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How to Use Automation Clips in FL Studio

teacher avatar Riley Weller, FL Studio Teacher

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9 Lessons (1h 23m)
    • 1. [INTRO] - How To Use Automation Clips in FL Studio

    • 2. 1-1 - What Is Automation

    • 3. 2-1 - Example Of An Automation Clip

    • 4. 2-2 - How To Automate Stuff in FL Studio

    • 5. 2-3 - Edit Events Automation Alternative

    • 6. 2-4 - Some Fun Stuff to Automate

    • 7. 2-5 - Nuances of Automation Clips in FL Studio

    • 8. 2-6 - What I Like to Automate

    • 9. 3-1 - Real World Examples of Automation OUTRO

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Are you ready for the next music production technique which will significantly improve your productions?

Meet Automation Clips.

Automation clips allows us as producers to set tasks up prior, to run out automatically when our song plays!

And in terms of creativity - what can you automate?

Pretty much anything you can think of inside of your music program (in our case of this course, FL Studio.)

Think about it, adjusting that vocal with some of its words too loud, or too quiet, we can easily automate one word and make the perfect sounding vocal.

Or, what about a really cool effect sound - Maybe we only want the effect to be really prominent in the chorus of the song, but dial it back come verse time.

This is all obtainable with Automation Clips.

It is my goal of this course to teach you BEST PRACTICES with automation clips inside of FL Studio.

FL Studio has some nuances (some gotchas) that you should really be aware of so you don't make things harder for yourself!

Let me teach you best practices behind automation clips.

I'll not only teach you best practices, but reveal a lot of common industry techniques which will get you right up to speed with your favorite producers and songs!

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Riley Weller

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GratuiTous (Riley Weller) is an FL Studio teacher who has used FL Studio since 2009.

He has worked with a GRAMMY nominated artist, and runs the podcast 'Music Production Made Simple'.

He also writes music production books, and has over 25 FL Studio music production courses!

His students tell him that his approach to explaining topics is extremely easy to understand.

His music production courses are based on FL Studio, and can range from beginners to advanced.

Feel free to reach out to GratuiTous with any questions you have about FL Studio.


