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FL Studio: Beginner's Guide

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    Introduction & Overview

    We begin your look at Image Line's FL Studio 20 by getting an overview of this digital audio workstation, its strengths, its design goals, and how all of these things together make a highly effective and streamlined workflow for music production.

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    Start Up & Configuration

    See how to get FL Studio up and running from a fresh installation, and then make all the basic settings for your system and hardware.

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    User Interface & Workspace

    Learn different ways to best interact with FL Studio, be it traditional mouse and keyboard, hardware controllers, or touch control.

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    The Channel Rack & Step Sequencer

    FL Studio's Channel Rack is a defining feature of the DAW, and it is largely where you handle your instruments, samples, and any other channels. With it and its Step Sequencer, see how to manage, add, and trigger these channels with a few different techniques of inputting notes and rhythms.

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    The Browser, & Plug-In Picker

    In FL Studio's Channel Rack, take a look at how you can add and manage different types of channels for instruments and samples using the organization of the Browser and Plugin Picker.

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    The Piano Roll Pt. 1

    The FL Studio Piano Roll is a powerful tool for adding and editing notes and rhythms for channels. Start a tour of it here!

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    The Piano Roll Pt. 2

    Continue through the FL Studio Piano Roll and learn about its options like slide and portamento note properties, among other things.

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    Creating Patterns

    Like many applications, a large part of FL Studio's workflow starts with creating patterns of looping rhythms and notes, and even automation of events. Here, you'll explore creating and editing these building blocks.

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    The Mixer Pt. 1

    In this video, get acquainted with the FL Studio Mixer, which is where you deal with channel and audio routing through different tracks.

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    The Mixer Pt. 2

    Continue looking through the FL Studio Mixer, see more on handling the routing of tracks and inserts to mix busses, sends, and more.

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    The Playlist

    Discover the Playlist and how to select and use your patterns and clips to build structures of songs and music. The FL Studio Playlist is a much more flexible layout for tracks than users of other DAWs may be used to, but this can be a huge benefit when the many advantages are understood and implemented.

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    Recording Notes & Controls

    Beyond simply drawing in notes, see how to directly record the MIDI data sent to different channels. This allows for an actual human recording with the added flexibility of editing and perfecting a performance as it is sent to an instrument channel.

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    Recording & Editing Audio

    No DAW would be complete without the ability to record actual audio played through actual instruments into actual microphones. FL Studio is fully capable of doing so at the exact quality of any other DAW. As with many other features, the approach is somewhat different than a traditional studio setup, but this video will clear up any mysticism associated with FL Studio as a traditional multitrack recording software.

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    Creating Automation

    Working with synthesizers and effects, automation of parameters becomes almost a necessity in many applications. FL Studio has several solutions which you will learn all about here.

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    Customizing the Workspace

    FL Studio works in a very modular manner, in that most things are movable and customizable in some way. Here, discover the ways you can adjust the different controls and interfaces to best suit your personal preferences.

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    A Brief Look at Generators

    To fully understand and utilize FL Studio, a general understanding of some basic plug-ins is a must. In this video, learn the basics of some of the generator plug-ins that create sound, like synthesizers or samplers, as well as the plug-in database where they are organized.

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    A Brief Look at Effects

    Continuing your look at some of the stock FL plug-ins, now focus on the mixer, where effect plug-ins can be used. These work in a similar manner to the generators and are housed in the plug-in database, but knowing how to deal with a few examples and how to add 3rd party plug-ins will be useful bits of knowledge to have.

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    Additional Tools & Helpers

    On top of all that you've learned at this point, there are many additional tools to be utilized in FL Studio, which are some of the most useful ones to get you up and running as best as possible.

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    Saving & Exporting

    After all work is done on a project, the last thing to do is to export your file to an output format. In addition, this can be just the next step in a mixing or mastering situation. Get a look at FL Studio's export settings and how to use them!

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    Conclusion & Review

    Last but not least, watch a quick review and summary of all of the concepts and main aspects of this great digital audio workstation, and get ready to start using FL Studio to make your first song.

