How to Use Gross Beat

How to Use Gross Beat

Taken from Image-Line’s description:

Gross beat is a time and volume manipulation effect designed for repetition, scratching, and gating effects.

In other words, instead of you having to manually create effects with automation, Gross Beat is a tool to save you time and clicks in your productions.

The tool itself is a power horse, allowing for live performance if linked to a MIDI Controller. But for my uses, I just like to use automation clips.

The Video,

Hold Feature in Automation Clips

Gross Beat can be a confusing plugin in regards to how it works.

If you click on a slot, your track will start to be manipulated, but you can’t figure out how to make it stop, or change to another slot quickly.

So in this tutorial, we’ll go over some powerful tips to take control of Gross Beat.

First, play around with different slots to see what manipulations / volume effects suite your track.

Highlight Playlist

Once you have a general idea, it’s time to create an automation clip.

Highlight the area on your playlist where you want to create an automation clip.

Now, head over to Gross Beat.

Left click on the slot you want, now right click on it, and select Create Automation Clip.

You should now have an automation clip created in your playlist!

Now’s time where I create points, and copy + paste values for precision.

Gross Beat - Copy Value

To copy and paste your automation clips for precision, left click the slot you want to play, right click and select Copy Value. This copies the exact spot of where the slot is in regards to percentage in your automation clip.

Inside your automation clip, you have from 0 to 100% – In between 100%, it will choose different slots. So by copying the value of a slot, you get the precise plot for an easy workflow.

Gross Beat - Automation Clip - Hold Option

A powerful tip to use Gross Beat with precision is the hold option with automation clips.

Right click to create a point on your automation clip. Then right click again on the point, and it will give you different types of points. Just simply choose Hold!

Note – You’ll want to change the end point at the very end of the automation clips to hold as well to avoid the downwards slope, as if it were on Single curve. If it’s on Single curve it works its way down each slot, doing manipulations that you don’t want at that time.

Gross Beat Gets Trapped and Won’t Change Slots

In the video tutorial above, I talk about how Gross Beat gets Trapped. It kind of like locks in the manipulation until the 4 beats are over.

So how do you prevent this? – It’s to do with Trig Sync and Pos Sync.

In the bottom right of Gross Beat, you will see a few options:

Gross Beat - TRIG SYNC - POS SYNC

  • Hold
  • TRIG SYNC
  • POS SYNC

I find if I select TRIG SYNC and POS SYNC as OFF, it frees up that slot in Gross Beat, allowing for quick changes and manipulation. It gives me way more control on changing slots, and making my loop sound how I want!

Points to Consider

If you’ve noticed in FL Studio, if you create an automation clip for a sound, it permanently sets it in place.

So if your automation clip slowly rises upward, it will stay upward until the end of the song. But if you start the song from the beginning, the sound plays at the original place you created the automation clip.

A work around is to create the automation clip at zero, or how ever you want the track to sound when it’s not being effected. This keep your loop uneffected before the automation clip, and won’t lock it in place.

And once your automation clip is done, be sure to add a point at the end and copy + paste the value of the beginning into the end point. This will keep your track sounding exactly how you want, without fighting the picture FL Studio takes when creating an automation clip.

More Selection in Gross Beat

After creating this tutorial, I watched a few tutorials on Gross Beat for my own knowledge, and I found out a powerful tip!

Gross Beat has more preset options than what I showed! (Which isn’t the easiest to find!)

In the top left arrow of Gross Beat, hover over Presets. Select any of the following!:

Gross Beat - More Presets

  • Default
  • Flanging
  • Momentary
  • Patterns
  • Pitch Shifter
  • Stuter
  • Turntablist

It just opens more doors for creativity!

Hope you enjoyed the Gross Beat tutorial!

About The Author

GratuiTous

GratuiTous is a Christian music producer striving to perfect his skills as a beatmaker, mixer, and mastering engineer. His articles strive to keep things simple, yet touch on the topic complex enough to have a decent understanding. He also releases FL Studio email series!

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6 Comments

  1. Gavin

    Every time I export a song from FL Studio, gross beat will not render the automation changes I made and the rendered song will not have any of the gross beat effects that I added. Any ideas why or how to fix this?

    Reply
    • Adam Walsch

      I was having the same issue, and I think I found the problem. When exporting, make sure that for the “Looping Mode” option, you have not chosen to “Wrap remainder” as it messes with Gross Beat for some reason. I found using “Leave remainder” fixed the problem for me, but if you intend for what you export to be looped, then “Cut remainder” might work as long as your starting and ending sounds match up. Best of luck

      Reply
  2. Ethelbert

    Thanks man really helpful & please post a tutorial on Build-Ups…

    Reply
    • GratuiTous

      Hey,

      This tutorial may be useful!:
      /arranging-a-song-from-scratch/

      Leave a comment if you like it!

      Reply
  3. James

    Great tutorial!
    I really like that crash u put in the song…
    If you would send me the wav. That would be awesome.

    Reply

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