FPC (FL Pad Controller) is multi-layer drum machine that has been part of FL Studio since version 5. In this article I’ll show you the basics of how to import sounds into FPC pads then save the kit as a preset. I won’t go into the complexities of programming kits in this article – perhaps in a future article – but this should be enough to get you going. Click image thumbnails to see a larger views of screen shots.
The easiest way to import sounds into an FPC pad is to simply drag samples from the browser on to an FPC Pad. That’s all there is to it. Now when you trigger the pad, you’ll hear the new sample.
To build more interesting and realistic sounds, you can also assign up to 4 samples to a pad using layers. With layers you can layer samples so multiple samples trigger when you hit the pad, or you can create velocity cross-fades so that different samples play with different velocities. To do this, Click the "Layer Properties" tab on the FPC, then drag samples to the desired layer.
Repeat this process with all the pads. When you are all done, use the menu on the FPC, select "Save preset as…" and specify a name for your preset. When you want to load your kit, it now appears in the preset list from the menu system or the browser.
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