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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 MIDI

In order to use vocoders, we need to first know how to use Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI). MIDI is a way for software and electronic devices to pass music information from one device to another so that the new device knows what notes to play. In Chapter 3, Composing with the Piano Roll, we discussed how to record MIDI information to the Piano roll. Once entered, notes in the Piano roll act as MIDI information that can be passed between instrument plugins.

Passing MIDI information between plugins is useful in a few scenarios:

  • Passing MIDI information is how you can communicate with hardware instrument devices. Hardware instruments use MIDI to give and receive information to and from your computer. If you want to play notes directly from FL Studio to or from your hardware device, you use MIDI. This will be heavily dependent on your specific hardware device. FL Studio has documentation and video tutorials to help connect your hardware MIDI devices...