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The Music Producer's Ultimate Guide to FL Studio 20

By : Joshua Au-Yeung
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The Music Producer's Ultimate Guide to FL Studio 20

By: Joshua Au-Yeung

Overview of this book

FL Studio is a cutting-edge software music production environment and an extremely powerful and easy-to-use tool for creating music. This book will give you everything you need to produce music with FL Studio like a professional. You'll begin by exploring FL Studio 20's vast array of tools, and discover best practices, tips, and tricks for creating music. You'll then learn how to set up your studio environment, create a beat, compose a melody and chord progression, mix sounds with effects, and export songs. As you advance, you'll find out how to use tools such as the Piano roll, mixer console, audio envelopes, types of compression, equalizers, vocoders, vocal chops, and tools for increasing stereo width. The book introduces you to mixing best practices, and shows you how to master your songs. Along the way, you'll explore glitch effects and create your own instruments and custom-designed effect chains. You'll also cover ZGameEditor Visualizer, a tool used for creating reactive visuals for your songs. Finally, you'll learn how to register, sell, and promote your music. By the end of this FL Studio book, you'll be able to utilize cutting-edge tools to fuel your creative ideas, mix music effectively, and publish your songs.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Section 1:Getting Up and Running with FL Studio
Section 2:Music Production Fundamentals
Section 3:Postproduction and Publishing Your Music

Understanding vocoders

What are vocoders? If you've heard a voice that has been transformed to sound like a robot, then you've probably heard a vocoder. They sound awesome and are my favorite weapon to wield when making music. Vocoding is used extensively in electronic dance music, especially in the house, electro, and dubstep genres. If you're unsure about what a vocoder effect sounds like, consider checking out the following songs:

  • Daft PunkHarder, Better, Faster, Stronger
  • Don DiabloYou're Not Alone ft. Kiiara

Vocoders create effects that modulate an existing sound. The input sound (usually a vocal) splits into frequency bands and is analyzed for its frequency level and content. We call this the modulator. We break this information down into a series of band pass filters to be used later.

A second sound (usually an instrument) is fed into the vocoder. We call this the carrier. We use this as the sound that we're going...