Making triplets in FL Studio Mobile takes a minute to figure out if you haven’t tried before, but thankfully, FL Mobile has taken some of the features from the desktop version over to the mobile one. For example, it’s pretty easy to fill up a bar, measure, or phrase with notes with a particular time value.
You can automatically add as many 1/4, 1/8th, 1/16th, and triplets as you’d like, depending on the length of the bar you’ve chosen. So all that is well and fine, but how do we actually do some of this, and more importantly, what’s the fastest way? Triplets are the most popular, so let’s start with that.
To make triplets in FL Studio Mobile
1) Press the ”+” sign and choose Drums
2) Long-press the Channel and choose ”Add Notes Track”
3) Add a Clip in the Notes Track
4) Long-press it then choose Edit
5) Long-press the Magnet icon and select ”1/3 Beat”
6) Tap on the grid to automatically create triplets.
Using this method will allow you to automatically create triplets in FL Studio Mobile, although, what it does is that it merely places each note on the grid so it makes a triplet. You still have to go through and add in each note manually. FL Studio Mobile will create other notes for you automatically like 1/4, 1/8, and 1/16th notes, but it won’t do more odd divisions. Let’s really dive into this and some other tips below…
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How to Make Triplets in FL Studio Mobile
As I just explained, the most common way of simply making triplets in FL Studio Mobile is to set up the 1/3 Beat quantization setting and then tap in all of the notes manually. This, of course, works with all kinds of quantization settings including 1/4 notes and 1/16 notes, and so on.
1) Press the “+” Sign and Choose A Drum Track
I’d recommend choosing the Drums Channel that way you can choose one of the stock drums sounds in FL Studio Mobile, but you don’t have to. There’s nothing stopping you from using the DW Sampler, for example, if you’re choosing to use samples downloaded from elsewhere. In this case, I used the classic Roland TR-808.
2) Navigate Back to the Playlist, Long-Press the Channel, and then Choose ”Add Notes Track”
3) Add A New Clip of Equal Length in the Notes Track
Click on where you’d like to add the new Notes Track. When you click on the Playlist, a little icon will appear that says ”+Clip.”
4) Long-Press the New Notes track and Then Select ”Edit”
5) Long-Press the Magnet and Select ”1/3 Beat”
Pressing on the Magnet will toggle quantization, but if you long-press on it, then you get the various quantization options.
6) Tap on the Grid to Automatically Create Triplets
Once you’ve set up your triplet quantization, you can press on the Playlist according to how many notes you want. The quantizer will automatically put the notes on the grid so they will become triplets and nothing else.
However, you’ll notice that after you’ve created triplets in this way, it probably doesn’t sound the way you want it to. This is because in producer terminology, ”triplets,” is often used to describe something else.
In music theory, a triplet is when a beat is divided up into 3 equal parts. A different way of describing it is that it’s when you play three notes in the time that would normally only take 2 notes.
Producers use the term ”triplets” and ”hi-hat rolls” synonymously, even though they’re not really the same, at least theoretically.
When you have a bunch of actual triplets together, it doesn’t sound like the galloping hi-hat roll that people think of when they think of making trap drum beats or galloping metal guitar riffs.
Instead, it sounds like something that’s hard to put into words (this YouTube video will explain some of the theory and also do a few demonstrations for you).
If you want to make the galloping hi-hats, or what’s commonly called hi-hat rolls (my guide to these for GarageBand iOS), you’re better off using the 1/4 Step setting in FL Studio Mobile instead. These will sound a little closer to what you’re going for, in my view. Here’s what that would look like:
As an example, I’m going to show you how I would make hi-hat rolls in FL Studio Mobile which involves the Beat Sequencer. In my view, this is the fastest way, and it’s also the way that’s most consistent with what people think of as ”triplets” or ”hi-hat rolls.”
Using the Beat Sequencer to Make Triplets in FL Studio Mobile
As I said earlier, it’s unfortunate that FL Studio Mobile doesn’t have a setting for automatically creating a bunch of cool hi-hat rolls in the style that we commonly call ”triplets,” but it is what it is. We’ll make do with what we’ve got.
