Author Topic: Switching from FL Studio to OpenMPT - worth it?  (Read 305 times)

Offline 3131417

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Switching from FL Studio to OpenMPT - worth it?
« on: June 17, 2020, 07:34:38 »
I've been producing experimental electronic music in FL for about 4 years. Recently I've been thinking of switching to FOSS, mainly for privacy reasons. I want to use Linux + OpenMPT in Wine. Has anyone done something similar? Could you please describe what limitations I'll have to deal with when adapting to OpenMPT?

An example of my music: https://files.catbox.moe/mu586i.wav

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Re: Switching from FL Studio to OpenMPT - worth it?
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2020, 08:48:20 »
OpenMPT works fine in Wine for many people. However, if your main motivation is to move to FOSS, I wonder if you have tried using LMMS yet? LMMS is a lot more like FL Studio so the move would probably be a lot easier. OpenMPT is in many ways more technical and "low-level" compared to FL Studio / LMMS due to its heritage from the 80s tracker concept.
If you have doubts, it might be a good idea to ask more specific questions, e.g. if certain techniques you are used to are possible to do easily in OpenMPT.
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Re: Switching from FL Studio to OpenMPT - worth it?
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2020, 08:49:41 »
I wonder if you have tried using LMMS yet?
or Ardour?

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Re: Switching from FL Studio to OpenMPT - worth it?
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2020, 14:26:41 »
If you use sampling, LMMS is weak for that and it's buggy.  In general, trackers are good for experimental IMO, only limitation is OpenMPT dont have proper mixer yet.

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Re: Switching from FL Studio to OpenMPT - worth it?
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2020, 02:25:46 »
I wonder if you have tried using LMMS yet? If you have doubts, it might be a good idea to ask more specific questions, e.g. if certain techniques you are used to are possible to do easily in OpenMPT.
I've tried LMMS, but OpenMPT seems much more interesting with it's tracker workflow. Two things I'd like to ask:
1) Are non-quantized arrangements possible? Meaning, notes not aligned to the grid. This can be used to, for example, "humanize" a drum pattern
2) It's quite important for me to be able to write automations for any (or almost any) parameter. Last time I tried learning a tracker, only specific values could be automated. What about OpenMPT?

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Re: Switching from FL Studio to OpenMPT - worth it?
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2020, 03:38:13 »
I wonder if you have tried using LMMS yet? If you have doubts, it might be a good idea to ask more specific questions, e.g. if certain techniques you are used to are possible to do easily in OpenMPT.
I've tried LMMS, but OpenMPT seems much more interesting with it's tracker workflow. Two things I'd like to ask:
1) Are non-quantized arrangements possible? Meaning, notes not aligned to the grid. This can be used to, for example, "humanize" a drum pattern
2) It's quite important for me to be able to write automations for any (or almost any) parameter. Last time I tried learning a tracker, only specific values could be automated. What about OpenMPT?

1. I don't think so. What I do is use high value of ticks per row using modern tempo, for instance 12. This gives me some granularity to use SDx effect values for manual delay and that kind of humanization. As a personal preference I do this way to delay a bit the attack of instruments or samples, like playing a bass drum and a tom so both can be more distinguished from each. You can try combine note delays with tempo swing.
IT Effect Commands
Tempo Swing

2. Parameter Control Events

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Re: Switching from FL Studio to OpenMPT - worth it?
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2020, 05:43:01 »
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1. I don't think so. What I do is use high value of ticks per row using modern tempo, for instance 12. This gives me some granularity to use SDx effect values for manual delay and that kind of humanization. As a personal preference I do this way to delay a bit the attack of instruments or samples, like playing a bass drum and a tom so both can be more distinguished from each. You can try combine note delays with tempo swing.
IT Effect Commands
Tempo Swing

2. Parameter Control Events
This explains something, thanks!!