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How to Get Clean Basslines,

Do you find your basslines are super muddy, and EQ is not helping AT ALL!?

Cutting could be your simple answer. I use this VERY OFTEN in my tracks.

Two Ways of Using Cut Itself,

Two ways that I use Cut itself is,

  • I use cut itself to cut the individual sample, so that when it plays, it’s not overlapping. Therefore, allowing for clean, hard hits, whether in kicks, claps, percussion, vocal, chops, you get the point!
  • The other way I use cut itself is to cut in between two or more samples, allowing for a real cool stop / start effect. Again, allowing for clean sounding percussion loops, or especially like this tutorial about cutting cymbals!

Cutting is definitely something that has grown on me within my production process. By either using it as an effect, or simply to get a cleaner sound, it’s pretty much used within every production I work on!

I am very grateful for finding out the power behind it, and the free addition it adds to my tracks!

How Do I Cut a Sample?

Simply right click on the sound, and click “Cut itself”. It can’t get easier than that!

Cut Itself - FL Studio (Cutting Feature)

Now, if you’re wanting to cut two or more samples together, you will want to left click on the sound, go to the MISC tab, and look to the cut option on the right. Just simply put them all on the same number. (Or if you just want a few to cut, just put those on the number and leave the others — Make two samples cut each other, and a different three cut each other? — This is where creativity comes into play!).

Using Cutting While Sampling,

If you use the FPC for sampling (I personally prefer Slicex), cutting, again, is essential! Otherwise, you will end up with a sloppy loop that keeps overlapping itself. This sounds very unprofessional, unless, this is the sound you are going for, or if the sample suites the overlap (most of the time it does not though).

The FPC makes cutting very easy! Click on a pad, and select the cut number. Next, click on the next pad you want to cut with the another pad, change that cut number to the same number as the previous pad. Also, a cool thing with both the FPC and Slicex, is that you can individually route each slice/pad to it’s own mixer track. This allows for a special effect to be played on certain pads, or, allows them to be mixed differently.

The Power of the Cut Itself Feature — Final Thoughts,

As you can see, cut itself is extremely powerful. I’m sure as you go on with your beatmaking career, cut itself will pop up again, and again!

If you have any other uses for cut itself, please share it in the comments for myself to learn as well!

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10 Responses on “The Power of Cut Itself in FL Studio”

  1. aninymouse says:

    just do you. straight up

  2. Joossens says:

    You “disagree strongly” do you? Hmmm. There’s no question a long tailed 808 sample played with overlapping beats is going to sound muddy. So rule #1, don’t do that. DON’T use long tailed samples in such a way that their tails overlap. Either space them further apart, use shorter samples or there are a variety of ways to edit the sample itself to make sure the tails don’t create mud in the track.

    What you’re suggesting people do is the equivalent of using a pair of pliers for a job that requires a wrench. Because at no time does the cut/cut by feature ever stop sample tails from overlapping. At best it’s a lazy way to work. And in 2 cases what you did had no effect AT ALL because you weren’t using the function even remotely correctly. When you set the sample with the piano roll to “cut itself” there was no effect, when you had the 2 samples set at 3-3 and 3-3 there was no effect. You can “disagree” all you want. That’s a fact.

    You came to the absurd conclusion that people who actually try to use software correctly “lack creativity.” If that’s the case why watch videos to learn how to use audio software? Why not just go off and experiment and stumble in the dark until you come up with something that accidentally sounds decent? Because there are too many hidden details in software to be working that way.

    I always choose “it sounds good” over “it’s theoretically correct.” However there’s a huge difference between hanging the theory and teaching people the wrong way to use software. You seem to be having a hard time making that distinction.

    You’re setting yourself up as an expert when in fact you’re an amateur who barely has a grasp how the software works. And so your results can only be amateurish. Following that path, all you’re going to ever end up being is a sample peddler. You appear to be more interested in making advertising/affiliate dollars than in making good music.

    It’s a shame you chose to get defensive instead of actually listening and looking into what I’m saying. It shows you’re closed minded unless someone is showering you with praise. You’ll never grow as a musician doing that.

    1. GratuiTous says:

      Joossens, in regards to FL Studio’s manual, you left out an important part.

