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



 

 

Tell us about yourself and how you got into music?

 

Hey people, my name is Oscar aka (Grouch) born and raised in New Zealand. I have been a passionate hand percussionist for about 17 years which has influenced my production quite a bit.

The first time I played around with electronic music production was back in 1997 with a program called impulse tracker but it wasn't until late 1999-2000 that I really found my groove after bring introduced to fruity loops. I never intended to perform any of my music I just really found myself in love with the creative process.

It wasn't until around 2004 that I started being asked to play at some small outdoor festivals in New Zealand. Until that time I had been writing mainly experimental down tempo, drum and bass and hip hop. after being exposed to some peak experiences at the festivals in NZ I started to write minimal progressive psytrance and psy breaks, it wasn't long after that I was headlining festivals in locally and within a year I was getting bookings in Australia which really started to kick off my career.

In 2011 I went for a 3 month tour of Europe which turned into 4 years of non stop touring all over the world playing at some of the best festivals in the scene including Boom Festival, Ozora, Burning man, Universo Parelello, Rainbow Serpent, Earthcore, to name a few.


Some artist I have collaborated with or remixed include Juno Reactor, Hedflux, Perfect Stranger and Knobs to name a few.


I have released my music with Zenon Records, Interchill Records, Enig'matik Records, Cosmic Conspiracy Records, Broken Robot Records, Luminous Music, A-List Records, Up Records, Solar Records, Bassweight Recordings, Diskonecta Records, Funtazula, Occulta, Soundcraft Records, Native Harmonics Records, Estuary Records, Arkona Creations but am thinking of going freelance and using Bandcamp in the near future.


More recently I have moved to Melbourne Australia where I have set up a Killer studio where I have much more time to work on loads of new material with an album coming out on Zenon records in May next year and a few EPs in the pipe lines.


 

Tell us about your live performances?

 

Once I have finished a track in FL Studio I bounce it into 7 stems. Kick, Bass, Percussive synths, Atmospheric and melodic Synths, Snare, Hats, And percussion/other. Once rendered I Do a quick premaster of the stems in Audition and then bring them into Ableton Live where I Cut them up into loop-able sections. I have created a control arena on Lemur for my Ipad which controls everything in Ableton from effecting each stem individually or together, looping parts, glitches delays etc. Some times i will bring a darabuka to jam on and also and I use my X Station and Korg Monotron to play live synth.

 

 

 

 

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

 

Actually it was my sister who introduced me to Fruity Loops, she has been a house DJ since the early 90's and has been a massive influence on me. Although I Basically started with Fruity Loops I have spent a lot of time using other software including Cubase, Reason, Logic, Ableton Live and was trained on Protools during my Audio engineering studies back in 2003. After all this I found myself back in love with fruity loops around version 5 or 6 and have never looked back. Since all of the massive developments FL Studio has made I'm totally in love with it again. I find its like an open source area where you are free to be creative in how you approach almost every aspect of producing. I love how there are so many different ways to do one thing and how many hidden secrets there are lying beneath the surface, I'm still discovering shortcuts and tricks even now.

 

Tell us about your production environment & toys?

 

My studio in Melbourne is in the Double Garage at my house, its 6x6m(20ft x 20ft) one of my Audio Engineer friends helped me Design and build everything in the room. Everything from from the floor and desk to the massive bass traps (one of which we build a door on so we can use the inside as a recording booth) and panels. It took us about 3 months to design and build but it was worth every second a cent. Hardware wise I have Dyneaudio bm6mk2's and a matching Dyneaudio Sub and a pair of Neumann monitors for reference. In terms of hardware synths I have a Novation X-Station and a Micro Korg. Im also using an Alesis air fx and Kaos Pad 3 in series as an outboard fx processor. The gear side of things is always a work in progress so i will be adding to it over time. To be honest though I'm really comfortable with software synths and use a lot of the native FL Studio instruments but my all time favorite VST is Zebra that thing is a weapon.


Do you have any links you would like to share?

 

facebook.com/grouchnz/

soundcloud.com/grouchnz

grouchnz.com/

grouchnz.bandcamp.com/album/further

 

 

Grouch


 


 






POWER USER LIST

GRGE
"FL Studio is vast as the universe, is the place where I can express my imagination without limitations"
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. "
Spanker
"[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,"
Mesto
"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"
TM88
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"
Joznez
"I've produced over 111 Releases from 45 artists on several albums with FL Studio"
Niza
"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"
Arty
"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."
KhoMha
"The software goes right to the point and every version gets better"
LeJad
"...all my records, all my productions, everything was made with FL"
Dyro
"[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"
BounceBrothas
"...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"
banvox
"If I didn’t have it banvox would have never existed"
Abaz
"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"
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
"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"
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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