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1. [INTRO] - How To Use Automation Clips in FL Studio: all right Here. What's everybody? Welcome to my course on how to use automation clips inside of Fo studio. I want to share with you guys how to properly use automation clips. Okay, let's do you have some quirks and how they approach automation clips. So I want to break all that stuff down for you. The kind of nuance is the kind of tricky stuff to kind of understand and how it works. But as you can see here, you know, I just break down. You know, what is an automation clip? How to create one different techniques you could do. You know how to adjust, like your points and slightly different curves. And really, how to take your music from, you know, just kind of beginner sounding tomb or advanced sounding. And that's through automation. Okay, So what is automation? Automation is when you're pretty much taking out like the manual labor. So you're doing the work up front, okay? And then you're going to hit play. Then your song will actually do that task. So, for example, we have fl keys overdrive. OK, so open up fo keys. You could see the overdrive knob right here. Okay, So as we actually proceed throughout the song, if you watch this overdrive knob, it's gonna increase to the full, and then it's gonna duck back a bit, and then it will slowly increase. Okay, so watch this. You see how the knob is moving? Okay. In addition, I also adjusted the volume right here, okay? And then we also did something with, uh and e que Okay, so it's like a filter. OK, so as you can see, as the song goes down, it's up. This high cut filters up higher. And as the song proceeds, you know, we kind of reduce, um frequencies and we build it up. So is there techniques which you can do in your song to create emotion? Okay, so if you guys wanna learn how to use automation clips properly inside of Fo studio, as well as understand, you know, the intricacies of it. Because fo studio approaches automation clips just a little bit differently than other music programs. So if you enroll, you guys gonna learn automation clips, how to use them properly and how to improve your beats, uh, to get them sounding mawr advanced. Okay, 2. 1-1 - What Is Automation: all right. In this video, we're gonna be talking about automation. Automation is actually an amazing thing. Ah, it's something that I have learned more in my later years on. The reason why I want to talk about this is because it relates to automation clips. And the whole idea behind automation is that there's minimal human assistance behind what you set up. So the thing with automation is you first have to set it up beforehand. Um and then whatever you set up, it will run for you. Okay. So a really good example of automation is like your lawn sprinklers. K. This saves you a lot of time, because otherwise you'd have toe go turn on the tap. You know, spray the nozzle for you know your hose to water your lawn. Ah, in first of all, you have to be there is time consuming, and you may not be able to spread around the water as good as these automatic sprinklers. Okay, so nowadays, a lot of homes, they have automatic sprinklers, which is a form of automation. Okay, again, The reason why I want to talk about that is because automation saves you time. Okay, so I'm just gonna come over here. I'm just going to talk about some pros. Can we talk about the pros of automation? Okay, it's a timesaver like huge K. And this is just talking like real life stuff, like, uh, you know, if you're into websites and coding and stuff like that, you know, I'm sure you know, if object oriented programming, And if you don't, it's just it's just reusing code. So instead of writing the same code like seven times, it's like, Why not write the code once and then reuse it in multiple areas? OK, so it saves time. Essays, effort? Um, it's more efficient. Now. The thing is with automation is this is to do with music production now. Okay, so inside of music production, where do we use automation? Okay, now, instead of music production, it's called automation clips, and every single doll approaches them a little bit differently. FL Studio has its quirks, but when to understand what's going on, you could really set things up in your music. You know, Song, you know, in your arrangement to really help add emotion and stuff like that. So when we think of automation, you can literally automate almost anything. Like, for example, you could automate follow you. Okay, so if we talk about like a vocal, for example, let's say, you know, the singer is singing and there's some words which are way too loud somewheres, which are way too quiet. Um, you know, yes, you could be using a compressor, but the thing is, a compressor can give negative artifacts if you push it too hard. So what you can do is you can actually use an automation clip, um, to lower or increase the volume of the vocal, and then you can apply some light compression. Okay. See, you can still get the benefit of compression on the vocal. You know, that would just be kind of gluing it or making some more consistent helping it. Ah, stand up better in the mix. But when you use a compressor hard, you can kind of get like a pumping effect, or you can bring up like the background noise of a room and stuff. Whereas if used volume automation on that vocal, use them hand in hand, you can get really, really good results. Okay, You know you can automate anything like panning or filters. Okay, so a filter just like an e que Okay, so it is right here, and I put in brackets filters. So this is how you create emotion, Okay? And I've actually written a book on this is on Amazon. I do suggest you check it. Oh, it's called audio painting. Okay. Audio painting is a term that I have coined over the years, and the whole idea behind audio painting is communicating with your listener. Okay, so in your song, when you're at the intro, when you're gonna work your weight like the verses of the course, you want to have some type of transition or some way to communicate with the listener, letting them know that change is gonna happen. Because in music, if you just make you don't really subtle changes your music kind of sound, amateur or rushed or just this doesn't flow. Now, if you go this into some of your favorite music And if you really listen to how it changes from, you know, the structure of the song. So from the verse to the course, listen to your favorite songs. Now, you know, listen to how they're transitioning in. Typically, they'll do it with, like, a snare role. Or they'll be using these filters like I'm sharing here. Or like white noise, especially in rock music. The mentalities like drum fills or something like that. In music production, you can use whatever you want as this type of transition and communication. Even silence is a powerful tool. Like, you know, all of a sudden you stop playing an instrument in the listener's is just kind of like, Okay, something's happening, right? Like you're now it's up to you to start building them up, whether that is, like your kick drum playing really, really fast and kind of working its way up to the chorus or, like, a snare role Reverse symbol, Ford symbol, um, stuff like that. Okay, so I just want to make a quick video about automation in general just to kind of get you thinking. Now, one thing I do want to warn you with automation, and this is with anything in life gay. It could be a music production, or it can be in your real life. Okay, um, automation is really, really awesome. Okay? It saves you a lot of time. Like I said, right here. It can save you money. It could be more efficient. Um, but many times you want to keep automation simple. Okay, So the whole goal of automation is to give, you know, as less human part of the process to make it fully automated with, like, a computer or whatever. Okay. But the thing is, as soon as you start making automation complex, it can open up a huge can of worms. Okay. So for example, imagine you had, like, one task to do like these two tasks. Okay, so let's just say like to and to write. So now what happens is like if you change something here, it's like it can affect both this one and this one. And the thing is, as it starts to grow a Z, you can see you know, it can start getting more and more complex. Ah, which is why automation takes a lot of planning in that the real world, like if you want toe, implement it at a more large level. But I say that because with music production, you want to keep things simple to because if you start taking things too extreme, you know, again that that one change can start changing multiple elements down the line. So it's just something to be aware off, Like I'm not saying that you can't do intense, crazy, complex automation with your when I decided instead of like, your music program, if you want to, like, make filters go weird and you know just kind of do cool stuff like, you know, I'm totally for being creative behind music production. It's just something to be aware of that if you are, you know, making automation. Um, I guess what I want to say is, like bad practices in a sense that you haven't thought ahead that all of a sudden you've set yourself up and then all of a sudden you like, Oh, I'm gonna try this. And now again. Now you gotta be like that dominoes effect. So the 1st 1 you affected now affects everything. So it's just all about kind of thinking ahead, and if you want to be complex, that's cool. But as long as you've kind of thought in the back of your mind how to prepare or how to kind of counter act some of these cons towards automation. But at the end of the day, automation in life is amazing and lousy to save time and stuff like that within music production. It gives your music amore. Um, I guess natural feeling it gives it. I guess a big word with automation is movement. Okay, so for example, let's say we have, like, a piano and the piano just playing whatever, but it can kind of sounds static if it's not doing much. So what you could do is maybe you can kind of pan some of the notes to the left or passable the notes to the right, or even if we're talking about, like a lead sound so many times you can be used in like, ah, filter to kind of cut the lead to make it not as aggressive. And once it comes to the chorus, you can kind of open up that lead and, you know, let that leave be very, really, really aggressive only at certain times or even throughout the song, you can just kind of increase and decrease that filter just subtly and again. It kind of creates that movement. It gives your music just a little bit of change up going on here and there, rather than maybe like that piano at that lead sounding. So just that's the sound. You can kind of mix it up and give it a little bit of change throughout its loop. OK, so automation, super powerful stuff. Let's get into this course. I'm gonna break down some, uh, some things that I like to do with automation that I'm gonna actually show you how to set up automation different ways you can automate instead of effort studio, Um and then all kind of bring you through a couple of my own songs where I've used automation. And, um, I kind of give you just a little reference point so that you guys can start automating and automation really is a tool that you want to learn. It makes your music's on wave more, uh, you know, advanced. Getting it allows that movement that allows you to set things up beforehand. And as the songs playing, you know, you could be really, really creative with it. 3. 