Now that we’ve got a WAV file on our desktop for sampling, let’s take it to FL Studio and chop it up!
Ever wondered how to sample from vinyl records? As a beatmaker, I used to labor over this question. It is strange to think that at one point, this was a major obstacle that I thought was one of the most complicated things in the universe.
Well maybe not that bad, but hopefully you know where I’m coming from.
Anywho, click that button, find where you saved your sample, and then load it into Edison for chopping.
This is where it gets fun and interesting. Everyone has their own way of chopping up a sample. That’s what makes us all unique! For instance, two people could make the same sample sound totally different. It’s what gives us our individuality and keeps us coming back to the studio.
Start by clicking on the “Add / Remove Marker / Region” which is the little button 5 from the right. It looks like a little corner post that you see in those new-age “Futbol” games that the kids are always raving about (Not really, it just looks like a marker with a plus next to it).
Chop around the drums if possible
I learned the hard way in some of my earlier samplings, that if you don’t chop precisely enough, your mix WILL sound sloppy and unprofessional. This is why most of the time, it’s beneficial to slice around the kicks, snares, and anything else that will make your beat sound unclean.
There are times, however, where you can include these elements and still make your mix sound great. It all depends on the sample, to be honest. Messing around with pitch, EQ, time-stretching, hi/low pass filters, etc. can also enhance the sound and mask some of these inconsistencies that come with altering a song.
Some quick tips:
PgUp and PgDn are used to zoom in and out on the sample. This really comes in handy when you want to get that precision 9th wonder slice. The more you zoom in, the more accurate your beat will be in the end. There are times when I get lazy and don’t, and my loop suffers because the cuts don’t match up.
This becomes a huge issue when trying to loop two different slices. Time stretching (which we will get into in another lesson) becomes a lot easier if your chops are precise.
For instance, if your slice wasn’t accurate enough, the gap in time between two sequences will be bigger when trying to loop them together. This results in an awkward “silence” and drives beat makers insane (well me anyway :D)
The remedy for that is of course speeding up or slowing downtempo, but in the end, the better your initial cuts are, the easier of a time you will have sequencing. And it will sound more professional too! You may also get nice comments from beatmakers and rappers alike on how good your chops were. Here’s a good example of that for one of mine:
This is pretty obvious but when finding the right place to put your marker, it helps to have the song on a loop so you don’t have to keep clicking play.
Clear the slice regions.
When you’re all done chopping ’til your heart’s content, drag the slices into the step sequencer. This enables you to then create a masterpiece that will net you millions! (well maybe lol).
Before you do this, make sure that all the red spaces (your slice regions) are cleared out, by zooming out, and then dragging them all the way to the left of Edison until they disappear. This ensures a clean transfer of all your chops.
Drag the slices into the step sequencer.
First, go to Channels > Add one > Fruity Slicer.
Next, press F6 to bring up your Step sequencer. You will see a fruity slicer button on the bottom.
Now, use the button all the way to the right of Edison called “Drag/copy sample/selection” and drag it so that it hovers over the fruity slicer button in the step sequencer.
The button will turn orange. When it does, let go of your mouse.
Now we’re ready to get those samples onto your MIDI drum pad!