There are many ways you can create fades in FL Studio. Still, the simplest method involves creating and automating the volume of the desired sound. Using automation clips means you can have precise control over the volume over a period of time.
Using Fades In FL Studio
Creating fades in is a vital skill for any music producer. It allows you to smoothly transition sounds in and out of your productions and even the whole song itself.
Luckily this is easily achievable in most DAWs (digital audio workstations) in various ways.
This FL Studio tutorial will look at the most straightforward way to achieve this within Fruity Loops via automation clips.
Using automation clips allows you to have accurate control over the exact volume of the desired sound, more so than any other method.
Step 1 – Selecting The Correct Volume Parameter
First things first, you will want to make sure that you have found and selected the correct volume parameter so that you can create an automation clip of it.
There are multiple ways to create volume automation within FL Studio. Still, the two most common methods are to use the sample volume knob or the mixer channel fader. These methods have the same result, so you can use whichever you prefer.
In the example above, I have used the volume from the sampler.
Step 2 – Creating An Automation Clip
Now that you have found the volume parameter, you want to create the automation. You can right-click on it and select the ‘Create Automation Clip.’
Once selected, you will see that a new automation clip will be added to the playlist.
With this automation, you will then be able to create any desired volume changes with the specified sample to allow for it to transition in and out of the song smoothly.
Step 3 – Using The Automation Clip
After creating the automation clip, you will want to create the desired volume fade for that sound.
You can create a new automation clip by right-clicking then manipulating the points. Simply left-click and drag.
Why are fades so important?
Fades are a great way to cleanly and subtly introduce new elements to a song. They can also be used to fade in and out the entire arrangement. Without fades, you may hear pops and clicks when new elements are introduced, and they may come in abruptly.
Do you have to know how to create fades?
Creating fades is an essential skill in music production, as it is one of the primary methods you can use to cleanly bring in new elements to a song without them coming in too suddenly.
Do fades have to be done with volume?
You can get creative with the technique you use to create fades. For example, you can try using a filter cutoff automation instead of volume automation, creating a different sounding fade.
Using more create fade techniques can be a great way to introduce new elements more variedly than simply automating the volume.
Why do producers add fades to the start and end of their tracks?
Adding fades to the start and end of a track is a great way to make sure that you are eliminating any pops or cracks that might occur there.
Sometimes, when an audio clip starts to play in the DAW, a small amount of interference can occur, but creating a fade fixes this. Generally, it is a good idea to get into the habit of making these fades and the start and end of a project.
Should you always use fades?
There are some circumstances where you may find a fade is not necessary to use, in which case it is completely fine to leave them out. Some elements may come in without any issue or need for fades, but it is always worth checking to make sure that you don’t need to use one.
Can you make fades without automation clips in Fruity
You could use methods to create fades that do not require fades in FL Studio. However, they are much more long-winded than simply creating volume automation.
Suppose you are looking to eliminate the need for having automation clips. In that case, you can always render the audio into a new audio track with volume automation so that you do not need to have the automation clip.
You should now know how to create a volume fade within FL Studio, a simple but effective trick in modern music production.
Fading can be used in various ways, and you can get creative with the fade effect that you are automating, so go and experiment!
about the author
Hi, I’m Max, a passionate UK-based electronic music producer, and audio engineer.
I have now been making music for around 6 years.
Over this time, I have developed a deep passion and understanding of various musical styles and genres, along with the different production techniques that separate them from one another.
In addition, I have also recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in electronic music production from dBs Sound & Music Institute.