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01-11-2012

Buddygirrl first came to our attention when she scored a top 10 of the Veela Night Vision Remix contest. What you may not be aware of is that we keep an eye out for our talented customers in the music related social media. This means we can interview them, before they get so famous that we can only get permission to talk to their managers media-relations junior assistant. When we saw 'Buddygirrl' pop up in here and there, we jumped on the chance to report on her journey with music and FL Studio so far...

 

 


Q: What was your introduction to music?

 

I can't really remember the first time I got really into electronic music in particular, but I was raised in a very artistically inclined family, so music and art in general has always been a regular part of my life. Music classes were mandatory in my elementary school years, but in grade 5, that's when I really got interested after seeing an orchestra perform, and decided to take up the viola. I played that in the school orchestra until grade 10, and it really helped train my ear and a lot of that training has helped me with my knowledge in producing. Now it's something that means the world to me - this is what I live for.

 

Music has become an everyday part of my life, and I really do find it interesting that today, you can clearly see that society is almost becoming, or already is, a music war. It's like arguing about religion, it's almost something you don't want to bring up, but you feel the need to anyway. People constantly loving one another for their music tastes, or bashing on each other because of their different tastes. It just amazes me, how something as simple as music can have such a huge impact on our emotions, our relationships, and just our well-being.

 

 Buddygirrl's Fly used to promote Beatport at Miami

 

Q: How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?

 

About 5 or so years ago, my friend Sam introduced me to this awesome program he'd discovered, called FL Studio. I'd always been interested in learning to compose electronic productions so I really jumped on this discovery, and immediately started teaching myself the ins and outs of the program. The one thing I absolutely love about FL Studio is its SIMPLICITY. It's so easy to navigate through, the step sequencer and piano roll are some things I couldn't imagine producing without, and everything is just simple and to the point. You can make your ideas become real compositions so fast, I've finished tracks in mere hours. Just about every day I get inspiration, I go into FL and jot down my ideas so I don't forget them later. You could say it acts as a musical notebook as well as a full-on DAW. I've tried a few other DAWs and I just didn't feel like I could get my ideas down as well as I could in FL Studio. It's perfect for me as a producer and suits my creative needs.

 

 

Q: You scored a spot in the Mau5hax competition with Deadmau5 tell us about it?

 

It was basically a too-good-to-be-true opportunity that I didn't want to pass up. I saw a post about it on mau5trap's facebook, and decided I'd take a few minutes to submit an application, not really thinking I'd get in. But hey, worth a shot, right? I ended up scoring one of five spots, and I drove all the way from Ohio to Miami, Florida with my family, who is so supportive of me, to attend the event. It really was an honour to have gotten to be a part of history in the making, seeing as it was the first ever mau5hax event, and it really did turn out well. Given the amount of time we had, we put out some decent tracks for free. I learned a lot from everyone, and we all learned a lot from each other and just had fun doing so. All in all, getting to hang around and produce with my biggest musical inspiration and some of EDM's most influential artists is something I'm never going to forget. (Hence why I got a tattoo to show much it made a mark on my life.) To sum that up in one word: surreal.

 

Mau5hax Erin

 

Q: What are your future goals with your music?

 

 

The reason I make music is simply for the love of making music. Of course it is pretty awesome to be able to create a career from something you have a genuine love and passion for. I want to be able to produce tracks at a steady rate, but keep the quality up to par. I tend to be a slow worker at times, but when I get really into a project I'll pretty much lose sleep over it. I also don't yet have any DJing skills, so I'd really love to get started on the basics of that, and maybe one day I'll be able to play some rad shows! I know some people have been bugging me about that, so that's definitely something that needs to take priority. Just really looking to share my passion with others.

 

 

Q: Any links you’d like to share?

 

BG @ Facebook - Official updates and whatnot

BG @ Twitter - Twitter, my safe haven on the internet

BG @ SoundCloud - There's quite a few free tunes!

