Here’s a How to Sample with Slicex Tutorial in FL Studio.
Slicex allows you to sample in FL Studio with ease. This is quick overview of how to load in a sample into Slicex, how to create chops in Slicex, and also how to back up the loop, as FL Studio does not backup the loop for you!
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:
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:
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.
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? 🤣
How to Backup Slicex
If you don’t know how to backup in FL Studio, Slicex is not included when you select “Export data files”.
You have to manually save the Slicex loop, which I show you two ways in the image above.
- Click the Disk, and select “Save sample as”.
- Click and drag the far right icon (#2 in image), and drag it to your song’s folder.
Make sure to save this into your custom music folder. If you don’t have a custom music folder yet, I highly encourage you to create one to make backups and file management very easy.
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.
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