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Start Making Music Today with FL Studio 12!

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9 Lessons (1h 3m)
    • 1. Enroll in Start Making Music with FL Studio 12 Today

    • 2. What is the most you can hope to get out of this class?

    • 3. Making Music with FL Studio 12 and Why I Choose the Signature Edition with All Plugins

    • 4. FL Studio first impressions day 1 most important things first

    • 5. FL Studio first impressions day 1 adding sounds

    • 6. Rendering a new wav and mp3 file from the drum loop

    • 7. Using a MIDI to make playing music easier

    • 8. Playing, recording, and rendering from a playlist into wav or mp3

    • 9. Thank you for finishing this class! Would you help me make it better?


About This Class

Enroll in this class to unlock your inner musician with me today using FL Studio 12 on Windows!  If I can make music, anyone can use this amazing digital audio workstation to make beats and record songs using a nearly infinite set of tools all with simple functionalities for making a finished mp3 or wav file!  Would you join me in my journey of becoming an artist and a musician today from the very beginning here in FL Studio 12!


1. Enroll in Start Making Music with FL Studio 12 Today: welcome. Would you join me to learning how to make your own music with FL Studio? I think it's an amazing ability. I have now I can make my own music and it's only taken me a few hours toe. Learn how to do this. I have all the tools at my disposal to be an amazing position, and all it takes is continued love and time and energy using them. Would you join me in unlocking that ability for yourself today? Using FL Studio? This is a complete FL studio course. I'm building steadily over time. As I learned I'll put new things in the course, so I've just been using FL Studio for a few weeks. I've taken another FL studio class, and I'm continuing to learn from others about FL Studio. I think the amazing thing you'll love about this course is how I focus on just what you need to learn to get started. How I go at a pace that you can keep up with. I found it difficult to keep up with someone teaching NFL studio course who is a music producer who knows everything in and out of flies around in it so I think if your brand new if you're considering buying and if you're just learning about it, I think you might love my teaching style and the pace I go through this course with showing you quickly how to learn how to use it, which options to buy and how to get started. Making your own beats very quickly. Thank you very much for getting started. Would you please and role in the course and join me on this journey one day at a time as I continue to learn FL Studio and add more to this class for you. 2. What is the most you can hope to get out of this class?: thank you very much for actually enrolling and continuing deeper into the class. Would you help me make this a better class for you by participating in the discussions? Tell me what you want me to add. Tell me what you want me to learn. Because I'm just consistently adding in making this course over time as I learned how to use FL studio myself. So I'm starting of when I first did the videos in this class, I knew nothing. I'd never even used it before. And I stay just one step ahead of where you might be and walk you through each step at a time into just figuring out what you need to figure out to make a basic beat. As I continue to add more to this class, this will be a better class of you. Give me your feedback and say, Look, Jerry, would you make a video about this? Would you make a video about that? I like to that video. Would you make another one similar to it? Would you share some of your music? I will put some of the music I made the first recording I make. I will put that in this class, the very first song I make with a couple of beats together. I'll put that in this class so you can see how I don't make things that are perfect getting started. Any great musician the first time they played it wasn't beautiful, wasn't amazing. It was probably ugly by themselves somewhere no one heard it. If you want to have the chance to be a great musician, or even one that just makes music you love listening to, it starts with making that first beat that first drum loop, that first song. So I hope this gives you a inspirational motivational walk through of going through and doing the process toe actually get started. Most people in the world have never produced a song. Most people in the world have no MP three files of their own songs. So just out of that, what we're doing getting started, make a little MP three or wave file with a little song. It doesn't have to be good. I'll show you. I'll give you a bit of mine right now to show you that I'm leading by example. So I just ah, few days in the learning this I made my first song, so let let's hear quick e E. My wife, my wife listed in and she's like, I can't dance to it. It has no rhythm and that's okay. It's the first thing I've ever made. I'm dancing to it. So you see the excitement. This is the first song I've ever made. It's only a minute lung, and sure it may have no rhythm and may not make sense. It may put a kick drum in a clap and a synthesizer together in a way that doesn't make sense. That's fine. If you get anything out of this course, it's courage to go through the resistance. One of the things I just read in the War of Art that I loved is that Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany's leader, that the World War two the fewer you know what he did when he was young. Before all the war and everything. He saved all his money up and tried to go to art school and Stephen Press Field. In his book The War of Art. He says it must have been easier for Hitler to go fighting start World War Two than the sit there and look at that blank canvas and to try and put something on that blank canvas so this could be an intimidating process. I'm a complete musical idiot. You could say I know nothing about music I've never tried to make. I've are leaving, banged on an instrument or played anything in my whole life. So if I can do this, you can do this too. I hope that's the main value of this course because I don't know whatever I'll be is a musician, I hope toe allow you to discover, to motivate you, to discover what you have as a magician today to help you discover that you can make beats you love listening to. And that's good enough you can make a beat, that you can go around all day and you can know I made this be. I'm listening to music. I love that I made. How cool is that? And maybe your friends will like it. And who knows? Thank you very much for getting started with this class. I'm grateful you're here. Would you help me make this a class and inspires people just like you? And just like me, inspires a world full of musicians to make more beautiful music for all of us. 3. Making Music with FL Studio 12 and Why I Choose the Signature Edition with All Plugins: starting today, I'm going through the exciting process of learning how to make music with FL Studio 12. I invite you to learn and join me on this journey if you're interested in making music or you're just looking to see what's possible today with the software that's available online when I'm going to show you in here is exactly the preparation I did prior to downloading and buying FL Studio, which I'm going to do right after this video. So I'm showing you the research here that I hope it's helpful for you that you can do this even faster than I did. This took me hours of time today and months to get the recommendation to use FL Studio to get to the point I'm at today. You might be able to do this a lot faster. Now I've got an entire page off things on. My resource is page on my business. I show you all the things I'm using in my business online, which has made me over $250,000 this year in the fifth year off doing my business online. I've made tons of mistakes and many of the biggest mistakes I've made in been choosing what things to use for my business. So I've got a list here with links to everything I'm going to show you that has all the things I'm using in my business. Researching and testing and trying all these things out takes a tremendous effort which you can quite simply avoid by using. My resource is list. So what? I'm I've got FL Studio listed on here as digital audio workstation. Now, just this alone took me ah, lot of struggling to figure out what I even needed. I realized that wanted to make music. But when you just Google make music, it's not as easy. I realized what I need is a digital audio workstation to make music. I got recommendations from viewers on YouTube, EMC Underground and several others recommended fl Studio 12 for Windows. So there's a link to FL Studio 12 and then prior to purchasing and learning about. Should I use FL Studio? What are their options? Are there? What do I need to know beforehand? I found these five articles here I read. So there's one. I'll show you each of these now and they're all linked in here on the resource is Page. So first with FL Studio, The first key thing was to decide which addition I want and I'm selecting the most expensive one. Of course I'm selecting the the one over here. The What is this called? It's it's called the FL Studio. With here, I'll show you over here in the shop, the FL studio and all plug ins bundle. So I'm getting this addition for 8 99 because you really need at least the 1 99 1 toe actually do full song creation and record your own music. Now, the cool thing is, FL Studio has a free demo, so you don't have to buy anything beforehand. You can download the free demo, make sure it works on your system and then go forward from there and try it out for free. I want to make a long term investment here. I'm not figuring this is something I'm going to use for a week or two and quit. Although if you look at my business history, that's certainly possible. I'm going for the 8 99 1 here, the FL studio on all plug ins bundle because this to me seems the best way to go for long term value. So the FL Studio, it gives you the signature edition. So the signature edition has the full song creation library and extra plug ins, and then the all plug ins one What I get is a massive discount on a bunch of these plug ins . So I'm paying full price for the signature studio bundle. So I think if you want to get started for cheaper, you grab the signature studio bundle. But im grab being a huge discount on all these plug ins here. Now, I don't even know which ones I need to use yet. And that way I have all of these available. Aiken. Try a love these out. I can teach some of these plug ins. I can play around with them. I'm essentially in kids terms. I'm setting up a really nice play area from the beginning. This way, that'll make it easier to just go in and explore without having to buy a bunch more plug ins one time, often at probably