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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 the Playlist

The Playlist is where you arrange the timing of all elements for your song. It holds patterns, Audio Clips, and the automation of effects. You can open the Playlist by selecting the Playlist icon:

Figure 2.36 – Playlist icon in the Toolbar

The Playlist will open up and you will see a window similar to the following:

Figure 2.37 – Playlist

On the left-hand side, you can see the pattern, audio, or automation that is currently selected. In the preceding screenshot, we can see that Pattern 1 is currently selected. We can left-click on patterns and drag them into the Playlist.

To the right of the patterns, you can see the name Track 1 and a light to indicate that the track is active (not muted). You can mute the track by left-clicking on the light. You can customize the name and color of the track by right-clicking on it and selecting Rename and Color. In the following screenshot, we can see that we have...