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July 31, 2014 11:57 AM   Subscribe

What are the best websites to learn fl studio for free?
posted by MechEng to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Can you be more specific about what genre(s) you're working in, and how you want to use it? As in, do you want to be creating all your music in FL, do you want to be using it as a VST in another host, etc?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 12:52 PM on July 31, 2014

Response by poster: Creating all music in fl. Learning how to be a wizard in the software. Mainly edm, but other genres acceptable as well.
posted by MechEng at 1:16 PM on July 31, 2014

Probably your best bets are:

1) " ________(genre) FL tutorial" / "how to write _______ in FL" in Google and/or Youtube
2) Just start messing around with it. The program is largely intuitive and has very good help files. Once you start gaining some facility, you'll want to be using your own samples (purchased, free-licenced downloads) and your own VST instruments and effects (KVR Audio is probably one of the top sources for that sort of thing). Some of the prepackaged VSTs are good (Sylenth is really not bad at all, e.g.) but most are kind of meh.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:23 PM on July 31, 2014

I've been using some version of FL since roughly 1999, and I can count the tutorials I've viewed on one hand.

Not trying to say that I couldn't benefit from them -- I undoubtedly could! -- but just nthing fffm's statement that FL is highly intuitive. Arguably, the best way to learn is to just start working in it.

That said, but there are a lot of tutorials available from the official FL youtube channel, as well as about a billion amateur vids. And assuming you have a legit copy, you should have no trouble accessing the free tips from Image Line's forums.

And yes, you are going to want to move beyond the built in sounds and modules that come with FL, because this will help you spark your creativity/find your unique sound. Tutorials can help you get past a technical sticking point, but they won't much help you sound like you. KVR is definitely a good source for free plugins (that are reasonably safe and stable), for expanding your tool set. I've also found good free synths from an outfit called Krakli, as well as one called GTG.

As for samples, you can find some amazing stuff at the freesound site, a growing library of user-submitted field recordings and other weird sounds. There is also a company named Loopmasters, who put out a respected line of paid sample packs; they usually offer a handful of free sample samples for each pack, though, so you can get some good stuff there, too.
posted by credible hulk at 10:30 PM on July 31, 2014 [1 favorite]

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