How to Use Slicex to Cut Beats


Cutting or slicing a drum beat involves separating it into its component parts, then rearranging these parts to create a new beat. This production technique is especially useful when producing breakbeat or drum 'n' bass tracks. The FL Studio digital audio workstation includes a built-in beat slicer called "Slicex," which can cut a drum sample into separate sounds, then translate them to MIDI signals which you can rearrange. Slicex uses customizable markers to separate a drum beat into different regions.

  • Launch FL Studio. Click "Channels" and hover the mouse over "Add One." Select "Audio Clip" to create a new audio channel.

  • Click "Plugin Database" in the left-hand sidebar. Click "Generators," "Drum" and "Drumloop slicer." Drag and drop the Slicex plug-in onto the audio channel.

  • Click the disk icon in the Slicex plug-in. Click "Load Sample." Navigate to the drum beat you want to cut up and double-click it. Slicex loads the drum beat and automatically slices it into its component drum sounds.

  • Click and drag the markers in the Slicex waveform display to fine-tune the slices so that each marked region contains only one drum sound. To add a new marker, click and drag a portion of the waveform to select it, click the "Region" icon and select "Add Marker." To delete a marker, right-click it and select "Delete."

  • Click the "Dump Score to Piano Roll" button, which looks like a series of squares arranged in a diagonal line. Click "View," then "Piano Roll" to open the MIDI piano roll sequencer.

  • Click and drag the drum slices in the piano roll editor to rearrange them. Click and drag the right-hand edge of a slice to lengthen or shorten it. To add a slice, click inside an empty square in the piano roll editor. Click "Play" to listen to the sliced drum beat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Right-click inside a sliced region to preview it.
  • Image Line also offers a VST version of Slicex for use in other digital audio workstations.

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