How to create a musical masterpiece in FruityLoops? The interface
For those who love music and want to try the hand in writing of musical compositions exists many programs from different producers. At every turn sell various versions of electronic jockeys, di - Jay and so on. These programs are calculated on certain styles - hip - hop, a techno. It is not necessary to think there much, there are ready samples: only include them in a track, impose a voice - and the song is ready. But here also does not smell of creativity. It is music for lazy, for those who want to create something, and do not wish to work. But without effort and a small fish from a pond you will not catch, and there is a wish, a small fish - that!
Except these programs, there are others, is several orders higher on complexity and on quality. For example, FruityLoops. It is the program which will not be disdained also by the professional musician, but will be able to master it also the layman in the presence of ear for music, patience and huge desire. the FruityLoops Program
Unfortunately, this program I got
completely in English therefore I had to suffer fairly to achieve the first results. I three times deleted the program, once reinstalled Windows until mastered FruityLoops. But congenital curiosity pushed me forward after each failure, and as a result I all - seized this difficult program.
Time the program English-speaking, I will call that majority of buttons, windows and tabs in English, otherwise I also will get confused, and I will confuse readers.
What this program can? Practically everything, as for music. Sounding of tools almost does not differ from real. If to toolbars it is written “ guitar “ it means there will be a guitar, but not its poor excuse. There is an opportunity to keep the created music in a format of this program or to convert into the final file mp3 wave or mid. But, I admit if with a MP3 and wave problems at me do not arise, then it is impossible to convert into mid for some reason and the loaded midi - files are not reproduced. Probably, in the program the midi - a cursor is not established. But, having loaded mid - compositions and having changed in them tools, it is possible to listen to them and to convert into a MP3. Also there is an opportunity to use wave - files as samples. That is to impose the voice or some sounds, but about it later.
We will consider the program closer. Let`s open it double click on a round icon with the image of a cheesecake. I cannot still understand communication - fruit is translated as fruit, and berry is represented. Or it is some overseas fruit about which I never heard? The program was deployed on all screen. Appearance of FruityLoops reminds the control panel the space ship. All regulators and buttons look volume, and there are a wish to touch them a hand.
For a start we will consider the " menu; " File; . This menu is almost always identical to all programs, with insignificant variations. “ New “ - to begin the new project, “ Open “ - to open the file (in this case the window which by default opens the program " folder appears; Loops “ in this folder there are all your projects). The " tab is very useful; Drumkits “ it contains about twenty drum parties. In principle, all also begins with drums.
In the " tab; Drumkits “ let`s choose “ Drumsynth “ one more tab will open, and there we will press on “ Acoustic “. The window of tool channels, " will open; Step sequencer “ (step-by-step synthesizer?) in which we will see 10 buttons located in a vertical row and as much tracks, consisting of 16 cells. In these cells also it zapisyvayutsya notes. At present our composition will consist only of acoustic drums. We include Start-up (the button in the top part of the program with familiar all triangular badge) and we see, how under “ Step sequencer “ the orange sparkle ran. It is the indicator showing in what place of composition the sound is reproduced at present. This sparkle moves from left to right. Having reached the 16th cell, starts with the first over again.
For the first acquaintance just we will try to drum. We will stick with the left button of a mouse into the first cell of the first track, and we will hear click of a drum which will repeat everyone three - four seconds. Then we will place tags on all “ to a drum set “ also we will listen to the first drum party.
We will continue to consider the File menu. “ To Keep “ - we keep composition in a format of the program for further processing. “ To Keep as … “ - we keep it in the wave format, a MP3 or midi - the file. “ Import “ allows to import the midi files. “ Export “ duplicates the " menu; To Keep as … “.
We will return to our drums. If to press the left button of a mouse a key of some channel for now we have one drums there, then the settings window, a graphic equalizer will open (“ Channel settings “) . In these settings huge opportunities for control of a sound are put. A tonality, length, an echo and so on, everything that will come to mind. To describe in detail this function there is no sense, try to twist regulators better, to press on buttons, and listen that from this will leave. I will tell only that any tool can be changed to unrecognizability here, quite interesting sounds sometimes turn out. But you should not neglect standard settings, they are the most harmonious.
In the right top corner “ Step sequencer “ we see a small icon with the image of keys. It is worth clicking on it with the left button of a mouse - the piano keyboard for the chosen channel will be deployed. That is now it is possible not just to place monotonous “ boom - boom “ but also to change their tonality. There is an opportunity to play “ Evenings Situated near Moscow “ on drums. Tags - notes are placed by the same way, the left button of a mouse. And right they leave.
Near this icon there is the second. Volume control for each note. With its help it is possible to increase the loudness of a certain note or in general to muffle it. Loudness is regulated by both the right button of a mouse, and left. But I seldom used this option. To regulate loudness for everyone (!) notes, for this purpose it is necessary to know accurately what loudness to set for these notes. And I am only a layman. But it is sometimes useful: when one tool muffles some important loss, not to do without it. By the way, loudness can be set on all canal if to twist the regulator near the button of the channel or in a graphic equalizer of the channel. (There is an opportunity to regulate the loudness of all composition, but about it it will be told below). Sometimes it is important to muffle some notes. It is possible to use this option and for shock parties, placing drums in all cells of a track in one tonality and to alternate the loudness of each cell. The effect is gained tremendous.
In the second part of article we will consider how to work with notes in the " mode; Piano roll “ and at the same time we will deal with tools which are in the FruityLoops program.