2-1 - Example Of An Automation Clip: All right, Let me give you guys an example of an automation clip here. Okay, so I was gonna enter here on the playlist, Hit control, right click. Make everything a little bit bigger. So as you can see this reverb down here and this delay Ah, and this effect guitar, these air automation clips. Now there's different approaches. The automation clips. Many times I like to just automate the area like that. I'd be working in. So if I zoom in here, you'll see a little bit better. So, for example, this automation clip is meant just for the bridge. Okay, so these go together, I believe, um, all sure. I'll share that with you here in a moment, just to kind of break it down so many times, I like to highlight the area, and then I'll create the automation clip just for the area I'm working in. And if I'm going to re use it somewhere else Ah, I would literally just kind of highlight them and kind of bring them over. Okay? And I did that by holding down control Left, click, highlight. Hold on shift and then click. Ok, that's what that does. Um, but Usually I don't create an automation clip for the whole song. OK, so as you can see here, this automation clip is kind of going up and down throughout the song. If I have a hit, enter, maybe go smaller. Now, if you look at this blue one here, this is Ah, the guitar reverb. And this one is like the guitar delay. Okay, so I have reverb and delay here. And if we go throughout the song, you're going to see that thes sliders actually move. Okay, So, look, you see how they go up and down and so it throughout the song, it's actually doing this? Ah, it just gives a really, really cool flavor to the song. Um, this was kind of a unique approach And what I did was I automated the volume of the reverb and the DeLay case. Let's make a big screen again So, throat the song I just automated the reverb in the delay just to make it mawr exaggerated or less exaggerated. And as you can see, like in the chorus, I really boosted up the effects. Okay, so you know, we have the course right here. We have Ah, are automation right here. Okay, So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna solo the chorus guitar, the verse guitar, and I'm just going to apply the river and the delay, and we're gonna listen for how the effects kind of ramp in, and as you can see, the kind of dial out and then is here with the versus. Well, okay, so once we get to the first, you can see that I kind of ducked it. Whence I go into, like, this bridge here, I'll bring. Ah, I'll bring that in as well. Ah, you could see that. You know, the effects kind of come back in, and they kind of swell their way out. So let me just do it like this so that you guys can actually see, um, the actual sliders moving at the same time. Okay, so let's just listen. Okay, So right now nothing's moving. It's kind of coming down a bit. You'll notice it. Here. Say they're still going down. Cleaner sounding. Okay. The effects are going to build up here. Okay, Listen for the effects. Watched them on the sliders. Should the river if I need the reverb. So within the context of the song. It adds a lot of emotion. So let's just bring everything back and I'll let you hear that from the beginning. So you're going to hear the chorus, the verse and the bridge And just listen for that river. Now the drill move is gonna play. This is the actual song. Okay, this track is actually off of my beat. Takes by gratitude is volume six throughout this course, we're gonna be covering a lot of did my different beats. And Alice, you know the names of them. So the name of the song is called Love shall Prevail again off my beat taste but grand tours Volume six is on Spotify and stuff. Okay, so let's hit. Play on. Let's just watch these sliders K. This is kind of a man example of automation clips on. And then in the next video, I'm going to show you how to set this stuff up. So don't worry. If it feels too advanced, we're gonna work away, and we'll get you there so that you guys can actually start automating. So he really the drums are gonna come in que cleaner. Okay, just listen for the effects here again. Okay. And then just throw it. The song, as you can see, you know, just kind of goes up and down and just as a little bit of movement. Ah, as the song, actually, you know, progressives and then near the end, I really, really boosted it up Just to really help emphasize that we'll listen to that. Okay, So, um, I'll do it So you guys can see it here so you could see it really, really ramps up near the end of the song. So Okay, I'm just going to show you two more quick examples before we move on here, So I'm gonna keep this one simple. This one is the bridge one. Okay, So, as you can see, I've just used a filter to, I think just opened up this guitar. Okay, so if we listen to the very, very beginning with its filter, it just sounds like this castle. Okay? You feel like the rush starting to build it. Just like the intro of the song. The high frequencies come Okay. Soil F nine, go to the mixer. Ok, so as you could see, when that guitar is playing its on insert wine. Okay, so I'm gonna click on it. And, um, I'm not sure which one. Like sometimes I'm really, really organized with this stuff. And sometimes when I make my own beat, sometimes I'm not just kind of the flow, but many times I would push in my middle scroll wheel and I would say, like, you know, filter or, uh, you know, high cut filter or something like that. And you could also give it, like, a color. Okay. You know, and then if I hit, enter here. You can actually see it kind of stands out. Now, I'm not sure if this was actually the filter. Hopefully it is. But let's just look at it, OK? So as you can see, uh, if I start from the beginning, Okay, So the green one here says you could see this is actually called the high cut filter is what it's doing is it's removing the high frequencies of the sound. And as this automation clip starts to increase, Okay, uh, it literally opens up the filter. OK, So as you can see you as we proceed through the song, I'm just gonna make it smaller here. So as we proceed through the song, you can see that the filter opens. Okay, so that is Ah, high cut filter. I'm gonna break this stuff down for you as we go, like with an actual riel role example, and show you how to set stuff up. This one's a little bit more advanced. As you can see, I got more creative. Okay, so we have this intro guitar here, I'm gonna f six. Okay, um, if I hit play. OK, so I think this is the effect guitar. So I'm gonna click on it, bring up the channel sampler. And so what I've done is the LFO speed. Okay, so here's LFO right here. And then here is speed. So again, I probably just highlighted the area I came here. I right, clicked on speed. And as you can see, you can create automation clip. You could do it with, like, any knob create animation clip, you know, create automation clip. And then in the playlist, you start adjusting it. So I went a little bit extreme on this. I just kind of ah, you know, uh, right clicked. If you right click, you can kind of like a just like, different points and stuff, so I'm just gonna go like, uh, one sec was right. Click here again. You can kind of increase, increase and decrease like the tension again. You know, we can adjust like a double curve and ah, assuming on that, you know, um, again, I'm just kind of sharing this kind of stuff quickly, because once we actually start building our automation clips that make it a little easier because we've already seen seen it. So I'm going to hit Stop here, and then we are going to hit play, and you're gonna watch this LFO so in L. A foe is a low frequency oscillator. So it, um, it's cycles that are you know, it hurts that we can't hear as humans. I think it's like the max is like to 20 hertz, and we use that to, um, you know, put into our sounds to modulate them. Okay, so you know, when this sine wave is going like this, it's making this guitar go up and down in volume. Since I'm on the volume tab here, this LFO is adjusting volume. So it's making the volume go up and down really, really fast. Which is what you'll hear here. Okay, so with so my amount is full So which means I want the effect to be the most extreme. And then the speed dictates how fast or how slow. I want the volume to go up and down. OK, so you'll hear. Hear que way. That's just the telephone booth to look at this. This is this automation clipper a year. Okay, so if I just play a note, Okay, let me just play with the LFO here. So fickle here. Okay, so I kind of got dial it and right, but okay. So again, that's just the volume going up and down. And I inside the song I just automated How fast and how slow it went just to kind of give it kind of more of a kind of cooler sound to that effect guitar. So again, if we listen to that guitar, just listen to it. Oh, you know what? That will boo boo. That's just the LFO uh, affecting the volume. Okay, so that's just a quick overview. This track didn't have too much automation going on. I just had a lengthy intro here with the bridge. But that filter I showed you. I we affected the LFO here. Make a full screen secrecy better. Okay, so we affect you like the l a. Full right here. Um and then we also ah, had a reverb and a delay, and I just I was kind of tweaking it throughout the song where I kind of felt that, you know, kind of spiced it up a little bit because this song, it only had one instrument. This is actually super rare for me and most of my songs. I have multiple instruments that I add and remove to help build diverse one to reverse to to my quarters to my pre chorus to my bridge. You know, all these different structures of a song. I typically have multiple instruments so I can add and remove. In this case, I only played one instrument and it was just a guitar. Okay, so it's good here guitar so way will add another ever been delayed just makes it sound better. Okay, so that's just one guitar. And that was all that was going on in the song, right? That's the verse. Here's the bridge. So what I'm trying to say is to spice up this guitar. I just kind of tweak the river and the delay. And if you check out this song again, it's called Love shall prevail. It's for free download, or you can check it on Spotify and stuff like that. Ah, but you'll hear this. Reverb and delay be increased and decreased throughout the song, and this is exactly what I did, Okay? 4. 