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Creating music with loops inside Final Cut Pro X


When we first saw this video we thought "Why would anyone want to make music in Final Cut Pro X?" Then after watching the tutorial we realised that FCPX has some pretty powerful audio tools built in.

We have to thank CreaVidea for posting this on our forum, but we thought it deserved a bigger billing here on the front page as there aren't many audio led FCPX tutorials on the internet yet. You might have read before that we are fans of Ableton, the music production and remixing tool that uses loops. This method of music construction in FCPX isn't far off that concept.

We are not suggesting for one moment that you use FCPX to compose the next best selling platinum album out there, the method just might come in handy if you need a bit of bubble or underlay music to run with video. Instead of having to slice up the music track into or on bars, you could build a bed to the exact length and tempo needed right in your favourite editing application.

We don't know where the loops were imported from but a good starting place would be to see what could be pulled from Garageband.

"Use Final Cut Pro X like a software to make music it may seem crazy, but the much discussed potential of this program are yet to be discovered not only in the video, but also in the audio. Out of curiosity I started to experience some things with the audio tracks. And in the search for the original soundtrack I had the idea to use large potential of FCPX data base to create a library with audio loops that can be used easy and fast when I need it. Several were the pleasant surprises I've had. First of all, the possibility to synchronize loops with nitrate and rhythm different from each other in a simple and "visual" way. In this video tutorial I'll show you some of the steps that led me to compose a soundtrack for a video I was looking for. I'm not saying FCPX can go to replace programs like garage band qbase, Logic or others were born to do this ... but it certainly allows those who know little, to create music in a fast and "visual" way. Maybe those of music know will be able to discover unexpected things ... the discovery of you!."

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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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