much higher price or not as good of a discount. So I'm making this initial investment here of $899 that way. I've really got the studio wide open and then I can use these plug ins to do some amazing things right from the beginning. And the nice thing. FL Studio comes with a lifetime upgrades. So if I'm making music for the next 10 years with this, I've got everything from the beginning. I don't need to keep spending more money on the software, So that's why I've chosen the all plug. In addition here, you get a massive discount on all of these. Plug in some of them, which are available for free then and then you get all these other plug ins. Any one of these plug ins might be really helpful by itself, so I'm excited to have all of them now. The next thing I did was research. Should I do a 64 bit install or a 32 bit install? I have a Windows 10 PC, and I searched under here. I searched for my version. I just went in and searched for Windows version and system information, and that showed me that I have a 64 bit PC. So it seems ideal to start off with the 64 bit version. If you've never done anything in the past, some of the plug ins air 32 bit on Lee, but you can use those in 64 bit. Also, they just have to be bridged and using a bridge takes extra CPU. So it seems better to install straight in the 64 bit version and to run in that version from the beginning. Now, the next thing I was interested, I went over and read this article. What computer should I get from music creation? This is a really good article on again. I've got all these linked on. My resource is Paige. This is a really good article FL Studio has out here. It shows you the CPI use. They recommend it shows you laptop versus desktop. It explains audio interface ram, hard drive, video card. It goes down here all off all these things, and I read through this entire page and then I went and checked my CPU on a bench mark. And this is a CPU. I've which is awesome because I bought this computer four years ago and I bought towards the top of the line, but not the very top of line processor. And FL Studio says that if I have a processor in the 7000 and 9000 range, then I've got a strong processor in my benchmark. Here is a strong processor, so that's great. Even with a four year old desktop, I've got enough processing power to use FL studio at the strong level, which is great. And then the last, the weirdest thing I thought in this whole process, apparently Microsoft has its own interface and they don't allow you to just put within their ah program you use. They don't allow you to kind of bypass their sound drivers, so to speak. So what you have to do is get a standalone version of this a s I o for all you get these a s i o for all drivers so that you can run your sound card at a lower late Mincy. So this I learned about this in the article on FL Studio. I read it. It says it suggests your audio interface A s i o. It suggests that you get a s i o drivers so that you can essentially bypassed the slow windows drivers that interface with your sound card and you can go straight between FL Studio and the sound card. So it says it's a significant performance advantage. So I downloaded the drivers for that. And now I believe I'm all set up to get started with FL Studio. So I'm excited to give this a try. It's a big leap of faith. I've never made music before. I have no idea what I'm doing. I just have the feeling I ought to go in and do this. And I'm lucky because I'm already making all these tutorial videos online. I have unique opportunity with this to show you doing it from the very beginning, which, if you're learning, most people in the world would need to start from this point. If you want to make music, you've probably never done anything with it before. You've played with a few instruments. To me, it looks like FL Studio is the way that you can make some professional quality music on your computer in anywhere in the world. So I'm excited to give this a try, and I'm planning to teach all of what I do on skill share. So I've got my skill share link here as I start using the program as I start learning more how to use it. I'm planning to teach that on skill share. And I'm planning to make that available on my live stream on YouTube and Facebook and twitches. Well, so thank you very much for continuing this journey with me. I'm excited to have the chance to keep learning and growing, and I hope this video is useful for you. If you're taking a look at FL Studio 12 year considering which addition to buy, you're wondering whether you can make music or not. I I don't know what I'm doing at all. I've done a little research. I'm excited to try it. So here we go. This is what I'm doing next. 4. FL Studio first impressions day 1 most important things first: Welcome toe, fl Studio 12. This is an amazing digital audio workstation that you can I can use to make amazing music. I'm going to show you right here as I've just got started with it today. Some of the very first things I've learned the beauty of teaching you This is I know almost nothing about FL Studio except what I needed to know when I first got started with it. So I invite you to join me as I continue to use FL studio on a daily basis. I know nothing about making music. And yet all I need to do is learn how to use this program to make things that I like. So there's some really cool things you can do with this program. So I'm going to show you some of the very basics right now. The very first thing I needed