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



 

Seamless will already be familiar to millions of FL Studio users. If you look in the Browser > Projects > Cool Stuff folder, from FL Studio 11 onward, you will find his demo projects Antecoder, Bass Antics, Menagerie and Sometime. If this is news to you then we recommmend you stop reading and go check them out now...then come back and read on ;)

 

 

Tell us about how you got into music ?

 

Hi, I'm SeamlessR (it's pronounced "Seamless"). My real name is Stephen, I was born in 1988, and I live in Massachusetts USA, with my Mother.

My family on my Father's side has always been very musical. My dad is a Jazz/Rock drummer and was always big on listening to music with me. When I was young my parents decided piano lessons were a good idea. Mostly geared towards classical stuff. I hated it pretty intensely for many, many years. I had a particular knack for it, though. I was kept in lessons for about 8 years.

 

My production career started when I first picked up FL. I've used it ever since and have done or attempted a variety of genres and types of music. I started out as a hip hop producer. Changed to doing break beat and drum and bass stuff. Spent a good portion of time trying to figure out how to design sounds like my heroes in Noisia and not succeeding at all. Went into heavy orchestra trailer/video game music stuff which lead directly to doing metal. \m/

 

Around when I started doing metal was when I was firmly set with the idea that I would be doing music as a career. Or rather that I would try as hard as I could to ensure I do music as a career. I was in a band at this point (still am, it's called "Krakatoa") but at no point did I consider that my career would be as a musician or really as a musical entity. My skills and passion were more on the engineering side of things. So I built a recording studio in my Mother's basement and set out to record local metal bands as a career builder.

 

But then I learned how to bass... 

 

 

Why did you decide to make YouTube production tutorials?

 

Deep in the beginnings of what probably would have been a fine metal recording career I discovered a number of key things. The first being Harmor, the second being how FM Synthesis worked. Through these two things I was able to create sounds and songs that I tried so hard to make way back when I first started producing. Harmor was the biggest game changer. It allowed me to do things in a simple way that I have only ever seen done through extensive effort and expenditure of time. I was so floored by the simplicity and power of this technique that I had to tell everyone. Primarily because, having spent years looking, I knew there was absolutely no tutorial out there that got someone this close to something so powerful.

 

 

I didn't plan to make a series of it, or even continue after that first video. But it ended up being a hit and I saw potential in creating content like that. I took inspiration from other YouTube entities (a big one being a StarCraft "teacher" Sean "Day9" Plott) as to how to proceed and I went with it. If you actually go back and watch that first tutorial you can see it's pretty cringe worthy. I hadn't yet found myself as a tutorial creator. The one thing that pushed me forward though was the idea that I wanted to make the tutorials that I wish I had when I was looking for this stuff.

 

  

 

You've put out lots of free tracks before your first EP and even released the FLPs, why did you wait so long to sell your music comercially?

 

To be completely honest, I did not see a value in my music as music. I'm not being depressing or self hating, I made an observation as objectively as I could. I had just started to really do the kind of modern "EDM" that exists now. Even if I were able to make music as perfectly as the super stars, I asked myself why would anyone choose to listen to me over them? What do I offer that the already established artists don't already do? So I continued to make music, but I treated the tracks purely as glorified tech demos of the techniques I taught in my tutorials. Proofs of concept. I didn't expect people to ALSO like them on their own as music. 

 

 

How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?

 

I went to a performing arts high school called PVPA (Pioneer Valley Performing Arts in Massachusetts). PVPA has this thing called "Paideia" where, between semesters, we would take three weeks and dedicate the entire day to performing arts related stuff. Among the many, many options there was "Electronic Music Paideia" (referred to as "Techno Paidea" ;p). This is where, in the 10th grade, I first encountered FL in the form of Fruity Loops 3. FL 4 was already out but the school didn't have the upgrade. I spent those three weeks messing around with it and making horrifying music. After that I convinced my Mother to buy FL 4 Producer Edition (Yay for mums! Ed).

 

 

I feel like I had the perfect growth as a producer with FL. I started with FL 3, got used to it and familiar with what it had to offer. Right when I felt I had a grasp on it (I didn't, but I thought I did ;p), I saw FL 4 and some of the things it had and could do. New versions would come out right when I'd gotten comfortable with the previous version's content and capability to offer new things and new possibilities. It felt like FL grew as a tool side by side me growing as a producer.

 

As a result, FL Studio is the center of everything I do. I have tried to use other DAWs, but I really can't. At this point, working in FL is faster than anything else for me. Even if another DAW does some particular thing better. Not using other DAWs I am most of the time not aware of how different FL is. Other producers are constantly surprised by some things that can be done with FL that I just take for granted. 

 

Tell us about your production environment & toys?

 

 

My studio is a bit odd considering what I spend my time doing these days. It was originally built to accommodate recording a metal band. Which really meant special consideration for recording a drum kit. So I have two Presonus Firestudio Projects, which are 8 microphone preamps each. Connected to a 16 channel mic snake that runs through a hole in the triple thick rockwool insulated, quietrock sheeted walls into the other room with rounded corners. I make use of that room sometimes. Usually for my own band. These days I rarely use more than 4 of those 16 inputs.

 

I use KRK ST8 monitors powered by an Alesis RA150 studio amp. One 27" 1080p monitor that hangs from the wall on a monitor arm (monitor arms are the coolest things ever made), and one 19 inch 1050p monitor that I put wherever I can at the moment.

 

My PC (as of this interview) is custom built with an Intel i7 3770k 3.5ghz quad core CPU, 32 gigs of ddr3 ram, an Nvidia GTX 670, one 256gb SSD, two 512gb SSDs in raid 0 for 1TB of SSD, a 1TB internal HDD and a 1TB external HDD and Windows 7 professional 64 bit.

 

 

My first guitar was a Schecter Damien 6, my second is one I got recently which is a Douglas Grendel 727. I have three bass guitars, a Samick 5 string, an Ibanez 506 6 string, and an SX Ursa fretless 6 string. I attached two 25 key keyboards to my Ibanez and I play that in my band "Krakatoa".

 

I have a Behringer CMD Studio 4A that I use with Deckadance and two Launchpads. One of them one of the few ever made branded with the FL logo (Thanks for that! :D).

 

There are very few third party VSTs that I use regularly anymore. I use East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra for my orchestra related stuff and Valhalla reverb plugins, particularly "Shimmer". Harmor and Sytrus are enough for me to cover almost everything I'd ever want out of synths and FL's effects similarly do everything I want to do. Especially Maximus and Vocodex. 

 

What are your future plans?

 

I have only just started entertaining the idea that I could have something in the way of a regular musical career. But that will always be second to my work educating people as much as I am able to through my tutorials and private lessons. I learn everything I can so that I can teach everyone everything I can. I won't ever hold back secrets to power that I uncover (except for ones that aren't mine to tell ;p), I want new producers to have a clear path towards making the kind of music they want to make.

 

I also want to incorporate more live performance. I play out with my metal band a bunch but I am looking into the possibilities for EDM performance. Which is actually another example of FL growing up with me. Right around when I was curious about performing was when the first beta for Performance Mode in FL happened. Fancy that :D

 

Do you have any links you would like to share?


https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSeamless


https://www.fixtstore.com/Seamless

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/SeamlessR

 

https://soundcloud.com/seamlessofficial

 

http://www.patreon.com/SeamlessOfficial

 

Buy Seamless Stuff @ Fixtstore

 

And as usual, have a nice day :)

 

Seamless.

  

 






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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"

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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