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FL Studio Power!: The Comprehensive Guide

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Get ready to master the power of FL Studio with FL STUDIO POWER: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE! Due to its instant overview and loop-friendly appeal, musicians and producers are flocking to FL Studio (formerly FruityLoops) in droves. But many musicians and producers aren't aware of everything FL Studio has to offer, or how to maximize the program to its full potential. FL STUDIO POWER: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE! begins with a basic look at the program and then quickly moves into the software's more complicated features. It includes tips and tricks on the use of the program and displays clearly how new and advanced users can learn all its features. Everything from general setup, to MIDI implementation, to incorporating plug-ins, to using FL Studio for live performance, is covered in-depth. The book will leave the reader with a strong understanding of how to use FL Studio as a standalone recording program, as a live performance tool, or as a complimentary addition to other software programs.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
  5. 1. FL Studio
    1. What Is FL Studio?
    2. Where Did FL Studio Come From?
    3. What Is This Program All About?
    4. Who Is FL Studio For?
  6. 2. Setting It All Up
    1. System Requirements
      1. The Computer
        1. PC versus Mac
        2. Processor
        3. RAM
        4. Hard Drive
        5. Audio Interface
          1. Cost versus Function
          2. Connection Types
            1. USB
            2. PCI, PCI-X, or PCIe
            3. FireWire
          3. ASIO
          4. Outs and Ins
      2. MIDI Interfaces
    2. Preferences in FL Studio
      1. MIDI Section
        1. Output
        2. Input
        3. Controller and MIDI Channel Settings
      2. Audio Section
  7. 3. FL Studio Menus and Interface
    1. Menu Bar
      1. File Menu
      2. Edit
      3. Channels
      4. View
    2. Options
      1. Tools
      2. Help
    3. Main Controls
    4. Playlist
      1. Playlist Options
      2. Playlist Quick Buttons
      3. Focus Clips Tabs
      4. Playlist Navigation and Extra Options
    5. Channel Window (and Stepsequencer)
      1. Basic Stepsequencer Menu
      2. The Deeper Side of the Channel Window
    6. The Piano Roll
      1. The Piano Roll Menus
        1. File
        2. Edit
        3. Tools
        4. View
        5. Helpers
        6. Additional Options
      2. Piano Roll Tools
      3. Note Color and Portamento
    7. Mixer
      1. Mixer Menu
        1. Initial Mixer Options
        2. Mixer Track
      2. Mixer Interface
    8. Project Browser
  8. 4. Recording Audio
    1. What Is Needed to Record?
      1. The Many Faces of FL Studio
      2. Interface Inputs
    2. Recording with Audio Clips in the Playlist
      1. Multi-Microphone
      2. Single Microphone
    3. Recording Audio Clips into Edison
      1. Transport
      2. Recording Options
      3. Menu Bar
        1. File
        2. Format
        3. Edit
        4. Tools
        5. Regions
        6. View
        7. Snap
      4. Sample Editing Buttons
      5. Extra Controls
      6. Sample and Envelope Selectors
    4. The Breakdown
    5. Recording Surroundings
      1. Clean Power
      2. Acoustics
  9. 5. Recording and Using MIDI
    1. MIDI
    2. The Devices
      1. Piano-Style Keyboards
      2. Drum Pad Controllers
    3. Setting Up Your MIDI Devices
      1. Setting Up a Piano-Style Keyboard
      2. Setting Up a Drum Pad Controller
    4. Using the Piano Roll with MIDI
      1. The Instrument
      2. Recording in the Piano Roll
    5. More Uses for MIDI
      1. Controlling Knobs and Faders
        1. Single-Link Automation
        2. Multi-Link Controls
      2. Live Mode and Marker Jumping
  10. 6. Instrument and Generator Plug-Ins
    1. What Formats Can We Use?
    2. Installing Non-Native Plug-Ins
    3. Included FL Instruments and Generators
      1. 3xOsc
      2. Autogun
      3. BeepMap
      4. BooBass
      5. Chrome
      6. FL Keys
      7. FL Slayer
      8. FPC (Fruity Pad Controller)
      9. Fruit Kick
      10. Fruity Dance
      11. Fruity DrumSynth Live
      12. Fruity DX10
      13. Fruity SoundFont Player
      14. Fruity Envelope Controller
      15. Fruity Granulizer
      16. Fruity Keyboard Controller
      17. Fruity Slicer
      18. Fruity Vibrator
      19. Layer Channel
      20. MIDI Out
      21. Plucked!
      22. SimSynth Live
      23. Slicex
        1. Main Panel
        2. Articulation Panel
        3. Wave Editor
        4. Use the Tools and Build Your Own!
      24. Synthmaker
        1. TS404 Generator
      25. WASP and WASP XT
      26. Wave Traveller
  11. 7. Effects Plug-Ins
    1. EQUO
    2. Fruity 7 Band EQ
    3. Fruity Bass Boost
    4. Fruity Blood Overdrive
    5. Fruity Chorus
    6. Fruity Compressor
    7. Fruity Delay
    8. Fruity Delay 2
    9. Fruity Delay Bank
    10. Fruity Fast Distortion
    11. Fruity Flanger
    12. Fruity Flangus
    13. Fruity Formula Controller
    14. Fruity Limiter
    15. Fruity Love Philter
    16. Fruity LSD
    17. Fruity Multiband Compressor
    18. Fruity NoteBook
    19. Fruity Parametric EQ
    20. Fruity Parametric EQ 2
    21. Fruity Peak Controller
    22. Fruity Phaser
    23. Fruity Reeverb
    24. Fruity Reeverb 2
    25. Fruity Scratcher
    26. Fruity Squeeze
    27. Fruity Stereo Enhancer and Stereo Shaper
    28. Fruity Vocoder
    29. Wave Candy
    30. Fruity Wave Shaper
    31. Fruity XY Controller
    32. Soundgoodizer
    33. Vocodex
  12. 8. Extra Generators and Effects Plug-Ins
    1. Extra Generators and Instrument Plug-Ins
      1. DirectWave
      2. Fruity Video Player
      3. Morphine
      4. Ogun
      5. Poizone
      6. Sawer
      7. Sytrus
      8. Toxic Biohazard
    2. Extra Effects Plug-Ins
      1. Grossbeat
      2. Hardcore
      3. Maximus