to learn how to do was to get my m d I m I de I interface to work in fl studio, and you have to save a project, or every time you'll load, you'll have to do this again. So make sure go in there and save a project. Save a version of this project so that you can start from where you were before, or anything you do from here will start fresh. So what I do, I go over the options here. One of the first key things I needed to find was over on options and go to I M D M I D I settings. And there's no input right now since it's not on. So I'm picking it up over here. This is I have the oxygen 25 is the M I. D. I or midi that I'm using. So what I do, I turn it on and then that will allow it to be found and discovered in here so you'll see the oxygen 25 in here. Now you have to hit the enable button. If you're controllers not doing anything, that's because it's not enabled. So that took me, like, 30 minutes to figure out. How do I get this thing? How do I turn it on? So I that's how you turn it on. You go into the options and you have to click enable Mine was not enabled by default, so I hope yours is. And if it's not, that's how you do it, how the next key things you're going to want to do in here is make sure as you are hearing audio, so you should be by default so you can look to some of these things. But I didn't find I needed to do it. Anything in here? The next thing I wanted to know was, How do I make some sound? What's the easiest way to just start making some sounds and another option? You can do what? The one of the very easiest ways. If you don't have a MIDI, you can just click this here, and this will turn your keyboard into a piano keyboard. I like the medieval toe, have some more options and to be able to move around. But if you don't have one, just hit this option, and it all turned that piano into a keyboard will go ahead and use that in a minute. Now what you can do hear them. Let's start off with a very simple little loop in here, and that will allow you to begin to make some actual sounds. So the next key steps are to start getting to know what these buttons dio So this brings up each track window. And to be honest, I don't even know what I need to do with that yet. What I know is that this little channel rack, though, is a lot of fun and easy to get started with. So you move, you move all these things around however you want, you can scale them out and make them bigger if you'd like to. And this is the very easiest way to start actually making some noise. So I'm going to put on my headset right now. I will show you the very basic ways you can start making some noise in here. So right now this shows you what's been selected in here. So if you just want to make some noise to make sure your system works, then all you do you can left click Ah, couple of these here and then watch you hit Play. When you've got this, this turns on and off the repeat. So then you hit play there. You look at that. You got the kick drum going now That's beautiful, isn't it? So then, if you turn the keyboard up here, you can make all kinds of sounds, So check this out. They're so I'm just banging some keys on my keyboard, Making all kinds of kick drowned sounds now and then what you can do? You can make a little beat really quick here. So what this little green tab does It shows you what instrument you have active basic land here. So that had the kick drum live But watch if I put the clap live and then I hit play So it's got the kick drum But then I'd manually bringing a clap off my keyboard And then I can just kind of bang on keys on my keyboard and then that keeps the kick drum going So I've got the clap here. Now if I want to have got the clap here now if I want to figure out how to make a clap in kind of succession, I can do one off now One of the tricky things that took me to learn You have to right Click over here to get this thing off. So you see you left click to turn it on right click to turn it off. And now this way I've got a couple of collapse in here with a kick drum. So let's listen to it this way. Yeah, that's a nice, isn't it? I like that there. Now I can throw in. I can get a couple of hat sounds in here too. So let's say to hat in the middle here and a couple here and I'll check this out. Oh, yeah, right. You could get moving to This is so easy. It's so easy. You just want to hear some sounds in here. And then I can put the snare drum and hit it right away off the keyboard. So I placed. Yeah, I'm making noise right here now and then. You kind of get an idea what you want to add or subtract, So I I see. Ok, maybe I'd like to add the snare drum. Maybe right here. I can kick a little temple up. Oh, yeah. Look at that. You like data? So then that is really helpful. You could just make a little B you can throw in on. Repeat. You can at least prove that it's working now. The other next thing you can do, you can turn the temple of the speed up so that the default for that was like the club level. So this turns it down a little slower. You can see that's going a little bit slower. So you can. I'm using the scroll button right here. So you can do this. An incredibly small increments right here. You can do this and really small increments, like with the 100 or of a second. Or then you can turn it way down like this. You can't really slow that thing down a little bit. Oh, yeah, that's good. That's a real good right there. So you've got this allows you to control how fast everything is going. And if you scroll over, you