3 Simple Automation Tips That Will Take Your Beats To The Next Level

When I first started making beats 10 years ago there was no Youtube, forums & AIM we’re the most popular communication tools online, and we still had to connect to the internet using dial-up. It was impossible to show demonstrations online on how to make beats. We had to either learn from someone personally or most of the time, learn ourselves.

I was the type that learned how to make beats by himself. When I first got FL Studio it took my 6 months before I even learned how to structure a beat in the playlist and then render it as an MP3.

So if your a young cat starting to learn how to make beats today, you have a valuable gift the old guys never had. I suggest you use it and hopefully you will benefit from this tutorial as well as the beat making tutorials coming in the near future.

So without further delay, here are the 3 Simple Automation Tips in FL Studio….

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TIP #1 – Filter Automation: Parametric EQ 2 With Start Settings Applied



Tip #1: Filter Automation

If you are into today’s music you know that the filter has came back in a strong way. It has taken on many styles over the years and this is one of the recent ones used in songs by artist’s like Drake, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and many more.

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    Step 1: Add Fruity Parametric EQ 2 to Mixer Channel

    Add Fruity Parametric EQ 2 to the Mixer Channel you wish to affect. This could be the master bus, drums, instruments, ect. Once up, go to Band 7, Select a Low Pass Filter, Change settings to Steep 8, change Q width percentage to 55%. Then, move to the frequency you want it to start out at. I find that around 400-500hz works perfectly.

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    Step 2: Right Click Mute/Solo Next To Parametric EQ 2

    Right click Mute/Solo (green dot) next to Parametric EQ 2. On the menu, left click Create Automation Clip. The automation clip will be added to your playlist fully turned on. On each end of the clip there are Automation Dots. Left click and drag all the way down, this will turn off your Parametric EQ.

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    Step 3: Add Your Automation Dots

    Once the Parametric EQ is turned off, you will need to add the dots to turn it back on. Go to the parts you wish for the effect to come in at. Right Click the parts where you wish it to turn back on. Drag the dots all the way back up so that it is fully on. When you are finished, the automation clip should look like a long underscore, with rectangular boxes popping up where the EQ comes in.

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    Step 4: Add Your EQ Sweep Automation

    Select a few bars where your Automation comes in. Go back to your mixer channel, and click your Parametric EQ 2 plugin again. Right Click the Band 7 Frequency wheel, then Left Click "Create Automation Clip". This will again add another Automation Clip into your playlist. Figure out how you want the sweep to sound like and add your Automation Dots by right clicking. I usually go up and down, but do whatever sounds best. When done, play it, you should hear it go from really low frequency then up to higher frequency.



How It Looks: How Automation Clips Look When Applied Properly
How It Looks: How Automation Clips Look When Applied Properly


Tip #2: Tape Stop Effect Automation

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    Step 1: Add Effectix Plugin To Mixer Channel

    Add Effectrix Plugin to the mixer channel you wish to have the tape stop on. Usually the master bus is perfect for this but you can do whatever you want.

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    Step 2: Choose Vinyl Option In Effectrix

    Choose The Vinyl Option in Effectrix. This is what you will use for the tape stop effect. At the bottom you should see all the settings you can customize. Make sure Stop Mode is turned on to get this effect. Change the time settings to make the tape stop quick or longer. You most likely won't need to mess around with anything else down there.

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    Step 3: Drag Out Vinyl Bar On Effectrix Playlist

    For the effect to work Effectrix has to have it drawn out in it's playlist. With Vinyl still selected, Left Click and drag to end of measure, however long you draw it and where will determine when it will come in at. This is also determined by the tempo of your track. If you do beats in 120-180 BPM like I do you will want to start it half-way and drag it to the end.

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    Step 4: Create Automation Clip

    Right Click "Mute/Solo" next to Effectrix and left click "Create Automation Clip". Once added to your playlist, drag down dots at the beginning and end of clip to mute effect. Then, right click to add dots, make a block, where you want the effect to come back in.

TIP #2 Tape Stop: How Effectrix Looks With Tape Stop Settings Applied
TIP #2 Tape Stop: How Effectrix Looks With Tape Stop Settings Applied

 



Tip #3: Reverb Drop Transition Automation

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    Step 1: Add Reverb To Mixer Channel

    Really, this could be any effect you want, but I like to use reverb for this. I have tons of plugins but for this I use the generic Fruity Reverb with "The Venue" preset. Mess with the settings to get it sounding just right.

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    Step 2: Create Automation Clip

    Right Click "Mute/Solo" next to Reverb and then left-click "Create Automation Clip". Drag beginning and end points down to mute effect. Add automation dots to the part you want the transition/drop to happen.

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    Step 3: Delete All Opposing Instruments & Drums

    For this is to work you have to get rid of all other instruments and drums, with just your Reverbed Snare alone. Left click the end of each pattern, hold left-click and drag it back to the point you want it to cut off at.

TIP #3 Reverb Drop: Notice How Instruments Are Cut When Snare Hits?
TIP #3 Reverb Drop: Notice How Instruments Are Cut When Snare Hits?


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Travis "ShottyGunz Beatz" Schave is CEO/Founder/Music Producer at WeGotBeats.com. As well as helping your craft dope tracks and make beats, he is also in charge of our content making sure you get the right information to make decisions in your rap career.