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December 1, 2010

Creating Custom Delays and Pre-fader Sends in FLStudio with ‘Senderella’ (Free VST)

Two things you can’t do with the FLS mixer are

1. You cannot route a mixer track to itself or any mixer track that is routed to it. This means you can’t create custom delays and other kinds of feedback loops

2. You cannot send audio before the fader to another mixer track besides the sends

I used to use Senderella a long time ago before FLS had any kind of bussing, but kind of forgot about it once FLS was improved. Recently though I wanted to create my own custom delays since you can create unique effects by adding distortion, eq, automation, etc and realized Senderella could help

Senderella is a free VST plugin available from KVR

Custom delays
The basic concept behind a custom delay is you create a feedback loop with a single tap delay in the middle. Each time the delayed audio goes through the loop, it is processed with eq, filters, distortion, etc, so that each delay is shaped how you like.

You put a Senderella that is set to ‘Return’ at the top of the mixer, and a Senderella set to ‘Send’ at the bottom of the mixer channel. Adjust the send volume to taste to prevent feedback. (During experimentation I recommend putting a Limiter below the lower Senderella to prevent runaway feedback)

You can create a single tap delay using the delay 2 and turning the feedback all the way down, as well as turing the dry signal all the way down.

Add some processing effects and away you go. I’ve attached an example

Pre-fader sends

Pre-fader sends are sends which are not affected by the mixer track fader. To create one, simply place the send on the last mixer track, and the return on the first mixer track that you want to receive the audio. (The same concept as the feedback loop only you’re sending to a different mixer track.

One thing to be aware of is that there is some latency introduced when using Senderella. It’s ok for delays and other time based effects, but when doing parallel processing you will need to compensate for the latency. I haven’t investigated what the latency value is and/or how to determine it. Also not sure of the internal bitrate of the audio.. i’m guessing 16bit perhaps.. so watch your levels

There’s an example FLP file available on Image-Line’s forum:

February 23, 2010

Get Image-line Drumaxx drum synth for only $13

Following the success of the Harmless “pay what you want” promotion, Image-line is selling their new drum synth Drumaxx for as little as $13 (9 Euro) until March 31st. They offer a PC and MAC versions of this plug in and the price is right!

Purchase Drumaxx

February 21, 2010

HarmlessNES: Nintendo (NES) Chiptune presets for Harmless

Here’s some presets for making chiptunes using Image-Line’s Harmless. I generated the waveforms in Cool Edit Pro according to the same spec the NES synthesizer chip uses (including using only 4 bits of depth, etc). You can learn more about NES chip tunes here.

Included in this pack are 3 pulse wave variants and 1 triangle wave.

The original NES used 2 channels with pulse, 1 with triangle, 1 with white noise, and one for DPCM samples.

If you find these presets useful, please consider making a small donation.

Download HarmlessNES – Nintendo Chiptune Presets
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December 28, 2009

One Hundred Harmless Presets

Recently, Image-Line, the makers of FLStudio, released a new synthesizer, Harmless. It uses both additive and subtractive synthesis techniques to get some interesting sounds. Until the end of the year you can buy Harmless for as little as $9.

I’ve been having a lot of fun with this synth, so here’s a hundred presets with various sounds. Categories include

Knock Basses
Sound FX
Percussion (incl Hats, Kicks and Snares)

Download 100 Harmless Presets
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If you enjoyed this preset pack, please check out my add-on for FLStudio: Grapevine.

October 25, 2009

Control Protools’ BOOM with FLStudio’s Step Sequencer

As folllow up on my previous post regarding using FLStudio as a MIDI controller, here’s a template so you can use FLStudio’s step sequencer to control Boom in Protools. Boom has a step sequencer, but it is limited to 4 beats per pattern and only 16 patterns. You can trigger the individual drum sounds via MIDI, but the notes are assigned in a somewhat random way. This template makes it much easier to program in grooves longer than 4 beats and also arrange various patterns.

This template uses the Protools 8 Dashboard and needs a virtual midi cable installed to work properly.. it’s set up to use Port 1 of FLStudio. Unzip into a folder inside of FLStudio\Data\Projects\Templates\

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Don’t own FLStudio? Save 10% off the purchase price. The features required to control Boom are in all versions of FLStudio.

October 23, 2009

Using FLStudio as a MIDI controller for Protools 8

Using this dashboard with FLStudio, one can control Protools just like a hardware MIDI controller. This means one has the ability to record MIDI note and automation data from FLStudio directly into Protools. In addition, one can control the dashboard with other hardware controllers, easily allowing any controller to be integrated into Protools.


September 8, 2009

Fruity Theremin for FLStudio

I made this a few weeks back.. it’s pretty fun to play around with and you can get some pretty tripped out sounds.

Load up the FLP into FLStudio 8+. Press play and move the mouse around.

Fruity Theremin
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Example mp3
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August 24, 2009

Rewiring FLStudio into ProTools with both both mono and stereo busses

Here’s a useful template for those who are into rewiring FLS into other hosts. I like to bounce out of FLS directly into protools via rewire, but one thing that was bugging me was the fact that FLStudio doesn’t support mono tracks. I did some research and it seems using the Fruity Mute plug in is the best option since it doesn’t affect levels like the pan and stereo separation knobs. I set up the mute plug in for the mono channels in the template so it’s easy to just assign the tracks.

The first 10 mixer tracks correspond to FL1 – FL10 in your rewire host and should be used on stereo busses. Tracks 11 – 20 are assigned to rewire busses FL11 – FL15, and are split into mono busses.

The Master track is routed to rewire bus FL16 as a stereo bus. But think of the master as only the “preview” bus — I disabled the routing of assigned audio to the master because the mono output doesn’t sound right being run though the FLS mixer. Unassigned audio will go to FL16, as will sample browser previewing.

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Unzip into a folder inside of FL Studio\Data\Projects\Templates\

If you load up the template while in rewire mode, the next time you reopen FLS in rewire, it will start with this template.

January 20, 2009

FL Studio Skin: Colored Numeric Knobs

Sometimes it’s tough to see those tiny little knobs in FL Studio so I made these knobs. They display numbers and are also color coded so you can see the exact values very easily. The two different ways of expressing the information also help reinforce the values so they’re easy to remember if you’re messing around with different stuff.

All the artwork is based off of existing FL Studio elements so it matches well enough. the color scheme is also very similar to the newer FLS plugs.

Unzip in \Program Files\Image-Line\FL Studio 8\Artwork\Skins
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