2-2 - How To Automate Stuff in FL Studio: all right. In this video, we're gonna be breaking down how to set up automation clips and how I like to approach them . So what I did was that has created a little piano loop here with just a kick drum, just to keep it really simple. Just give us a little loop toe work off of. This is what it sounds like. Okay, so what I want to do first is I want to show you how to create automation clip. So ah, lot of people when they create automation clips. Now, imagine this pattern. I held down control, left click to highlight and control be as involved, and it duplicates the pattern. Okay, So a lot of people, what they'll do is they'll come here on the right, click on any knob. Okay. So whatever you want to automate one automate volume if you want autonomy. Panning, which is left and right. If you are, don't want to automate the amount of in effect, the sky's the limit with automation. OK, it really is just your creativity. But in order to create automation, clip most people. What they'll do is let us right click go create on a mission clip. And now, as you can see, it's actually created this automation clip this fl Keys here for the whole song. And the thing is, it's like if I'm just wanting toe automate just this one little area, it's like, I don't understand why I need to have this huge automation clip. Just this one area. Um, if you do want to approach this way, it's totally fine. You just bring your automation clip down if you want to stay organized, Um, or even if you have them highlighted, what you could do is you can actually click the different, um, icons up here so easy, as you can see if you want toe work on like the track, you know, in this case would be the keys and the kick. You can click if you look at the top left. So what I'm focused on is audio clips or automation clips Now, case and always because the automation clips or above. So if you want to add points in, you can right click and, um, zoom in on that and this spring it down so you could see better. Okay, so I'm gonna hit control C control, Alton c former time this. Bring the admission clip down. Okay, So what I like to do is it's gonna right click and remove the automation clip. So let's just say it's just in this one little area right here. Imagine we're working with a vocal somewhere that you allowed somewhere that you quiet. We want to just work right here. Okay? In the case of a vocal, I would probably highlight, You know, imagine this is like, the whole vocal, this whole thing. I would highlight the whole vocal and create the automation clip because you're gonna be tweaking that vocal, you know, as you're listening. Okay. Also known as kind of vocal riding. What I'm trying to say is, I like to highlight the area and NFL studio. You could hold on control left, click and hold. Okay, you can also right click and hold. And right clicking is a lot easier, because now that it's highlighted, if you right click, it adds on to or removes. Ah, what you have done. Ok, so for example, if I want to highlight just this area, so I'm gonna go to five, and then I'm gonna bring it back to nine okay. And I'm just right clicking. So what I'm going to do is I am going Teoh, right? Click on the volume knob here. Now it's up to you and how you want to approach it. So you can right click up here because this is channel volume, right? This is that the keys or I've actually rotted the keys to insert seven, which is right here. Okay, so I've highlighted it. I've right clicked. I went channel roading and I went wrote Selected challenge to this track. Okay, so this is the key. So I want to hit the keys. Okay. It's going to insert seven. Okay, So what I'm trying to say is you can right click this non for the for the volume. Or you can adjust the slider here. It does the same thing. Okay, so let's just adjust the slider. So I'm gonna create the automation clip. And as you can see, since I highlighted it it on, Lee created it in the area that we want. Now, if you want to start fine tuning this how I like to approach Ah, lot of stuff. Enough of studio like to get zoomed in cab. So I gotta hold down control. Right. Click and hold it. As you can see, it's blue. Okay, this will allow us to focus this rating here, and I'm just gonna go up. I'm gonna grab the keys and the, um, the automation clip. Now, if this was a vocal, you know, you would be able to see that vocal a lot better. Let's just make it big screen just for the time being, So enter and this Do that one more time. Okay? So holding on control, right? Click, big screen. So if I just create a point here by right clicking so as you could see, You know, um, this is just the tension, and you could increase or decrease, You know how aggressive and how fast you want things to build in. Ah, In addition to this point, this is just a single curve is also a single curve to, and so I'm just going to right, click and delete. This will bring this down and your you'll actually be able to see how the curve looks. Case, I'm gonna right click. We're right now. We're on single curve. OK, so I'm gonna do this case. So, um if we right click and go single curve to you can kind of see that it's just a different curve. It just gives your music just a different style off automation clip. Fickle like double Curve. What's happening is you can kind of make it kind of come up and kind of hold a little bit and then boom, Okay, if more aggressive with it says you could see it comes up, it stays this way, and then all of sudden boom and totally opens up. Um, you know, you can play around with it. There's cool ones like the stairs. OK, so if I increase it, you're going to see stairs happen now. One really, really powerful one is actually the hold ones. If I right click and go to hold. So right now, it doesn't look like much, but I'm gonna right click and right click so you can see this is hold. Okay, So what you can actually be doing is you could be turning, uh, you know, things on and off. So, you know, with the songs playing all of sudden it, you know, the effect turns on and then it's off. And this is where holds really, really powerful. Especially if you're gonna be using, like, a tool like, let's say, gross beat. So let's just go to our insert. We're going to go to modulate. So this is called Gross Beat. Um, the makers of image line make this so it just came down here. Gross. B is a really, really extreme tool to manipulate a sound. So what's happening is this gross beat. This effect is on insert seven because you can see So it's going to be affecting the song forever. And it's kind of annoying because it's like, Well, maybe we only want grow speed toe happen once in a while, or, um so this is how you kind of set things up. And, uh, I just want to share this with you. Okay, so I'll let you listen to what gross beat is before we proceed. So if hit play here right now, we're on empty. So is doing nothing. Go like basic one. These are just different things that it's gonna follow, and it's going Teoh, manipulate the sounds. So basic one. Let's see, There is that kind of the tape stop. This is the tapes up. So as you could hear. You know, it's pretty powerful, but it's like, Well, let's say we want to play different ones of these or something. Okay, So I'll show you that your quickly So that highlight and what you want to do is just right Click on one of these. The ones that you want. I'm gonna create the automation clip. OK, we're going to actually zoom in here, and this is where the hold comes in. So right now, uh, this is the spot for basic eight. Now, let's say we want basic six in there, too, so I'm gonna right click to copy the value. And this is where the hold this one where this comes into place, I'm going to right click eso right now. It is on hold. OK, but what's happening is the end point is not on hold. So that the right click and go hold there. And as you can see now, this is what she wants. So I've now right? Clicked on basic six. I've copied the value and you're gonna come here and you are going to actually paste it in . Okay, um so if we kind of zoom in a little more on that. Ah, that should put the point there. Okay, so right now here is eight. So I'm going to right click copy the value and right click and paste the value. Okay, so let's just go to six now. So go six. Got a copy, that value. We're gonna come here to this point. Right? Click and paste. Okay, so now it brought down a little bit. So what I want to do is let's say we add one more to go. Basic three. Right click. I will come here, and we're just like, right Click will put a point here and paste the value. Okay, so this is what it's gonna sound like. And as you could see as a song proceeds, you're going to see that it actually changes from 8 to 6 to three throughout that actual loop serial six goes to three. Now. I also wanted to share that. Sometimes you don't want this effect going on all the time. So this is like where you can affect, like, the mix stops cares so as you can see, this is a mixing. Albright here. So right now, if we listen to it, the effect is happening. OK, but watch this. It's like maybe we'll want it. Let's disable it. So now we have a normal piano. So what? I like to do many times for these extreme effects, like gross, be many times they use them as like a transition. You know, like I talked to you about audio painting, communicating with the listener, preparing them for what is gonna happen next in the song. And we do that by some type of transition. A river symbol, Sterile filters. Ah, you know, uh, sound effect, riser sound. Orica de riser. Okay, We use some type of tool to help communicate at thes transition points and many times, using like a defect like gross beat is really, really powerful near the end of a loop, if you're gonna change up into the chorus or something like that. But sometimes you don't want gross beat playing all the time. And if gross B is on this insert, it is going to play all the time, which is where you can you can automate the on and off. Over my years, I found automating the actual mixed knob gives better results because what's happening is like, let's say we had a delay here. Okay, if we turn the plug in off the delay is not reading that audio. Okay, So in other words, we cannot use the mixed knob to bring in and duck the actual delay. Okay, If we were to automate the mix stop, you are able to increase and decrease. You know how loud you want that delay coming in Just for an example. But with the off the delay is not seeing that audio. Therefore, it can kind of make it sound a little bit weird. So I'm just gonna put the mix knob all the way to zero because we don't want the effect on for the rest of the song. We only want the effect on in this looped area. Okay, where I've highlighted. So I'm gonna right click create the automation clip, and now you have the right click to create new points. Okay, so I'm just gonna bring it all the way up. I'm going to, right click. So as you can see, what's happening here is I created a point afterwards, so we have to switch these. Okay, so there you go. Now, sometimes what I do is all right, clicking go single curve. And, um, I would like to do is just bring it over one. So I'm gonna bring it back and others to this. And the reason for this is it just allows Ah, the effect. It kind of gradually build in case. So I have the right click and reset the automation. The attention point. OK, so as you could see, um, if I had play here, you're gonna you can actually see the mixed knob turn on. So if I left click and hold, you could see that the mixed up just turned on it plays, and then it will kind of fatal quickly instead of just being so abrupt. So you're going to hear that if we play from here, you're gonna hear that the, uh, gross be turns on. So look at the mix knob. Now. It turned