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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? :)


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


The FL Studio 9.9 Beta introduces the 'Patcher' plugin. In this video the Guru runs though some basic operational principles. Patcher will load as an Instrument Channel or Effect and from there you can happily chain both instrument and effects plugins.




Use Patcher to create and save your favorite instrument & effects chains


For more information visit Looptalk to see how to add 3rd party VST's to Chainer.


EDIT: The first Patcher Tutorial is here.



• chainer • patcher • fl studio • layering 


In this video I show you some techniques for creating thick lush vocal textures by layering vocals...



You can download the project used in this video from here in Looptalk or go there to discuss this video.



• Guru • Vocal editing • Vocals • Vocal layering 


We noticed a few people missed the introduction of Layer Randomization in FPC. This video shows where the control is and how to use it.



You can download the FPC Hi-Hat example used in this video from this Looptalk thread.



Left-click the randomization button to activate it, then overlap the velocity ranges of the Layers to be randomized. If you have enough layers you can have different randomization groupings over different velocity ranges. Note: Lock Layers (the similar looking button on the left side of the velocity preview strip) must be disabled to overlap layers.


Right-click the switch to select from:


Cycle - Each Layer in the velocity group will be played, in turn, each time that velocity group is played.


Random - Layers are played at random from the velocity group.


Random (avoid previous) - Layers are played at random from the velocity group, with the restriction that the same Layer will never be played twice in a row. Random selection can sometimes cause a singe Layer to be played repeatedly, defeating the purpose. This random option can help to avoid obvious identical hits with repeated fast playing of a pad.


TIP: Generally the Random function is designed to select from a number of samples played at similar velocities, with subtle and natural variations between them caused by human inaccuracies or left/right hand variations. Layer randomization eliminates the artificial and mechanical sound often associated with a single sample rapidly played. You will find however by equalizing the volume of a number of Layers (use the Layer Volume knobs) played at even very different velocities, natural playing can be 'faked' with only a few sample Layers.


• FPC • Layering • Drums • Percussion • Randomization • Guru 

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