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


Andrew Aversa (Zircon)


Andrew (Zircon) is a close friend of the Image-Line team working as an alpha tester helping us to develop new products and give FL Studio the thrashing it thoroughly deserves. Andrew has been steadily building an impressive portfolio of music and games soundtrack work, we took the time to interview Andrew and find out what he has been up to so far.

 

Zircon

 

Tell us about your music, yourself and Soulcalibur V?

 

 

I'm a full-time composer and producer since I graduated from college in 2009. I got my start in computer-based music at OverClocked ReMix (http://www.ocremix.org/), a website devoted to arrangements of video game music. I've released over 30 game remixes and I'm still very active in the community; I even met my wife Jillian Aversa there! You may know her better as the voice of "Just Hold On" (the FL9 Newstuff.flp.) As an electronic artist, I enjoy working in tons of styles, from atmospheric drum n' bass to progressive trance and dubstep. By the end of 2011 I'll have eight original albums out, all produced entirely in FL Studio.

 

I also write and license music for video games. The highest-profile project I've worked on to date has been Soulcalibur V, a fighting game for Xbox 360/PS3. Along with a small group of other composers, I contributed six original tracks in an epic orchestral style. I love telling people about my orchestral work in FL because so many people see it as a program only for electronic music. In actuality, I was using 8gb of samples and writing for a full string section, brass, woodwinds, epic and orchestral percussion, choir and acoustic guitar.

 

My personal favorite track, the theme of the female ninja Natsu, used a full ensemble of taikos, dhol and toms along with my own sample libraries (Impact: Steel & Koto Nation) and bombastic strings.

 

 

Soul Calibur Trailer

 

FL's excellent piano roll, ghost notes, bit bridge, event editing and mixer routing allowed me to rapidly create both mockups and finished productions for the game. In some cases I was writing a revision a day, and I just can't imagine doing that in any other program.

 

How did you come to use FL Studio & what were your first impressions?

 

My very first music making program was a simple premade loop-based DAW that was easy to use but lacking in power. I heard about FL Studio from others in the OC ReMix community, and decided to download the demo. The workflow was very intuitive to me, especially compared to other programs I had tried like Cubase, Sonar and Reason. In particular, I was really spoiled by the piano roll. Trying to use any other piano roll after working in FL was like having my mouse dipped in molasses. It took me about six months to feel completely at home, and within a year I had released my first album. A year after that, I had album number two, and along the way at least a dozen game remixes.


I don't know if I can ever say I've 'mastered' it but for a long time now I've really felt at home.

 

Phineas & Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension (PS3/wii)

 

 

FL Studio 9 Theme

 

Tell us about your production environment & toys?

 

 

After trying a number of different workflows and software/hardware setups, I've settled on one that is very effective for me. Everything revolves around FL Studio running on a very fast Core i7 computer with a solid state drive, 12gb RAM and lots of storage for samples. I have two 20" monitors, a Korg X50 for MIDI control, and my trusty Beyerdynamic DT880 headphones (I do all my mixing on them!) Even though I have a Roland V-Synth and some other hardware tools, I just use these for a bit of flavor, preferring VST/FL plugins for most of my needs. As I write this, Jillian and I are moving into our first house where we're looking to create a custom recording space for her vocals and my custom samples too!

 

 

Humorous video made for conference

 

Do you have any links you would like to share?

 

http://www.zirconmusic.com/ - My music website. Besides hosting links and previews of my discography, you can also buy them in the web store along with synth presets and sample libraries I've created. But more importantly, there is a whole section devoted to both written and video tutorials. These are my way of giving back to the music-making community, as many people helped me when I was first starting out.

 

Zircon 'stutter editing' in FL Studio

 

http://www.facebook.com/zirconmusic - My artist Facebook page. I love interacting with fans and fellow artists! I also tend to post various interesting tidbits and announcements here first, along with discussions on all sorts of fun topics (music related or not.)

 

Antigravity feat. Jillian Aversa

 

http://www.jillianaversa.com/ - Besides collaborating on my projects, Jill has her own original albums (which I often co-write, produce and engineer) plus remixes and videos. If you enjoyed her work on Just Hold On or any of my albums, definitely check this out.

 

Andrew

 


Want to get into the game music business?

 

For further viewing here is a 4 part symposium where you can see Andrew, fellow Power User Jimmy Hinson, Jillian and friends discussing how they made the transition from hobbyist to professional:

 

Making Music: From Hobby to Profession

 

Enjoy!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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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"

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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