can then turn the beats up. You can get it going crazy fast like, Oh, man, that's like too fast. So now, before I go any farther, there's one thing that's really helpful to know before you go on and it's this little help window. So this was not obvious to me right away. So what you do of any time you scroll over anything you'll see in this little black box up here in this little blank window? That's your help icon. So anything you scroll over, it will tell you exactly what it is. So you scroll over these things up here, it will tell you exactly what they are. So for example, this says open plug in project picker over there. This says CPU load. It shows CPU load history. It shows how much memory I'm using, amount of voices process. And you can see as I hover over everything that it tells me what it is. So that's something really helpful and know right away when you get in, is that if you need help, like, for example, and see my master volume is right here, and I can see my pitches over here. I've got the song position there, so this little toolbar allows me to hover over and find wherever it is I'm at. So I appreciate you getting started with me here in this video. I hope this this is so exciting for me to get into. And then the next step is to show you how to add in some of your instruments and make some more noises outside of just the basic kick and slap and functions 5. FL Studio first impressions day 1 adding sounds: Here's how to start making a variety of really complex sounds. And from here you've got all the basic ingredient you need to make a beat. That sounds something like, You'll love her. Enjoy. So I've got my basic beat up here, and this can allow you just kind of make a background beat that you can then build on. So I kick this up here and then it's got a real nice little beat to it now. But what if I want to add something to that? What if I want to make it? If I want to make it a little longer, I can just scale it out more here. What if I want to add a little something to that? So what I've done? I've got the channel rack opens you and then what I've done also, I opened this kind of piano keyboard over here, so this allows me to pick different spots literally by clicking the mouse so you don't even have to be able to play anything. All you really need to be able to do is click buttons and put the sounds together. It's absolutely amazing. There's no musical instrument. I know how to play to do anything better than simply bang on the keyboard in this program so powerful that all I need to build news, click the mouse and paint things in at the right time. So, you see, I'm clicking on all the different snare positions up here. I don't know anything about music. I don't know anything about notes. I'm completely ignorant. And yet all I need to be able to do is make some sounds I like, And you might be able to like them too. So you can You can go and click these individually when you use the view piano roll and then what you can do with the paintbrush. You can kind of draw in a sound right there, so you'll see I drew in a snare sound over here. So in addition to what I had on the channel rack, you'll see that other sound will play that I just added right there. And now the cool thing is, I'll turn the beat down a 1 40 cause that's way too fast. So then what I can do? I can I can hear what it sounds like if I'm like, OK, this is I want to hire Aiken. Drag it up here so we can get something like this. Put it up here, and that goes in place up there. So now you might not even Bill here right there. I'm added over here. And then I can even put this longer. I could make it play like this again. There's there's all kinds of things I can do with that. So I can then go back over here and delete this. And then when I want to do, I can pick out different things in here. So then I can go down here. Let's say Okay, I want to add some, like piano keys or something. There's these. What? Which of these you have available will be based on your plug ins. Those There's amazing selection. So I got this morphine plug in. It's just wild. It's got so many different things you can add in it and see if I can figure out where to put this. So I just put this in the middle for right now and then. These are all the different things. I mean, there's just crazy amounts of things. So I got a grand piano. I can bang on right here. And I'm hitting keys on my m D I But you can bring each of these up individually and literally click them with the mouse. So if I click over here, I click on my active one I want to use No, that's still on the snare drum. So then what I do to select that I go over here and click on the morphine one, and then I put that in it level, say five over here. And now we We don't need to get into fooling around with any of this stuff yet. That's a little, well, too complicated. So just stick with the very basics here. So I got us morphine. So now I can click and make whatever sound I want by clicking, or I can paint the sound or draw it in. So I say, if I want to throw one of those keys down through a couple of those keys down now, check that out. Oh, yeah, I hear that. Hear that? And it makes it longer has got that in there so that I can just find one to delete this. I go back over here, I click on this and it will delete it. Now it does. This little loop. It does a little loop for you as long as you've got time. So you see, I've got one second in here. If I spread it out toe longer than one second over on the