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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

Applying equalization

In Chapter 5, Sound Design and Audio Envelopes, we learned that frequencies are related to pitches we hear. By increasing the frequency, we increase the pitch of a sound.

Equalization (shortened to EQ) is a category of filter effect used to increase or decrease targeted frequencies of a sound. EQ is used to enhance frequencies of sounds you like and reduce those unwanted ones you don't.

One way that EQ can be used is to clean up muddy mixes. When multiple instruments are playing, instruments may sound like they're trying to play over one another. The overlapping of sounds makes it difficult to hear any of the competing instruments clearly. This is known as mud in the mix and is undesirable. EQ can help fix muddy mixes by removing competing frequencies of instruments playing at the same time. This helps to designate an area of frequency space for each instrument so that you can hear each one clearly. This is known as cleaning up the mix or removing...