Music with FL Studio

For those that don't know, FL Studio started as FruityLoops, a sample/MIDI sequencer from Image-Line which has evolved into pretty much a complete music production package.
I've owned it since version 5 and now I think they're around v.11.

Basic upgrades are free for life, but they'll tease you and taunt you with a ton of plug-ins and enhancements that you can have for just a few extra paychecks.

It's a very involved program with a ton of tutorials and lots of community support but when I first bought it, I was having trouble getting my sound card drivers to function while I was connected to the internet so I got tired of the hassles and disconnected from it.

Maybe now that those issues were resolved (conflicts with Total Recorder) I might dust this off and start using it again.


The tunes that are here were made with FL Producer Edition v.6, my old collection of SoundFonts (using their sound font player) and some free VST softsynths like those you can find at Krakli.com and some VST support sites.


Hear Me, Find Me
Run time - (3:50)

A.K.A. "The Arm Pit Song" as the first thing I wrote was that chunky part in a JX softsynth. It had some interesting artifacts that I pulled for a counter-line, threw in a flute part and then added the weird whale songs.

Hear Me, Find Me

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See-Thru Blue
Run time - (4:18)

It's got some of my favorite old Aureal Vortex choir soundfonts that I pulled from my old audio card and a bass fall near the end because I always liked the one Sting pulled when he was with The Police.

See-Thru Blue

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Lift and Soar

Run time - (3:03)

There's an FL plug-in called Slayer that emulates guitar synth sounds. Since this was easier than trying to figure out how to connect a real electric guitar into my computer's sound card without EQ issues, I took the low road.

I also took the low road on the percussion because I always meant to add a better drum track and just lost interest in it.

You may have noticed that there are a lot of flute parts in my songs. It isn't just because I used to play, but also because it is one of the better acoustic instrument samples I was able to find at the time.

Lift and Soar

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Time to Wake Up
Run time - (2:09)

Fun, "Bleak Future," tune where I played with FL's various vocal synths where you type in some words and they vocalize it. It's somewhere between the alarm going off in the morning transitioning into a social commentary.

The phrases are:
Time to Wake Up
The world is in chaos
See what you're missing
(My Mom's favorite, "drag me out of bed," phrase.)
If not now, then when?

Yeah, yeah... we're all doomed - whatever.

Be forewarned that I used to the "random arpeggiator" setting to a fault but hey, I had fun.

Time to Wake Up

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