right side, it opens up a whole new set of beats. So this absolutely amazing You don't know anything about music and you can make music with So you hear that I will be gone. Oh, yeah. Look, I gotta take a snap. Five different sounds in already. And if you think OK, that doesn't sound right. Maybe we'll take it now low stop it down low like that. There we go. Eso it's There's an amazing amount of options you can customize this with. You could just keep adding more things in as you want, and then what you can do also, I can play the sounds on my empty I am I d I my midi eso I complain the sounds over here to kind of experiment and see where they're at. So I'm just banging on the keys and try different sounds like Okay, this one's here. And then if I decide. Oh, I like this sound that I'll paint that sound in, and now I've got that one. I can go over here and just get delete to get rid of this one. And now when I play it that So I got a new sound in there and then on the oxygen one I got here. It's just it's basically about as big as a keyboard, which is nice, because I have a stand desk here with a bunch of other things on it, so I don't have room for a full blown electronic keyboard, but it's nice. I just have this little octave button I hit and you'll hear. I'll just hit the different octave ups to go up. You'll hear it getting higher and higher and higher and higher as I hit it. And then you can see where it's add on the keyboards. You can see him at the top of the active here. I dropped down in the next couple. I dropped down lower. I'll just push this down several times. You can see him all the way down in the bottom of the keyboard right here. Now, this is an incredible amount of sound Because, look, this is just one little thing on one little plug in this one. Morphine thing by itself has so many different things. So you see, I just loaded this up here. That was just one thing on one piano. Look at all these over here. So what you do to test these out and see how they sound that you want to put the active up in the middle? Probably. But you can just bang on your you can bang on your keyboard. If you use this option up here, you don't even need a midi. Or if you got a mini, you can just kind of bang on that to see what things sound like. You can click through these things, See, like and I don't like that. I don't like that. Not what I'm looking for. Butter organ here. Whoa, That's pretty Spacey. You can just go on and grab in whatever you want. Grab in some strings, put a little jazzy, and you can There. So as so deep, It's just crazy way go. So now let's get some real wild sounds. And so I just close this out. I see. Like I like All right. So I see some sounds I like here. So now when you switch these things out eso I've got this one. If I wanted to keep the last one, I would have needed to add in another morphine one here so it switches automatically to what I've got. So I've got that last one in there exactly where I put it in there. So now I want to get a different note up for that. So I'm just click off the delete, drag this thing up to whatever I want there, and I'll check this out. Spacey maybe like that. Oh, yeah, I'm fun. Now, look, that's a sicking. Just make a little beat that fast, and then you can just drag in some more now, probably have a good song. You don't want to get into crazy, but you can easily you can put in as many of these things you want, and then you can use these little green lights over here to turn things off. So let's say I don't wanna mess around the Hatter, the snood, Romany where I just got that right. Let's take the clap off. Put snare back in. Oh, yeah, Alright, Maybe not tryto happened. Just happen by itself and then try to clap in there. Oh, yeah, that's good, right? You got a nice little dance party going here in the stair and you got the full effect on. Then everything's do you take the kick drum out. Oh, man. Not so good, isn't it? You can try. There's just infinite amount of options now. I don't know anything about what I'm doing and yet I'm having fun list. So I'll show you one more kind of thinking Just add in. So the morphine was just one specific plug in in there. So there's all these things they have just an incredible amount of depth in there. So let let's go down. Let's go down and find a synthesizer we want to use. So I'm gonna try. I want to find a I had I have one. I'm ah and not Where is that one? Many sent Simson Which one of these? Maybe here. Let's try to many since one now these all have their own different little ways of of operating. So if you see one, you're like, you know, I don't even know what to do with that, then that's fine. You just change it up, or you can just go. You can go delete that. So, like, I just added that in there, I'm like, I don't know what that is. I don't even know what to do with it right now. So you just delete that you can just go in here and just pick out any of these other ones. So there's a drum synth drum pad, fruit kick. And here, let's try toe many sent. Unless just the one I did. Isn't it? Just go back over here. Cook. Okay, add something back in here. Sim synth and some of these I don't even know how to use these. How would I go over and pick exactly what I want to do on them, which is okay, So this is the first day I've used this program, so I'm I'm happy to build a make anything, make some noise at this point. So I go over and out fine about this. Ah, fl slayer one. Here, there's Oh, my God. I got electronic. Qatar