Rhythm and blues music blends soul and gospel with pop music to create a sound that features heavy kick drums, cracking snares and smooth synthesizers. The digital music application Fruity Loops, created by Image Line, contains all the elements necessary to create a full rhythm and blues song on a computer. Using a step sequencer, which is a linear method of reading musical rhythm, patterns of music can be chained together to create full songs.
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Open Fruity Loops. Click the "File" menu and select "New Project." A blank step sequencer will appear. This is the window directly to the right of the file browser on top. Each dot represents a musical beat of choice. To change the displayed rhythm division, change the time signature of the song or number of bars in the sequencer under the "Bars and Steps" tab at the "Options" menu.
Open the "Packs" menu at the main browser in the project. Select a desired back and click a sound to preview it. To add it to a track in the step sequencer, click and drag the sound to the track from the "Pack" menu. Select desired sounds and lay a slow drum beat. R&B songs are typically between 60 and 80 beats per minute.
Add a synth or other desired sound by opening the "Plugin Database" under the main browser and dragging a plugin to a track. If needed, open the piano roll to create the part by right clicking the instrument track and selecting "Open Piano Roll." To edit a plugin, double-click the track it is assigned to.
Mix and master the music once it is all laid out. To create a music file for the song, click "File" and select "Export." Enter the desired settings and press "Enter" to finalise the song.
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