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


Savant's energy and style is infectious. The first time we learned about Savant was when customers told us the music on a viral internet video was made in FL Studio. From that moment on we were hooked.



Tell us about how you got into music ?


One of my earliest memories of music was watching a Virgin Records trailer VHS from my grandfathers video store back in the 80s. I got all the newest NES stuff from his store as well. Though my father is a professional musician and songwriter, we never connected for many reasons. Alcohol being one. But my grandfather had an electrical organ that I used to jam on as a kid growing up. Not taking it too seriously, because drawing and making paper toys and architecture was some of my main interest.


I always played video games, and kept myself up to date on Nintendo’s upcoming consoles and games. As I reached the age of 8, I remember listening to Deep Forest and Enya, which really touched my melodic sensibilities. Three years later I would discover my passion for electronic music and production.



I begged my mom for a computer and when I finally got it, I started making beats with Rave Ejay, Hip-Hop Ejay, Dance ejay and Techno Ejay. Then I came across Mad Tracker and Fast Tracker 2. By this time I was 12-13 and knew the basics of arrangement, sound selection, and what Ejay didn't have, Mad and Fast Tracker had, which was composing and focus on the engine of creativity. These tools where so stripped down it could run in DOS and you had to get your own sounds, start sampling, or make sound waves from the bottom up. It taught me about loop points, frequencies and simple wave editing. All of this was stuff that would become very essential to me in later years. But what it really gave me was freedom to unleash melody, chord progressions and arrangement.


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


Around that same time, I'd seen and tried Fruity Tracks (I still have the first demo), but with no internet at home and no money, getting this software was impossible, so I continued with the freeware stuff. I programmed metal, Hip Hop, Trance, Breaks and even Classical music with Mad Tracker for many years. I also picked up the guitar, drums and singing to compliment my keyboard skills. By 15 I was unaware of the epic musical journey I was to about to discover. I started to realize that all music did not just touch me, it HIT me in a special way. Genres became unimportant, because a Hip Hop beat could easily give me the same “goose bumps” as Heavy Metal or Trance music. I wanted to explore it all.



I played guitar, keys and sang in various Metal and Black Metal bands. Meanwhile a friend at school showed me some Trance he made with Fruityloops 2, and with Fruityloops 3 about to come out, he gave me a copy to try. This moment combined with gifts granted by my Autism, opened a whole new world of possibilities. I was free to not only make chords and melodies, but to sonically shape them. My vision of what music was reinvented. Since then I've strictly used FL for everything I do. Production, beats, band recording, mixing, writing, scoring for film, chip-tunes, sound design and live performance (even long before performance mode). The most important part for me is that I use FL studio to relax.



I don't make music because I want to; I create because I have to. I never went to school to learn music. Everything I have done and will do is constant discovery. To me, the best music or sounds aren't the ones you plan, they are the ones that simply come to you. It is 75% how your brain is wired and 25% the tools you use. But FL studio is the closest thing to telepathically connect your mind to the music in seconds. For me other software tends to be linear, formulaic, and constrained. It can really choke your creativity. FL Studio goes beyond norms, schools of thought, mortals. Sadly, I have not yet seen anyone using FL Studio to full capacity. To be frank, watching “superstar” DJs showing it off is embarrassing. FL Studio can get a bad rep because for some it is methodical easy, fast, simple. But with great power comes great responsibility. I can't imagine that humans were given such great power to use it for simplistic House music. I have a lot of respect for the “ether” of music, which we all contribute to, and when people use the power of FL Studio to imitate simplistic trends in music they are "watering down the wine". Why settle when FL Studio has the promise for cerebral intent. So much more is possible. Know this, there will be a musical revolution, and FL Studio will be the tool at the center of it.


I work FAST, FL Studio is the only DAW that can keep up with me. My ideas are like a rain storm, like billions of musical raindrops falling from my brain, FL Studio helps me catch the most amount of ideas before the storm is over so I can give water to everyone; if they need it.













