INSTRUMENTS / GENERATORS

Slicex - Wave Editor

Slicex uses advanced beat detection algorithms to slice song/percussion samples into pieces and make them independently playable from the Piano roll or controller. If the wave file contains slice/region data this will be automatically used instead of the beat-detection algorithm. Slicex offers playback, reordering of slices and time-stretching capabilities optimized for drum loops. Related plugins are the Fruity Slicer and Edison.

Master Panel

Articulation Panel

Wave Editor

The Wave Editor section shares much in common with Edison so learning one will help you master the other.

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Transport Controls

In the top-left section of the Sample Window are several transport controls.

Menu Buttons

File

Format

Edit

Many of the actions in this menu work on a selected region. To select a region, Left-click in the sample window and drag horizontally. To move the start point, Left-click near the start of the region and drag to a new point. To move the end point, Left-click near the end of the region and drag to a new point. At any time you can zoom the window using the mouse-wheel.

Tools

Regions

View

Snap

Select

Zoom

Sample Edit Functions

From left to right:

Undo/undo history - Left-click to undo the last action. Right-click to display the last 10 actions (Left-click the point in the history you wish to return to).

Normalize/normalize regions - Left-click to normalize the current selection. Right-click to normalize on a per-region basis.

Fade in/declick in - Left-click to fade in. Right-click to smooth in (removes clicks).

Fade out/declick out - Left-click to fade out. Right-click to smooth out (removes clicks).

Run script - The Script Tool compiles and runs scripts written in Pascal, to process the wave file. Right-click to use the Run last script option. See the Tools Menu (Scripting) 'Run Script' option (above) for more details.

Drumloop stretch - Left-click to open the Drumloop stretch or Right-click to open the Time stretch tool .

Add / remove marker / region - Left-click to add/remove a new marker at the start of the selected region. Right-click to add region markers bounding the selected region.

Auto-slice - Auto-slices the sample. Right-click to open the following slice presets:

Dump score - Dumps the current slices to the Piano roll as a note sequence. Right-click the button to open the list of 'dump' presets:

Save as.... / save as compressed... - Opens a save file dialog with the options of .wav and compressed .wav (ogg format).

Drag / copy sample / move selection - Left-click and drag the button (yes the button) to the desired location. The selected region in the Sample Edit Window (or whole sample if no selection is made) will be copied and moved to any compatible location in FL Studio, e.g. Edison, Sampler channels, Fruity Slicer, DirectWave, the Playlist, etc. Right-click to copy the selection to the clipboard.

Utility Bar

The tility bar runs underneath the tools and quick edit buttons.

Sample Edit Window

Edit, set markers/loop-points, or apply envelopes to the sound:

Mixdown Envelopes

These envelopes are set then applied to the sound. There is no 'live-preview', (Ctrl+Z) to undo. Left-click the symbols to apply, from left to right -

Preview - As there is no 'live' preview for the 'All-purpose' envelope in Slicex, you will need to process the wave to hear envelope changes. To hear your envelopes, select the 'Tools' option and then Mixdown envelope or (Ctrl+E) to process the wave. The undo function can be used to reverse any unwanted changes.

Editing envelopes - After selecting the desired envelope type, Right-click in the 'Sample Editor Window' to add points, and Left-click to move points and tension markers. Right-click points to open a context menu that will allow you to delete points or change the curve type

Feature Switches

These switches vary, depending on the Edit mode, from left to right:

Note how the cursor changes depending on whether you are in Freeze or Edit mode. In Freeze mode you won't be able to make any changes.


Sample Properties (F2)

This area displays the sample properties including Sample rate, Bit depth, Channel format, Tempo information and Title. Right-clicking this area or pressing F2 opens the Sample Properties dialog.


Options

Info

Format

Tempo

NOTE: An alternative tempo detection technique is to highlight a part of the audio that you know to be an exact # of beats, then, in the properties dialog, the display will show 'select (beats)' instead of 'length (beats)'. If 4 beats were highlighted (for example), enter 4, and the tempo of the song should be detected.

Sampler

These functions aid samplers that read meta-data to auto-process the sample (DirectWave and the Channel sampler for example).

Keyboard & Piano roll Controls