INSTRUMENTS / GENERATORS

FPC

FPC (Fruity Pad Controller) is a software plugin similar to the hardware Akai MPC™ unit, coded & optimized for the FL Studio platform. FPC is a self-contained multi-layer/velocity drum machine that makes it easy to create, edit and swap drum kits on the fly. FPC supports 16 multi-layered patches for banks A and B. ( FPC video tutorials can be viewed here.)

Sounds and patterns: Two easy to use drop-down menus are the Content Library to download new sound banks (sounds), and the Pattern Manager to select MIDI loops/patterns and dump them to the Piano roll.

The FPC interface consists of three main zones - Main Pad Properties (1), Layer Properties (2) and the Pad Matrix (3), as described below. The interface can be resized by Right-clicking the right edge of the plugin and dragging to hide/show the Layer controls.

Content Library & Pattern Manager

1. Main Pad Properties

2. Layer Properties

Each pad can contain multi-layer samples so that different Layers respond to specific velocity ranges. This can be useful for creating realistic acoustic drum kits. Use the Layer Properties view to create and edit the Layers of the currently selected pad.

Layer Properties Controls

The controls on each Layer are (from left to right):

Modifier controls

The controls along the top of the Layer properties window are used to modify Layer behavior as follows:

Working with Layers

Envelopes

There is a Volume and Pan Envelope for each pad. Use the selector on the right side of the Envelope window to change between them. Envelopes are not active until enabled, as shown below.

The Envelope editor provides a "classic" ADSR envelope & the power of unlimited spline segments. Left-click and drag node/curve points in order to change the Envelope shape. Right-click the envelope area to add nodes.

3. Pads

Making & Saving FPC Kits

Plugin Credits: Frederic Vanmol (Development programming & VST), Robert Conde (Original design).