Audio Editing with FL Studio’s Edison

When it comes to audio editing in FL Studio, Edison is my go-to tool. It’s bundled with great features to edit and even manipulate your audio. Let’s take a look at how it ticks.  

Adding Audio

It’s super simple to add audio files into Edison for editing. Either drag and drop a file from your computer into the interface, or you can right-click in Edison waveform view and choose to add an audio file.

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I like to view Edison as a destructive audio editor. This means that the edits you do to your audio in Edison are applied straight to the audio and not as an effect or plugin. Destructive editing has its benefits, in that you work in a different way/mindset while editing. I find you make different choices compared to if it was non-destructive. Let me take you through some editing examples and you can see it in action.

Destructive Editing

You can very easily add fades using the fade tool. It quickly adds fades right onto the audio.

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Or how about some bit reduction? Let’s take an audio file and reduce it right down to 8 bits. To do this, just go to the Run script command and then down to the FX menu and there you can choose bit reduction.

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Check out some of the other options in this menu and apply them to your sounds.

The Claw Machine is an interesting one. It works great with material where you know the tempo. For example, try this on a drum loop. When you open the Claw hammer menu, choose to trash every ¼ beat. For example, this can take a 4/4 pattern and removed every ¼ beat and turn the drum loop into a 3/4 part, a really cool trick for altering your loops.

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Editing Tools

On the editing side there are some handy actions, such as creating markers on your audio. 

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Plus when you copy/drag this audio to a track in your playlist, it retains these markers. This is pretty cool as it highlights the seamless integration between the Playlist and Edison plugin.

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You can also splice up your audio part, and it will add a marker at each splice point. A great tool to use on drums and percussive parts.

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Input Recording

Aside from adding audio into Edison, you can also choose to record audio parts straight in. This has other benefits, for example, after recording the part in you can use Edison to fine tune and edit it before adding it to the track playlist.

You can choose the input mode: On Input, Input, On play. 

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Plus you can also choose to sync Edison with the host tempo of the project, so whatever audio you record in, syncs with the project.

Detect Pitch and Spectrum Views

Another cool feature is the Detect Pitch regions, which can be found under the Tools menu.

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This can work well if you pull a loop into Edison, and you don’t know the keys of the song. You can use the Detect Pitch feature to help you out with the notes.

From an analysis point what’s cool is the addition of the spectrum view. With this you can take a visual look at the frequency balancing in the sound. Plus you can also choose to view the waveform over this spectrum analysis view.

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Conclusion

This is by no means all the editing features, there are many more, but these are some of my favorites. These really help my workflow in my productions, and especially the destructive editing options give me results I would not have achieved if I edited them in the playlist view. So go in and try out pulling audio into Edison and make some different editing decisions for your next music production.

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Gary Hiebner is an enthusiastic South African Sound Designer and Apple Tech Head! Gary has been involved in the South African music industry for the decade, and in this time has also been involved in the sound design and music production for many advertising agencies and media houses. Gary is a devoted Logic and Ableton user, but he al... Read More

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