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FL Studio Cookbook by Shaun Friedman

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Comparing pattern and song mode

Pattern/song mode is the basis of understanding how to arrange your song in FL Studio. A pattern is simply a slice of time that will last a couple of seconds, loop back to the beginning, and repeat. Of course, a final song will usually last between a couple minutes to eight minutes or so. When we arrange our patterns into the FL Studio playlist using song mode, we are able to incorporate various patterns to form a full production. We may also separate all of our pieces and parts in patterns in order to utilize them in the FL Studio playlist in song mode. In song mode, we can arrange our pieces and parts (patterns) to form our intro, verse, chorus, bridge, outro, and so on depending on our musical requirements.

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