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  • Hello and welcome to the long awaited FL Studio 12

  • Complete Basic Tutorial

  • I am Nathaniel Fisher

  • And I'd like to firstly begin

  • by apologising for the low quality

  • and poor organisation

  • in the original FLStudio Complete Basic Tutorial

  • That was nearly three years ago now

  • and with the release of FLStudio 12

  • One of the biggest updates

  • to FL Studio in quite a while

  • I would like to take the time

  • to provide you with the tutorial that I

  • originally aimed to create

  • armed with a greater knowledge

  • of both music production

  • and the FL Studio interface

  • I'd like to say thank you for all of you kind comments

  • in the original tutorial

  • and also for the helpful advice

  • Despite the fact that arguably the tutorial

  • was successful, I really do think it was

  • very, very low standard-

  • very poor quality.

  • But with that, I think it's time

  • to move on with the tutorial

  • In this tutorial I will be covering

  • Navigating the application

  • Basic pattern creation

  • Adding your own plugins to the program

  • and creating very convenient

  • shortcuts to opening them

  • Automation

  • and mastering.

  • Basically, arming you with the knowledge

  • of how to create simple tracks

  • in FL Studio

  • So with that,

  • lets begin.

  • So, FL Studio 12

  • for me, has two really good selling points

  • over previous versions of the application

  • the first one is the Vectorial Interface

  • what this means, is that

  • these aren't images, that make up the

  • interface

  • These are mathematically calculated

  • shapes

  • Meaning that these can be

  • on massive screens

  • as long as the resolution is high enough

  • giving you lots of room

  • to work

  • The second selling point

  • is the implementation of a driver

  • called FL Studio ASIO

  • now ASIO is a driver

  • that allows for near zero latency

  • input

  • which is fantastic for live performing

  • and also for recording directly from a MIDI Keyboard

  • such as this one

  • into the application with maximum accuracy

  • FL Studio ASIO is the first driver

  • that not only allows for near zero latency

  • audio processing

  • it doesn't lock the audio device to one application

  • So I'd like to show you

  • how to utilise this driver

  • Now I believe it will startup with the

  • Primary sound driver

  • Now let me show you the difference

  • So that's with the primary sound driver

  • Now we can reduce this

  • But if we reduce it too far, and

  • a lot of tracks are playing at once

  • These things called underruns happen

  • Now these underruns, cause crackles

  • in the audio, artefacts

  • that can be really quite annoying

  • and can reduce the accuracy of what

  • you're actually hearing

  • with regards to the final track

  • Going below this number

  • a lot of the plugins break

  • instantly

  • Now with ASIO

  • which I cant switch to because it will

  • break my recording

  • It allows for that near zero latency

  • But, it locks it to FL Studio only

  • Meaning I can't record

  • So all you have to do

  • to take advantage of this

  • is go to FL Studio ASIO

  • and click show ASIO panel

  • It will be set to 512 initially

  • but if your CPU is good enough

  • you can turn it right down to 256

  • meaning only 6ms

  • Now of course plugins add to that

  • But this initial number

  • is a good 70 milliseconds less than with

  • the default audio driver

  • Make sure you select the correct

  • Microphone for any recording that you want to do

  • And make sure that you select the correct output

  • But it's that simple to setup

  • the near zero latency driver

  • If you don't mind a few artefacts

  • and want less latency

  • you can turn off Triple Buffer

  • as you can see, that's taken off 6 milliseconds

  • But basically, the more complex

  • your project is, the more you'll have to turn up

  • this value

  • But first try using Triple Buffer

  • Because that adds a minimal amount of latency

  • and can fix a lot of issues

  • I'm going to leave this unchecked for now

  • because I want the least latency possible

  • So that's how to set up FL Studio ASIO

  • Something that I think is brilliant

  • It's a really good advancement by Image-Line

  • Now that that's set up

  • I'd like to talk to you about the interface

  • And I'm going to make some more room here

  • by just adjusting the width of this browser

  • which gives me more room for the other

  • windows, which automatically resize

