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How to Import Sounds Into FPC and Build Your Own Presets

FPC (FL Pad Controller) is multi-layer drum machine that has been part of FL Studio since version 5. In this article I'll show you the basics of how to import sounds into FPC pads then save the kit as a preset. I won't go into the complexities of programming kits in this article - perhaps in a future article - but this should be enough to get you going. Click image thumbnails to see a larger views of screen shots.


The easiest way to import sounds into an FPC pad is to simply drag samples from the browser on to an FPC Pad. That's all there is to it. Now when you trigger the pad, you'll hear the new sample.

Fpc_drop2To build more interesting and realistic sounds, you can also assign up to 4 samples to a pad using layers. With layers you can layer samples so multiple samples trigger when you hit the pad, or you can create velocity cross-fades so that different samples play with different velocities. To do this, Click the "Layer Properties" tab on the FPC, then drag samples to the desired layer.


Repeat this process with all the pads. When you are all done, use the menu on the FPC, select "Save preset as..." and specify a name for your preset. When you want to load your kit, it now appears in the preset list from the menu system or the browser.

Faderfox Control Surfaces for Ableton Live and Traktor Now Available in US


A German company called Faderfox has developed 2 control surfaces optimized for Ableton Live and 2 for Traktor. These control surfaces look fantastic. I was curious how we get them in the US, so I emailed Faderfox who told me that their products were being distributed in the us by ROBOTSPEAK in San Francisco.  I've provided links below for info and purchasing.

Ableton Live Optimized Controllers:
Lv2 LV2 -  Manufacturer Info | Buy

Lx2 LX2 - Manufacturer Info | Buy

Traktor Optimized Controllers:
Dj2_1  DJ2 - Manufacturer Info | Buy

Dx2 DX2 - Manufacturer Info | Buy

New Patches included with Sytrus 2.3 Upgrade

Sytrus_23_1 Just a follow up to my last post. I took the time to document the new patches that came with Sytrus 2.3. See my list below. Very cool additions for sure.

Again, preview Sytrus here, click here to buy and  get 10%.


Action 2
Action 3
Hypersaw 2
Hypersaw 3
Phased 2


Dream Bell

Crash Cymbl
Hi hat


Acoustic steel
Electric 5


Scythe 2


Short synth:
Basci subtracting 7
Bite size
Celestial 2
Guitar Harmonics
Hyper Resonant 3
Hypersaw pluck
Mooginsh 3
Moogish 4

Synth string:
Asian string
Detuned saw
Hypersaw 2
Phased string
Total brokeness 2

Image Line's Software Synth Sytrus 2.3 Has Released - Get 10% Off!


One of my favorite software synths Sytrus has been updated. The update is free for registered users. For everyone else, click here to get 10% off Sytrus or any other image line product.

For those of you not familiar with Sytrus, image line describes it as "a powerful and versatile synthesizer featuring six customizable operators for FM (Frequency Modulation) and RM (Ring Modulation) synthesis, plucked string synthesis, 3 filter modules, an effects module with chorus, three delay lines and unique programmable unison mode."  The synth can be used inside of FL Studio, or as a VST/DXi inside of your host.

Words don't do it justice, so check out the very cool Flash-based microsite to hear it first hand. Note you can also get a free demo version of this synth when you download FL Studio. Note, this is a full fledged VST

Here is what's new in 2.3:

- New Cherry phaser filter.
-  New edit options in the harmonics editor.
- LFOs have a "bipolar LFO tension" option now.
- The shape loader now loads AIFF samples.
-  New envelope point modes: "stairs" and "smoothed stairs".

It also looks like they've added some new patches as well.

The DVD and Soundtrack for the Film "One Six Right" are now available on Amazon

Last year, I licensed a song called "Flight" into the film One Six Right. My song appears in the extra features of the DVD and in the soundtrack. Both the DVD and soundtrack are now available on If you are even remotely interested in flying you'll find this film interesting. This would also make a great gift for someone who was interested in aviation.


Cakewalk Project 5 2.5 Developers Blog

P5 Development of Project 5 Version 2.5 is under way.

Cakewalk has just launched a developers blog.

In this blog "For the first time, Cakewalk is going to give you a hands-on look at the new Project5 as we countdown to the release."

Use the comments links at the bottom of this post to offer thoughts on what do you think Cakewalk should be focusing on in the next release.