At the end of this lesson, you will know exactly how to reverse a sample in FL Studio with 2 easy methods.
Reverse sound of a sample
Before you can reverse a sound, you need to have a sample on the Channel Rack to work with. Now, if you don’t have any high-quality samples or if you want unique samples, download a free sample pack by clicking this link.
Add a sample via the Browser
If you use FL Studio’s Browser for your samples, make sure to open the Browser by clicking “View” in the FL Studio menu and select “Browser”. In the Browser, find the path of the sample(s) you wish to use. If you don’t know how to install samples in FL Studio’s Browser, check out the Install Sample Packs lesson.
Once you have found the sample you wish to use, right-click on it and select “Open in new channel”. The sample will be added to the Channel Rack and the Sampler will appear. The Sampler is the tool in FL Studio to control and modify samples.
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Add a sample via the Sampler
Alternatively, if you don’t use the FL Studio Browser, start by manually opening the Sampler. Therefore, click “Add” in the FL Studio menu and select “Sampler”. The Sampler will then appear and included to the Channel Rack.
On the Sampler, click the folder icon to load a file. A window will appear where you can browse your drive to find the right sample. Once you’ve found it, open it.
Reverse sound with Precomputed effects
Now that you have the correct sample loaded in the Sampler, go to the “Precomputed effects” area. Precomputed effects allow you to make quick common modifications of a sample. Luckily, it also provides a reverse option. Thus, simply check the “Reverse” setting and the sample will immediately flip in a horizontal direction. Mission accomplished!
Reverse sound with Edison
Instead of using a sample, what if you want to reverse the sound from a synthesizer? How do we do that? Fortunately, FL Studio comes with many tools and options that you can use to your advantage. So, let’s explore a different method to reverse a sound. This is the same method as you would use for making a reverse reverb effect.
Send your sound to the Mixer
Assuming you have a sound made with a synth or instrument, first make sure to send it to a free Mixer track (e.g. Insert 1). You can do that by using the “Target mixer track” box in front of the particular channel on the Channel Rack. Click it, hold it and drag up (or down) to give it a number. The number corresponds with the Mixer track number.
Record your sound in Edison
Next, click “View” in the FL Studio menu and select “Mixer”. On the Mixer, select the correct Insert track (e.g. 1), click on an empty slot and select “Edison”. If all goes well, Edison will appear.
In Edison, press the record button. Then, simply press the Play button in FL Studio (not the play button in Edison) of the sound you wish to reverse. When you’re done, press the stop button in Edison. If that goes well, you will see a recording in the form of a waveform in Edison.
Cleanup your sound recording
Then, it’s a good idea to clean up the recording by deleting silent areas and normalizing the signal. Do that by selecting the areas you wish to clean up and press the delete key on your keyboard. After that, normalize the sample by right-clicking somewhere in the waveform, select “Tools” and click “Normalize”. This gives the sample maximum loudness.
Reverse sound in Edison
Once your recording is tight, select everything (Ctrl A), right-click on the sample, select “Tools” and click “Reverse”. This will immediately reverse your sound and again, your mission is complete.
Use the reversed sound in your song
Of course, you can save the reversed sample to your drive or immediately use it in your song. Therefore, you could click the “Send to playlist as audio clip” button in Edison. Your sound will then appear on the Playlist as an audio clip where you can use it in your song.
Make music as fast as possible
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