      You can, however, use Piano roll activity from one Channel to cut note activity in another using the Cut/Cut by feature.

      Cut itself does not work when clicking notes INTO the piano roll, but when playing back the audio, it certainly does work.

      There are many things in life where just because something is “intended to be used a certain way”, does not mean others use it for that purpose.

      This is how I use cut itself, and thought it would benefit others by showing them my approach.

    2. Ashu says:

      @Joossens : Can I see your tutorials for FL Studio use???…if not, then at least let somebody try, even if its wrong he is trying to teach..and I didn understand why the F** u visited this site at first when you’re so experienced…and as far as my experience with “beatstruggles” it’s the only site helping amateurish producers like me..so appreciate the efforts “GratuiTous” is putting writing all these valuable tutorials..

  3. Joossens says:

    I watched your video tutorial on Youtube and I want to point out that you’re teaching people incorrectly about the cut/cut by feature.

    First, the cut feature’s primary use is to give realism to drum sounds. The best example is having a open hi-hat stop when a closed hi-hat plays.

    You’re making it sound as if the a sample completely stops with the cut/cut by feature. This is not true. Here’s a quote from the manual: “‘Cut’ sends an all-notes ‘off’ (release) command to the plugin on the channel so all playing notes jump to the release phase of their envelopes. IF YOUR INSTRUMENT HAS LONG RELEASE ENVELOPES, YOU WILL STILL HEAR THE NOTES FADING OUT AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN CUT.” So samples with long tails are still going to blend together if you have notes playing close together. You were using samples with a long tail close together.

    If you want to tighten up samples played close together you’re better off using shorter samples or making adjustments to samples with a longer release. This is similar to the way a drummer or other musician plays. Short notes are played close together and longer notes are used when there’s space between them.

    Second, when you sent the sample to a piano roll to raise it an octave, “cut itself” no longer worked. Here’s another quote from the manual: “The Cut itself feature will work with Step-sequence notes but DOES NOT work with Piano roll notes.”

    Third, you were setting the cut and cut by numbers incorrectly. I don’t think you understand what how they work at all. The numbers are set by pairs which point to the sample you want to cut and be cut by. Setting both the numbers the same in both samples had no effect.

    It looks to me you’re guessing at how functions work and getting it wrong. I’ve watched several of your lessons and they’re riddled with errors like I’ve described which you’re passing on to others in your videos. Not cool.

    1. GratuiTous says:

      Hello Joossens,

      Thanks for taking the time out for the detailed response – I do however disagree strongly with your comments though.

      Take a long-tailed 808 and play it on every beat. You will hear the bass overlapping to an extreme; very hard to have a clean track here.

      When using the cut function, yes you can choose what sample has its effect on another sample, but dialing in the same number will cut the own sample. For example, if you are making “sampled-based beats”, but your sample keeps overlapping, you will use this cut feature to cut the sample against itself, giving you that clean sound.

      Joossens, when people are so analytical and strict regarding music like your comment has stated, it lacks creativity and therefore makes music not fun.

      This tutorial shows the viewer how to get clean bass, or how to make your sample not overlap itself each time it is played.

      Please watch it again, and maybe you will learn what I am showing in the tutorial!

  4. ATUNJE says:

    I like your tutorials. They are really building me up.

    Thanks

    1. GratuiTous says:

      Awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚ — Thank-you for your feedback. Hope the other tutorials keep improving your production skills as well!

    2. Drew says:

      Hey Gratuitous, Drew off D.Williams Tv here. I was wondering what the numbers were for in the cut itself… I understand the process of it, but I got confused when you put the one on 2 n the other on 3

      1. GratuiTous says:

        Hey Drew – The numbers allow you to chop “groups of sounds” together. For example, let’s say you want cymbals to stop playing when a new one plays, you can put those on channel 7. But if you want other sounds, such as percussion elements to cut themself, but not be effected by the cymbals cutting, you an put those on let’s say channel 4.

        (The channel numbers are just examples, but if they’re on the same number, it will cut the sound when a new sound plays. So it stops, and the new sound plays. This is useful when sampling and stuff, so not every sound is stopping when a new sound plays, allowing you to have more flexibility/control over the loop!)

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