[fruityloops] Re: Main automation

  • From: "simon.heath" <simon.heath@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <fruityloops@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 11:53:35 +0000

Now here is where I look like a total fool .... to understand what you've
just written, pls could you explain what automation is!? Thanks for the
detail though which I'm sure will be perfectly obvious once I understand
what it is ...


> From: Andrew Ebling <andyebling@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Reply-To: fruityloops@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: 16 Dec 2002 11:56:29 +0000
> To: fruityloops@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [fruityloops] Re: Main automation
> On Mon, 2002-12-16 at 11:26, simon.heath wrote:
>> Hi, just saw a question on CM forum about main automation. In the manual it
>> says this can be important but i don't understand what it is and am worried
>> I might be missing out on something crucial??
> Depends on your approach to automation.  Some people put all automation
> in a single pattern called "Main Automation" (or something similar).
> Personally, I find this approach to disorganised and prefer to put
> automation into individual/separate patterns labelled accordingly.
> (Tip: if you put something like "atm" at the end of every pattern name
> that contains automation, it can really help keep things organised and
> clear.  I have wasted a lot of time looking through individual patterns
> trying to find which one is causing unwanted automation!!)
> The only exception to my rule is mix automation which I generally put in
> one pattern (since it runs for the length of the song and generally
> doesn't repeat itself in patterns).  I'm even moving away from this
> convention to putting mix automation in separate patterns for sections
> of the song (verse, chorus, bridge etc).
> Some people call mix automation "main automation" btw.
> The reason I take this approach of separating automation is that often
> automation repeats itself in patterns (e.g. up/down filter sweeps or
> gating patterns for example), so its quicker to record or draw the
> automation once and set it to "play" in the required places.
> Some people put automation in the same pattern as the associated note
> data.  This can simplify song arrangement if you _always_ want to play
> that pattern with the automation enabled.  I generally don't take this
> approach - I prefer to layer two patterns together (one containing notes
> the other containing the automation) so that I can turn the automation
> on and off at will.
> Its probably easier to answer specific questions on automation if there
> is something that isn't clear.
> never the less, hope that helps a bit!
> Andy
> -- 

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