1 Creating a Drum Pattern

Colin Warn
A free video tutorial from Colin Warn
EDM Ghost Producer, Instructor of over 20,000+ Students
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Lecture description

Learn how to create a drum pattern in FL Studio.

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English [Auto] Welcome to film studio now if you're anything like myself when you first see this plug in share your brain just goes absolutely zero. Just fries out like a god. Wait two buttons wait two knobs. Just visual overload in general. No worries. One it's each section one by one as we need to use it. So don't worry about having to learn all of it from the very start. We'll take it piece by piece. So the first window we're going to look at is called the channel rack for not seeing a pop over here. If you navigate to the upper right see about six or seven buttons up here with different options to view different windows on the left click on the one this is view channel rock. This should pop up. So what the channel does is is a shortcut way Australia gives you to draw in patterns. So if I were let's say trying to solve basic forby do that on here put in collapse hit the spacebar. That would basically be going dry and patterns select whatever channel wherever you want to put the pattern on. So in our case make it form the floor kicked Jerome and we just left click to create the nodes stuff hit the spacebar or hit play up here. You'll hear the track playing through one word of wisdom before we get too far in. As a note this trips me up and a lot of beginners as well. If you look next to the play button you'll see a little refresh looking symbol with an orange symbol or with an orange color to it. This is the pattern versus playlist mode. You'll figure out what you'll find on a this is later. But one thing you should note if you're trying to make a basic pattern drum pattern here and this is turned here you try to hit play. You won't hear anything cause right now what it's currently doing is playing the playlist. And we have think of it right now. So you want make sure this is Orange while we're making everything here. And it's kind of a more made of view why we have a separate channel rack versus a poilus and why don't we just you know put everything in play and play it there. You could technically put everything in the playlists as this is what finally gets exported. But one kind of mental shortcut producers also will do is they'll take the mindset of okay if we're Let's see if we can imagine music making a meal and we have various dishes that we're going to put out to our audience or. And Jeff's case eaters within the meal the channel will be the equivalent of making each dish separately before putting it all out in front. Whereas the playlist is the spot in which the dishes are all laid out for the listener to enjoy. So that's kind of how you can mentally segment why we use these two different patterns. Technically you can use playlists for what the channel rechts doing which is a lot easier especially for beginners to use channel recking use some of the shortcuts they have here. So that meant a view of the way now we draw them in a pattern. Let's try some collapse. So go down here. Don't need us like to carry out just left click here. Just spacebar for a reason. You're driving around and you play and you say whoops OK I drew in some patterns accidentally. No worries. You need the right click on each of these to move them. Or you can right click and hold delete multiples within the same line. So as you're noticing it can hold holding now I can't really and the ones above before that go up here like we can hold all the ones here. So we go around mess around with that little bit. I think we're going to go ahead and try and pan really quick to go in. And in addition to being on the left we can draw in patterns here. So if we made a little faster high hairpin we can also do something that's called the piano roll or get us a little bit later for a third you've got this now we know about this trick or if you right click on your channel setting and you hit piano roll if you want to be able to more fine tune the timing of when you're given instruments go in the piano roll. You can hold the key down. You can slide these notes around so you don't. Not just lots of great you can change the rhythm a bit can you said one final thing as we're going to be making a chain smoker track as you're noticing the the VPM for this track. It's all that fast especially for a slower kind of feature bass sounding track which is what they tend to make it. So it will go up here you see this number up here where we see the tempo. BVM does exactly what you think it does. So we have we left click on it drag it down we can slow down our track. Personally if we push it up we get some really really fast happy chords BBM style track. So you have some fun with that. For now for this tutorial we've moved into 100. I wouldn't change that pattern up a bit. And I'm totally open to be able to offset these two different patterns and what I'm paying attention to is these lines over here again. We're going to go into huge depth to Tauriel on this specific video about OK what a Barrs word pairs etc.. But if you check out my beginner's guide one page beginners guide to F.L. studio look for the video bars beats BBM and all that. And the guy will explain very well how all this is organized and once you learn a