Product Overview


Tyler Coffin presents in-depth FL Studio video tutorials! If you're a new FL Studio user, these videos are just what you need. Learn the important basics so you can make your first beat with FL Studio, the most used features and functions, all the way to exporting your new song and much more.

Tyler welcomes you and goes over what the course will cover and what you'll learn throughout the videos. He then starts with the important basics like how to get up and running and set and configure your system and hardware, as well the user interface and how to control it with a typical mouse and keyboard, or more advanced hardware controllers and touch controls.

Next, learn all about the main sections of FL Studio like the Channel Rack, Step Sequencer, Browser, and the Plug-In Picker. Then it's on to the Piano Roll editor, how to create your own patterns, use the powerful mixer, and how to utilize the Playlist function to build structures of songs and music.

Tyler also explains and explores how to record and edit both MIDI and Audio, create and use automation for complete control over your sound, customize your workspace to better fit your production style, breakdowns of various plug-ins and effects, as well as a tour of additional tools and helpers that are crucial to using FL Studio.

To see what these comprehensive FL Studio videos show you, and how they'll get you up and running fast with FL Studio and start producing your tracks and beats, see the individual FL Studio tutorial descriptions on this page. Get going with FL Studio now and see why so many call it the best DAW ever... Watch "FL Studio: Beginner's Guide" today.


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EddieBT
Submitted 1 week ago

A good starting point.

If you're new to FL Studio or need a refresher. This is a good start. Covers the basics; not too deeply but enough to get you up and running.

I am a: Hobbyist, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Ableton Live, FL Studio, Studio One


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ToneDeF
Submitted 2 weeks ago

I learned quite a bit from Tyler's tutorial.

I had been stubborn about learning FL Studio; it was hard to wrap my ahead around coming from a traditional DAW. By teaching me the basics of the software, Tyler's FL Studio tutorial for beginners has helped me to respect and appreciate FL Studio as a DAW and lifted my initial apprehension and prejudice such that I can now finally delve into FL Studio and use it to create some music. Thank you Tyler for opening my eyes and helping me see past by bias. I look forward to watching further FL Studio-based tutorials from Groove 3.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Producer, FL Studio, Cakewalk Sonar, Studio One


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SW
Submitted 2 weeks ago

FL Studio: Beginner's Guide

Very well explained!


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gesslr (George Napier)
Submitted 2 weeks ago

I've searched for years for something like this...

I've owned FLS ever since it was ported to the Mac. It's pretty different from what I am used to (Studio One, Cubase, Logic, Bitwig). No matter how many tutorials I looked at - even stuff from SeamlessR, FLS, other paid tutorials - it never "clicked". I just couldn't grok it. THESE are the first tutorials where it seemed to make sense, where I could turn the tutorial off and go on and play with what I learned by myself without getting confused. He moves pretty quick, and I hope he does a deeper dive into FLS at some point. But this course opened up FLS enough, that I can explore it more on my own without getting frustrated and get a good feel for what makes it unique. And, I think I can revisit some of the videos from SeamlessR and others and get a lot more out of them. Highly recommended.

I am a: Professional, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Bitwig Studio, FL Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, Reason, Studio One


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EddieBT
Submitted 1 week ago

A good starting point.

If you're new to FL Studio or need a refresher. This is a good start. Covers the basics; not too deeply but enough to get you up and running.

I am a: Hobbyist, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Ableton Live, FL Studio, Studio One

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ToneDeF
Submitted 2 weeks ago

I learned quite a bit from Tyler's tutorial.

I had been stubborn about learning FL Studio; it was hard to wrap my ahead around coming from a traditional DAW. By teaching me the basics of the software, Tyler's FL Studio tutorial for beginners has helped me to respect and appreciate FL Studio as a DAW and lifted my initial apprehension and prejudice such that I can now finally delve into FL Studio and use it to create some music. Thank you Tyler for opening my eyes and helping me see past by bias. I look forward to watching further FL Studio-based tutorials from Groove 3.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Producer, FL Studio, Cakewalk Sonar, Studio One

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SW
Submitted 2 weeks ago

FL Studio: Beginner's Guide

Very well explained!

