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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

Chapter 6: Compression, Sidechaining, Limiting, and Equalization

When you hear music performed live, there's variation in the volume. Some sounds are loud, some are quiet. Some may be muffled, distorted, shrill, or filled with echo, but you probably won't notice when you're enraptured by the performance visuals. If you were to record the performance live on your phone and play it back later, you'd notice that the sound quality of the recording is poor. There's background noise, the lyrics are hard to make out clearly, and the bass sound likely overpowers the higher instrument sounds.

When you prepare a song for production, you want to achieve the highest quality sound you can get. You want the audio to be as clear as possible and emphasize the best parts of your sounds and reduce the unpleasant parts.

Mixing is the name of the process we use to polish our sounds. It includes combining and grouping recordings of instruments in the Mixer, balancing volumes...