If you want to quickly lay down a bunch of triplets using the beat sequencer, it can be used for the sake of speeding up your workflow.
You would do this by automatically adding a bunch of 1/4 notes to the grid, setting the quantization to 1/4 Step, and then adding in the hi-hat rolls manually. Let’s do that now. Lucky for you, half of the steps are identical to the first part of the tutorial.
1) With the Playlist Open, Press the ”+” Sign and Choose ”Drums”
2) Select Your Kit, Long-Press the Channel, Then Select ”Add Notes Track”
Do the same thing I showed you previously and create the Notes Track and extend it out so it’s the same length as your original Channel track.
3) Press the Notes Track and Select ”Edit”
4) Select the Magnet Icon (Quantizer) and Choose “1/4” Step
The 1/4 Step setting allows you to divide one full grid square into 4 small sections. This ensures you can get ultra-specific and precise.
5) Long-Press Your Drum Kit Channel and Choose ”Fill Every Step”
However, we’ve got to make a bit more space for other notes so we’ll have to minimize the size of some of them to add more.
6) Long-Press to Select All The Notes and Then Minimize Them To A 1/4 Step
Now that you’ve made some space, you can start adding extra notes here and there for more flavor.
7) Put A Note In the Center of Each Note to Make Hi-Hat Rolls/Triplets
In reality, these are probably closer to 1/16 and 1/32nd notes, but I digress. This may be the fastest way to quickly make a ton of hi-hat rolls, triplets, or any other notes that have to be repeated.
You can get a lot more creative with this style of drum pattern as well. With all that in mind, I’ve got a few more tips to share that I think will help with your creative workflow. Some of them I’ve already hinted at or used, but they’re worth discussing on their own.
4 Tips for Making Triplets and Hi-Hat Rolls in FL Studio Mobile
1) Copy and Paste Your Notes to Make It Faster
The fastest way to quickly add notes to your drum pattern is to copy and paste everything by long-pressing on the Playlist to create a section box, and then selecting all of the notes.
After that, you go to the part of your grid where you’d like to add more to the pattern, long-press, and click ”paste.” From there, you’ll be able to pull the notes around as you see fit.
2) Select All the Notes and Retract Their Length To Create More Room
Creating more space for your notes is also essential because otherwise, the notes will take up too much room on the grid. In other words, you won’t be able to add the notes in between other notes (you still can, you just won’t be able to see what you’re doing).
To do this, just long-press on the grid to create the selection box, grab all of them, and then you can make the notes shorter or longer if you wanted. Pull on the grey dot to pull everything back. You can do the same thing but inverse, ie, pull them to the right to make them longer.
3) Use the 1/4 Step Quantization Setting for Accurate Note Additions
I prefer to use the 1/4 Step quantization setting because then I can get more accurate whilst adding notes on the grid. Anything else and it’s too much because the notes are too small, but anything more and there isn’t enough precision.
4) Zoom Closely In On The Screen to Be More Precise
Another great tip is to zoom in and out on the screen as much as you need to. The zooming feature in FL Studio Mobile is probably one of its greatest tools because you can really get in close to things or further away if you have to.
This really helps your workflow. So if you need to squeeze a quick note in between two notes that are already pretty close to each other, the zoom feature will allow you to get in there for precision’s sake.
The zoom feature is an iOS standard (it’s practically identical for every program or application that can be used on iOS operating systems), so just close or open your fingers together on your screen to minimize or maximize your screen size. This will also allow you to add more bars to your project.
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Important Things to Note About FL Mobile Triplets
1) This Tutorial Presupposes We’re In Standard 4/4 Time
In case you don’t know much about music theory, the time signature of the musical piece tells you how many beats are in a bar and how many notes divide up as one whole note.
What time signature you’re in will have an impact on what words you use to refer to patterns of notes. For instance, triplets in 4/4 will look and sound much different than they would in 3/8, for instance. For more on this, my GarageBand iOS triplet tutorial is a good start.