On Thu, 2002-10-10 at 06:58, Mark Weingarten wrote: > Hi everybody- My name is Mark and currently living in Portland, Oregon, > USA. I'm glad to see that people are figuring out and and sharing answers > tothe many mysteries of fruityloops. Hi Mark and welcome to the list. > I have been playing with it for about > 6months and am learning new things every time I use it. I'm finding this too and I've been using it intensively since the beginning of the year. > Here are some of my many > questions: > -Will fruityloops work better (less strain on CPU) in Windows > 98than 2000? My computer is a Dell laptop with a Pentium 2, running Windows > 2000 and is not able to handle everything I want to do in FL. How can I > improve it's performance? As long as you have enough RAM, Win2K is probably better from the point of view of stability. Another factor that comes into play is the sound card in the laptop and how good its drivers are in 98 and win2k. There are also various way to tweak win2k and XP to make them use less resources. A quick trip to google.com will turn up a few relevant pages. Although you should be able to do a fair amount of sample based work with a Pentium 2, you'll probably need more raw CPU power if you start using a lot of VSTis or VST effects. I like to do as much as possible with VSTis and use lots of VST effects which means that I regularly bring my 1.2GHz Athlon to its knees. No budget to upgrade currently though. > -If I want to record a guitar track on top of a > FL creation, do I need another program, or should I just record it as a WAV > file and import the sample? Anybody been using a Line6 guitarport for > something like this? You basically have two options. i) You can buy the EZ-editor add-on which apart from giving you a nice lean and fast sample editor, gives you the ability to record real time audio and load it into a sampler channel. If you record more than a short clip, you'll want to make sure the "leave on disk" option is enabled in the sampler channel, or you'll start running out of RAM. ii) Get a basic VSTi compatible sequencer/hard disk recorder and use that to record your guitar parts and use fruityloops as a VSTi inside that. I use n-track for this (http://www.ntrack.com) which is cheap and effective although it isn't the prettiest thing to look at and I'm still ironing out the last few glitches (n-track support forum peeps are generally helpful folk though). Another plus with n-track is that you can apply VST effects to the instrument you are recording, so you hear the guitar with effects while you are recording, but a clean version gets recorded (i.e. without any effects applied). This gives you the greatest opportunity for tweaking the effects to your satisfaction later on, but gives you the confidence to play well during the recording session. However, you might find that your system buckles under the load of running fruity as a VSTi inside another sequencer though. I'd recommend you download some demos and try things out before you part with your cash. I think the n-track demo is mostly functional. Either way, guitarport is probably one of the best ways to plug your guitar into your PC without spending serious amounts of cash. Do check you can get win2k drivers though. > -Where can I put songs (on the web) in FL format, so > that friends can download them and add on to them? Five options: i) use the "Live Loop" functionality within fruityloops to upload songs. This has the disadvantage that you can only use samples that came with fruityloops. ii) http://www.sectionz.net a whole community based around electronic music with an emphasis on fruityloops. The site is a bit unreliable and slow at times, but good fun all the same. You can get your tracks rated and get in a top twenty chart each month if you are good enough. You can upload in mp3 or flp format. iii) Use the Song Exchange area on fruityloops.com (bottom right of the main page), again mp3 or flp is fine. iv) just get some normal webspace and upload them there. v) keep your samples small and send them around via email. This is what I do. You have to make sure the recipient has all the same VSTi/VST installed though. > -Any good suggestions > for free VSTs? for VST effects check out http://www.mda-vst.com there are loads of good ones there. For more general info on VST see http://www.kvr-vst.com Computer Music Magazine (UK publication but you can get it internationally) have given away some pretty cool free VSTis in recent months: CM101 (basic subtractive synth) SR202 (drum sampler/synthesiser) DS404 (virtual sampler with some fantastic filters). They have all of these on the cover CDROM each month and a new one is due out soon aparently. The magazine is good if you are just setting out, but there isn't that much stuff to keep you interested once you have got past the basics. http://www.rgcaudio.com has the fantastic Triangle II for free and some pretty storming commercial ones as well (Pentagon and z3ta+). Ignore at your peril! If you have money to burn, you might want to check out http://www.nativeinstruments.com I'd advise against trying out the demos unless you can afford to buy! > If I figure out a good way to do it, I would love to share some > of my creations and get some feedback. They're starting to really come > together... Cool. Keep us posted. best regards, Andy -- The contents of this e-mail and any attachments are confidential and may be legally privileged. If you have received this e-mail and you are not a named addressee, please inform us as soon as possible on +44 118 901 2999 and then delete the e-mail from your system. 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