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gesslr (George Napier)
Submitted 2 weeks ago

I've searched for years for something like this...

I've owned FLS ever since it was ported to the Mac. It's pretty different from what I am used to (Studio One, Cubase, Logic, Bitwig). No matter how many tutorials I looked at - even stuff from SeamlessR, FLS, other paid tutorials - it never "clicked". I just couldn't grok it. THESE are the first tutorials where it seemed to make sense, where I could turn the tutorial off and go on and play with what I learned by myself without getting confused. He moves pretty quick, and I hope he does a deeper dive into FLS at some point. But this course opened up FLS enough, that I can explore it more on my own without getting frustrated and get a good feel for what makes it unique. And, I think I can revisit some of the videos from SeamlessR and others and get a lot more out of them. Highly recommended.

I am a: Professional, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Bitwig Studio, FL Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, Reason, Studio One

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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I started playing around with music at a young age with garage sale keyboards or whatever else I could get my hands on. My older brothers were very much into bands and guitars, and so I was always around some of the culture. I played alto sax throughout school in the concert, marching, and jazz bands. Browsing through our home computer in middle school, I started playing with music trackers and sequencers that my brothers had installed. From there I found FL Studio, which the demo version we had at that time was still called FruityLoops. It proved to be an excellent passtime for a kid like myself where I could mess around and make some silly little tunes. Through high school and college, I became very well versed in the world of computer audio and all the things that can be done with synthesizers and digital recording. With the growing understanding came a growing excitement for the endless possibilities that I could achieve in music, sound design, and recording. So I kept learning and searching further, where I kept finding that there was always more to learn! 
 
I was, and continue to be, captivated by every step of music production, be it creative or technical in nature. I’ve been fortunate to work under many kinds of production circumstances, whether in a professional studio space such as Mudcat Studios in Utah or getting a professional sound out of various home studios that I’ve used for recording instruments and live bands. I’ve also been able to work on my fair share of electronic music, either solo or with other producers in person or online for collaborations. And now with Groove3, I take great pride in sharing the knowledge and experience that I’ve been so thrilled to accumulate through my diverse journey through music and production. As that journey continues and I continue to grow myself, I am truly thankful that I am lucky enough to help those around me to improve and follow their own passions for music!

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FL Studio: Beginner's Guide is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from A good starting point. If you're new to FL Studio or need a refresher. This is a good start. Covers the basics; not too deeply but enough to get you up and running.
Date published: 2020-09-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from I learned quite a bit from Tyler's tutorial. I had been stubborn about learning FL Studio; it was hard to wrap my ahead around coming from a traditional DAW. By teaching me the basics of the software, Tyler's FL Studio tutorial for beginners has helped me to respect and appreciate FL Studio as a DAW and lifted my initial apprehension and prejudice such that I can now finally delve into FL Studio and use it to create some music. Thank you Tyler for opening my eyes and helping me see past by bias. I look forward to watching further FL Studio-based tutorials from Groove 3.
Date published: 2020-09-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from FL Studio: Beginner's Guide Very well explained!
Date published: 2020-09-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I've searched for years for something like this... I've owned FLS ever since it was ported to the Mac. It's pretty different from what I am used to (Studio One, Cubase, Logic, Bitwig). No matter how many tutorials I looked at - even stuff from SeamlessR, FLS, other paid tutorials - it never "clicked". I just couldn't grok it. THESE are the first tutorials where it seemed to make sense, where I could turn the tutorial off and go on and play with what I learned by myself without getting confused. He moves pretty quick, and I hope he does a deeper dive into FLS at some point. But this course opened up FLS enough, that I can explore it more on my own without getting frustrated and get a good feel for what makes it unique. And, I think I can revisit some of the videos from SeamlessR and others and get a lot more out of them. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2020-09-05
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