio window.

2. Click FILE. It’s in the top-left corner of the window. A drop-down menu will appear.

3. Choose New from the template. This option is in the middle of the drop-down menu. To the right, a pop-out menu will appear.

4. Choose Minimal. It can be found in the pop-up menu. When you select it, another pop-out menu appears.

5. Select Basic. This can be found in the last pop-out menu. This will create a new project in FL Studio that uses the basic interface rather than the more complex one.

Part 2 Adding Channels and Instruments

1. Add blank channels to your project. Before you can add instruments to your track, you’ll need to place them in the channel rack:

Click + below the “Channel rack” section.

Click (none) at the top of the menu that appears.

Repeat until you have enough channels.

2. Expand the “Packs” folder. Click the “Packs” folder on the left side of the window to do so.

3. Choose an instrument. You should see a number of folders appear beneath the “Packs” folder; select one (e.g., Drums) to open.

4. If necessary, navigate to an instrument sub-folder. Many instrument folders include subfolders for specific instruments.

5. Examine an instrument. Locate the name of the instrument you want to use, then click it once to play it. Proceed if you enjoy the instrument.

If you don’t like the instrument, look for another one before proceeding.

6. Drag the instrument onto a blank channel. This will add the instrument to the channel rack.

7. Close the instrument’s window. When the instrument’s mastering window opens, just click the X in its corner to close it.

8. Repeat until all of your instruments have been added. After you’ve added all of the instruments you want to use in your channel rack, you can add the bass.

You can always add more channels and instruments later (or replace an existing instrument with a different one).

Part 3 Creating the Bass

1. Choose which drums you want to use. You’ll select that instrument if you only have one drum in your channel rack; however, many beats use a combination of drums (e.g., hat, snare, and kick), which means you’ll need to start with the main bass sound and work your way down from there.

2. Right-click a drum’s name. Doing so prompts a drop-down menu.

3. Click the Piano Roll button. It’s located at the very top of the drop-down menu. The piano keyboard interface should be visible.

4. Determine the correct note for the instrument. Scroll up and down the keyboard while clicking different keys until you find the correct note for your bass.

5. Make a beat. Click to the right of the piano key that corresponds to the note you want to use, then drag the far-right side of the coloured bar that appears to the left or right to shorten or lengthen it.

In the piano view, each dark vertical bar represents half a second.

Every other bar should be full for a typical rap or R&B beat.

6. If necessary, add a melody. If you want to use different notes in your beat, scroll up or down to select another note, then add the beat markers as before.

7. If necessary, remove a beat. If you accidentally placed a beat marker on the wrong line, you can delete it by right-clicking it.

By clicking and dragging from the middle, you can also move the beat markers up, down, left, or right.

8. Rep with the other drums in your channel rack. When you’re happy with the background bass in your track, you can add the final part of your beat.

Part 4 Adding Other Instruments

1. Choose your primary instrument. The main instruments can range from traditional instruments (such as a piano) to synthesisers and other sound effects.

2. Right-click the instrument’s name. A drop-down menu will appear.

3. Click Piano roll. It’s at the top of the drop-down menu. A new, blank piano interface will open.

4. Draw the beat of your instrument. Click the boxes to the right of your preferred notes to select them, just as you did with the bass.

5. If necessary, repeat the process with your other instruments. If you’re making a beat with a piano and a violin, for example, you’d close the piano interface, right-click the violin, select Piano roll, and repeat as needed.

You can change the volume of various instruments in the channel rack by clicking and dragging the dials to the left of the instrument’s track up or down.

Part 5 Exporting Your Project

1. Click FILE. It’s in the upper-left side of the window. A drop-down menu will appear.

2. Choose Export. This option is near the bottom of the FILE drop-down menu. When you click on it, a pop-up menu appears.

3. Click MP3. It’s in the pop-out menu. Doing so opens the “Save As” window.

4. Enter a name for your beat. Type in whatever you want to name your beat.

5. Select a save location. Click a folder on the left side of the window.

6. Click Save. This is in the lower-right corner of the window.

7. Start by clicking the Start button. It is located at the bottom of the pop-up window. Your beat will be saved in the form of an MP3 file.

If your beat is fairly complex, it may take FL Studio several minutes to export it.

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