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



 

 

Tell us about yourself & how you got into music?

 

I grew up playing piano at a very young age and was enthralled by much of the video game music from the early 90s. It wasn't until I heard the soundtrack from Final Fantasy VII that I realized my true passion in music was composing video game music. I became fascinated with how visual art, design and music can come together to truly influence one's emotions. I formally studied music composition which comprised of a wide range of musical styles/genres, piano, percussion, guitar, and music tech throughout grade school. Eventually I was accepted into Berklee College of Music where I continued my music and production studies in Film Scoring and Music Composition. Funny enough, we were mostly required to use other digital audio production software, but I somehow found a way to keep using FL Studio to complete some of my assignments.

FL Studio is immensely intuitive and is the best way anyone can express themselves creatively. It was worth the extra steps for me to still use FL Studio to do some of my college scoring projects. After college I headed out to San Francisco and pursued a career in video game music and audio production. Today, I have over a hundred game and media credits under my name and continue to work in the video game industry as an audio producer.

 

 

Tell us about your experience using FL Studio as a film and video game composer.

 

At first, I was initially using FL Studio 3 to do simple composition assignments, but after falling in love with the interface and workflow I never looked away. I eventually started composing music for larger ensembles and full orchestra. The interface was more intuitive and it was better at getting my ideas out of my head faster than writing them out on blank sheet music paper with pencil. Sometimes I'd compose a piece in FL Studio and then export the MIDI data out to whatever notation software I was using at the time. It was pretty seamless and became my preferred method of composition, and it still is today. When the Fruity Video player came around, I was able to start doing more film scoring projects and It was quite challenging to work with the older versions of the video player since it lacked some basic film composition features such as SMPTE time and time signature changes. I managed to do a few workarounds until these features were implemented and it turned out just fine in the end.

Producing music for games required me to heavily rely on being able to adapt to many video game scenarios and genres. While I was in college, I made a point to myself to learn a wide range of musical styles. This really gave me an edge in breaking into the game and media industry as I was able to adapt to the many different music needs of various video game and media genres. My background in classical composition and film scoring gave me a very good sense of lush and epic orchestral productions. Playing several instruments also helped with becoming well versed in many different styles; Playing guitar and drums helped me understand how to nail a heavy-hitting metal track and being a pianist helped me to understand how to create the perfect mood for those sentimental cinematic moments. FL Studio inherently made it easy for me to fall into learning a lot of electronic styles as well since the stock plugins and synths were extremely versatile and powerful.

Many of my industry peers never really saw the full capability of FL Studio until I started making waves with full orchestral cinematic arrangements. It really brought attention to the true versatility and power of FL Studio. I hope that I can continue to bring FL Studio to light in some of the other music production community circles where FL Studio isn't so popular so that other aspiring producers, film and video game composers will consider using FL Studio as one of their main tools.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

My first entry into FL Studio was right when Fruity Loops 3 came out. It was supplemental to my composition studies and seemed like an easier way to get my composition assignments done instead of dealing with clunky notation software that was out at the time. I fell in love with the old 3xOSC and TS404 synths. The interface was full of color, eye-catching and easy to understand. I instantly fell in love with the seamless workflow between the piano roll and the playlist. There weren’t any other music production programs where I didn't feel it was holding my creativity back due to a lackluster interface or overly complex functions. From Fruity Loops 3 and on, I kept up with all the upgrades all the way to FL Studio 20. FL Studio meant the world to me since it was basically my first love when it came to music production. It was what I had used to produce the tracks that got me into Berklee as well as all of the major projects I did to complete my film scoring and music composition degree. Even after college I continued to produce in FL Studio as I gained enough experience to break into the video game industry. To this day, I produce all my professional game audio and personal projects in FL Studio. I really wouldn't be where I am without it. I really owe it to FL Studio and Image-Line since they've helped me realize my dream to make music for a living. I don't see myself jumping ship anytime soon, FL Studio will always be my number one choice!

