We asked some of our 'Power Users'
how they got involved in music and how they use FL Studio.



How did you get involved in creating music ?


I was "forced" to play violin as a kid, I was terrible at sight-reading (the co-ordination to play the instrument was enough work for me) so I started playing by ear, and learning the songs only by hearing them.   This worked well until I started taking piano lessons, there is a lot more notes to hear in your head on piano :)

 

Steve Duda in the studio

 

How did you end up using FL Studio ?


In 1998 I was having fun hacking Rebirth, putting new samples in the software with a resource editor.  They got smart in the 1.5 Rebirth, allowing for you to create "mods" with ease.   However, around this same time I discovered Fruityloops.  It allowed for drag-and-drop WAV with unlimited stepsequencer channels!  This was my first attraction to FL, a simple stepsequencer/sample player where you could browse and replace samples with ease.


It was clear that the creator of the program had an eye for design and attention to detail.  Fruityloops back then was a basic software drum machine, but the very best one that time.  I'm very glad it has grown with the times.


What does FL Studio mean in your current setup ?


FL means a whole lot, if I were restricted to one item of music software on my PC, it would certainly be FL. 


I use FL for software testing - it is quick to launch and debugger-friendly at this point (I've gotten into software development the last few years, with Devine-Machine, Fxpansion BFD, and recently Devine-Machine Lucifer VST, my first hand-coded effect plugin). 


FL is not only the fastest program to start up, it's also the fastest environment to take a musical idea from your head to your speakers.   There is so much ability, and so little limitation in FL that the main limitation is the users musical imagination.


I have a particular fondess for the FL FormulaController/Peak Controller, VSTi/VST FX hosting,  ASIO multiple outputs, and the beloved FruitySlicer!


What are the advantages/ disadvantages of using hardware & software ?


This is a subject which is problematic because it compares two things which are so fundamentally different.


Analog hardware has qualities that can and will (theoretically) be reproduced digitally, however there is not enough performance (and DSP sophistication) to reproduce all of the subtlties - such as distortion non-linearities - of hardware in current computers..


Theres something to be said for tradition and nostalgia - Many "classic" records of the 1980's and 1990's were made with hardware samplers, hardware synths, etc.    These were the only tools available, and people would spend a lot of money on studio time just to have access to the gear.    Due to the limitations of the gear, people would make the best of what they had, which brings me to another important point. 


Hardware tends to have a bit more care and thought put in to parameter ranges and such.  Its tough to generalize because a lot of students can make a VSTi synthesizer, where a hardware one takes money and most often some professional design.


The limitations found in hardware force people to use their ears and choose from a limited number of choices.   Sometimes audio software provides too many choices.   This is because the computer programmers are too close to the theory, they don't see any reason to make their compressor/delay/EQ/etc have restrictions.     If a Linn LM-1 drum machine had 1000 kickdrum and snare samples to choose from instead of one, would those Prince songs sound as good?    Instead of spending an hour trying 100 kick drums, you have to do what you can with the one you have (perhaps adjust tone and decay) and get back to making a song instead of "tweaking out".

FL Studio loops from Steve ...

I think these two are good examples of creating your own personal limitations and working within those limitations.  Unfortunately, in a software with as much power and choice as FL offers, sometimes the best route to making music is to limit yourself in one way or another!


In "Speech Impediment" I restricted myself to just one word from the FL Speech syntheizer ("Rhythm") and created the various instruments from tweaking the parameters.


In "C_Snare" I restricted myself just to the C_Snare sample. This is a good example of how FL allows you to sculpt and tweak a sample - so much that you can make a kickdrum from a snare, or a pad from a snare, etc.

 


Who (& which albums) did you work with so far ? Any pics ?