  • based on their snap locations

  • So now that we've got a fully open project

  • I'd like to rewind a little bit

  • and go to an empty project

  • This is what you'll likely see once you purchase

  • FL Studio

  • So let's go on that assumption

  • So the first thing that you want to do

  • is, if you don't have a MIDI device such as this one

  • then you can just click a button on your keyboard

  • Just to see that the sound's working

  • If you see feedback here

  • At the top center of the screen

  • But you can't hear anything

  • Then you might want to check your

  • Output device

  • And also ensure that the volume is at a

  • suitable level

  • But once you've got that working

  • You could start constructing a very basic track

  • Simply by clicking on these buttons here

  • So, now

  • Every one that's glowing, or bright

  • will cause the sound to be triggered

  • You can right click

  • to disable them

  • An easy way to fill in these

  • Is to right click the channel

  • in the pattern

  • window

  • and simply do "Fill each two steps"

  • That saves you a lot of work

  • But to be honest with you

  • those sounds are OK

  • Just to practice with, but they're not very

  • good in terms of

  • professional sound

  • So all you have to do to remove these is to

  • Right click them and click delete

  • And I tend to do this

  • You don't really have to

  • But it just cleans things up a little bit

  • Hold left click to add

  • Hold right click to remove

  • Quite simple

  • So what I'm going to do is I'm going to choose from

  • the plugin presets here

  • A generator

  • A generator creates a sound

  • An effect modifies an existing sound

  • So we're gonna go ahead with a generator

  • and choose a simple

  • Preset

  • Which is the default 3x Oscillator

  • All you have to do to add this to your project

  • Is to drag it from the left-hand side

  • Explorer window (browser)

  • And you can override an existing channel

  • Or just drop it underneath

  • Or above

  • To create a new channel

  • I'm gonna override the kick

  • Now, with FL Studio 12

  • Much of the default plugins that come with FL Studio

  • have been revamped

  • Their interface is very very clean

  • And very sharp indeed

  • For the purpose of this tutorial

  • I'm gonna go ahead and use my keyboard

  • For any generation that I do

  • But you can make do with a normal computer keyboard

  • For the time being

  • So here you get a simple sine wave

  • Three of them, it looks like

  • That's panning, as is shown by the symbol there

  • So, as you can see, the interface is quite simple to use

  • This means square

  • This is- looks like sine and square

  • Triangle

  • Saw

  • Quite harsh

  • And... noise- Very interesting

  • So yeah, its quite easy to start

  • producing things

  • As you can see up here

  • Pattern 1 would suggest the first pattern

  • the first collection of notes

  • So, all we have to do

  • to actually put this into your project

  • is to drop it here

  • If you hold control, and move the scrollwheel

  • up you'll find that there's actually some notes

  • You can delve deeper by double-clicking the pattern

  • And it will open it

  • This button switches between song and pattern mode

  • Highlighted, or glowing means it's in pattern mode

  • Which really doesn't do anything right now

  • And if you click it again, it goes to song mode

  • It's important to notice the difference between

  • these two windows

  • This is just one element of a song

  • And this is the entire composition

  • How did I do that?

  • The same way I did it in this window up here

  • Left clicking

  • As you can see, it loops so you can listen to things

  • over and over again with ease

  • To adjust the length of a note

  • All you have to do is click the end

  • And drag it left or right

  • You'll notice that the next note you place is the same length

  • as the last one

  • So the program adapts to you being able to duplicate

  • things

  • It's not called Fruity Loops for nothing

  • You can resize any of the windows simply by clicking

  • and dragging their borders

  • So, this is a simple way to create your first

  • pattern in FL Studio

  • It's important to have as much control as possible

  • over the notes you make

  • Because how loud they are

  • Can be just as important

  • as what note they are

  • I'll give you an example here

  • By speeding up the pattern

  • I selected all three of these notes

  • using a box select which is

  • Possible to do by holding CTRL on the keyboard

  • And then