BG random @ YouTube - I usually upload more casual stuff, like covers of tracks, random stuff, etc.

BG ordered @ YouTube - Any tracks for free or previews, that's where I'll put them & soundcloud.

BG @ Beatport - Doesn't really do much, I think it looks neat though ;)

 

I would also like to take a moment to thank everyone who has been here to support me every step of the way. My family, my friends, my amazing fans, you all are amazing, I'd be nothing without you guys. And Image-Line as well, if it wasn't for your amazing software, I probably wouldn't even be making music today. You guys are the best!

 

Is this DAW abuse? :)

BG


• Buddygirrl • Deadmau5 • Mau5hax • BG • Erin • female fl studio users • featured artist 

09-10-2012

You may have recently seen the 911 Audio Technica ad for their ATH-WS55 (Solid Bass Headphones) starring dancer Marqueese Scott. What you may have not know is that the music 'Reanimation ' was produced by fellow FL Studio producer Lenny D’Orlando. We caught up with him to learn more about the project.

 

Original Ad.

 

'Making of'. Cued to Lenny's interview

 

Tell us about yourself and how you got into music & FL Studio?

 

Hi, My name is Lenny D’Orlando; I am a 23-year-old professional music producer and sound designer based in Atlanta Ga. I started off by getting into music at a very young age by listening to my dad’s music collection. He had all sorts of styles from ethnic and traditional all the way up to modern day pop. From there I picked up the guitar, eventually moving onto the piano and saxophone. By then I was truly addicted, and I grabbed as many instruments as I could get my hands on.

 

About the time I was a junior in high school, I discovered electronic dance music. A local college station would play re-runs of Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance, Carl Cox’s Global Radio, and even John Digweed’s “Transitions”. When I first discovered this new sound, I couldn’t get enough. I delved as deep as I could into these newly discovered genres spending every waking moment analyzing, dissecting, listening and understanding everything I could about the structure and sound of EDM. That’s when a buddy of mine gave me a demo copy of FL Studio- that’s when I discovered that art of producing. From there on, I was hooked. I immediately got the full version and I locked myself away in my room and spent day after day and night after night learning everything I could about the art of producing EDM in FL Studio. It’s been about 5 maybe 6 years since I started producing, and now I feel like I’ve just about mastered the program. I can get it to do whatever I need to in multiple ways. I remember just getting into the program and thinking this was quite possibly the most complicated thing I’ve ever used, and now- I’m grateful that the possibilities are so vast within it. The flexibility along with the intuitive interface is bliss. I’m able to sit in my kitchen, eat a sandwich, have an idea pop into my head and minutes later have a bangin’ track coming from my monitors, all because its so quick and easy to get ideas down. You can go from a rough demo to a polished piece of art all in one piece of software. It’s fantastic and really gives the user an unbelievable amount of potential to grow, with out having to utilize tons and tons of different resources.

 

Lenny D'Orlando

 

How did you get the gig for the Audio Technica ad?

 

I landed the Audio-Technica ad by way of a video production company I had worked with in the past. They’ve always kind of had this progressive edge to their style of work, in which I would generally accompany their videos with either electronic music, or music that had been inspired by edm. It always seemed to gel quite nicely. With that said, they called me up one day and asked if I could come to a meeting and sit down with a potential client to hash out some ideas. I of course said yes, and made my way down there. I sat down and minutes later Marquese, known to me as that guy in the ‘pumped up kicks video’, walks right through the door. Now, I’m not the kind of person to be start struck or become overly excited when I come across someone big, but when the idea of me writing a custom track was possible for this guy, in my mind, I started to get pretty excited.

 

So we sit down and speak with Marquese along with his manager and start brainstorming. Everything from dance moves, lighting, ambiance, emotion- all that jazz. As the conversation moves through all the visual and camera stuff, it eventually makes its way to audio and particularly music. They start bringing up tracks and bands/artists they wanted to use. First thing to pop up was the idea of using commercial music from artists like Skrillex, Datsik etc. That was quickly shot down due to the potential of licensing fee’s being crazy expensive (our budget for the project wasn’t very high). Then Marquese brings up the fact that his friends produce, and everybody was really digging the idea of incorporating Marquese’s friends into the mix.

 

Reanimation FL Studio Project - Audio Technica Ad

Reanimation Dubstep Project (click to see large)

 

So we listen to some demos of his friends’ work and it wasn’t really matching the feel of what we wanted- so that’s when I chimed in and said, “ Hey, I really think I can do this. I can match the feel and emotion of the story and even incorporate some hospital ambiance/sounds into the mix.” I look up and felt a bunch of eyes staring at me, I could feel a little apprehension, like they weren’t too sure they’d want to put all their eggs in one basket, but they willingly said ok… and even seemed somewhat excited about it!

 

Oh… Did I mention I only had 10 days to make the track before the video shoot? The pressure was on, so I holed myself up in my studio and started hashing out ideas and riffs. I spent the first few days trying to get melodic ideas to fit the overall tone of the video. I took a lot of inspiration from video game sounds and fusing them with modern sounds. I played with the idea of synthetic versus organic (seeing the music as synthetic was bringing a human back to life) and tried to fuse the sound equivalent of that idea into the song. When I got the initial melodic riff down, I moved onto designing basses. That was the hardest thing to do out of the whole project. I probably spent the better half of a week designing bass sounds all utilizing native FL plug-ins, no 3rd party plug-ins (outside of distortion). It was so much fun and rewarding. I was creating sounds I never dreamed of making. From there I started piecing the song together sending of demos as I went along. Eventually after many different arrangements, I finished it, and sent it off to my boss who then sent it to the client. They promptly called me back screaming about how much they loved it, and how excited they were to be using it! And that’s how Audio 9-1-1 came to be more or less.

 

Note: You can ask Danny questions about his project here.

 

Any links you'd like to share?

 

ReAnimation/Audio 9-1-1 behind the scenes site: b055.thedvigroup.com <<< cool bonus features

 

My sites:

 

www.lennydorlando.com

Facebook.com/lenny.dorlando

Twitter.com/lennydorlando

Soundcloud.com/lenny-dorlando

Myspace.com/lennydorlando

 

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09-02-2012

Knock, Knock, its a message from Russia with love from Andrew Maze. We were won over with his fresh sound and excellent production. Better yet, Andrew made us a tutorial video showing how he produced the song,

 

Original Music Video (see below for FL Studio tutorial)

 

Andrew shows us the making of Knock Knock

 

You can check the high quality full length track here or Andrew's SoundCloud account for more great music.

 

Discuss this track here in Looptalk. For those of you struggling with mixing Andrew tells us he mainly used Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones.

 

Enjoy!

 

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06-12-2010

The team here at Image-Line would like to congratulate Alex Medina for his track 'Background' from the Grammy nominated Lecrae Rehab album. We caught up with Alex to learn more about his work and how he uses FL Studio.

 

Alex Medina

 

'Background' Co written with C-Lite and produced by Alex Medina for Lecrae's Rehab album

 

Tell us about your track 'Background' from the Grammy nominated Lecre - Rehab album.

 

It's interesting to see how Background came about. Originally the song was for a collaborative album I was working on with C-Lite. I emailed him the idea I had for a song about playing the background and the understanding that the world does not revolve around me. In our culture fame, conceit, and self image is prevalent. So, I wanted to create a song that countered the fog and prescribed a sound perspective of life in light of it's Author.

 

I produced the song in FL Studio around the pads played in the introduction of a song I was listening to by Rojo entitled, "Tu Reinas" (0:03-0:16). I imported the song into the playlist and tapped the tempo of the song to align the down beats to the grid, making it easier to chop and slice. I wanted to follow the mellow feel of the pads and stay away from overbearing drums. I thought the drums should support what the pads were doing.

