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



Tell us about your track 'Dil hi dil mein'

(what does the title mean would be a good place to start Smile )

In Indian pop music, love songs are very popular. ‘Dil hi dil mein’ is a love song, you know, a guy secretly having feelings about the girl and finally singing his heart out…. One day when I fired up my FL Studio (It’s my addiction), made a nice beat out of it and started playing my guitar and this melody came up! I played it for my producer Ashish Manchanda, who happens to be a top-notch industry producer & recording engineer. I played it to him on my laptop and gave him out the FL Files. He liked the song, and we were ready to produce it. I wanted to make it a peppy, fresh & colorful song and we jotted down the production plan accordingly.

 

 

I started with the drum track in FL. Since the Genre was pop and I needed a rock-solid live drum sound, I started with FPC. I first layered some drum sounds from the FPC kits I downloaded, tweaked & EQed them and when I was happy with the sound, bounced them to form a new kit.  In Pop-Rock drums, creating fillers is a challenging job and FL’s Piano roll is a very unique tool to create impressive fillers in no time.  FL Slicer is some really insane tool, if you believe me, so I beefed up the track using slicer. For additional spicing-up, I tweaked step sequencer & Fruity sampler settings. For the drums, I also used FL Multiband compressor to make the sound punchier.  I recorded the guitar rhythm over the drums and wrote the song.  Then we went to the studio and recorded live guitars & other instruments with our friends Sanjay Joseph & Abhijeet Nalani.  To give the track a real live feel, we went to the studio with legendary industry producer & musician Ranjit Barot and recorded his live takes.


Image of Anurag Dixit with guitarVocal was the most important part and I recorded lead & backing vocals inside FL Mixer.  In FL playlist, it’s very easy to look at your arrangement & live recorded parts simultaneously.  FL’s mixer is very powerful for live recording & routing. You can easily create a complex mixer setup and save different mixer states as presets. I’ve extensively used FL multiband compressor, FL delay bank & FL Stereo delay on this track and all the tracks on the record. The compressor & Delay give my voice a unique personality which I didn’t find in any other program. The stereo delay sounds great on guitars. For additional backing vocals, we finally roped in some talented female singers Rinita, Supriya, Smriti & Bhavya and wrapped up the production, making the track ready for video production. God has been kind.  Ashish Manchanda’s vision, experience, hard work & the entire team’s fabulous work on the song has made it truly special. The record is on a major label now and the song is creating great buzz. I really believe it’s gonna be the year’s biggest pop hit!

 

 

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

 

My brother Anupam told me about this software and it’s very interesting how I first saw it and started using it. I was working on a project in this studio, I came out for lunch and my friend called me up from the studio, saying that you must come and see this guitarist in the studio. I immediately went to the studio and saw this guy who was laying down tracks really fast and had some fancy toys & stuff. I was really impressed by the sounds he was using and I asked him how did u do this? ‘Fruityloops!’ he said and looked at me like it was the most obvious thing to do! That time, I was struggling with some workstations like Kurzweil, a Roland synth, and an AKAI sampler. I wasn’t satisfied with the workflow and results. So I just downloaded a copy of FL Demo and since then I’ve never used anything else. I’m very enthusiastic when it comes to using new technology, and believe me, I’ve used every damn thing that can make music, but nothing comes close to FL.

Photo from the music video: Dil hi dil mein.

 

First, Unlike other DAWs, the interface of FL  inspires you to make music, it  loads very fast, so that you can laydown your ideas quickly, the step sequencer & piano roll are built very intelligently and the playlist beats other sequencers pretty easy . It has a killer arsenal of VSTis of its own, while its open architecture lets you use third party softwares too. One more thing that I feel is that FL is very versatile when it comes to making music in different Genres. It offers great stuff for everyone.  If you’re a musician and you have a wish, FL is your Genie in a PC! As for me, if music is my religion, FL Studio is my Bible!

 

I confess that for a year, I used a cracked FL 3, but I was only waiting for some cash to come in and when I bought version 4, I was amazed to see the sound quality & reliability the original software offers you.  I’m very impressed by Image-line’s honest approach and that they are not money-minded people. First, It’s very reasonably priced and life-time free upgrades make it the best option to go for!  I paid once for version 4 and I’m using 9 without paying a single extra penny, I mean that’s amazing!  Look at other DAWs, their price and the expensive updates they have to offer.  The image-line staff & fellow users have been very supportive and I specially thank Gol, JMC, Scott & rest of the team for being a great team of professionals!

 

 

Tell us about your production environment & toys?

 

I’ve got a home studio. I run everything off of a Quadcore PC. I have Windows 7 installed. I didn’t switch to Mac because FL doesn’t run on it. I use a pair of Yamaha NS 10 M Studio monitors for monitoring audio. I currently use FL Studio 9.0 as my main host and sequencer and waiting for the arrival of FL Studio 10! As for VSTs, I own Sytrus by Image Line, All IK Multimedia plugs & Blue VSTi from Rob Papen. I have a bunch of Image-line sample CDs including Generic samples, Killer tweaks, Dreampads & Real drumkit which are very good quality.


I’ve been using M-audio interfaces & Preamps and a Yamaha mixer to record live stuff. Along with FL, this setup gives you pretty good results.  I bought a Focusrite preamp & MOTU 2408 mk III last year to create a more complex recording setup. I use Axiom Pro 49 as my main controller. A Yamaha MIDI guitar which is very interesting, if you use guitar samples. A bunch of acoustic & electric guitars and a drumkit are the live instruments I keep in the studio. I use AKG, Rhode, Behringer- condenser & dynamic mics and a Shure SM 58 mic for live recordings.

 

 

Do you have any links you would like to share?

 

www.myspace.com/anurag.dixit

 

Connect with me on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/dixitanurag

 

Connect with me on Twitter:

www.twitter.com/anuragdixit

 

My producer Ashish Manchanda’s production house: www.flyingcarpetproductions.com

 


My love & best wishes for the entire Image-line team.

You guys are awesome & you make the best music program on earth!

Keep up the great work!

 






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Aryay (Mickey Karbal)
"FL means everything for my productions"

Polar Youth (Elisabeth)
"FL Studio means everything to my creativity"

Hellberg
"I've tried other DAWs, but none have suited me like FL Studio, it's something about it"

Heatbeat (Matias & Agustin)
"...we work 100% on FL Studio, we don't even need another software to master the track..."

Arno Cost (Vadim Constantin)
"With FL studio, everything is simple, intuitive but you can also push your mixing, your mastering, your editing very far."

Julian Jordan
"All my tracks are made in FL Studio and I still learn a lot from it"

Mightyfools (Jelle & Andy)
"As both of us know all the ins and outs of the program, a basic beat, sketch, melody or idea is done in minutes"

Billain (Adis Kutkut)
"FL Studio studio is my main operating system for music composition, it is where literally everything happens"

PIXL
"What I loved the most how intuitive the UI on FL Studio was and the ease of using the Piano roll..."

Tucandeo (Daniel & Kevin)
"FL Studio's slick, easy to use interface was most comfortable for us"

Zardonic (Federico Agreda)
"FL Studio means EVERYTHING to me"

David Morris (Boy 8-Bit, R ...
"The piano roll is miles ahead of any other DAWs out there"

WondaGurl (Ebony Oshunrinde)
"FL means everything to my productions."

SeamlessR (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 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"

Amirhossein Zolghadri‏
"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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