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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

How do instruments create sound with different pitches?

In order to understand how instruments create pitches, we need to understand how instruments create sound waves. There are two types of sound waves. Traveling waves are observed when a wave is not confined to a given space. If you were to shake an unattached, loose rope, the resulting random ripple in the rope would be a traveling wave. The wave could have any wavelength as there's nothing restricting the length.

Standing waves, on the other hand, occur when a wave is confined to a fixed space in a medium. The medium restricts the wavelength to hit recurring wavelengths and frequencies. If you were to shake a string that's attached to a pole, the resulting constrained ripple would be a standing wave.

This medium restriction produces a regular wave pattern that repeats. We call this a standing wave (as though it were standing still). You can see an example of a standing wave in the following figure: