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



We were first introduced to Mick when one of our customers posted the Voices of Devs YouTube video (below) on our forums. Further investigation revealed that Mick was a prolific video game music producer, with titles such as Need For Speed, Last Airbender & Shift 2 under his belt...to name a very few.

 

Mick tasking success

 

Read about Voices of Devs

 

Tell us about your music and yourself?

 

For the past 8 years I've had the awesome pleasure of writing tunes and making noises for the wonderful world of video games.  I've worked on about 50 games for companies such as Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, THQ, Marvel, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and Sony.

 

The video game world is incredibly diverse and has allowed me to write music in pretty much every style under the sun!

 

 

How did you come to use FL Studio?

 

I bought FL Studio 5 and I've been hooked ever since!  I absolutely love how computers have allowed us to explore new ways of making sound.  Unfortunately...I find that most DAWs are the most uninspiring ways of connecting with a computer.  There's nothing worse than having a tool that is difficult to work with when you need it the most.

 

Need For Speed

 

That's why I dig FL Studio - it just...works.  When I want to do something, it wants to do it too.  When I need it to work in a hurry...it works in a hurry.  When I need it to feed the cat...it just...hang on, no, it doesn't feed the cat (come on Gol, is that feature coming?).  Most importantly, FL Studio keeps up with me - right at this very moment I've got nine different projects on.  Each project has a deadline and that deadline can't be changed.  Having tools that I can rely on allows me to concentrate on the project, focus on the music and sounds, and get more sleep!

 


Do you have any tips for people wanting to break into the video game industry?

 

Firstly, get your music out there!  Post it around the net, send links to people, get it into public events - whatever you can do, get it out there!  Aim to get it in front of people who make decisions.  If you've got something cool out there, people will notice!  Secondly, get yourself out there!  It's impossible to build relationships with people from your studio, and you can't expect opportunities to come to you - you need to go looking for them!  Go to trade shows, play gigs, go to conferences, and meet people!  Finally, stay positive and have fun!  There's only two times to do something - when you should have done it, and right at this very moment!

 

 

Need For Speed

 

How does FL Studio fit into your music production?

 

I use FL Studio on absolutely everything.  I use it for scoring, sequencing, designing sounds, and musical sound design. It's just so easy to work with, and work with quickly.  It opens up in a flash, I can load up a template, throw in a bunch of sounds, load a stack of effects, assign a bunch of controls and start making noises!

 


 

Tell us about your production environment & toys?

 

I'm actually not much of a gear-monkey, but I love my instruments and my organic sources of sound.  I'm a Guitarist, so I've got a big collection of axes - my Dad makes Guitars and instruments and has built me a bunch stuff including a hollow Alumimum body 7-string, a beautiful nylon string Classical, a Duclimer and even a Waterphone he designed for a horror game I was working on.  I've also got a collection of Duduks, Bansuris, Mandolins, an Oud, and lots of other various wind and percussion instruments from various corners of the world.

 

 

I also love my valves and tubes - I've got stacks of valve preamps, mics, compressors, EQs and other effects.  I've got a new custom made valve chorus unit with two 12aX7s in it, which makes some of the most edgy sounds you've ever heard!

 

I love anything that makes sound and you can find interesting sound sources anywhere.  Computers have allowed us to tweak audio to the extremes - we can tweak tempos, timings, pitch, rhythms, or even harmony!  You can make music out of anything.  Anything, can become anything else!  To prove this theory I made a song completely out of human voices recorded a the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco:

 

Edge of Twilight: Trailer "Someone Special"

 

One of my favourite tools at the moment is IL Harmor - I love throwing sounds into that thing and tweaking the hell out of them.  The other day I needed to make some crazy monster sounds for a new game I'm working on.  I threw a dog growling sound into the IMG of Part A, changed the Freq to Linear Wide HZ, slowed the speed, set the Unison control to Uniform and the order to 5.  Then, I recorded some overcooked Pasta being sloshed around, loaded that into Part B and set it up in a similar way to the dog growls.  I assigned the Harmony, Prisim and Phaser controls to my controller surface and "performed" sounds by playing all over the keyboard.  All this took about 10 minutes to set up and resulted in some of the most violent, horrifying sounds the client had ever heard.  They loved it!

 

 

Any links you would like to share?

 

Mick-Gordon.com
Twitter
Facebook
Soundcloud
Youtube

Email: mick [at] mick-gordon [dot] com

 

"This envelope has money in it right?"

Mick 






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POWER USER LIST


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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