I've worked on a lot of records in many different ways.  My most common gigs have been programming and editing, but I get a lot of mixing and keyboard gigs as well.  Here's a partial disography:


  • nine inch nails - Fragile - 1999
    Percussion, Violin,Programming, Choir, Chorus
     
  • Rob Zombie - American Made Music to Strip By - 1999
    Remix

  • Methods of Mayhem - Methods of Mayhem - 1999
    Programming
     

 

Tommy Lee in the studio in front of FL Studio

Tommy Lee in front of FL Studio
                   (click image for closeup)


  • Pitchshifter - Deviant - 2000
    Programming, Editing

  • Econoline Crush - Brand New History - 2000
    programming/editing

  • Powerman5000 - Zoolander Soundtrack "Relax" 1999
    keyboards, programming, engineer

  • The Last Minute Sountrack
    Mad Capsule Markets "Tribe" -  2000
    Remix

  • Big Wreck - Pleasure and the Greed - 2001
    Programming, Editing

  • A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step  - 2003
    Digital Engineer

  • MXPX - Before Everything & After - 2003
    Keyboards

  • Sugar Ray - In the Pursuit of Leisure - 2003
    Engineer

  • Pitchshifter
    Bootlegged Distorted Remixed Uploaded - 2003
    Producer

  • Serial Pop - White Sex Male - 2003
    Mixing

  • A Perfect Circle  - eMotive - 2004
    digital engineer
     






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Julian Jordan
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Ummet Ozcan
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eoslinz (Lindsay Hawkins)
"The interface made perfect sense to me immediately and allowed me to create music within a matter of hours"

Walden
"...once i started getting used to the program, well lets just say that I've never looked back!"

Louis La Roche (Brett Ewels)
"FL Studio: I found my workflow a lot quicker and so I stuck with it

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Cazzette (Alex & Sebastian)
"The workflow in FL is incredible"

Bare (Sean Rodela)
"There might as well be no BARE if there is no FL"

AaronicStuff (Aaron V)
"[FL Studio] really shows how flexible the software can be"

Savant (Aleksander Vinter)
"I work FAST, FL Studio is the only DAW that can keep up with me."

Maor Levi
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BT (Brian Transeau)
"FL is such a fresh approach to composition. It literally blows me away every time I work in it."

Project 46 (Thomas & Ryan)
"It is the cornerstone of our productions and without it we would not be able to make the music we do."

Dot Rotten (Joseph Ellis)
"It pushes me as a producer, it never fails me, its also a program that helps create success over the years."

Sacco (Matias Monteagudo)
"I have yet to find a software that is as cool and has such a fast workflow as in FL, and believe me I tried everything."

Ronald Jenkees
"...I don't really endorse anything, but spreading the word of FL Studio has been a no-brainer because it's given me so much"

Tritonal
"FL Studio has been the powerhouse behind many of our productions as Tritonal and remains a go-to production tool"

SoundTakt
"FL Studio helped us realize our creative potential and hone our skills"

Tom Swoon
"It's so addictive! There's too many awesome features to list"

Marcus D
"A fellow Seattle producer introduced me to FL Studio ... I grew up on the cusp of the digital production age and didn't have the money to buy hardware, so naturally software was my go-to move"

Synthetic Orchestra (Blake ...
"Not only did the patterns in the playlist feel just right, but the piano roll was more powerful than anything I had used before"

Seven Lions
"It has the best work flow and out of any DAW I have used"

Tristam
"The pattern/clip set up is amazing, I mean 'make unique' is just bliss!"

Phoenix (The Sound Killers)
"It's simple at the end of the day. Everything they [other DAWs] can Do FL can do better"

Naden (Daniel Taranger)
"Ever since i tried fl studio, the program and I just clicked"

Amir Acid
"FL Studio has a great environment and makes it so easy to be in touch with the tools"

Indivision
"we haven't met any other sequencer which would help us to lay down our ideas so quickly and simply"

Protafield (Jayce Lewis)
"[FL Studio] really has become a big part of what I am as an artist"

Dexplicit
"FL Studio is without a doubt the most important tool in my inventory"

Mick Gordon
"I use it [FL Studio] for scoring, sequencing, designing sounds, and musical sound design. It's just so easy to work with, and work with quickly"

Madeon
"...with the incredible depth of the software, I never feel like something isn't achievable"

Mehran (Mehran Abbasi)
"My dreams came true when I was introduced to FL Studio. This software has formed a big part of my life & I am so glad because of it I am enjoying my music."

