Basics: 2 The Piano Roll and Recording Notes to it
In the Piano Roll is used to record,draw in and edit notes, similar to a MIDI editor in any host.
You can compose chords, import scores/MIDI data, draw in individual notes, change pan, and volume of each note, etc in the Piano R
, Move on to Pattern No.3 by clicking and draging the led up / down
2, Right click on an instrument and move to ‘Piano roll’.
, A grid will be presented with a keyboard along the right. This is the Piano Roll, click on it to make some notes and drag the ends to change the sizes, then play it!, not so difficult!!?
4, Use the slide feature if you want to drop a note to a diffrent pitch over time. (Aslong as the instrument your using supports it.)
, Check out some of the available tools.
6, Double click and drag on the black timeline to select and loop a section, so that you can preview a smaller section when you press play.
, Double click and drag on the black timeline to select and loop a section, so that you can preview a smaller section when you press play.
7, Edit the velocites (Hit volume) and Panning positions (balance) of notes to give variation.
, If your a little more adventurous, you can record these notes in from your MIDI keyboard by simply setting your keyboards in port to the ‘MIDI in’ in the options.
, Or use the qwerty keyboard to play notes!. (Handy for previewing things.)
10, You may need to set a lower latency to be able to record from the keyboard without strange time delays. To set your latency, choose ‘Audio settings’ from the options pull down menu.
11, Use ASIO if you have it!!
12, Set buffer size (latency). You might find using ‘polling’ and/or the hardware buffer gets you get a faster latency if you don’t have ASIO on your soundcard. If you don’t have ASIO, try and set the buffer legnth to the lowest you can get it without getting ‘underruns’. (Value shows bottom left.) 20ms – 60ms is about average for directsound cards.
Decent ASIO capable sound cards are far better if your really intrested in making music, the latency is gets more important if your trying to record in sounds using a keyboard as it will feel out of sync all the time if the sound is lagging behind your actual hitting of the keys!
13, Now click on the record button then play notes to your hearts content then press stop. It has now recorded these notes to the piano roll! You can play along to other music, then match it up to tempo later using the SCALE feature! You could litrally record for ages along to some CD and go back after you got something you liked recorded and cut it out to use in your tune.
14, Make use of the countdown if you need it,
or ‘wait for input‘,
And metronome (Right click it to change sound)
These all make it easier to time the recording. You might find it easier to reduce the tempo before you record to make it easier to be more accurate on beat and how you want the timing.
Try right clicking most buttons in fruityloops, you will usually find something!
You don’t have to record everything first time, practice first playing with your song before you set record into Fruityloops. (Pressing CTRL+A then DELETE will quickly delete all the notes if you don’t like the first take. Also you can do Ctrl+X if your in the stepsequencer.)