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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

Using multiband compressors

To find a nice balance between loudness levels and frequency levels, we use compressors, limiters, and expanders to adjust dynamics. Basic compressors work by reducing the dynamic range. We discussed compressors in Chapter 6, Compression, Sidechaining, Limiting, and Equalization. Refer to that chapter if you need a refresher on how compressors work. When mastering, we use an advanced form of compressor called a multiband compressor. By the end of this section, you'll know how to apply multiband compression with any multiband compressor plugin.

Let's discuss the theory behind using a multiband compressor and then show an example using FL Studio's Maximus. Multiband compressors allow you to isolate frequency ranges and apply compression to each region. This way, you can bring up or down the level of the low, mid, or high frequencies separately. For example, say your low-frequency sounds needed compression but not the rest of your frequencies...