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How to record on FL Studio

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How to record on FL Studio: You are a music lover and would like to start creating it too. In particular, you have heard very good things about a program called FL Studio, which is used by many artists, primarily those who are part of the rap and trap scenes. You have therefore approached this program, but you have not understood how voice and instruments are recorded. That’s the way it is, isn’t it? Well then I’d say you’ve come to the right place!

In fact, in this guide I’ll walk you through how to record on FL Studio, starting from the opening of the program and arriving up to the replay of the track. In short, I will analyze one of the basic features of the program, so that you have no problems using the input device of your choice. Clearly, this is a very broad topic, but you will see that the information contained in this post will be useful for you to start any other insights and gain some mastery with FL Studio.

Courage, get to work immediately! I assure you that the steps you will find below are not very complex to follow and will take you little time to complete. That said, there is nothing left for me to do but wish you good reading and good luck for your future musical career!

Preliminary information

Before going into the details of the procedure on how to record on FL StudioI dwell a little on the possibilities offered by this program.

In case you don’t know, FL Studio is one of the programs for composing music and making the most complete and used beats on both Windows and macOS. Unlike what one might think, it does not only allow you to create backing tracks, but also to record voices and musical instruments and create complete pieces. In today’s guide, in fact, we will focus on this aspect and we will see, together, how to record a song on FL Studio.

In case you have not yet installed the program on your computer, I invite you to consult my tutorial on how to download FL Studio for free (in trial version, whose main limitation, compared to the paid one, consists in not allowing the user to reopening saved projects), to find out how.

How to record on FL Studio

If you are ready to begin, I would say to ban the chatter and to see, together, how to record on FL Studio 20 (which, at the time of this writing, is the most recent version of the program). In any case, the indications you will find in the next paragraphs are valid for all versions of the software, both for Windows and for macOS.

How to record voice on FL Studio

Record on FL Studio

Many musical genres require that there is also a voice above the base. For example, in rap it is the MC who has to express his creativity, thus giving life to the complete song.

For record your voice on FL Studio, you clearly need to connect a microphone to your computer. Which? The answer depends on what your needs are.

If you are making a amateur songto keep for yourself or to simply share with your friends, you can use a any microphone. If, on the other hand, you are planning to get “serious” and maybe send yours demo to some record labelyou need to get the right tools.

In addition to a high performance microphone (which is possibly connected via cable), you may need a pop filter (a protection against the unpleasant effect that occurs when pronouncing the consonants “B” and “P”), a supportone audio card “Serious” and of studio headphones.

For more details on how create a good home setupI suggest you take a look at my guide on how to record a song and my buying guides dedicated to sound cards and headphones.

 

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Once you have the right tools and connected the microphone to the computerrecording via FL Studio is very simple.

To proceed, start the plan and press onred dot icon present at the top left. At this point, click on the button Audio, into the Edison audio editor / recorderpress the button OK and, in case you have connected the microphoneeverything should be ready.

Feel free to talk to see if the bar M. (Master channel) on the left, which indicates the incoming volumeit “moves” correctly.

Record FL Studio voice

If this does not happen, try pressing on the item OPTIONS (present at the top) and click on the option Audio Settings. Here you will find all the appropriate settings concerning theinput and theoutput. Therefore, select yours microphone and returns to the registration screen.

Once everything is configured correctly, “Disconnects” the Master channel (the one with the microphone icon, bring it to zero or press the dot to remove it), go to any one Insert (eg Insert 1) and select from the right the input device through the audio card to which it is connected (via the drop-down menu next to the POST icon). After that, click the button SONG present at the top left.

Once this is done, press oncue ball icon (present at the top left of Edison’s window) e record what you want. When you are done, press again on thecue ball icon and click onsave icon. Then select the option Save sample astype the registration namechoose the file format (e.g. wav or MP3) e save him where do you want.

How to record vocals on FL Studio

For register again your voice, you just need to simply go to the box Track 1press onregistration icon and click the button Play. Now that everything is set up, you will see that the track will appear on the screen in real time.

If you want reopen registration after closing and reopening the program, just click on the item Track 1 present on the right e drag the file here that you previously saved. If you want to assign it to a particular track, do it double click onaudio you imported and change the track number using the box at the top right.

FL Studio Microphone

Perfect, now you have learned how to record vocals on FL Studio. You just have to “Spread it” on the musical base. Obviously, what I have explained to you is only one basic method to acquire the voice. In fact, FL Studio is a very complex program and you may encounter numerous problems during your first recordings.

Don’t worry: everything is normal. The important is study the program properly and don’t give up. By the way: one of the biggest drawbacks that novice artists encounter is that of background noise from the microphone. Well, Edisonthat is the tool you used earlier to record the voice, has a handy tool to “solve” this problem.

Once recorded the voicetry to select the whole track and press the icon Denoiser. At this point, click on the button Acquire noise profile. Perfect, now you can use this tool to try to reduce background noise.

Clearly, there are a myriad of variables that could affect the quality of your recording. It is therefore up to you to understand how to configure everything.

How to record audio on FL Studio

FL Studio track

After explaining how to record your voice, I think you might be interested in learning more about it as well how to record audio on FL Studiomore generally.

Specifically, register one instrument it’s very simple. Just follow the same procedure that I explained to you in previous chapter related to the item, by selecting the audio card to which the instrument is connected and pressing on record button. In this case, instead of “Audio, into the Edison audio editor / recorder”, I suggest you press the button Everything (hence “everything”).

In short, once you have learned the procedure, recording on FL Studio is very simple. Please note that if you want to combine at the same time multiple input and output toolsyou may find it useful to purchase a mixer.

 

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Thanks to a multichannel mixer, you can in fact acquire simultaneously live microphone and instruments. Obviously, in case you decide to go this route, the volume balanceL’primary equalizationthe I earn and everything else will have to be managed directly from the mixer.

How to use the other features of FL Studio

FL Studio

How do you say? You figured out how to register but you’re getting lost inFL Studio interface? Don’t worry, I’ll explain immediately what are the main possibilities offered by the program.

Once FL Studio is started, the screen that appears before the user is essentially composed of three parts: on the left is the “File Explorer”, from which you can access all elements of the project (for example, plugins); in the center are the pattern of the instrumentswhile on the right is the editing consolewhere there are the tracks on which to “drag” the various samples.

Through the central part of the program you can choose samples and define the rhythm of the various patterns. To listen to the latter, just click on the box PAT at the top left and click on the button Play. From here on you will have countless possibilities to explore.

If you want deepen the topic and understand how to use the main features of the program, I highly recommend that you consult my guide on how to use FL Studio. Also, in case you intend to expand the available possibilities, I invite you to take a look at my tutorial on how to install VST on FL Studio (talking about extensions).