 

After I had a foundation to work with the idea and phrase "play the background" kept coming to mind, so I put pen to pad. I knew I wanted to hear singing on the hook so began to sketch out the idea for a singer (since I am not one). I recorded what I had in mind and also rapped a verse that fit the song. I knew C-Lite would be able to take my small idea to the next level and he did just that. This is original mp3 I received from C-Lite, I must have added 34 exclamation marks at the end of, "YOOOOOOO" in response to his email. I loved it.

 

At this time my friend, Lecrae, was working on his fourth studio album, Rehab. I was really working hard to get something on this album but to no avail. After taking a break from flooding his inbox with beats I decided to send him Background. He loved it, wrote his verses and the rest was history. I enlisted my good friend Joseph Prielozny to help me expand the song by reproducing the sampled pads, adding strings, piano, and creating a pre-chorus. Also, producer friend G-ROC added a synth sound for the hook. It amazing to see the response the song has received. I hope the song spreads like wild fire, so that many can hear the message that has gripped my heart. I am glad to see Rehab get nominated for the Grammy, its a huge accomplishment, but at the end of the day we just want to play the Background. 

What were your first impressions of FL Studio and how did you come to use it?

 

I was first drawn to FL Studio's when a friend introduced me to it and taught me how to make hip hop beats. To this day I have used FL Studio..we are one :)

 

A friend told me its not about what hardware or software you use but how you use it. I have see that to be true in my situation. Over the years I began to grow with a desire to learn FL Studio and make music. FL Studio's simple layout and ability to create on the fly allows me to enjoy the process of making music. Loading virtual instruments is also a breeze. I can easily bounce files to WAVs when I am working with another producer or when its time to send out multi tracks. Soon, I will begin using FL Studio to do vocal tracking as well.

 

I will honestly share that for a number of years I used a crack version of FL Studio and had to switch that all around. Morally it was not honoring Jesus, the God I spoke about in my music and showed a lack of integrity. Also, it kept bringing viruses to my computer! I don't regret investing in FL Studio, it has served me well and it feels good to freely get updates and be apart of the on line community with a clear conscious and still bang out some great music. 


Tell us about your production environment & toys?

 

I pretty much have a very simple setup. I run everything off of a Mac Pro with Snow Lepoard. I have Windows 7 installed via Boot Camp. I use a pair of M-Audio BX5a Studio monitors but 95% of the time I am using my AKG K240 headphones for production. I currently use FL Studio 9.7 (Signature Edition) as my main host and sequencer and anticipate the arrival of FL Studio 10! As for VSTs I own Komplete 7 by Native Instruments, Harlmess and Toxic Biohazard by Image Line, Firebird by Tone2, and Adventus by Softplug.

 

My audio interface is an Mbox 2 and as for a midi keyboard, I use the M-Audio Axiom 25. For a long time I was laying down song ideas on a Shure SM57... I know, I know lol. I just recently picked up a Mojave Audio MA-201 Fet condenser microphone. My most valuable assest, my wife! She lets me know whether a beat is hot or needs to get dumped in the trash. 

 

Do you have any links you would like to share?

 

My website - www.stayonpost.com 

 

Follow me on twitter - http://twitter.com/mrmedina

 

Also, Check out the Artist I work with on Reach Records (Lecrae, Trip Lee, Sho Barka, Tedashii, DJ Official) - www.reachrecords.com 


Produced this for the Hobbit, Trip Lee lol - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7piEIaJvIo 

 

As well as Flame - www.clearsightmusic.com

 

Much love to the Image-Line family! Thank you for the time and effort you all put into making a great product. Your labor is not go in vain. 

 

Alex Medina

 

 

If you are a fellow FL Studio user, why not drop into this thread on Looptalk (customer forums) and give Alex a shout.

 

 


 

Thanks Alex, we really appreciate you taking the time to give us an insight into what you are doing. We are sure our customers will get a kick out of it, Background is a great track!

 

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