This Trance music production tutorial is for all of you FL Studio users out there who are just getting started and want to know how to create automation clips. Since I’m an Apple guy, I can’t create an original lesson for you all. I think this video will help you get going!
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[aside title="Hands Free!"] Using automation to control sweeps, panning, volume, etc is a great way to ensure smooth and consistent changes over time![/aside]
Now for all of you who do not have FL Studio, like myself, rest assured that this process is very similar in all DAWs out there. I will be putting something together for Logic, and perhaps Ableton soon ,so stay tuned for that! The process shown in this lesson is quick and easy to understand, so it doesn’t require too much time or experience to begin using it in your productions. Automation is one of those things that literally changes the way you work and interact with your sounds!
Starting with a basic trance style lead synth, a filter is applied so you have something to automate. You will also get a few best practice tips along the way, such as identifying you high and low points before getting started on programming your automation clips. Knowing this ahead of time means you can simply set the high and low parameters in the automation tool to make sure you never stray outside those boundaries.
As you can see in the video, you will need a separate automation clip for each and every parameters you want to automate. There is no getting around this, unless you are using a plugin that allows you to use macros, or some type of grouping that let’s you assign multiple parameters to a single controller knob (like NI Massive). Some DAWs allow you to copy and paste automation data, which is incredibly helpful. But you should just plan on taking the time to set up each parameter modulation individually.
In the end it is really worth it to get everything exactly as you like it, without settling for anything less. That’s what automation is all about. You nay have to set something up one time and then it auto-pilot from that point on. Talk about making your life easier!
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