30 days with FLStudio 20 - Part 10: Effects Review

Effects!
Effects!

It’s time for when I do a mini-review of every single effect in FLStudio.

I’m not going to waste any more time with the foreword. Let’s do it.

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30 days with FLStudio 20 - Part 9: Workflow

Pattern Flow
Pattern Flow

This is something I rarely discuss, but since FLStudio is so different from other DAWs I want to talk about the topic of workflow.

Make sure you’ve read the other 8 posts in this so far, since that information will be necessary to fully understand this discussion.

Prepare for a wall of text, since there’s no need for many images here!

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30 days with FLStudio 20 - Part 8: Performance mode and Video FX

FL Studio... Live
FL Studio... Live

Fans of Ableton Live or Bitwig are going to like this one, as well as anyone that does live performance.

I’ll be covering FLStudio’s “Performance Mode”, which is similar to Live/Bitwig’s session mode, and I’ll be discussing the Video FX in FL.

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30 days with FLStudio 20 - Part 7: Modulation

Peak Controller
Peak Controller

Alright, here we go. This is some fun stuff. Modulation in FLStudio.

What I mean by modulation is automatically changing parameters without link to automation. Such as having a waveform modulate a parameter, or some envelope or other means.

This is a place where FLStudio really shines, and it seems like one of those places that few FL users even venture. They should!

It’s equally as awesome as Bitwig’s modulators, but for different reasons.

Onwards!

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30 days with FLStudio 20 - Part 6: MIDI Controllers

Init with Values...
Init with Values...

I’ll be covering parameter modulation and hardware controllers in the next 2 posts. It may seem weird to bunch these things together, but in FLStudio they are linked (pun intended) together.

I’m going to spoil this article a bit, and tell you that this is one of FLStudio’s strong points. Somehow I rarely see people talking about it, or see it used in projects.

Get ready to get modulated!

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30 days with FLStudio 20 - Part 5: Piano Roll Tools

Tool Collage
Tool Collage

Tools in the Piano Roll. These are things that don’t involve necessarily clicking directly in the piano roll, but selecting something else that acts on what you have already or generates new notes.

This is the last in the “Piano Roll” mini-series. Go check out parts three and four for more.

I’m not covering everything about working with MIDI in FLStudio, there’s still some things to come. This has just been about the piano roll and surrounding functions.

On to it now…

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30 days with FLStudio 20 - Part 4: Advanced Piano Roll

Advanced MIDi
"Advanced" MIDI

Last time on this episode of “30 days with FLStudio 20” I covered the basic functionality of the Piano Roll. Things like simply adding and removing notes. The bare basics.

This post will deal with what I consider “Advanced” functionality. These are things like dealing with scale colouring, advanced selection, configuration, slides, grid/snapping and more.

There’s still another post to go in this mini-series though, so don’t think this is everything just yet.

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30 days with FLStudio 20 - Part 3: Piano Roll basics

Drums
Drums in the Piano Roll

FLStudio’s manual has some bold claims in it…

FL Studio's Piano roll has the well deserved reputation as the best Piano roll in the business.

And…

FL Studio has, arguably, the most powerful Piano roll editor available.

If you’ve read my website much then you know I really rev up when I see claims made about features. I’ll be spending this post, and the following 2 posts discussing MIDI editing/entry which is mostly done in the Piano Roll.

To start with, I’m going to cover the bare basics of Piano Roll usage. Is it really the best?

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30 days with FLStudio 20 - Part 2: Recording and Editing Audio

Sampler Channel
Sampler Channel

Ok. We’re going to start hard here. Audio Recording in FLStudio.

It doesn’t exactly have the best reputation for this, but is it deserved? Are there redeeming aspects? Is it really awesome?

Enough talk. Click through for more talk!

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30 days with FLStudio 20 - Part 1: Introduction to FL

Audio Explanation
Audio workflow in FL

FLStudio does things in a way which can seem a bit strange to anyone used to another DAW, so the very first thing in a review is to cover how FLStudio does things.

FLStudio’s workflow is most certainly different, but I think that you’ll find that it offers a lot of flexibility that’s not present in other DAWs. The question is whether you’re willing to pay for that flexibility by having to re-arrange how your brain works…

Or if you’re a new DAW user, there’s really no downside.

p.s. I forgot to mention in the announcement (I’ve edited it now) that this review is being done with a free NFR copy of FLStudio and all Image Line products.

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