The modern music production landscape is rife with opportunities to make the most of your creative process.
With the right tools and knowledge, you can easily craft professional-sounding music with ease.
One of the key tools in your arsenal is automation, which can add complexity and texture to your tracks.
Automation also allows you to create dynamic changes that add a sense of anticipation and provide more realism to your mix.
In this blog post, we’ll provide an in-depth look at how to add automation into your FL Studio workflow.
We’ll cover the basics of automation, provide some tips and tricks for getting the most out of it, and discuss how to apply automation in the FL Studio DAW.
So, if you’re ready to take your music production to the next level and create more dynamic, exciting tracks, join us as we explore automation in FL Studio.
Create a MIDI pattern
The first step in adding automation in FL Studio is to create a MIDI pattern.
This is done by adding one or more MIDI clips in the Playlist view.
To add a MIDI clip, simply drag and drop a MIDI file from the Browser panel into the Playlist.
After the MIDI clip appears in the Playlist, click on it to edit the notes and patterns.
You can also use the Piano Roll view to create and edit patterns.
When you’re finished, you can automate the MIDI clip by adding envelopes in the selected track to control the clips’ volume, panning, instrument, and pitch.
Draw automation clips
The next step in adding automation to FL Studio is to draw automation clips.
Automation clips can be used to apply changes over time to any parameter in the selected track.
To add an automation clip, you first need to select the parameter you want to automate.
Then, right-click on the parameter, select “Create Automation Clip”, and select the clip type.
You can now draw the automation clip on the Playlist window by clicking and dragging the mouse.
The clip will appear as a colored line, and you can edit it to your desired shape.
Clicking the checkbox beside the parameter name in the Playlist window will enable the automation clip.
Now, your parameter will automatically change over time according to the shape of the clip.
Right-click ‘Create Automation Clip’
Once you have your desired effect ready to go, you can add automation to it in FL Studio.
To do this, right-click on the effect and select ‘Create Automation Clip’.
This will open a Clip window with a list of all the parameters in the effect.
You can then assign any parameter to an automation clip and adjust its values over time.
You can also add multiple automation clips to the same effect.
This will allow you to quickly modify the effect’s sound without having to manually adjust the parameters.
Experiment with the different parameters and automation clips to get the perfect sound for your music.
Select the appropriate automation parameter
Once you have chosen the parameter you want to automate, you will need to select the most appropriate automation parameter to use.
This can be done by using the Parameter Menu on the left-hand side of the screen.
You can choose from a variety of parameters, including Volume, Pan, Mute, Send, or any other parameter you have set up.
In order to select the appropriate parameter, simply click on the parameter name and a drop-down menu will appear with all the available options.
Once you have selected the parameter you would like to automate, click on ‘OK’ to confirm your selection.
Move the controller in the automation clip
Now that you’ve created your automation clip, it’s time to move the controller.
To do this, simply click and drag the controller button to the desired point in the automation clip.
You can also use the arrow keys to move the controller to the left or right, or hold down the Alt key and click and drag to move the controller in small increments.
Don’t forget to save your automation clip when you’re done!
You can now start to see the effect of automation on your project.
Group automation clips
Automation clips are a great way to automate parameters and settings within a project.
In FL Studio, you can group multiple automation clips together for easier editing.
To do this, select the automation clips you wish to group and press the ‘Group’ button in the top toolbar.
This will create a new automation clip that contains the settings of all the clips that were grouped.
You can now edit the automation of all the grouped clips at once.
The automation clips can be ungrouped at any time by pressing the ‘Ungroup’ button.
Create automation envelopes
One of the most powerful tools for creating music in FL Studio is automation envelopes.
This feature allows you to automate your effects, instruments and sounds to create dynamic, ever-changing music.
To create an automation envelope, open the mixer view and select the channel you want to automate.
Then, right-click on the automation parameter (e.g. volume, pan, etc.) and select “Create Automation Envelope”.
You will then see a graph that represents the automation envelope.
You can draw in the automation envelope, or use the pencil tool to draw in the automation envelope manually.
Once you’re done, click on the “Play” button to hear the effects in action!
Route automation envelopes to the mixer track
Once you’ve added your automation envelopes to their corresponding tracks, your next step is to route them to the mixer track.
This can be done by selecting the automation envelope from the list of automation envelopes, and then clicking the “Route to Mixer” button located in the upper right corner of the window.
This will ensure that all of the automation envelopes are routed to the same mixer track, so they can be edited and adjusted together.
Once the automation envelopes have been routed to the mixer track, you can adjust the levels, panning, and other parameters to get your desired mix.
In conclusion, FL Studio is a powerful music production software that can be used to create impressive tracks.
With its intuitive drag-and-drop interface and automation capabilities, users can create rich and intricate sounds with ease.
Automation clips provide an easy way to modify and control sound parameters over time, allowing users to craft their own unique musical sounds.
With its intuitive workflow and automation capabilities, FL Studio is an excellent choice for anyone looking to make professional-level music.