Welcome back to the latest installment of FL Studio Tips & Tricks. In part 2 of this series we will further discuss how to improve your music production within FL Studio. If you did not already get the chance to check out the first installment of this series, click here.
Learn by recreating and structuring your favorite tracks:
Recreating your favorite tracks does not only help with inspiration, it will help with learning everything at once. Sound design, mixing, arrangement, structure, choosing the right samples and even more. At the end you can look at it and create a new project out of it, a remake. Using your favorite tracks as references and guides will help you practically and visually see how the best records are laid out. Always keep in mind that these remixes are not allowed to be released without the permission of the original creator or rights holder, they are more or less a bootleg (a remix without permission).
Leave Your Comfort Zone
If you have made a lot of tracks already, and you notice that it has always the same arrangement, very similar sound design or even always the same drum samples.
Then try to use a different set of samples, try a different genre or just check out a synthesizer that you never used before.
I can recommend trying out a genre that you never liked.
It might sound strange, but it helped me to get better along with four on the floor kind of tracks. I used to like them a few years ago, but lost interest as I found love in another genre. Now the love is coming back, step by step. I also recommend to fuse genres, try mixing Middle East with Deep House and see how that turns out, it will likely result in a refreshing mix where you learn a lot about production, music and structure.
Right-click in menus: A way to change multiple options without the menu closing
Yes, you heard it right. You are able to change settings in a menu without reopening it each time you click on one option. This does only work with settings you can enable and disable inside the menu, no submenus itself. In this example, you can open the scale highlighting menu under Piano Roll menu > View > Scale highlighting and select first the scale then the root note via right-click.
Bottom line, save time by never closing menus anymore.
Piano Roll > View > Scale highlighting. This is the menu to set the highlighting of the Piano Roll keys, you most of the time need a root note and a scale. If you select one, the menu normally closes automatically and you need to reopen it again.
Listen to your music, everywhere, on any device
Sometimes you just need a different perspective on your music.
Listen to your new music on the headphones that you usually only use for casual music listening, this might open up new ideas or just highlight simple things you could fix in your next mixing session. We recommend listening to your music on various devices, including your phone speakers to simple earphones so you can experience how people will experience your music after you release the project to the masses.