Suggestions to the Image-Line team


So now for some suggestions. Don’t mess with the Autosave feature, it has saved my ass so many times, it’s not even funny, if anything make it real-time so if I want, I can rewind to 10 minutes ago and try a different thing. My biggest suggestion would be to add an optional key-mapping feature, so I can have my slice function on the left hand side. When they changed the SHIFT buttons, for a while my production speed went down 20%, key-mapping would help get that back. Also, don't remove the legacy pre-computed effects; they are essential for the cerebral, eclectic producer.



I really love FL. In fact I have spent more time in FL the last ten years than my mother has spent in the kitchen her whole life. And my mom loves cooking. I chose music over a social life growing up. This helped me get rid of ego and eros so the inner god, agape can speak the important truth to make breathtaking music.


I’m surprised my laptop doesn't grow wings or a cool mustache when I use it. Because some of the most amazing and jaw dropping moments in my life, has been in FL.



The Savant challenge:




Make track with only use of one snare sample, and clone it to make changes. With pre-computed legacy effects, time-stretch, Edison, Maximus and Reverb 2 you should be able to make a palette of different creative sounds out of one simple WAV.




Make an entire song from drums to pads with only the 3OSC. It’s 3 oscillators and mixer effects. It’s hard but not impossible.




Don’t use outside samples or plugins. With 3OSC you can make anything from 8bit chip leads to hard-style bass. Sytrus is a very flexible FM synth. Harmor can make jaws drop if you know what’s under the hood. The new drum machines and generators give you the means to design all your sounds from bottom to top in minutes. It’s almost too powerful, and the capabilities are literally endless.


Tell us about your production environment & toys ?




I just got a new studio set up and I never had that to be honest. I’ve been broke my whole life and lately things have started to change a little bit. I run FL Studio on three different computers, one stationary PC from 2007 (still works), one laptop from Frost Music Sweden (broken by now) and a brand new Hackintosh for my live setup.


I have a couple of crazy Genelec Monitors that ruin neighbors sleep, although I created Vario, Overworld, ISM, Alchemist, Overkill and HEART on Beats by Dre ONLY, because of no studio and no money.



I use a 32" TV as my monitor screen.


I’ve got some synthesizers over the years, but my love is mostly for MIDI controllers. I got a Mini Moog Voyager (old school), a Roland AX Keytar, a Korg Keytar, two Akai MPK controllers, a Novation Launchpad, a Korg Triton Extreme and a Korg Trinity. And lots of other weird kids stuff and Casio stuff, etc.. I would summarize my studio as, minimal in approach, maximal in expression.



Do you have any links you would like to share ?


