Akitaka Tohyama, the Japanese producer and sound designer known as Ajurika, has an incredible portfolio of work. Having freelanced since 2013, he previously was working full-time for Bandai Namco, creating music for incredibly popular games from the Tekken Series, among others like Katamari Damacy, Ridge Racer, Urban Reign, and more. Additionally, he continues to release music as Ajurika and produce music for other artists, as well as teach FL Studio-based courses. We’re thrilled to count Ajurika as one of our long-time Power Users and always are eager to hear what he has been up to.

Ajurika – FL Studio Tutorial

Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.

I am a producer of video game music as well as a Psychedelic Trance track creator. I started learning the piano at the age of 4, and then computer-based music at 14.

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

The moment my friend recommended FL Studio to me was the beginning of my journey with the software. Until then, I had been using the traditional production style with Digital Performer. However, switching to FL Studio completely revolutionized my approach to music production. I have been using this amazing DAW since FL Studio 4!

Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.

My main occupations are composing music for video games and DJing. Recently, I’ve also conducted music classes using FL Studio at international schools. In collaborative projects, I’ve provided numerous songs to Japanese voice actors and singers.

Tekken Tag2 Trailer (music prod. by Ajurika)

Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.

I mainly use a small Windows PC called Deskmini for music production. It is small enough to fit in my backpack but still boasts a powerful CPU. For monitor speakers, I use Fluid Audio and iLoud Micro Monitor. I really like the sound of the iLoud from the small speakers. And for MIDI input, I rely on the Novation FLkey keyboard.

What is your top FL Studio tip for up-and-coming producers?

I really think FL Studio’s flexible modulation controllers are fantastic! You can breathe life into your sounds by utilizing automation for filters, volume, panning, reverb depth, and more.

6ix x FL Studio

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

Indeed, FL Studio is an amazing DAW! Everyone, please create the best music with it!