Keyboard shortcuts can make a huge difference to your work-flow in FL Studio, this one in particular is great when you have long Piano roll patterns and need to move about in them at fairly high zoom. The same technique works in the Playlist.
Not even gol (FL Studio's creator) or me (manual writer) can remember every Keyboard shortcut, but a few select ones go a long way to making FL Studio the quickest way from your brain to your speakers :)
The role of the modern monitor speaker (the Wikipedia link left covers the topic quite well), seems to have shifted squarely to the 'flat frequency response' active (self amplified) design philosophy. Interestingly, when you check the advertising material for most nearfield monitors very few show frequency plots and shy away from making any claims they have actually have, or even strived for, a flat frequency response.
In light of the above, it's interesting to see the absolute vehemence with which Hi-Fi speakers are attacked in internet forums. Most forum members seem to have swallowed the marketing hype and assume their 'studio monitors' must be better than anything that is sold as a Hi-Fi speaker. What seems to be lacking in these arguments is, surprise surprise, evidence.
Any speaker, regardless of its origins, should be judged on its own merits. Those merits should ideally include some objective measure of the speakers performance. So what speakers are you using for monitoring and what does their frequency response plot look like? If you can find one :)
If you are writing music for the dance floor then nothing will help you more than trying to mix your own beats. Image-Line make Deckadance the DJ mixing application featured in the video below. So, even if you never plan to DJ, grab the demo and play your tracks in it, trying to beatmatch them.
This video used the latest version of Deckadance (1.63), check out the new stuff here. The tracks used in this video are included with the latest demo.
Probably the first thing you will notice, if you haven't thought about what DJs need to do, is your intros and outros need to be a lot longer and simpler. 16-24 bars of basic beat with some embellishments (e.g. splash cymbal) every 8 bars to let the DJ know where they are then a clear buildup to the start of the main track. On the outro you really can't go too long, the DJ will kill the track when they are ready. Again just keep it simple.
Remember it's these little things that will make your tracks more appealing and so more likely to be picked up by DJs.
Linear Phase EQ (LP EQ) is often used by mastering engineers and also in plugins that need to split the frequency spectrum into bands for processing (such as Multi-band compressors). The Guru shows us two LP EQ options for FL Studio: 14-02-2012
The Studio-X Guide To Producing Electronic Music
Guide to electronic music production written by Lawrie Masson (aka Project 2), main producer of STUDIO-X. Step-by-step examples and various exercises for all areas of electronic music production, including synthesizing sounds, recording, mastering and marketing.
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30 years ago Peter Vogal and company started what has become the computer-based music recording industry with the Fairlight CMI. Today celebrating that anniversary Peter is bringing back the Fairlight CMI-30A. 17-01-2011
Image-Line Sound Design Contest - There were over 200 entries that we reduced to three winners. Download the winning FL Studio projects and any other of the 200+ entries by following the links at the bottom of our News Post. 06-01-2011
Rode manufacture some great microphones. This video accompanies the Rode NT1-A Kit recording pack and in it Peter Freedman (company CEO and owner) shows how to knock up an effective and inexpensive vocal booth. 15-10-2010