FL Studio music production software | Get started

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Music production is simply the process of making music. It is the process of developing, creating recorded music for public distribution or as a hobby as well. Lets check out how to get started with music production.

FL Studio is a software that is used for music production. It is also known as Digital Audio Workstation. There are several other DAW's in the market. However, FL Studio is known for its easy to use interface. Click here to know about the other DAW's available in 2021.

It allows you to load instruments and samples. We can then play these upon arrangement. It was previously known as Fruity Loops. FL studio mobile version is also available for use.

The software was developed by the Belgian company Image-Line. FL Studio features a graphical user interface with a pattern-based music sequencer. The program is available in four different editions for Microsoft Windows and macOS.

Image-Line offers lifetime free updates to the program after one-time purchases, which means customers receive all future updates of the software for free after their purchase.Image-Line also develops FL Studio Mobile for Android, iOS, macOS and Universal Windows Platform devices.

FL Studio can also be used as a virtual studio technology (VST) instrument in other audio workstation programs and also functions as a ReWire client. Image-Line also offers its own VST instruments and audio applications. FL Studio has been used by numerous highly visible hip hop and EDM producers, including Porter Robinson, Madeon, Soulja Boy, Southside, Martin Garrix, Avicii, Imanbek and Deadmau5.

FL Studio music production software | Get started

Martin Garrix in studio:

martin garrix in the studio

The software has three main sections: The playlist, the piano roll and the Mixer.

The playlist is the place where you get to arrange the tracks. We can quickly use our audio and MIDI loops and recordings to create multiple arrangements in the Playlist. We can easily understand that each part of the track (pattern) is arranged in the place. The patterns are arranged in each bar. The screenshot shows that the track is about 55 bars in length. When the track is arranged, we can play it using the play button. It isn't hard to find. Or is it?!

We can render ( save ) the song using the FILE menu. Find out where it is located in the screenshot. But before we save the song, we also need to know how we need to enter notes and create the patterns that we are arranging. For that we need to check out the piano roll section. Read below to know more.

This is how the playlist looks like.

FL Studio basics
Playlist in FL Studio

The Piano roll and the Channel Rack is the place is where you can enter notes using the computer's keyboard or a MIDI keyboard.

We can clearly see in the screenshot, how the youtuber is inserting notes into the piano roll. The big lines are the chord progression, and the melody is being done with small notes.

Its not mandatory that we insert chords and melody in the same page of the piano roll. For that we can also create a different piano roll which is also known as a Channel. The channel rack lists all the channels being used and each of them will have a piano roll of its own. We can right click on the each channel and open the piano roll. We can see that in the second screenshot below.

We can also use VST plugins like that of acoustic guitar, flute or other instruments and then add notes to the channel of each VST.

We need to download VST's and add them to FL Studio. There are many YouTube tutorials you can take help from ( above screenshot )

The Mixer is the place where you can add the sounds and make them more fat and lively. This is one of the most important section of any Digital Audio Workstation. This is the part with which we get to mix and master the track.

In general it is done for each channel being used in the track and then some effects can also be added on the master of the full track. I will go in depth of the mixing and mastering techniques in my other blogs.

This (below screenshot) is how it looks. We all have seen a similar device in pictures of recording studios. This is just the same. Its the soft version and not a physical one.

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