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?

 

I got into music when I was 14 years old, my uncle came to my dad’s house one day and he brought his guitar, he started playing some songs, and I was like “wow!” How cool is this! And about a year later, my dad gave me an acoustic guitar for my birthday.


I remember being so excited when I first got it and I used to play it every day. But it wasn’t until 5 years later when I got interested into electronic music, like, you know, actually creating the music!, so I came across “Universal Religion” Chapter 5 mixed by Armin Van Buuren and I got hooked for life, I was so fascinated with the sounds, the melodies, the rhythms and I said to myself, “I need to learn how to create this, RIGHT NOW”.

 

And then I started my learning quest, I started watching tutorials on You Tube for a while, then I started reading the FL Manual (yes!), later on I got into some courses in groove3.com and last year I did a diploma of Electronic Music Production at SAE Qantm in Melbourne/Australia.

 

Most of what I have learned from the past 4 years has been just me surfing the internet and practicing long hours in FL Studio, some days more than 10 hours in there just twisting knobs and figuring out how to make a sound or how to get good melodies and chords, you just got to be patient until you find the good stuff, it’s right there, trust me.

 

 

Why so many food names in your recent songs? You released “Fruits EP” and your latest single it’s called “I love Bacon” tell us a bit more…

 

Well to be honest, I thought this was pretty genius, you know? No one is naming their tracks with Fruits names or food names, so I went along with it!


On the Fruits EP I released “Mango”, “Kiwi” and “Tomato”, for some reason, people still think that tomato is a vegetable, I had a lot of discussion over social media about this, haha. [ed. Works for us, being a fruity DAW ;) ]

 

And yeah, my next EP will be called “Tasty Food” and the first track will be “I love Bacon” (already pre released) because who doesn’t love bacon right? It just sounds tasty and funny and I’ve also seen an overall positive response with everyone who has been checking out the “Fruits” EP, which is an electro house and future house fusion, somewhere in between.

 

 

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

 

The first DAW I came across was “Cubase 5” which I used a lot to create mashups, a little later I discovered “Ableton Live 8” which I could never get it to work (haha) and after that I got into “FL Studio 10”, the first thing that came into my mind was, this thing looks like an alien ship! Haha, but trust me, I had the same thought when I first opened Live 8, so to be honest. It took me some time to get used to FL and start creating my first songs, one thing I perfectly remember is that the “step sequencer” was like magic to me, I couldn’t believe how easy I was able to program my own rhythms and melodies, later on, when I started working with the mixer, processing the audio AND using the piano roll, I just never looked back.

 

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 (*sighs*) because I just can’t stop, one of the things I love the most is the automation, events automation and playlist automation is just ridiculous! And the native plugins are so good, Harmor & Sytrus are just so amazing, you can do anything with them, I can’t wait for Sytrus 2 to come out! :D

 

So, now going back to the original question, FL Studio means everything in my productions and on my everyday life, I don’t feel like there is something unachievable, you can make any kind of music you want and make it sound as good or bad as you want, because it’s all about what you know and how do you apply it to your music.

 

 

 

Tell us about your production environment & toys?

 

My setup is very minimalistic at the moment, I believe you don’t need more than a decent laptop, a pair of good headphones (monitoring headphones preferably) and your DAW of choice to make high quality music, it’s all about what you know and how you do it, so I’m currently just working with my 16 GB ram, i7 Quad Core Intel 4300 Gen Processor Toshiba Laptop, saving almost everything on my external hard drive and working with my audio interface Scarlett 2i4 along with my pair of headphones SRH 940, and oh! I also have a RODE NT2 – A which I love, I use this microphone to record anything and of course to record the tutorials.

 

This doesn’t mean I don’t like big and fancy studios, or cool analog gear, is just that at the moment, this type of setup fit my needs but when it comes the time to build my own studio I would like to go as hard as deadmau5 went on his brand new studio setup (this may be expensive :P).

 

And for performance I like to incorporate midi keyboards such as the Akai MPK Mini or the M-Audio Oxygen 49-61, I also got a Launchpad S and I’ve been using performance mode a lot lately, whenever I get the chance to do my own shows I’ll be using it for sure, it´s just amazing, all the visual things and how fun it can be when performing music, just look at Madeon or Porter Robinson!

 

 

How did you get started on making tutorials for the Spanish community and why did you decided to teach?


One of the reasons I started teaching was because the video tutorials in Spanish were horrible, there was barely any good video content out there, they were poorly recorded and the information was misleading, I also don’t want beginners to struggle as much as I did when it comes to finding good content about music production.

 

When I started, I found out about SeamlessR and he was extremely helpful, a lot of his knowledge was transmitted to my viewers in my Spanish tutorials, after a while people started calling me the Spanish “SeamlessR” I find that funny and flattering at the same time, still, Stephen is the bass master!


I posted my first video tutorial in a Spanish FL Studio group and after 1 day I had like 200 views and 86 subscribers, this was enough to motivate me and keep going forward and that was in January 2014, so it has been now 2 years since I started, I cannot believe how fast the channel has grown, and to be honest I couldn’t have done it without my fans support.

 


Do you have any links you would like to share?

 

My music -

 

soundcloud.com/erickauffmann

 

theartistunion.com/erickauffmann

 

toneden.io/erickauffmann

 

My tutorials - youtube.com/c/EricKauffmannOfficial

 

My site - erickauffmann.com

 

Social media -

 

facebook.com/officialerickauffmann

 

twitter.com/Eric_Kauffmann

 

instagram.com/erickauffmann

 

Snapchat: eric_kauffmann

 

Vine: Eric Kauffmann

 

 

Eric.

 






POWER USER LIST

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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