right here. Praise. All right. So I can actually I can turn the volume down a little bit because that is over power. Actually, that fades it from one side to another. So I do is turn the volume down a little bit. I'm using the scroll button on this so that I've got a nice electric guitar fired up here. So I can then just ticket in right here, and I could do say, I could drop like, a couple of these in the middle. Now hit it, E. I mean, that's that's not great by any means, But you can see I've got it in there. I've adjusted the volume with, and then I can just play around it and get it just right so you can even drop, like, for in a row. So that sounds like and there's so much fun you can have with ease. So now, in order to get this over here, then I switch my FL Slayer Over here. I've got the whole I can play all these different notes on it now. So if I hit that so is too crazy for me to even handle. So you've got all this customization you can do on it. You can play these at all different levels. You can just stick. Is many of these things in a You want to play on it? It's just a disgusting combination of notes all over the place. Eso there's to me. I'm really excited my very first day using it, I'm making a course here to just show you how exciting and fun it is. I hope this is useful for you. Now, before you go, If you want the load, any of thes things back, you gotta save this because if I just close out right now, I don't save any of my changes. And I go back in here and open up fl studio. Now you notice every single little thing I just did was lost. So if you had a nice beat set up that you really liked before that's gone, if you found just the right synthesizer with just the right sound you like that's gone. So you got to make sure saved these things as a project, and you go into your save as and make sure you get something saved in here so that you can load that up next time. So thank you very much for watching this. I'm going to be teaching lots more of this. So I appreciate you being here, and I hope this video is helpful for you. 6. Rendering a new wav and mp3 file from the drum loop: nice work. You've got the basics down of how to make some sounds. Now, the very most fundamental thing we want to be able to do an FL studio is to export an MP three or away foul. If you are doing all this and learning all this, you want to be able to actually make sure that someone is able to listen to it, even if it's that's just you. You want to make sure you get an audio file out of this is the bottom line off what you're doing. You want to have a finished product, even if it's not perfect, it doesn't matter. Doesn't have to be great. You're gonna hear some of my sounds like Oh my God, that's terrible. I have a finished product of audio files within just a few days of getting started with this. I have songs and audio files done. Now the only way to make a great song is to keep working on making songs in general. So I hope showing you this Keith process will be helpful. So what we need first, I've started from scratch again. What we need is just a few notes played on something So let's just make a little cake drum loop here. So, what I've got I've got the piano roll out over here. So the piano is set on the kick drum over here, and I've selected the kick drum is what I'm using. So this is just a default, opening up everything. I've got the kick drum selected, and we're just gonna make the same c five note on here four times in a row. So we've got a straightforward nothing too special or anything. And then I'll move it back. So it's even. They're ago. We got we just have a real simple drum loop. Now what I want to be able to do is export this. So I've got windows open you don't need or anything. So all we're doing it over here is using this piano roll just like I showed before. We've got four notes Now, What we want to do is export this. So what I'm going to do? Is it control? Are I hit? Control are And then what I have is my music folder. So then it asked me what to save it as, and I'll do drum loop c five. We'll call it drum loops C five and now I hit Save. And now this will give me my in depth options so I can choose what exactly I want to save. So all I've got on here is a pattern. So I want to make sure I just use the pattern on this so it start and you hear that sound, and now it's done. So I'll go up to the top here. I'll go back over in my music file and you see, now I've got my I've got my little drum blue file. So it literally just takes whatever a little loop I put in here and it renders it out over here. So the beautiful thing is, any little loop you like, you can just get it into this little file like that and then you've got it out. So if you make a little loop with a couple of instruments that you like, you've got it done and you've got it saved into a file. You've got something to show for what you've done. So that's the essential part of this. So looking, I've got thes. I have these five files here. I've got something to show for what I've done and even no matter how good or bad it is, I at least have done something. The biggest differences between doing nothing and something. So I encourage you. Just make anything, get it rendered out there so that you know how to get an actual songer under this process took me days to learn and see the importance of. So now you might be able to do it a little faster. So thank you very much for watching this. