Producing Music with FL Studio

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Authored by Rishabh Rajan

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Course Code: OMPRD-120

Next Semester Starts
June 27, 2022

Level 1

Level 1

3-Credit Tuition

$1,497

Non-Credit Tuition

$1,250

The goal of this course is to teach you the fundamentals of working with FL Studio to produce electronic music. You will explore drum programming with the step sequencer, MIDI recording and editing with the Piano roll editor, audio recording, mixing, effects processing, automation, mastering, as well as the fundamentals of synthesizer programming. The course will also cover the basics of creating a visualizer using the ZGameEditor plug-in. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to produce a piece of music from scratch, and also create visuals that synchronize with your music.

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By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Produce a musical piece of your choice, demonstrating competency with using FL Studio
  • Create a video for your musical piece that has visual effects synchronized with the music
  • Record audio and MIDI into FL Studio
  • Mix and master a musical piece in FL Studio
  • Demonstrate competency using FL Studio's synthesizers and effects processors like the compressor, EQ, reverb, and delay
  • Demonstrate competency working with MIDI controllers and audio interfaces in FL Studio
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Syllabus

Lesson 1: Programming Drums

  • Overview of the Interface
  • Channel Rack Step Sequencer
  • Creating Additional Patterns
  • Recording Drum Patterns into the Piano Roll
  • Utilizing the Mixer and Playlist
  • Mixer Routing
  • Assignment 1: Percussion Playlist

Lesson 2: Working with MIDI

  • Setting up a MIDI Controller for Use in FL Studio
  • Recording and Quantizing MIDI Data in Piano Roll
  • Draw Musical Patterns in the FL Piano Roll
  • Creating Chord Progressions
  • Using the Arpeggiator
  • Assignment 2: Harmonic, Melodic, and Bass Parts

Lesson 3: Automation and Effects Processing

  • Creating Automation Clips
  • Removing Automation
  • MIDI Mapping and Control
  • Advanced Automation Clips
  • Working with Effects
  • Assignment 3: Add Dynamic Changes to Your Arrangement

Lesson 4: Working with Audio

  • Setting up FL Studio for Recording with an Audio Interface
  • Recording Audio into the Playlist
  • Loop Recording and Comping
  • Audio Editing in the Playlist
  • Recording with Edison
  • Editing Audio with Edison
  • Assignment 4: Audio Recording and Editing Project

Lesson 5: Synthesis and Sampling

  • Working with FLEX
  • Workshop: FLEX Review
  • Working with 3x Osc
  • Sampling with the FL Sampler
  • Creating Sounds from Scratch using Harmor
  • Assignment 5: Custom Preset Design

Lesson 6: Mixing Your Tracks

  • Preamble
  • Signal Flow in FL Studio
  • Setting Levels
  • Balance
  • Frequency Ranges
  • Track Analysis
  • Assignment 6: Creating a Mix

Lesson 7: Effects Processing

  • Adding Effects
  • Spectrum Processing with Filters and EQs
  • Equalizer
  • Fruity Parametric EQ 2
  • Dynamics Processing
  • Spatial Processing
  • Sends and Returns
  • Assignment 7: Effects Processing

Lesson 8: Advanced MIDI Techniques

  • Slide and Portamento Notes
  • Note Properties
  • Riff Machine
  • Polymetric and Polyrhythmic Patterns in the Piano Roll
  • Assignment 8: Create a MIDI Sequence

Lesson 9: Working with Patcher

  • What is Patcher?
  • Multilayered Instrument
  • Rhythmic Filter
  • Dynamic Effect Patcher
  • Assignment 9: Create a Custom Patcher Instrument

Lesson 10: Remixing Techniques

  • Stretching Audio
  • Slicing Audio with Slicex
  • Working with Vocodex
  • Side Chain Compression and Gross Beat Effects
  • Assignment 10: Create a Remix of the Given A Capella Track

Lesson 11: Mastering Audio

  • Mastering Fundamentals
  • Prepping Mix for Master
  • Equalization and Compression for Mastering
  • Saturation and Loudness Control
  • Assignment 11: Create a Mastered Version of the Remix from Last Week

Lesson 12: Creating Visuals

  • Using the Wizard for Video Templates
  • Working with Layers in ZGameEditor
  • Adding Media
  • Splitting Processing Layers
  • Assignment 12: Final Project: Create a Video for Your Mastered Remix

Requirements

Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements 

No prior knowledge of FL Studio is required, however, students should have a basic working knowledge of either Mac or Windows computers.

Required Textbook(s)

  •  None required

Software Requirements

  • FL Studio Signature Edition (20 and above)

Hardware Requirements

  • MIDI controller
  • Audio interface
  • Studio monitors or headphones

After enrolling, please check the Getting Started section of your course for potential deals on required materials. Our Student Deals page also features several discounts you can take advantage of as a current student. Please contact support@online.berklee.edu for any questions.


General Course Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to access the course environment and participate in live chats. Please make sure to also check the Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements section above, and ensure your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for all software needed for your course. 

Mac Users

PC Users

All Users

  • Latest version of  Google Chrome
  • Zoom meeting software
  • Webcam
  • Speakers or headphones
  • External or internal microphone
  • Broadband Internet connection

Instructors

Rishabh Rajan

Author & Instructor

Rishabh Rajan is an educator with eight years of experience in higher education, having taught in schools in India, Malaysia, and the US. He is an Ableton Certified Trainer, Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro, and an Avid Certified Instructor for Pro Tools. He is also an accomplished electronic music producer, writing future bass music and performing mashups under the alias code: MONO. He has worked as a sound designer for Twisted Tools, Meta Function, and Bela D Media, and is currently developing sample libraries of Indian instruments with Crypto Cipher. His products have been used by BAFTA-, Emmy-, and Grammy-nominated composers from around the world. He has written three eBooks on sound design, which are all available on the Apple iBookStore. He has also developed over 30 sound design and music production streaming video courses for macProVideo and AskVideo. Aside from being a regular contributor to the online music production news blog Ask.Audio, he also hosts a YouTube channel where he regularly posts sound design/synthesizer tutorials & mashup performances.

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