FL Studio Cookbook

FL Studio Cookbook
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Set up your own Digital Audio Workstation to create studio-quality music productions
  • Build your song with rhythm, sampling, vocals, guitar, and a multitude of sounds while mixing and organizing your project
  • The concepts presented in this book are explained in a very practical manner with clear instructions to be followed in order to complete each task

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 286 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : June 2014
ISBN : 1849694141
ISBN 13 : 9781849694148
Author(s) : Shaun Friedman
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Cookbooks

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Configuring FL Studio
Chapter 2: Using Browser
Chapter 3: Working with the Step Sequencer and Channels
Chapter 4: Building Your Song
Chapter 5: Using the Playlist
Chapter 6: Using the FL Studio Mixer and Recording Audio
Chapter 7: Sampling Using Edison
Chapter 8: Exporting and Rendering Your Project
Chapter 9: Humanizing Your Song
Chapter 10: Recording Automation
Chapter 11: Rewiring Reason to FL Studio
Appendix : Your Rights as a Composer and Copyrights
  • Chapter 1: Configuring FL Studio
    • Introduction
    • Knowing your sound cards or audio interfaces
    • Installing FL Studio
    • Building your digital audio workstation
    • Installing virtual instruments and effects
  • Chapter 4: Building Your Song
    • Introduction
    • Working with rhythm and percussion
    • Adding virtual instruments
    • Working with MIDI controllers and MIDI pads
    • Comparing pattern and song mode
    • Using the Piano roll feature
  • Chapter 5: Using the Playlist
    • Introduction
    • Using patterns to build a song
    • Comparing patterns and audio
    • Using markers and snap
    • Viewing the playlist
  • Chapter 6: Using the FL Studio Mixer and Recording Audio
    • Introduction
    • Using send tracks in the mixer
    • Recording external audio – keyboards, vocals, guitars, turntables and devices
    • Adding effects and your effect chain
    • Perfecting equalization
    • Understanding master tracks and loud wars
    • Getting the best out of your mixer
    • Recording with or without effects
  • Chapter 7: Sampling Using Edison
    • Introduction
    • Finding a sample
    • Obtaining a seamless loop
    • Embedding your tempo information
    • Importing your new saved sample
    • Time-stretching your sample to your project
    • Fine-tuning your sample
  • Chapter 9: Humanizing Your Song
    • Introduction
    • Humanizing with the OFS knob
    • Humanizing with the Graph editor
    • Humanizing with the Piano roll
    • Humanizing with Playlist
  • Appendix : Your Rights as a Composer and Copyrights
    • Music publishing, publishers, and performance rights societies
    • Key terms in publishing agreements – master recording and song
    • Quick artist blurb
    • What are ASCAP and PRS?
    • Things to consider when signing a publishing deal
    • Places to make a living with audio or music
    • Rights for new media, YouTube ads, streaming music, and satellite broadcasts

Shaun Friedman

Shaun Friedman is a music composer who has publishing contracts with FreePlay Music in New York City, Smashtrax Music in California, and Prolific Arts Music in Dallas, Texas in addition to working with music libraries in the United Kingdom and Italy. He has been composing music since the age of five and has a tremendous passion for creativity in the music realm.

Shaun's own production website is www.UnbelievableBeats.com, where you can find original music, lyrical covers, and remixes. The website that he provides music lessons on is called www.FLStudioTraining.com. He also offers WAV files for music production at www.GlobalHeatWave.com.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Create rhythms for your specific music genre with kicks, sub-bass, hi-hats, snares, various percussion sounds, and FX
  • Add harmonies such as piano, guitar, synths, strings, and bass lines to your project
  • Mix your music with effects such as reverb, delay, equalization, filters, volume, panning, and other essential tools
  • Automate your music project to build suspense and interest in listeners
  • Discover sounds, virtual instruments, and digital plugins on the Internet
  • Sample older music from songs that inspire you

In Detail

Developed by the Belgian company Image-Line, FL Studio is a top-of-the-range digital audio workstation. FL Studio is used to make your own style of songs and share them with your friends, family, and the world.

This book shows you how to create music in various genres including but not limited to indie rock, pop, hip-hop, and experimental. You will learn the exact steps that you need to take while setting up your personal studio, composing music, adding effects, and making a high-quality music production. You will learn how to build drum beats, layer your song with harmonies and vocals, and mix sounds like a professional engineer. All in all, this book clarifies how to make a quality music production in the digital age.


This book is built on recipes written in an easy-to-follow manner accompanied by diagrams and crucial insights and knowledge on what they mean in the real world.

Who this book is for

This book is ideal for musicians and producers who want to take their music creation skills to the next level, learn tips and tricks, and understand the key elements and nuances in building inspirational music. It’s good to have some knowledge about music production, but if you have creativity and a good pair of ears, you are already ahead of the curve and well on your way.

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