Savant Official Website






Eminence (Dillon & Kaz)
"It has the most beautiful and efficient piano roll I've ever worked with...FL Studio will forever be our DAW of choice!"
"FL Studio has the best tools for creating my best workflow in the studio ever"
"FL was the one DAW which was best at visualizing music production and all it's processes"
Curbi (Toby)
"Over the years I tested other DAWs, but always returned to FL for the sake of workflow efficiency and creativity. FL is perfect for my productions, I pretty much know FL inside out..."
Owsey (Owen Ferguson)
"Over the years I tested other DAWs, but always returned to FL for the sake of workflow efficiency and creativity. "
"[FL Studio]...blew my mind how you could make a drum pattern within seconds."
Badd Dimes
"[FL Studio]...improves the quality of my tracks and it cleares my mind..."
Miavono (Brad & Mike)
"FL Studio stood out as the most intuitive..."
Jason Taylor (Aether)
"I'm so familiar with it at this point, it's a powerhouse for getting my ideas down."
Sandro Silva
"...it is so much easier for me to put ideas on the computer, and finish tracks much faster than I did before."
Alex Moukala
"FL Studio is a godsend as it allows you to write music tremendously fast, even with just a keyboard and mouse,"
"After I put some music online and got a great response, I started to make music in FL Studio on daily basis"
Groundbreaking (Sean H)
"from first glance at the piano roll to the playlist, I knew I had been introduced to something special"
Draft (Liam Tallon)
"free lifetime updates, and unrivalled forum interaction felt like home to me"
Maddix (Pablo Rindt)
"During the years I have tried out some other DAWs but always came back to FL"
Lex Luger
"...my Love for music and FL studio being my pen to the paper I get to tell my story and show the world my vision."
Daniel Ferri
"I was immediately hooked and shortly started using FL Studio not just for fun but for my job"
CloZee (Chloé Herry)
"I do everything with FL: recording, production, sound design, mastering"
Bounce Inc. (Max & Hubert)
"after all these years we still discover new abilities"
Eric Kauffmann
"FL Studio is like this magical universe where I get lost every day, I wish that my ears could just keep going all day without needing a rest"
Johnny Pepp
"The workflow in FL Studio is very good. I still haven't found out what every button is for, you never stop learning."
The Living Tombstone (Yoav ...
"If it wasn't for the friendly fun approach FL Studio has, I don't think I would have been attracted towards making so much music in the start."
Alvaro (Jasper Helderman)
"Actually I don’t use any hardware at all. With all the plugins nowadays, you can easily create a song"
Grouch (Oscar)
"I love how there are so many different ways to do one thing and how many hidden secrets there are lying beneath the surface"
FL Studios has always been the foundation of my production and how I create my sounds
Matthew Burnett
"The piano roll editor is unprecedented in FL"
"I've produced over 111 Releases from 45 artists on several albums with FL Studio"
"You can do anything with FL Studio"
Tez Cadey
"I’ve tried other DAWs after that but none come close to it in terms of creativity and spontaneity"
"The fact that you can drag and drop Audio files, Automation and MIDI Clips onto the same dashboard is amazing"
Le Youth (Wes James)
"FL Studio is my bridge from an idea to a song"
Yoann Feynman
"FL Studio is like an extension of my brain"
Just a Gent (Jacob Grant)
"You don't have to worry about neatly placing each sound in their own tracks in the playlist, you can just throw it wherever, its great"
MDK (Morgan King)
"It's the perfect balance of a sleek, user-friendly program, and a truly badass piece of audio software."
"The software goes right to the point and every version gets better"
"...all my records, all my productions, everything was made with FL"
"[FL Studio] I got my hands on it and here I am today"
Epikh Pro
"...FL Studio is the main DAW I run everything out of. Wouldn't be where I am without it"
Bombs Away
"FL is almost an extension of our imagination"
BAMBOUNOU (Jérémy Guindo)
"FL Studio is a very approachable and once you start to have a thorough knowledge of it, it is limitless"
Kyle Simmons (A Skylit Drive)
"FL studio really helps me translate my ideas to reality without headache and each version just amazes me"
"...you won't find any other daw with a workflow combined with the stepsequencer and sample browser"
Drumz N' Roses
"The community is big and you will find FL Studio users in every genre"
"If I didn’t have it banvox would have never existed"
"You can learn the use of FL in a short time and work with it up to every level"
Bastian Salbart
"Really love the pattern/clip set up. It's amazing how very simple and intuitive everything is."
Oliver Heldens
"I like how I can draw my idea's in it really quick"
Chris Noxx (from Tha Piece ...
"I found myself glued to FL studio for days at a time"
Andrew Maze
"FL Studio ... can help you to create every kind of music in absolutely every genre, the only limitation is your imagination"
K-391 (Kenneth Nilsen)
"I released a song called 'Electro House 2012' which passed 500k in just some weeks"
Rich Kidd (Ritchie)
"makes the work flow quicker"
Aryay (Mickey Karbal)
"FL means everything for my productions"
Polar Youth (Elisabeth)
"FL Studio means everything to my creativity"
"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"
"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"
"...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"
"FL Studio has been the powerhouse behind many of our productions as Tritonal and remains a go-to production tool"
"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"
"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"
"FL Studio has a great environment and makes it so easy to be in touch with the tools"
"we haven't met any other sequencer which would help us to lay down our ideas so quickly and simply"
Jayce Lewis
"[FL Studio] really has become a big part of what I am as an artist"
"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"
"...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 "
"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."
"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..."
"It means Everything, without FL i wouldn't be producing."
"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!"
"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."
"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"