 

 

Tell us about your production environment & toys?

 

 

I've got a pretty simple setup hardware wise for my home studio and game studio: I'm mainly running FL Studio on a powerful custom built PC with Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 and Avid ElevenRack Interfaces, AKG K712, Beyerdynamic DT-990 reference headphones, Yamaha HS Series Monitors, Akai Professional MPK249 49-Key Controller, Yamaha fully weighted digital piano, Vintage 1972 Fender Stratocaster, a handful of SSDs full of Kontakt (mostly orchestral) libraries, a wide variety of Image-Line and third-party synths, and good old-fashioned manuscript paper and pencil.

 

Do you have any links you would like to share?

 

Web: matthewpablo.com

 

YouTube: youtube.com/c/MatthewPablo

 

Facebook: facebook.com/meowthew

 

Twitter: twitter.com/matthewpablo

 

Instagram: instagram.com/deadlyfishes

  

Matthew

 

 






POWER USER LIST

Simon Servida
"it is so easy to translate musical ideas from my head into FL Studio"
Prince Kaybee
"FL Studio means a lot to my music because if it wasn’t for it I wouldn’t be a professional artist"
Arcade
"I started using FL studio when I was like 9 years old. I played around with a few more DAWs since then but nothing stuck"
The Good Perry
"Most of the time it's just me and FL Studio and then I'm gone"
Sid De La Cruz
"FL Studio means the world to me. It is my command center. Anything I do with music comes in and out of FL Studio."
Mykka
"FL studio ... changed my life in a radical way, and for that I will always be grateful."
PooBon (Pourya)
"FL studio ... teaches you how to be creative"
DJ JAZZY
"FL Studio ... is so super-fast and easy"
Matthew Pablo
"FL Studio is the easiest and quickest way to express your creativity"
Parichay
"[FL Studio] is really easy to get creative very quickly"
T-Minus (Tyler Williams)
"[FL Studio] means everything to my production process"
Chris Schweizer
"I started using FL Studio back when I was young and I loved it from the very first moment"
Murda Beatz (Shane)
"I love my Fl studio it has the best sound engine for drums and my drums are what carries my production"
Asher Postman
"It took me a minute to adjust to the unique layout, but I quickly fell in love with it. I have NEVER been limited using FL Studio..."
Busy Works Beats (Game)
"I love FL Studio. It literally allowed me to express my musical talent and give me a chance to run with the pros."
Stephen Voyce
"There is no lag between what idea I have running in my mind to seeing it actually laid down"
Dion Timmer
"I still use Harmor and Sytrus for about 90% of my synthesizing. They have a unique sound and run super smooth..."
Kuyano
"I tried a lot of music production programs back then, but nothing has gotten me as excited as FL Studio"
Chris James
"(FL Studio) It means a lot to me that it allows me to make my own workflow"
Sonus (Sonu Lal)
"I was bowled over by it and no one could get me off the computer"
Mike Maven
"I've never been able to get Ideas from my head into a DAW as fast as I do with FL Studio"
Chuki Beats
FL Studio and my favourite VSTs is all I need
Owen Norton
"I really like how fast the piano roll is, making it really easy to draw in a melody I have in my head"
Histibe
"Whether it’s a sound design for film or music production I use FL Studio, because it has all I need."
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!"
Ibranovski
"FL Studio has the best tools for creating my best workflow in the studio ever"
Bassjackers
"FL was the one DAW which was best at visualizing music production and all it's processes"
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."
Zeph Ellis
"Perfect tool for producers in my opinion and I’m very proud to be a Poweruser"
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"
AmirYar
"FL Studio has a great environment and makes it so easy to be in touch with the tools"
Indivision (Markus)
"I haven't seen any other sequencer which would help me to lay down my 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 Kaelar)
"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 Bergling)
"In Memoriam"
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."
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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