Haven’t posted in awhile, but today I’m going to be coming at you with lightning quick and simple tutorial on how to sample in FL studio using Edison. Well it doesn’t look lightning quick, but it really is I promise!
It’s so easy, even a caveman could do it!!
Find the sample you want.
You can sample from vinyl or from online, but today we’re just going to demonstrate an easy way to rip a song from youtube and use it inside Edison.
This is a handy little tool that enables you to rip songs off of the internet. We are the people. LOL.
Just paste the URL from youtube into the box, and press GO! It will ask you if you want to open the file or save it to your CPU. Choose the latter, and just save to your desktop.
Open FL studio & Edison.
Now you’re going to want to open up FL Studio and click on the “Open New Audio/Editor” which is Edison.
Click the File Box.
Next, we’re going to click the file box all the way to the left which looks like a picture of a little floppy disk. You know, those things that no one uses anymore? 😛
In 1994, it was what you used to store crap on. Nowadays, it makes a neat little icon!! 😀
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 sampling, 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)
Use the infinity loop.
This is pretty obvious but when finding that right place to put your marker, it helps to have the song on loop so you don’t have to keep clicking play.
Clear the slice regions.
When you’re all done chopping ’til your hearts content, drag the slices into the step sequencer. This enables you to then create a masterpiece which 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.
Bring up your Piano Roll.
I will get into dragging samples into a midi pad in a future lesson and sequencing, but for now press F7 to bring up your Piano Roll. You can see my one chop is ready to be sequenced for a song! Okay not really lol. In reality, I would chop this up into at least 10 slices before I started trying to make a beat. For today’s purposes I’ve just demonstrated the how-to.
Well that’s about it for today my friend! I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to sample inside FL Studio using Edison. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them down below or Contact me!
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