Up and Running with FL Studio prepares music producers and audio engineers to work on real-world projects with FL Studio, the powerful digital audio workstation on par with Ableton Live and Pro Tools. Author Stefan Loader reviews the most important parts of the interface and then dives deep into the step sequencer, showing how to create a beat, add samples and instruments, use the Piano Roll, and record MIDI tracks.
He also demonstrates how to use Fl Studio's built-in plugins, automation, patterns, and effects to develop the sound of your song, and export it for sharing with the world. Voiceover Hi, I'm Stefan Loader and welcome to Up and Running with FL Studio 12. FL studio is a digital audio workstation similar to Logic, Ableton Live, Pro Tools and Key Base. In this course I'll introduce you to the interface of FL Studio. I'll also be showing you several methods for building a basic drum beat. From slicing samples out of loops to recording in midi using Drumaxx. We'll be looking at sound design as well, with some of the plugins that come with FL Studio.
Next, we'll at how to arrange and edit midi clips and how to use automation and audio clips to further develop your project.Then, I'll show you how to add effects, delay and other plug-ins. As well as some more advanced techniques like side chaining and using send busses and finally, I'll show you how to share your song with the world.
FL Studio 12 is a versatile and powerful program and I hope watching this course will inspire you to create and produce music in ways you may not have even considered before. So let's get you up and running with FL Studio 12.
So if you’re here, you’re probably new to FL Studio, or to music production in general, right?Maybe you’ve loaded up the FL Studio interface and have thought to yourself:“How the hell am I gonna learn all this?”Let me tell you a sobering fact., not wanting to put in the work to learn their DAW. They make excuses like this:But you’re here, wanting to learn this thing. So in this guide, we are going to break down the main features of FL Studio to get you making music in the least time possible.Note: We will be using the FL Studio 20 Producer Edition for this guide.Table of Contents.Introduction/GeneralFor most of you, FL Studio will look something like this when you first load it up.The first thing to know about FL Studio is that all the windows can be moved around. That’s the beauty of this DAW – it’s infinitely customizable, especially in comparison to its arch nemesis,.Nothing is fixed, besides the toolbar across the top of the screen, which is what we will look at first. Here you will find the File, Edit, Options and much more up the top left.A lot of them are straightforward, or just itemized versions of the various buttons and knobs that lay across the interface already, so don’t get hung up on these. TransportIn the centre, you’ll find your transport section: play, stop and record buttons for playback.
Those should be pretty self-explanatory.In this section, you’ll see two options: Pat and Song. This allows you to switch between playing what’s in the Channel Rack and what’s in the Arrangement. Switching between them allows you to move between sketching out ideas to making a full track, pretty seamlessly.You’ll see a variety of buttons and also a time counter alongside a few visual effects. This helps you to visualise and time your music, as well as telling you the current load on your computer’s CPU.
SnapUnderneath, you have a universal snap control (where it says ‘Line’ on the above image), which determines the snapping of the grids across the piano roll and arrangement.If that’s not making sense, it keeps everything quantized in time (to a specific interval) across your music. The snap control can be specified at those levels individually too (piano roll etc.), which is something we will get into a bit later.
FL Studio’s Browser is where all your material comes from, whether its samples, presets or instruments.Imagine you’re a craftsman: you have raw materials like leather, metal and wood to work with. You’ve also got your toolbox, all the tools you use to make things.This is what the browser is for music producers in FL Studio.By default, there are quite a few different folders. Let’s not worry about most of them, let’s instead look at the main ones. PacksThe Packs folder includes all of FL Studio’s default sounds. They’re actually not bad when you know how to use them.You’ll find drum sounds, loops, FX, you name it. Dark souls infinite souls glitch 2019. We’ll get into how to use these in the Channel Rack section. Current ProjectEither by navigating to this folder, or clicking on the paper icon at the top, you’ll arrive at the Current Project folder.
This will show you all sounds, automation clips, actions, anything done in the current project.This is useful for finding material you’ve got without having to sift through different windows. Plugin DatabaseSimilar to how Current Project works, you can the Plugin Database window in the main view, or by clicking on the plug icon at the top right of the Browser window. This will show you all effect and generator (a fancy way of saying instrument) plugins. Any third-party VSTs or plugins you add will show up here too. Add Your OwnLet’s be honest, most people are going to want to add their own samples to the browser. So to do that, the best thing to do is to go to Options File Settings by following the above GIF.Once there, click on one of the spare folder slots to bring up a window allowing you to choose a folder. Choose where your samples are located and then your samples will appear in the Browser window.
