Sample Packs 101 - Beginners Guide

Sample Packs 101 - Beginners Guide on How to Install and use Sample Packs in Fl Studio

Downloading and Installing Sample Packs

In this blog we're going to demonstrate to you how to use sample packs - we're going to cover every step of the process from download, to getting them inside your DAW and finishing on some basic editing techniques.

Downloading Sonicallys Samples

With our sample packs, once you have completed checkout you will be redirected to our thank you page which will have your download links (these links will also be e-mailed directly to you).

Clicking on these links will automatically begin the download of your sample pack - so make sure you are on the correct device!

The packs will then appear in your download folder. This will be a zipped folder, so you will need to double click on the folder to extract the files (or click Extract All).

You need to select a folder you will be extracting to - this is very important that you find or create a folder you will be using for all your sample packs so you can keep them all in one place, and somewhere where you will not accidentally delete the packs.

Getting Samples into Your DAW

The next step is to open up your DAW. For convenience you will want your sample packs to appear in your DAW's browser (for FL studio this is on the left hand side).

To do this you need to navigate to Options (found along the top menu), and click on File Settings

This will bring up a pop up window, which contains a section called Browser Extra Search Folders - this is where you will tell the browser where to look for your sample packs. Click on an empty row and locate the folder you created above with all your sample packs in them. Select the FOLDER containing the sample packs and not the individual sample packs.

You will now see that the sample pack has been added to the browser and all your sounds are now available. If they are not click the refresh icon (at the top left side of your browser) to refresh the list displayed).

Brilliant. Now you are ready to start using the samples to create music!

Using Loops & Samples Inside Your DAW

All Sonicallys samples and loops come labeled with the Key and the Tempo the sample is recorded at. This gives you a benchmark of what samples to look at based around your desired tempo, or you can use a sample you enjoy to dictate the tempo of your track.

The best place to start with is a loop. You can listen to a preview of any loop by clicking on the loop in the browser. You can toggle between loops by using the central wheel on your mouse. Once you have identified a loop you want, simply click and drag the loop into your DAW's playlist.

Its good practice to rename your loop at this point to something you will be able to identify, and colour code it. F2 is the short cut to rename anything inside FL Studio, or if you right click on the very top left of the loop it will bring down a drop down menu which will give you the options you require. 

Then left click on the loop and use the new pop up to send it to a new track in your mixer by toggling the "Track" input on the top right of the pop up.

Once you are happy with the loop you can select it by pressing Ctrl and Left Click, then you can copy it by either holding down the shift key and dragging the sample to the right, or the good old Ctrl C and Ctrl V. 

Editing A Loop

Make Unique

Along the top left of your playlist inside FL Studio you will see a few icons, one of which will look like a stanly knife - you can select this icon to "chop up" your loop. You will now have 1 loop but in two parts, any editing done at this point will effect BOTH loop parts.

In order to make each loop different, you need to right click on the top left of the second "chop" to bring up the drop down menu and select the "Make Unique". You know have 2 unique loop sections which you can edit independently.

Changing Pitch

Double click on your loop to bring up the editor, and change the "Time-stretching" "Mode" to read Stretch instead of Resample. You can now use the pitch field at the top of the pop up to alter the pitch as you wish.

Cutting Off the End of A Loop

If you want a little break in your music, you can click and drag the right end of the loop left to chop of the end. However this may cause a little click or pop off as the loop ends. What you want to do in this case is double click on the loop, and change the Blending Mode section to one of the options from the drop down menu.

Using samples & one-shots in the Channel Rack

As above, you can drag any one shots such as kicks, snares etc into the Playlist and paint or drag them across as you have done with a loop. This is most useful if you are building up drums for example which you want to constantly change or cut out certain parts throughout the track.

Another way is to build up a Pattern inside your Channel Rack using the samples. This is useful if you are likely to have a consistent drum loop throughout your track.   

Simply drag the sample into the Channel Rack where you would usually select your Plugin and you can now play the sample using the piano roll, or any of the other usual ways.

Excellent, we hope we have explained everything to do with using samples - if you have any specific questions please hit us up!


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