off. If I want to use his automation, begin holding down shift and left clicking, I could bring it right here. Kiss and no automation clip because mixed office turned off. Okay, let's quickly go back to our volume automation clip here. Okay, So what I want to share with you is inside a FL studio before you create the automation clip many times it's nice to know what general volume you want the automation clip to start at because FL Studio has some nuances, you know. In other words, it's a little bit tricky, sometimes awful studio. I will be creating another video talking about the specific nuances of FL Studio and how they're automation clips are a little bit trickier than probably most music programs. I haven't used tons of music programs, but just by watching tutorials and stuff, a lot of automation clips and other music programs seem a lot easier. But when to understand how FL Studio works, it's not too bad. It's just a matter of kind of understanding to the kind of gotcha says Okay, so what I'm saying is, before you create the automation clip, you wanna have a general idea of what you want the volume at. Okay? And if you don't, you guys can always right click and you guys, you guys go in its song with this position and I'll break that down for you. It just kind of when you create an automation clip inside fo studio. It's like taking like a snapshot of this of that instrument at that time. Okay, So in other words, when you're before, uh, let's just hold on Altana school, Bill. It adjusts vertically. Okay, So what I'm trying to say is, watch this if I come here and bring this slider down, okay? And if I put the the playlist marker behind five, So here. So you'll see that it's right here. Can. But watch this. If I goto five, you're going to see that we've turned on the volume. Turned down quite a bit just to exaggerate this. Go to five. Boom. While the volumes all of a sudden down now. And as you can see, it's gonna increase. But what happens if I go behind five? Boom. We put a rate back up so much this we go to five. We go back to here. Now, let me play that for you. It's going to sound really, really weird. So it's gonna be playing a normal volume. And also the piano was really, really quiet. And it's like, Well, that kind of sounds weird. It's like, wouldn't you want the volume to be here? You know, So as the song is going, you want to kind of be low, and then if you want to build it up now, typically, if I wanted to do that, I would probably bring this automation clip all the way over. And a cool trick is you could be holding on like shift. And as you can see, So before I grabbed it held on shift and I'm left clicking and holding. So now I can go up and down on it. So in other words, it's locked the vertical position. Okay. Really, really handy. If you left that could hold on. Hold on, control. Now we can't go left and right. I can only go up and down. Okay, person controlling. Easy to undo that. So what I'm saying is it You know, if I wanted the song toe build up, I would create the automation clip for the whole length of that area that I wanted to build up. So I got a whole control all Kanzi to undo. Don't bring it back. So let's just listen from three. You're going to see its, you know, normal volume. And also it dips down and by right clicking and going in its song with this position you're going to see it resets that. So she got really, really quiet. So let's say we want this song like they're saying, we want this piano to be at this volume. OK, so whatever. Go four, it just goes right back up and again. FL Studio takes like a snapshot at that moment in time of that volume of that instrument of the of the knob that you crudity automation clipan. So I go five. So when I highlighted this area and I created the automation clip, we had the volume at full volume. Okay, so now FL Studio remembers it as that. So if I go to five and I've brought it down, you know, with this point, now goes right back up. So let's say we want the actual piano to be at this volume. Okay? So I'm gonna right click go in its song with this position. Watch this Quarter three, go to four and it stays there. Okay, Okay. We'll break that down further for you. I just want to let you guys know the athletes did. You does have some kind of tricky things. Now let's say I do want this point to be at the same point as this one. So instead of actually clicking and, you know, always look in the top left of fl Studio the hint panel, you'll always feel to see what I'm doing as well as if you have questions. You know, if you're hovering over stuff, okay, So if I were to kind of left, click and try and manually do this So I'm hovering over this one. It's that 80% k So right here is 80%. So if you want to try and drag up to 80% like this is time consuming and many times it's hard just to hit that 80 right case, So watch for lower down. Here's the trick. You're gonna right. Click on knobs are like, you know, points, you know, copy the value. And this goes for anything. Like, if you ever want to copy and paste, you can right click on any non and copy the value and paste it in. But we're gonna go to come to the very, very beginning of this automation clip and go paste value. Okay, so now this is gonna throw you off. So if I go to six and five so it's normal. But if I go behind it now, it's gonna bring it back to, like, where it was that kind of in the middle. Okay, so now if I want this automation clip, does it be here? I'm gonna right click Go, uh, net some with his position. And now we're good to go. In most music programs, you could literally just kind of click and ducked down in certain areas, and it reduced for you automatically. Ah, but you kind of adjusted like this, like certain words And also, if you want to make things more finer So right now I am on this snap, I'm gonna beat. So which means that I don't really have many places to, you know, place these points, especially when you're working with, like, you know, one word or even the convict, like a breath or something. Um, so if you write or so, if you left, click here and you know you go to a finer snap, let's say half a step. You can see that it's gotten very, very fine and I can start adding points and you guys can also hold on Ault. And it breaks free of the snap. They want to be careful, because now it's like this, right? So if you hold on shift now, I can't go up and down, Okay? So again, I'm going to hold a known, uh, Ault clicking and rolling on shift. And I can't go up and down, OK, so if you want to be a, you know, kind of make it so that there's only a certain part of that sound that you're going to reduce the volume you can do that. You guys can also just like music, the whole this. Well, the hold might be easier than what I just showed you eso again This just like right Click right click paste that value. So this is it. The original volume. Gonna right? Click, Go Hold. Um, now maybe you want to just kind of duck like this little area here, right? Click go paste. So you can also just right click here and go single curve. And I was You could see you know, maybe you just kind of dial it And that the way you want again holding like that Alton shift Now you can make it wherever you want On this snap. You don't have to follow the grid. And you can't. You're not gonna get locked in up and down going to bring it wherever you want. Okay, so you're gonna have to fiddle around with it. But that's just a general idea of how to create, like, an automation clip. Different approaches you can take. Um, again, I'm gonna talk to you more about the nuances in a moment here in another video, because fo studio is a little bit quirky, but it works. It does the job with automation again, setting something, uh, setting something up beforehand for your instrument too. Do afterwards. Okay. So, again, you know, um, I'm setting this up beforehand. So as the song plays at this moment, you can if you look at the volume knob there, the volume slider, you see, it went down, OK, And it was right back up. And, you know, if I just like this, make it lower and make the tension. So as you can see, you know, it's actually just gonna go on a low, and it's gonna work its way up slowly 5. 2-3 - Edit Events Automation Alternative: Okay, One final thing I want to break down for you guys is an older way to do. Automation clips are like automation inside of Fo Studio. Um has its pros and cons. You could be very, very creative with it, but it's kind of messy. Um, and it's a little hard to control. This is probably the easiest way to do automation clips. This is how I approach automation clips is, which is why I shared this with you first. But the more older way it's if you right click here, got a piano roll, and if you come down here, you can right click. And here's this channel controls. Okay, so here's like, you know, volume. And so what you can do is you kind of like a just to do stuff like this. Okay, you know, so this is an automation to, but it's a little bit tricky to work with, and once you've added, once you've added it in, it makes it a little bit hard to remove, and then, in order to delete it, I just want to like the delete icon appear and it's a little bit tricky, so you know, you have to like highlight everything to kind of get rid of it. I've just found over the years it's just a little bit tricky to work with. I just like to stick with these automation clips K thes under here or if you want to work with, like, event data. OK, so this is called the event data. These individual notes, this stuff allows for way more fine tuning. You know, just getting, um, make it really, really easy to edit. If you want to adjust like individual notes, you just hold on Ault and like the scroll wheel because you could see I'm just adjusting this note that I've highlighted. Okay, if you want to highlight multiple notes holding on control and shift and just kind of dragging like this if you hold on Ault on the scroll wheel, As you can see, I can adjust all the notes or hold on a shift on the scroll wheel. You kind of note nudge. Okay, so this is the easiest way to adjust individual notes and stuff like that. But the thing is, when you're working with a vocal, it's a loop. Kasowitz of recording. Therefore you don't really have the flexibility of these individual notes. Which is why you'd have to go for something more like this. Your automation clip where you're just in, like, the fader or you're just like the knob of here just to kind of keep that vocal more consistent. It just in the case of volume. Okay, I'm we're talking about a real practice, but again, automation clips could be used for anything for effects, etcetera, etcetera. But just to share with you that if you do want to adjust your automation clips Ah, by using like that event data, you could do that with any knob. Okay, So for example, if you wanna just like Thea the Overdrive, we're gonna right click you go events. So instead of going create automation clip, which would create this in the playlist, it's gonna go to this event screen. Now you can just literally just kind of drag in. You know, however you want this, you want to go up and down and, you know, just like this now, if we actually play, the song is you could see you know, it kind of puts this all the background. I've always found this really, really annoying. This is why I don't use it. But if we play okay, so I'm just gonna make this smaller. And if we look at the overdrive knob, you're going to see that is going to increase than dip and then come up quickly and then go down. So as this is the leap actually goes, Okay, so now, first of all, I don't like how it's actually in behind the pattern. So here's a cool little trick. You can come here to the arrow you goto edit, and you could see turn into automation clip. So if I click that ah, it's going to give you this little ah decimate So if we go um, biblical like lower, I believe if you go lower higher, it doesn't make as many points. So go do something that, um, let's undo that. Let's try one more time. So good to go at events, so at events. So we're gonna do something this again. Kids, get a coop here. Gonna go edit. We're going to go turn into automation clip. Now here's the destiny. Let's just put the threshold of really, really high, Okay, so you could see now there's not as many points, which is pretty cool 6. 