Richy Pena
"Before you know it I was playing the keyboard, recording melodies on to FL Studio and creating songs"

Ephixa (James Leusink)
"I have never left FL because of my love for the piano roll"

Varien (Nick Pittsinger)
"I tried other DAWs like Live and Reason, but nothing got my ideas out faster and better than FL Studio"

Boi-1da (Matthew Samuels)
"A friend had told me about FL Studio, I ended up going out and getting a copy of it and using it ever since "

Danyella
"I loved the user-friendly layout. Just a few months later my tracks were already signed away to labels "

audiopeel (Kieron Gore)
"The fruit however struck a chord. It's interface and workflow, everything seemed logical."

Rodney Anonymous (Dead Mil ...
"I still consider Fruity Loops the most addictive substance I've ever been exposed to"

Cyriak Harris (animator)
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Ajurika (Akitaka Tohyama)
"I am instantly able to achieve the desired result and also to create the sound I am looking for."

Veela
"I quickly came to realize how complex and beautiful the program really was"

Andrew Aversa (Zircon)
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Hitfinders (Andrew, Luca & ...
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Pete Marriott
"When I realized how I could use it as a sound design and production tool I became hooked instantly"

The Flashbulb (Benn Jordan)
"Nuendo and Pro Tools wasted a lot of my time, and I started noticing that FL Studio was blossoming"

MdL (Mason Levy)
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Afrojack (Nick van de Wall)
"Don't let people tell you that Logic or other programs are 'superior' "

Feed Me / Spor (Jon Gooch)
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Porter Robinson
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Avicii (Tim Berg)
"It's so easy and quick to use ... I literally couldn't shut the program down."

Anurag Dixit
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Alex Medina
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Matthew Dear
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Infinity
"It means Everything, without FL i wouldn't be producing."

Ripley+Jenson
"When I took a look at a FL demo version in order to understand it, I discovered that it was the software I always had been looking for."

Nely (Arma Secreta)
"For me FL studio is the easiest way to project your ideas and anybody can lay out any musical ideas."

Big Giant Circles (Jimmy H ...
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Jay Frog (ex-Scooter)
"The fact to compose songs and quickly notate ideas on the road within FL Studio was a real innovation for me."

Secret Cinema
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AudioJack
"We are known for having an individual sound to our music and FL Studio has been a key part to shaping that"

Tom Ellard
"It was the Fruity Scratcher that finally convinced me to use FL Studio... It feels like I'm using the hardware but I can save the whole patching system to hard drive."

Jeff Samuel
"Once Fruityloops started to use audio and sampler channels, I switched and never looked back! It was tremendously powerful just with those features but no one really realized it until years later."

Meg Hentges
"FL Studio (plus a wave editor) is the only software I ever use ...and since FL added audio recording, my rack mounted hard disk recorder rarely gets switched on."

Franchize Boyz
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Seismic Crew
"I used the demo of FL a lot back before I was making any real money with my music. I had been using the old software drum machine Hammerhead, but FL offered endlessly more flexibility and power."

Toby Emerson
"I found the demo while searching on the internet for a program that I could create drumloops with. I ended up finding FL studio and have been hooked ever since. It is more addictive than crack (not that I have tried that)."

Peter Presta
"A friend of mine introduced me to FL Studio and I instantly fell in love with the sounds you could create as they ALL sounded so BIG. I was Totally Hooked on FL Studio from there!"

Doug Lazy
"... stumbled across FL while surfing. I tried it and immediately Loved it. I was still into hardware at the time but slowly over the last few years have transferred my work to PC exclusively with FLS."

Mark Tinley
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Steve Duda
"FL means a whole lot, if I were restricted to one item of music software on my PC, it would certainly be FL."

Justin Lassen
"Probably around '98, a friend showed me FruityLoops. I just thought it was the coolest piece of software."

Basshunter
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DeadMau5 (Joel Zimmerman)
"It’s ease of use and fast results are what get the ideas down as fast as they come to my head, and that’s really important for me"

9th Wonder
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Mike Oldfield
"It is very good to see a product like FL Studio which is available to all and doesn't cost $10000000000 of dollars"



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