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The Easiest Way to Sample in FL Studio with Slicex

Have you ever wondered how to sample in FL Studio 20?

A recent member asked the question about finding a “less tedious reliable way to get chops to the grid”.

I haven’t tried out NewTime as of yet, but I highly recommend using the plugin Slicex (which comes with FL Studio Producer edition and higher.)

Once you discover how easy Slicex is to use, you’ll see how easy sampling becomes in FL Studio.

It’s literally a matter of grabbing a drum loop or a recording you’ve made yourself, dragging it into Slicex’s editor, selecting “Medium auto-slicing”, and creating a melody from those slices into your own pattern.

Let’s look at some images which break down Slicex a bit further, as you’ll enjoy sampling a lot better!

Opening Up Slicex

If you haven’t organized your plugins at all, then the image below will show you how to open up Slicex.

Right-click on any sound from your Channel Rack, and select Slicex, like shown in the image:

(1) Right click on your sound, and hover over insert.
(2) Select Slicex (wherever you have it organized!)

Adding Your Loop Into Slicex for Sampling

Simply drag your loop into Slicex to get started.

Sometimes your loop can already have the slices built-in, but if not, step three below will show how to add slices in Slicex:

Drag your loop into Slicex to get started sampling.

Creating Slices in Slicex (Medium Auto-Slicing)

Now.. this is an area you may have to play around with to get the best results for your loop.

The options shown in the image below (Dull auto-slicing, Medium auto-slicing, etc.) will give you more or less aggressive results with your slices.

When slices are TOO aggressive, the slice doesn’t have much length to it, which makes for poor melody making, unless you start adding on reverb, like shown in the video!

I like to start with Medium auto-slicing, and take it from there.

Right-click on the slice icon (see red arrow), then select Medium auto-slicing

And that’s literally it!

Make your drum loop, then go to a new pattern.

You can now play a melody of your slices OVER TOP of this drum loop.

Easy peasy, right? 🤣

Further Learning About Sampling/Mixing

For more information on learning about Sampling and Mixing, I have two courses you can take advantage of.

If you watched the video, you saw me set up reverb by using a send. Definitely check out FL Studio Mixer Workflow to learn about advanced mixer setup. (The mixer is where your music really takes off.)

To learn how to sample your own music, which avoids copyright issues when dealing with another’s copyright, my course Sample Your Own Music will teach you how.



GratuiTous is an artist and producer for the name of Jesus. He has many FL Studio Courses, and many BEAT TAPES and ALBUMS! In 2020 he became a Recognized FL Studio Trainer, and was previously an electrician for 10 years in Canada! Learn more..

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