How to Make a Basic Beat in Fruity Loops
This wikiHow teaches you how to create a simple beat in FL Studio 12. While FL Studio's interface appears complicated at first glance, you can use the built-in channel rack and piano keyboard to create a simple hip-hop- or R&B-style beat.
Part 1Creating a New Project
1Double-click the FL Studio app icon, which resembles a yellow pepper. Doing so will open the FL Studio window.
2It's in the top-left corner of the window. A drop-down menu will appear.
3You'll find this option in the middle of the drop-down menu. A pop-out menu will appear to the right.
4It's in the pop-out menu. Selecting it prompts another pop-out menu.
5This is in the last pop-out menu. Doing so will create a new project in FL Studio using the basic interface rather than FL Studio's more complex one.
Part 2Adding Channels and Instruments
1Before you can add instruments to your track, you'll need to place them in the channel rack: Click ＋ below the "Channel rack" section. Click (none) at the top of the menu that appears. Repeat until you have enough channels.
2Click the "Packs" folder on the left side of the window to do so.
3You should see a variety of folders appear below the "Packs" folder; click one (e.g., Drums) that you want to open.
4Many instrument folders have additional folders for specific instruments.
5Find the name of an instrument that you'd like to use, then click it once to play it. If you like the instrument, proceed. If you don't like the instrument, find another one before continuing.
6This will add the instrument to the channel rack.
7When the instrument's mastering window opens, just click the X in its corner to close it.
8Once you have every instrument that you want to use in your channel rack, you can proceed with adding the bass. You can always add more channels and instruments (or replace an existing instrument with another one) later.
Part 3Creating the Bass
1If you only placed one drum in your channel rack, you'll select that instrument; however, many beats use a combination of drums (e.g., hat, snare, and kick), meaning that you'll need to select the main bass sound and work your way down from there.
2Doing so prompts a drop-down menu.
3It's at the top of the drop-down menu. You should see the piano keyboard interface open.
4Scroll up or down while clicking different keys on the keyboard until you find the proper note for your bass.
5Click to the right of the piano key which represents the note that you want to use, then drag the far-right side of the colored bar that appears left to shorten it or right to lengthen it. Each dark vertical bar in the piano view represents half of one second. For a typical rap or R&B beat, you'll want every other bar full.
6If you want to use varying notes in your beat, scroll up or down to select another note, then add the beat markers like you did above.
7If you accidentally placed a beat marker on the wrong line, you can right-click it to delete it. You can also move beat markers up, down, left, or right by clicking and dragging them from the middle.
8Once you're satisfied with the background bass in your track, you can move on to adding the final part of your beat.
Part 4Adding Other Instruments
1Main instruments can be anything from traditional instruments (e.g., a piano) to synths and other sound effects.
2A drop-down menu will appear.
3It's at the top of the drop-down menu. A new, blank piano interface will open.
4Just like you did with the bass, click the boxes to the right of your preferred notes to select them.
5If you're using a piano and a violin in your beat, for example, you would close the piano interface, right-click the violin, click Piano roll, and repeat as necessary. You can adjust the volume of different instruments by clicking and dragging the dials that are to the left of the instrument's track in the channel rack up or down.
Part 5Exporting Your Project
1It's in the upper-left side of the window. A drop-down menu will appear.
2You'll find this option near the bottom of the FILE drop-down menu. Selecting it prompts a pop-out menu.
3It's in the pop-out menu. Doing so opens the "Save As" window.
4Type in whatever you want to name your beat.
5Click a folder on the left side of the window.
6This is in the lower-right corner of the window.
7It's at the bottom of the pop-up window. Your beat will be saved as an MP3 file. It can take FL Studio several minutes to export your beat if the beat is fairly complicated.