2-4 - Some Fun Stuff to Automate: In this case, it's just volume. It's not nothing special, but it is how you create in automation clip. Ah, but you can take, you know, this guy's the limit. You want to, you know, work with filters and stuff. For example, here's this piano we're going to click this. We're going to go to e que, uh, go to the parametric. Eq you to What you could do is you can right click hero type. Okay, so we're going to go to ah, low pass. And you could also make, like, the steepness like this just like this. All right, click reset. Okay. So let's just It's only right now it's highlighted. I'm going to go here. I usually like to work with a beat or a bar on the playlist. It just makes that you don't really screw up. In a sense of knowing where you are, it kind of locks you in more cause is not it is not as many places to put your sounds. It makes it easier when you're further out. Okay, So I have this, um I call it a high cut and a low cut filter. FL studio has another way to say it. They call it a low pass. And then down here is the high pass. Because one of the low pass your allowing the lowest pass through it's confusing. I just like to call it a high cut because you're cutting the highest. So this is where even kind of cut the highs. Like this snobbery here. So there, right, click it cool, create automation clip. And as you can see, we kind of break down the song and build it up And if you want, you can even come before and bring it over. So let's just listen to that. Can't you see I'm too low to screw up a little bit? Okay. Very, very powerful. So I just open up CQ I highlighted the area. I created the actual high cut filter. I came to this knob, which is a just this you, right clicked created the automation clip. I literally just right clicked to put points in. Okay, um and then you know, if you want to just a different curve, whatever you could do that. Ah, but as you've here, that was super powerful, right? Okay. So again, it's all about knowing the tools you have available to you because then it makes your actual productions. Ah, lot easier because you could be more creative, okay? 7. 2-5 - Nuances of Automation Clips in FL Studio: OK, in this video, I'm gonna break down the nuances of automation clips instead fo studio as well as just a few extra kind of cool little bonus things abo automation clips, too. Okay. So, again, when you create an automation clip in FL Studio, it takes a literal snapshot of that current knob or slider at that point in time. Okay, so if we highlight okay, if we right, click this slider go Cray animation clip. And if we turn it down again If we go before five before bar five, it brings it right back up and again. It's like, Well, it could be useful to you, but it could be annoying in this case, you know, you may want to press control and see Ah, you may want to bring it over. Right? Click. Gonna go to single. Let's just make this Biggers for you to see Can't So you know, now what you can do is, you know, kind of like of faded down like that or something like that. Okay, so So we're gonna brings back one. Bring it over. I will also bring this over. Okay, so you know you you can fade. It down like this. You know, if you find that you know, the volume is going to be this long, you know? So if the volume is at this point, if you wanted to be like that, you know, I've done it like this. So instead of instead of it going so abruptly down to if you've lowered the volume of if you've increased the volume, it's kind of works its way down. So it doesn't sound so weird, for example, And so instead of it sounded like this, that didn't sound too bad. But sometimes it does. Okay, so anyways, once you create this automation clip, ethel studio actually stores this automation clip, uh, within your patterns case you're gonna go patterns, you're gonna go to initialize controls. And as you can see, these are all the different automation clips that we have created over time. Right? So, you know, throughout this course I create like this gross beat one with you. There was like, the volume. So here's fo keys volume. This is this one. Eso What you can do is you can, like, right click, and you can, like, delete the event and, um, it kind of it makes it so that the last state of the automation clip is where it continues to play. So before I showed with you, if I was on five. Okay, so since let's go all the way back, Okay, So I'm gonna go to history. Let's go to, like, here. Okay. So because we actually created our automation clip at full volume, if we go back, you know, it would be there to now if we decreased this volume went to five. Okay, we'll bring it down now. Again, I shared with you that if we go behind, it is gonna bring it back up. But since I went to patterns and initialized controls and I deleted the FL Keys volume, you're going to see that the actual slider stays down low. Okay, so it's like, in my opinion, how you want to approach automation clips is you first want to think about what? What volume do you want? That automation clip to start at. Okay. Once you figure that out, then just create the automation clip. And if you forget, there's no no, no worries at all, because you can come here and you just right click and go a Net song With this position, as you can see in the initialized controls, it's created like another. It's literally take another snapshot, remembering the state of that clip. Now again, if I put it up here, watch vehicle behind, it's gonna bring it right back down. Okay, So again, that's just automation clips, in a sense of just being careful of understanding how it works. And if you do forget, you can in its song with this position and your current project, you could go to Patterns. You're gonna go to initialize controls, and then you could find it here and delete it. If you don't want FL studio to touch anything now, I just want to share a couple kind of cool tricks with automation clips, which I didn't include so far. Okay, so if you double click on an automation clip, you also have this min and Max snob, and this is sometimes handy if you don't want. Um, like sometimes when you tweak in automation clip, sometimes it's really easy for it to be pushed further than what you want. So even if you've kind of adjusted it like this or something like this, you can adjust this automation clip to say, Do you know what? I don't want you to go to the max. Okay? We're gonna We're gonna say that even if we go to the max in the automation clip, your Onley actually allowed to go to the you know, this percent off the max of that knob. So, for example, if we're working with, like, this volume knob, even though we're up at full here, this volume knob could never go to Max because we've dialed Max back. OK, so it would have to be at, you know, something like this, just for example. And if you want to do, like the minimum, that means that your volume knob could never go to zero. It always has to go to whatever you've adjusted his men at. Okay, And you just double click here, and you just go to, um your men and Max K. You guys can also copy automation clips. For example, if you come up here and you go to articulator, you can copy the state. You guys can also do really crazy stuff in here If you want to be creative with your automation clip. Ah, but copying the state and pasting into a different automation clip. You has been totally do that kind of stuff and also just to access your automation clips. So if you look on the steps secret, sir, in here case. So typically, when you add sounds and stuff, it usually goes toe unsorted. So you're gonna be well, where's my automation clips? So you can always just double click and automation clip, and I guess it just single click. OK, so this single click and automation clip this brings up or you guys can just go to the automation tab and, um, these would be your actual, um, automation. You know your clips that you can add and remove and stuff into your playlist. So, for example, for click this one Ah, you can add it in Ah, if you like this one added in. In addition, you guys could also click in the playlist, and you have also all your automation clips up here so you don't have to actually do it from the step sequence so you can actually click appear. And here's all your automation clips as well as your patterns. In this case, I only have one pattern, and it's just the keys and the kick drum, and that's it. Okay, so again, just be a little bit careful with these Ethel studio automation clips. They can get a little bit confusing, but if you kind of know what's going on in a sense of being able to right click and in its song with that position Ah, you can reset it to the way you want and then just go ahead and adjust it. One final thing I want to share with you with these automation clips is being able to adjust points in between without it growing and shrinking. Okay, so if you look up here here, slide so if it's enabled, as you can see, it grows k, which can kind of be annoying because, you know, if you grab one here, think you can't move it. So if you disable slide, first of all, that's move it all the way back. So here. Ah, If I disable slide now, you can actually move a point within the automation clip without it growing and shrinking, which is really, really powerful. Okay, so there's some nuances as well as some cool things to help you with fo studio automation clips. There's the slide as well as the men in the max. You can click up here articulate copy to stay in, you know, manipulated. You can even flip it. Okay, so, for example, articulator, there's flip a belief. Ah, foot vertically. That's a pretty cool one, you know, especially when you're trying to be creative sometimes just trying these different things and also things just work, like, Oh, wow. 8. 