little bit that foundation knowledge what you can know is that each of these lines corresponds to a beat in a in four four time. And if you want to get more advanced you could change it to three or four later. Again as a beginner course for 4:4 time you could see each one these beats between these lines. That's why I am lining up my notes kind of around there maybe a little bit off center to give it more of what's called a swing but that's that's all you need to know. But what these visual lines mean I get and check out the resources tab. If some of the terms are going over your head right now now that we've drawn in a custom loop let's change up the instruments a bit as one would hope. Not every Cydia track or track and making a full studio has this has to be consist of only custom or pretty built in kicked clap and hat and snares are the ones that FLC gives you when you open up the track you can drag in your own. So for us John's packs This is what if you go over and look to your left just just you should see a browser window. If you don't see this window for a reason go over here nowhere is put the fourth button from the left. This will pop up for a reason you see something like this popping up or he sees you one navigate to the all selection as this is the they have two other tabs. Now that could trip you up there's the plug in database and the current project almost if you want to go to all this can Alessia access or samples you see here some packs. So click on that. We see a bunch of different folders. Very sensitive to track. Right now we're working on the drum section so it's good to drums. Now you see we have more subsets within each of these. We have different kicks we can put in here different claps had snares in order to get a sense of what the sounds will do. We encourage you to go in and click through all of them get a sense of OK what do you have sound like and you'll notice OK this is what it sounds like Forces snares snare sounds like toms. And then of course you can mess around with the other various not and usually grouped sound effects they have in these packs and see if there's any cool ones you may use them for later for instance. For us when go find maybe a better kick than this. So again when the Left click over kicked drums up and left click on each of these sampled them get a sense of what it sounds like. And covertly use up and down arrow keys quickly if you hear one you think you like to use the right arrow key to sample it over and over again. I think I like the sound of this. P.S. number six picks and when it left click and drag this in Nephrite the spacebar you know that my kingdom has a slightly different sound to it. Go ahead and change this clap to a snare sound so go in and left click to close the folder. Left it open it up and down said the that one had the spacebar. Let's go find some a different sound. Again looking is down. With the sound that click loop sounded pretty good. It sounds a little too loud so navigate to these knobs over here which corresponds to the volume for each given insurance so you can turn this down good chance to kick up a bit. I'll add one more kick in here as I want a little bit more of a syncopated feel. This is more of a future racetrack. Go into kicks Dreifuss in feels a little bit long to me on the left click it. This is going to pop up what's called a simple window which you can think of. This is just a way to fine tune the sound at a very high level. Again lots of jobs lots of buttons. Don't worry about all of them right away. Focus on right now is what's called this out knob which allows us to make our make that make a fadeout for a given sound which is what I want you here. I get them hidden arrow keys to quickly sample my sounds. If I wanted to ask let's say on a separate piece of PC kick here this by itself makes sure that green selection is on this this versus If I click here snap or the groove snare clap 16 for a reason reasonable it's a multiple It's just going to take the top one. If this happens you just left click on any one go away. I case like this sounds good song and put a little pen here. So there you go really like this loop. Think this is not to threat you guys are now. So again we're little about general rock how it's kind of where you put it for you to put kind of the different dishes together before you lay them all out in the play list as play this kind of corresponds to for me or you and to give to your listeners. You learned how to try and remove kick remove elements or rude patterns by right clicking left looking to add. You also learn that you can get more fine tuned for an injury if you right click. It's like the piano roll. You'll have all the notes drawn out here if you don't you don't seem like it puts you up here. You can scroll up and down to find the key. You can find tune them again and then if you didn't like the sounds were always Engeland be good to your browser plug and pick your own packs drag and drop them in by left clicking holding dragging them right in and then you can fine tune tweak roof until you get a sound you actually like. So go into your studio. Mess around with these little things a little bit. So things went by a little bit too quickly refer back to the video so you can just mentioned this knowledge that once you have a cool you like have big ears covered. You have a somewhat solid understanding of how to make your basic loops move on to the next video.