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


Alex Medina


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.

 

'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.

 

Andy & Alex RMX - Ruff Ryders Anthem

 

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. 
 

photo of Alex Medina in front of a book shelf in the library

 

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.

 

Lecre's Gravity promo featuring Alex & FLS

 

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 honouring 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 asset, 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

 

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

 

 






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Seamless (Stephen O'Leary)
"FL Studio is the center of everything I do."

Martin Garrix
"If I have an idea I want to be able to work it out really fast..."

Adam Szabo
"FL Studio popped up. After trying it out, my mind was blown..."

Aura Qualic
"I don't know how you folks at Image-Line made it so good..."

Sarom Soundz
"So you can say right now that FL Studio is my life and the main tool to my livelihood."

Ummet Ozcan
"I don't do any additional processing it's all FL Studio even my mastering."

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

Camo & Krooked (Reinhard & ...
"FL Studio...we have been hooked on it. It’s the only DAW we are using"

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
"I could never have inspiration that quick if it wasn't for the amazing engine of FL Studio"

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 just very easy to be creative with this program, no road blocks"

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)
"Most of my videos start months before I even realise it. That's when I make the music that will eventually inspire the visuals of the video"

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)
"Trying to use any other piano roll after working in FL was like having my mouse dipped in molasses"

Hitfinders (Andrew, Luca & ...
"We noticed it [FL Studio] while reading a producers forum, and were instantly hooked"

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)
"FL Studio is the fastest and most inspiring piece of software in my workflow."

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

Feed Me / Spor (Jon Gooch)
"Despite working on other platforms occasionally I still find FL the fastest and most powerful way to get my ideas down."

Porter Robinson
"At first, FL stood out to me just because it was vastly more intuitive and usable...there's way too many awesome FL Studio features to list"

Avicii (Tim Berg)
"It's so easy and quick to use ... I literally couldn't shut the program down."

Anurag Dixit
"I’ve used every damn thing that can make music, but nothing comes close to FL."

Alex Medina
"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 :)"

Matthew Dear
On FL Studio: "It came highly recommended through various artists I'd meet on the road. I finally gave it a shot, and it immediately enhanced my production techniques..."

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 ...
"FL has always been centric to my studio. It's the cornerstone of my creative process"

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
"I bumped into Fruityloops at version 3 and Immediately loved it!"

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
"Franchize Boyz and Fruity Loops"

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
On Fl Studio: "It means I can create multi-track drum loops, music loops or even entire songs and dump them straight into Pro Tools for further mixing."

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
"A friend of mine showed me Fruityloops when I visited his place for a LAN party, and I got hooked right away."

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
"The programs we use are Cool Edit Pro and FL Studio. Those are the two programs that we use, and that's what we did the whole album on."

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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