Should I Use Loops in My Music (What Sounds to Use in FL Studio)

  • #85727
    alberto

    So I’m with you on the using someone else’s loops and tracks instead of creating your own that said my M-Audio oxygen pro 61 came with some really cool plugins as well as free loops not to mention when I purchased FL all plug ins edition on black Friday it also came with awesome loops and stuff. should I not use those for creating actual tracks also there are things called dry files and wet files what’s the difference ?

    #85728
    GratuiTous Join Platform!

    Hey Alberto!

    So this is a bit of a controversial topic.

    I’m on the fence of “calling yourself a producer is making your beats from scratch”.  That means using Virtual Instruments with MIDI Notes, and using One-Shot Drum Samples to create custom drum loops.

    Being a sound designer is different than being a beatmaker, so we need to have high-quality sounds created for us, then we can make our music off of those high-quality sounds (which takes much practice and skill.. with many many hours.. that’s what makes a good producer GOOD!)

    Nowadays, a lot of FL Studio Tutorials and “producers” are using pre-made loops… they simply drag them in, “call them their own”, and release their music with done-for-you loops, which is technically not their own music.

    When these loops are sold, the vendor says they are “royalty-free”, but in reality, you can get red-flagged on streaming services if your music sounds too similar (someone used the exact loop you did, without any alteration).

    I’m of the strong opinion that is not producing.. it’s just dragging in a loop.. they then maybe add one or two of “their own melodies”, then release the track.

    Keep following the COURSE PATHWAYS, and you’ll see I teach you step-by-step to create your own custom beats here.

    The end results gives you the most rewarding feeling, and you become an incredibly versatile, well-rounded producer.

    If someone asks you, “Did you make that beat?”.. you can confidently say, “Yes!”.

    It’s harder, but worth it.

    …also there are things called dry files and wet files what’s the difference?

    For Dry and Wet, this typically means that the DRY has no effect on it.. and the WET has processing/effects on it.

    #85732
    alberto

    So is it safe to say sounds/FXs/drums etc. that aren’t native to FL are ok as long as you use them in a manner that’s unique to you and your style? also maybe this will be explained in the course at some point but is there anyway to maybe slice certain sounds or parts from a loop to use it instead of the whole thing to make it yours ?

    #85735
    GratuiTous Join Platform!

    Ya, so that’s why I was saying it’s a bit of a controversial topic, because there’s a huge “grey area” when it comes to “what should be allowed with loops”.

    When we make beats, there’s Original Compositions and Sampling.

    In the Sampling world, using loops is what they do.  However, sampling is a very talented art and skillset.  This is when you take a loop, chop it up, and recreate your own song..  Think popular hip-hop beats back in the day where they used old songs in the chorus of beats.

    In the Original Compositions of making beats world, in my opinion, it’s all about creating your music from scratch.  What does this mean?  To me, it means creating melodies and drum loops which are unique.  This is important for a few reasons:

    1. Very little chance of fighting copyright infringement
    2. The skill level separates the pros from the novices
    3. You can truly have your own sound

    A cool approach to sampling is sampling your own music.  This way you can get that unique sampled sound, while not worrying about copyright 🙂.

    Does that make things a little clearer?

    It’s not about if your sounds are stock in FL Studio, or third-party sounds, it’s more about “did you actually make the music?”.

    We need high-quality sounds.. whether it be a stock Virtual Instrument, or a Third-Party Virtual Instrument, the underlying discussion is “are they your MIDI Notes” (compared to dragging in someone else’s MIDI Pack.. a “done-for-you melody solution”.. you will learn very little, and never truly find your own sound this way)..

    Let me know if that makes things a little clearer..

    #85736
    alberto

    100% clear and while there is nothing wrong with sampling tracks, I for sure want to be known for my own sounds instead. I really appreciate the fast responses and thorough breakdowns you are definitely making this journey way easier then when I was browsing through youtube thank you.

    #85737
    GratuiTous Join Platform!

    Okay, right on!

    Just to clarify, Sampling is not bad, and it’s an artform!

    What I’m getting at is when people use a loop AS-IS.. and call it as their own.

    I highly encourage you to practice sampling at one point, as it makes you a very good producer to understand how to work with audio files, rather than MIDI Notes, as they both require their own skillset.

    As you said, ultimately, I like to create original compositions myself, as that allows you to be 100% free with your music, and gives your music its own unique sound.

    Thanks for being a member.. I truly appreciate your business, and I hope I can help you learn FL Studio FAST!  🙂

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