2-6 - What I Like to Automate: OK, in this video, I'm going to talk about some things that I like to automate just to kind of give you guys some inspiration and insight. Okay? So many times, I like to automate the actual mixed knobs. Okay, so now all the time like this is more of if I only want to bring in on affect every once in a while. So, for example, if you're talking about gross speed, since it's such an extreme effect and it really just kind of manipulates the sound, I only want to bring the in at certain times. Therefore, I will automate that mix knob to bring it in case. That's pretty powerful. Another example of this mixed knob is Ah, In this case of this song, I actually automated the distortion case. So if we go to the lead taps here, so it's insert seven. So here it is. So this is what it sounds like. Can. So if I click over here, here's more aggressive play over here now. Softer cable. More time. Okay. So what I did here was, they actually added in this blood overdrive case. If you look here, Freddie, but overdrive So this is actually a distortion plug in. And as you can see, this is exactly how I shared with you how to do it. So it actually kind of just faded in the blood overdrive. So as you could see, 28 it's totally off. But then as it starts to come into 29 it's fully on. Okay, So if I make this full screen now and we're working in this area, OK, so do this. Okay, so the fruity but overdrive turns on, but beforehand this lead taps. The destruction is not on, but once the blood drive turns on, Then again, it sounds like this. But before now, in terms of the song, let me just let you here. Okay? So I'm gonna play from 21 you're going to hear at 25. So a bar 25 you can hear the lead taps come in. No distortion is on. And then once it goes to the chorus where the distortion turns on, it's very, very aggressive, and it really changes the whole sound as a whole. It's a really, really cool trick I did in this track. And I just want to share it with you because That's a cool trick with automation clips kept . So what we're gonna be focusing on is just this area right here. Okay? So, as soon as the actual blood overdrive, let me see if I can kind of get this nice. Okay? So as soon as the blood overdrive turns on right here, then Ah, the lead taps turns into distortion. Okay, so get hit play. Okay? When you hear the lead taps, No distortion. Look down here. It's not on Now it's your turn on. Look at the mixed up. Okay? It's way more aggressive. Former time, actually watch. I'll turn off the distortion with distortion. Okay, let's put that warmer time and pay close attention to this mix. Stop. Okay, So as soon as this makes stop turns on, that means that this distortion plug in for you, but overdrive, um, they've updated it recently. Just with the new, uh, no graphical user interface. You know just how it looks. A soon as it passes over it, you'll hear that this lead taps has a totally different sound to it. And it really made the chorus. Okay. So, again, as it actually passes over this, it's gonna turn on with the mixed knob, and then I manually I'm gonna turn off and on. You can hear the difference in the chorus. Okay, it's gonna turn on. Look at the mixed off, See with it on sketch here. Okay, Now, another trick. I want to share with you with automation clips inside of FL Studio because the are kind of finicky in a sense of, you know, once you create the automation clip, it takes a snapshot and remembers like what you have, you know, the state of that, you know, insert or that state of that slider, that knob. And it always kind of be a little bit tricky. So over the years, where I have liked to do is I've actually liked to open up a gain plug in okay, gained meaning for volume. And I'll actually automate that plug in rather than the actual Slider K. Now, in the case when we're automated, that reverb and delay in that one song that's kind of different because, you know, it is I was actually just kind of riding the fader with those, like, throat, the whole song. So it was kind of different. But sometimes if I'm working with an instrument like a vocal, for example. And if this fader is constantly moving up and down and really don't have much control for it, I find it really annoying because if I remember mixing a track and I'm listening to that vocal and it's like, You know what I want that vocal up by a boat that set 0.3 decibels or something, you know, just kind of NFL studio. You hold on control and left click. It allows you just defined to and stuff, right? So this is what I actually like to do. So let's say this lead. So let's say this lead. We're having some problems with right here, Okay, so I'll play. So let's they were having some problems with that, so I wouldn't actually right click this slider and go create automation clip because I want control over this fader. If I want to boost it up just a little bit or whatever. Ah, let's say just the beginning of it there. We just wanted to maybe increase increase it a little bit. So we're not actually do. Is that actually open up? Ah, plug in now. It's really important that your plug in does not change the actual sound other than just changing the volume up or down. Okay. In other words, you don't want to be getting, um you know, a compressor where it's now compressing the signal. You simply just wanted just for volume. Okay, um and so what I've usually used over the years was the fruity limiter. Okay, so we're looking for fruity limiter. Ah, the ceiling I put all the way to the top. And then now I can actually right click the gain, go create animation clip. OK, so here is the automation clip for the gain. And now you can do whatever you want here. Okay, so in this case, let's just, uh, right click. Oops. Control Z Gonna right click. You should be able to click you. OK, so I'm just going to click a point here. I'm gonna go. Ah, hold okay. And we're gonna right click here. And I got a very quick again. I'm gonna copy the value, and I'm gonna pace the value. Okay. So what's happening is 80 or, um, I'm gonna copy this. So right now it's at 50%. Okay, So this was that. 50% right, and this one's at 50%. So just like the very, very beginning of this loop, let's say we we just wanted to increase the volume a little bit. I'm actually using the fruity limiter to adjust the volume now. Therefore, if I ever want to adjust the slider, I still can because it's not being automated. The actual plug in is being automated and as a cool little pro tip. If you're pushing your middle scroll wheel, you can type in such as, like volume automation or something like that. And again, you could also give, like, a color. You just kind of helps it stand out a little bit. Um, now you would want to actually create the automation clip. Or so you'd want actually label this and even give it a color beforehand, cause much of a right click ankle create automation clip. You'll see how it actually labeled volume automation rather than limiter lead gain. Okay, so I'm just going to delete this. And if we look at this, though, now we listen to the lead, so as you could see it put it like for, you know, allowed and then a drop it if you want to put it like, you know, let's say you want to duck in a bit again. If it was a vocal, you know there's different words and kind of flow a little bit better. Ah, but that's a cool little trick that I like to do to is like opening a plug in. I automate that volume knob. Therefore, let's say I want to kind of increase the volume a little bit. Well, it's not being automated and it's not being restricted by following. Ah, what you've programmed through automation clip. OK, the last one I'm going to share with you here. I'm just going in just in a new project. I'm going to insert. Um, let's say Harmer Okay, so this comes with a full studio, I believe, or maybe like 1/3 party purchase. Let's see if we could make it smaller. No. Okay, so just gonna leave it as it is, we're going to right click go piano roll. And so the stories little bit loud, we'll try it down. So let's just I increase it like this. Uh, I like to automate the pitch. Okay. Is this is really, really powerful. If you want to create, like, a riser sound or something. So on Harmer itself, let's just play a little bit. Mix this in. Ah, let's see. Here's chorus. I would use harbor in a while. So here's unison. Okay, let's Ah, as some seven. I Okay, uh, phase it with speed E. This court is a little bit Okay, so? Well, so that's good enough. We're gonna go to the effects, like, distortion. Just kind of crank it up a bit. Here. Can go turn on the volume, though. Okay. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna highlight the area I'm working in. In this case, I know it's just right here, but this is the way it is. I'm gonna go. Harmer. Here is the pitch. So you could right click pitch cochlear automation clip kit and watch this. We're gonna bring it down low and then up high. And it sounds like this boom and goes right into, like, your course or whatever you want. Especially if you have, like, lots of river and lots of delay. Uh, okay. I'm going to increase the length of this cause it'll play out. Ah, this delay. I believe this. That this is the volume. Ah, the feedback will make it longer. Okay, So Okay. So, again, these are all these different tricks that you could be using. And this is where automation comes in. So as the sound actually plays, it automates from lower to higher. Um, and you can get really, really creative with it. We'll throw one more cool little pro tip that you guys so inside of efforts studio. You guys can bend notes. Here's here C five. I'm gonna click slide and we're gonna start sliding. It's a little bit around here. Okay? So watch this. So let's just They were playing in the scale of C major. You want more information on how to play the piano? You guys can check out my course piano lessons for producers, it's an amazing course. It's been like my best seller over all the years. It's been a revamped version of my best selling piano course. Now that headless, nice, high quality video gear and stuff. Okay, so let's just do this. So see, Major has only white notes, and we'll do something like this. Don't go to see and smaller. We'll see. Okay. So what's happening is C five is gonna play. And then when we hit the slide notes, it's gonna even crank up in pitch more. I can highlight thes hold down control on the up arrow brings it up in knocked up an octave so it goes even more extreme. In addition, we also have automated the pitch knob. So if I goto Harmer, okay. And if we watched the pitch right here, we're gonna play. Okay? So cool little tricks you guys could be using. There's lost of stuff I like to automate. You know, I can create a huge video, but these air some kind of really cool things that you may not think about Ah which are actually really useful in a really world practice, OK? 9. 