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

3. Pads

  • Left-clicking - a pad allows you to hear the samples loaded on that pad AND changes the Layer Properties to match that pad. The vertical position clicked affects triggered velocity. Top = low velocity, bottom = high velocity.
  • Right-clicking - a pad will preview the samples without changing the Layer View to that pad.
  • Dragging a sample - onto a pad (from the Browser) will load it in the selected layer of the pad.

Making & Saving FPC Kits

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