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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 limiters

So far, we've discussed simple compression, parallel compression, and sidechain compression. Fruity Limiter offers another tool called a limiter. Limiters are tools to lower the amplitude peak of a sound. Limiters have a threshold level and when it's reached, the average volume of the audio is compressed and then raised until it reaches the threshold. The result is that the overall sounds appear louder but are contained under the threshold.

The difference between a compressor and a limiter is that in a compressor, you set the compression ratio to an exact value (for example, reduce by a 3:1 ratio), whereas in a limiter, the ratio is not specifically set by you. The ratio of compression adapts until the overall volume is raised up to the threshold.

Why would you use limiters? One reason to use limiters is to prevent unwanted distortion. If the volume of your final audio exceeds 0 dB, unwanted distortion occurs. In hardware, this causes a signal overload...