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The Music Producer's Ultimate Guide to FL Studio 20

By : Joshua Au-Yeung
Book Image

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

Routing audio to the Mixer

Before we can mix our music, we first need to route audio to the Mixer. The following is a screenshot showing the FL Keys and BooBass instruments in our Channel Rack, which we are going to route to the Mixer:

Figure 4.1 – Channel Rack and Mixer

In the preceding screenshot, we can see four samples and two instruments in the Channel Rack. Our Mixer has no information mentioning instruments or samples yet. At this current moment, all sounds are being routed directly to the master channel. When we're done routing, all instruments and samples in the Channel Rack will have their own assigned channel and will visually show up in the Mixer.

There are two ways to route an instrument in FL Studio to the Mixer. The first way is using the Channel Rack, and the second is through using the individual instrument itself.

Let's look at the Channel Rack method first. This is the shortcut way:

  1. In the Channel Rack, select...