Channel RackIf the Browser is your toolbox and materials, then the Channel Rack is your workbench. Here is where you can make patterns and bring ideas to life.Arguably, this is the most important part of FL Studio, and it’s a large part of what sets it apart from other DAWs on the market. BasicsBy default, it’s loaded up with 4 stock sounds. Now you’re welcome to use these (please don’t), but feel free to use your browser knowledge to find some good sounds.
You can drag them over the top of the existing sounds, or into a new slot underneath, which will automatically create a new Sampler.In the top left, you’ll find the menu with quite a few options. We aren’t going to go through all of them, but know that they are there and feel free to play around – a lot of them are self-explanatory.You have a loop mode button next to that, which by default loops the entire pattern.Under the menu (where it says ‘All’) you can select different groups of channels.Down the bottom, you can add in new channels Step SequencerThe key part of the channel rack is the step sequencer, and this allows you to quickly sketch out ideas.To add a step, left click on the box. You can also drag across to add multiple. To delete a step, right click on a box (also with the option of also dragging).Just left of the sequencer, you’ll find the title of each individual channel in a box, with a thin LED next to each.
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When the LED is left-clicked on and/or lit up, the current channel is selected. Clicking on the box with the name also selects that channel.When a channel is selected, you can use some of the applicable menu settings we discovered earlier by revealing the dropdown menu options.
Other ControlsIf you bring your attention to the left side, you’ll notice a few knobs and buttons. The green LED determines whether the channel is on or not. Left click to turn them on and off. You can right click to solo a channel.The two knobs next to the LED are for panning and volume control, respectively. This is great for mixing on the go without having to bring up the mixer and is very intuitive for when you are in a.The number next to those knobs determines the mixer routing, which is something we will explore further in the Mixer section of this guide.Up in the top right, there are a couple of buttons. Clicking the mini step sequencer buttons swaps all steps to notes on the piano roll, which we will get into the next section.
Clicking on the bars brings up the graph editor, allowing you to finetune the velocity, pitch and other parameters of each step/note.The number to the left of that control determines the length of the pattern (in 1/16th notes), which is 16 by default. The knob next to that determines the swing amount, which is a sort of timing effect that alters the notes to sound more human and groovy-sounding.Now of course if you have even the slightest bit of music theory knowledge, you’ll be seeing the limitations of the step sequencer already.Don’t worry, that’s where the next section comes in: the Piano Roll.
Piano RollForming part of the Channel Rack is the super-powerful Piano Roll. If the step sequencer isn’t enough for you, then the piano roll will help you write melodies, chords and more complex rhythms and patterns.FL Studio is famed for its incredible piano roll, and the smooth functionality it has to offer. Seriously, just try putting in a couple of notes and you’ll be in love.
As a long time user of Ableton, it’s one thing I really miss. BasicsThe same way you draw steps on the step sequencer is the same in the piano roll, but you have the option of clicking and dragging up, down, left and right to change timing and pitch. You can also hover your mouse at the end of a note to drag its duration shorter or longer.Down the bottom, you have the velocity for each note. You can left click and drag to adjust these values, as well as select an option from the Control dropdown menu to change what is being altered. ToolsBeyond that, the Piano Roll nearly has enough functionality to be its own program. We won’t go into heaps of depth here, but we will unpack a few of the key features to get you banging out chord progressions in no time.
Firstly, the main tools on the toolbar. Now the last thing you’re probably wanting to know – how to actually export your track once you’re done.Because finishing music is the aim, right?Well, let’s take a look. Navigate to the top toolbar and click the save icon with the wave underneath it, as pictured adjacent. After choosing where to export, the following window will come up.There’s a lot to take in here, but let’s talk over the key things to remember.
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Make sure Mode is set to Full song to export the entire arrangement. Select the desired format in the second section. MP3 exporting will give you extra options like bitrate etc. Make sure all the other settings are set like above for a standard export. You may want to enable if you know all about that. Also, saving tempo information will write the BPM to the file tagsAfter that, hit start and watch your masterpiece export like a b0:55.Apart from that, you should now have the basic set of knowledge to begin using FL Studio.
How About Actually Making Music?You might be wondering how to use all these techniques to actually start making music.In fact, when I started producing, I didn’t have the faintest idea of how to make good music, even as I learned how the tools worked.In that case, you’re probably going to need someone to guide you through the process of making a song, maybe even multiple songs.That’s where EDM Foundations comes in.Now even though we’ve had 1800+ students do this course in the past, we’ve never released an FL Studio version. And it’s still like this now.But we’re working hard on a version of EDM Foundations that includes a full FL Studio version, so if you want to hear when this comes out first, make sure to jump in our mailing list.