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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

What is FL Studio?

FL Studio is a music production software. It's a DAW consisting of tools, effects, and synthesizers designed to compose, mix, and master music. It's a collection of software plugins that can handle all your audio production needs whether you are a musician, a film or video game composer, or a music producer. It has been designed to be quick to pick up and provides enough features to satisfy sound designers. Once you get comfortable with the main workflow, you'll find it intuitive and easy to learn. Most importantly, in my opinion, using FL Studio is fun and a delight to play with. I frequently find myself losing track of time having fun with it.

You can download a free trial version of FL Studio, which allows you to try out all the features of the software; however, it won't let you reopen your saved projects until you purchase a paid version.

FL Studio comes in several paid tiered versions with more features for the higher tiers. A user can upgrade from a cheaper tier to a higher tier to unlock more features. If you are unsure of what version you need, you can start with the cheapest tier and upgrade later to a higher tier. There is a $10 additional charge for upgrading. Here are the different editions:

  • The Fruity Edition is the cheapest. It includes all the basic features, such as access to the Playlist, Channel Rack, and Piano roll. It includes the Autogun, BassDrum, BeepMap, Drumpad, FLEX, Fruity Kick, Fruity DX10, Groove Machine Synth, and MiniSynth plugins. It does not include audio recording.
  • The Producer Edition includes all features in the Fruity Edition plus audio recording and post-production tools. It includes the Edison, Slicex (loop slicer and re-arranger), Sytrus, Maximus, Vocodex, and SynthMaker plugins. In this book, we include an introduction to the Edison, Slicex, Maximus, and Vocodex plugins.
  • The Signature Bundle includes everything in the Producer Edition plus Fruity Video Player, the DirectWave sampler, Harmless, NewTone, Pitcher, Gross Beat, and the Hardcore guitar effects suite. Fruity Video Player allows you to see videos in sync with your music, which is handy for film composers. In this book, we include an introduction to the DirectWave, NewTone, Pitcher, and Gross Beat plugins.
  • The All Plugins Bundle includes all possible plugins and features, including a large selection of synthesizers.

To see a full comparison of features offered in the different tiers, visit

We have been briefly introduced to FL Studio. Now, it's time to begin exploring the FL Studio workspace.