3-1 - Real World Examples of Automation OUTRO: Okay, This is gonna be our final video of this course. I just want to make a quick course and automation clips. Kind of give you guys a little breakdown about you know what? What is automation? What's the benefits of automation? It's not just music production. Automation is a very, very powerful thing in life in general. A lot of times it can save you time. But many times you want to keep things simple so they don't get too complex because it can get complex fast. And one decision could make things very, very tricky Going further down the line to finish off this course, I want to go through a couple of my own beats share some examples of automation clips of where have automated things how I approach techniques will kind of go through maybe two or three different beats of a share. We will look luxury, zoom in on the areas where have automated, and we just kind of go to the next song kind of thing. Okay, so this track is called Desires of my heart. Um and you can see these are my automation clips were here. I just have a master filter So what that means is this all natural master insert, Which means it affects the whole song. Um, and what I've done, as you can see, Master. So this is actually high cut filter. And if we play the song here, you're going to see it's cutting out highs. It's building tension, given that sense of emotion you know, cannot starting to build, it's coming back. Okay, if you look at that filter opens up fully. Okay, So how I did that was on the actual master track I opened up in e que in this case is is 1/3 party e que. It's the same thing is using the parametric eq you to, uh And if you are using third parties, third party plug ins. Using VSD three versions is typically gonna benefit you more because you can treat them as if they're native, plug in by right, clicking on knobs and creating automation clips and stuff. If you're working with a VSD to plug in, what you have to do is you actually have to move the knob, and then you come up here to tools and you can see the last tweaked parameters and then you can create the automation clip this way. It's a little bit of a work around. Uh, but if you're using a V s t three version, you don't have to worry about that. You can just simply right click the knob, just like normal. So I opened up a CQ on this band. I just clicked it. I went high cut. So in the case of the feet free Parametric EQ, you two thess is actually a low pass filter, but it's a high cut filter is the same thing just a different word for it. Ah, And then I highlighted the area. I right clicked the frequency because the frequency is what moves. OK, here's a cool trick to figure out how to dial in. You know how much you want. So let's say I want to add this high cut filter into the song but I don't know how extreme I want to be with it. Assure you a trickier So I'm gonna click here, gonna hit Tab just to bring it back. I'm gonna hit play and I'm going to adjust my high cut filter just to see how low I can go with it. So it still sounds good, but it's not too aggressive. Case old good hit play. Okay, so I'm gonna filter it. Oh, away. Now, let's say we go really low. Well, that doesn't sound good. Just the kick jump. So it's open up a little more. Start over the stuff over time. Okay? Okay. This is not bad. You could still hear the instruments. Okay, so let's just say around here, we're happy right here. This is the lowest. We possibly want this filter to go. So, you know, as it breaks down, we still hear the instruments. It's not just like the kick drum we're hearing. We're just kind of filtering out the high end, creating that emotion. So I'm gonna right click, gonna copy the value. And then if this is the filter here, I would right click and paste this value in and is if you see, that's pretty much where it was, anyways, as you could see, there I was playing with the filter. Seeing how low can I push that filter to? You know where it still sounds Good? Because when I cut it too much, we could hear any of the instruments. It was just like boom, boom, Every songs different. It might suit your song at that time, but in this song I found that I still wanted to hear that piano and the instrument a little bit. I just wanted to kind of cut the high end and create that emotion. And then as the song actually proceeds, um, you know, as you can see, it actually opens up that filter. So if we listen Okay, let's just listen for the beginning, OK? So again, it cuts out the highs. It creates that tension. This is what I'm talking about with audio painting. Okay, Created attention. Were preparing the listener for what's coming next in the song. Okay, so the filter is still working. Its way down goes to 5 13 cats are okay. Want to fight over nine? Now it's working its way back up, and then it's going to hit into the chorus, which is right here. And to top it off, things like audio painting, clap riser. Okay. Onto a news song here. This track is called My Heart is Sold Its from my beat takes by gratuitous Volume eight. Get it's on Spotify if you like. Check it out. Um And so to start off at the very, very intro, what I did was again I affected the river like I did in the other song, which was Ah, I believe it's love shall prevail. So as you could see if I make it smaller and if we so let's just see where the reverb is. So to reverb. Um, because I'm not seen his So let's go to the guitar. Let's play. I believe it's this one. Okay, so this is this is a sound. Um, I'm gonna click on it. And so to reverb. So I'm assuming it could be this one. Okay, so there you go. Okay. So on guitar, I came to this is what's called a send. But to keep it simple, it's called Ascend. In other words, I can use effects automatically as well as multiple sounds could use. That same effect is just by routing it right in the cable. So in this case, I just automated how much of the guitar I'm setting to the reverb said, OK, so if you look at this knob right here, you can see that it's going up and then down, then up and then down so again, it's just, you know, kind of working it that way. And then on the actual guitar I have, um ah, low pass filter. OK, so high cut filter. OK, so right here. As you can see, as the song goes, it cuts the highs and then it builds up that tension. So it's the same thing. Like you just saw me doing the last song. I again these air common techniques, music production and they allow for the audio painting they allow for emotion. Tension. Let's just listen, okay? Cancel filters out kids. That's a pretty cool control, right? Pretty powerful. Here's the cool effect. Okay, so right here this mixed level this deep blue, Clich? So I talked to you about gross be already deep blue glitches. Just a very, very similar product by a different vendor. You know, of different developer Deep Blue glitch. The version one is actually free. Uh, believe they also have a second version, which is a paid product. So if you go to the Master Channel, here is deep blue glitch Que so It's a really, really cool plug in. It is manipulation. Plug in. And as you could see, you could do the tape. Stop modulated re trigger shuffler Reverse er, crusher gator delay stretcher. You could make your music's on very, very intense now again because this is this is a manipulation plug in. It could be very, very aggressive. And it's like, Well, I don't want it playing every single second of the song. I only want to bring it in when I want to bring this in. Okay, So with that said, I used the same technique of the mixed job. So I highlighted this. I turned the mixed up all way to zero right, clicked, created the automation clip. And then, uh now, before it's off right after it's off. But when it goes over, it turns on. And in this case, I didn't actually fade, you know, fade in points. I just made it abrupt. Its on its off. Okay, So for example, if I turn this off, OK? And if we play so it's just not the same, let's go back a little bit further. But with it on now you're gonna hear deep blue glitch. Okay. So again, I used that mix knob on the master track to bring in this effect. Okay? I'm gonna share tumor with you. And they were gonna wrap up this course. Okay, I'm gonna talk to you about white noise. White noise is an extremely powerful trick in music production. Okay, when you hear white noise for the first time, you know, you almost think like, Are you serious? Like people use this in their music. It literally just sounds like TV static. Okay. Just like that white kind of sound. Ah, but when you start using filters high, cut to cut the high and low cut the cut, the lows. You know, you could be using both at the same time. Or when you use these filters. It creates this really special emotion sound with white noise. Especially when you add reverb and delay and stuff like that. Um, so let me just play this for you with the filter, OK, so what? The filter? It sounds like this. Let's go to the white noise, which is right here. Open it up, and I just just watch it. So this is what I did. Sounds pretty cool, right. Well, let's listen to that without the filters. Now, I'm gonna tell you right now, it sounds really really annoying. But this is what white noise sounds like. Okay, that's that's what it sounds like. And right now, it's being routed to effects and stuff, so it making you make it sound a little bit cooler, but white noise literally just sounds like this sounds harsh. Can. But with the filters. And again, I just opened up in e que I highlighted the area that I wanted to do this effect over in this case I created to, uh, bands. So I created a high cut and a low cut, And then it was just a matter off. Just kind of tweaking them, too. You know what, What Sounded good If we listen that one more time, Okay, so that's just these two different ones. So Band one is the high cut and then ban to is the little okay, They both give different, different sounds, but I used them both together just to kind of make it soothe song. So if we listen to this in context of the actual song now, uh, let's listen from here. So you hear the white noise without the filters, so it's horrible. It's gonna build up with mixed job. Okay, the last one I'm going to share with you is how to do the volume automation on the master track to end the song. Okay, so we'll check all this area right here. So again, I highly the area I want to work in. You literally come here to the master track, and if you check it out, you can see that it fades out. So I highlighted the area just like this. Hold down, Control left clicking or right? Click and holding. Okay, so too. And then I came here to the master mixer slider, the volume slider, right. Collecting went, create animation clip. And then I just put the last point all the way to zero. Okay. And you can stretch it out. You know, if you want a further or whatever and you just like the tension in between. And just that you guys hear the O tro, you'll hear how the master volume fades out. And if you watch the slider so, as you can see, fades out. And that's the song. Okay, so hopefully that helps you out with automation clips again. Once you understand the nuances of how Ethel Studio uses automation clips, you know Ah, by with by right clicking and going in that song with his position that's gonna help you a lot. The biggest thing is to figure out what state do you want the effect to be and then create the automation clip because it's going to remember it from the state you created it in. If you have any questions, though, about automation clips or ah, you know, different techniques or whatever you guys can always reach out to me, my email is high H i at its gratuitous dot com. If you guys could leave a review, I really, really appreciate that. And if you guys would like to see any future quick kind of courses like this on certain topics, you know I can create them, just reach out to me. And, um, you know, I'm always here, so hold to this course, helped you out, and I'll talk to you guys in the next course