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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 limiters

The idea behind limiting is you choose a threshold volume and compress audio volume peaks that reach the threshold level. Then, you can raise the overall volume of the sound close to the threshold level without going over. This results in your ending sound appearing louder overall to your listener. In general, if your sound is louder, listeners will be able to hear your sound more easily and have a more enjoyable listening experience.

When mastering, the last plugin on your master channel should always be a limiter. Maximus acts as a limiter by default. If you are using Maximus to master your music, it will be the last plugin on your master channel. We also discussed limiters in Chapter 6, Compression, Sidechaining, Limiting, and Equalization.

Without a limiter, you risk having your audio go above 0 dB, which can result in uncontrolled distortion on speakers. A limiter ensures that the final sound is contained below a threshold to help prevent the distortion...