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Amend my dogs barking and people paving the road outside my house. I hope you've enjoyed seeing how Teoh get this rendered out in FL Studio. 7. Using a MIDI to make playing music easier: thank you for continuing with me in this course. Now the next T step I'm going to show you involves what is called a midi or am I D I or whatever the abbreviation says on my website here. And it says Musical instrument, digital interface. So one of these now, while you can use your keyboard to do the same things, having a MIDI makes it much easier to do these things so you can see the exact midi I'm using right now on jury banfield dot com slash resource is just go down to musical instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, and you can click on this and it will take you straight over to the Amazon link here. I was recommended this by one of my Facebook group members and Thomas, who's schedules a one on one call with me every month on Patron to talk about his business , that he is a music producer he's working on, I think, a second Masters degree in the UK on this so he knows what equipment to use. He recommended this one. I didn't even know I needed one, because you can play NFL studio with the keyboard, so this is I'm starting off here because you need this prior to being able to do the next step. So what, You can dio NFL studio. If you click up here, I'll take the resource off. You click up on the top in this keyboard thing, See? Then I can bang around on the keys over here. But the problem is, using the keyboard to do this is is very unnatural. At least 2 may. So the keys. So if you notice here, if I go from like em M and J R right next to each other and then use up here like where the keys are doesn't make sense on the keyboard, so you can use your keyboard. But another problem is the velocity on the keyboard comes in at 100 all the time, so the velocity is full speed on the keyboard. So what? I'm going to show you what to do next is record some little custom segments because sometimes I'm finding just trying to set things up and pencil them in here. It's hard for me to get down exactly the sound I make. But if I've got a sound in my head, I can just literally play it out on the keyboard. So what you need to do that it's ideal toe have a MIDI to allow you to essentially just play the notes on the keyboard when you play the notes on the keyboard. Then if you've got a certain sound in your head, it's much easier to just get that out on the keyboard. The keys are arranged in order. So on the MIDI they go kind of straight up and down, whereas the keys on the keyboard while they technically are next to each other. I mean, you have to go back and forth. It doesn't make sense very well on the keyboard, so you use the MIDI. Then, if you've got a certain beat in your head, I think it's a lot easier to translate that. And also the MIDI allows you to hit different velocity. So I'll give you an example now of the difference between using the Midi and I'll add in a synthesizer real quick. I'll do this Morphine plug in one. I found one I liked yesterday, And which one was that? Whoa. That's pretty loud trying out the blow your ears here so you get one of these out. These air pretty wild. So I have a lot of fun just playing around with ease and trying so many of these outs. Here we go. So let's turn that down a little bit for you. Turn that down. Hair is turning up a little bit. Turn it up a little bit more. Here we go. So I'm using the scroll button on the mouse over here to turn this up and down. So here washed the difference between and like, I know nothing about music. But this isn't obvious apparent difference. So if you the keyboard you say that comes in at 100 velocity, so I'm hitting the same notes. It always comes in at the same velocity and the keyboard those so I can tap the note gently on the mini, or I can bang it really hard on the Midi. But I only get one. I only get one sound on the keyboards on the exact same notes on the mini. If I nail it on, the media makes a completely different sound. I can't nail it on the keyboard, so it makes that sound to find male. It's it makes a completely different sounds s o then if you want to put an actual like if you got this idea in your head or if you just want to play a little bit Ugo, if you just get a little idea in your head is very easy to bang on the median, make it. And on the keyboard it's just really difficult on the keyboard like that, literally, literally. Just like what? Mash on this ring. I just bought a mash on it and make a sound. So if you want to be able to actually play some music instead of just essentially using the features in FL Studio to do it for you See, I could go tick over on this So I go click over on here so you can make some beautiful sounds this way Apple in Oh, yeah. So I think it's really nice toe. Have a MIDI and combine that midi then with the ability to kind of make sounds like this. So in order to get a MIDI, you're going to need to buy one. So this is a good getting started midi I recommend. Now, as I play more music, I may update to this 61 key Mitty because right now with this 25 key Mitty, I'm pretty limited I'm kind of stuck in one little subsection of the active whereas you see , with the 61 key Midi I'm selling myself really well on this With the 61 key Mitty I have more than twice as many options that I can hit in one key So on the midi I'm on now My range is a little more limited You can see I purchased this about a month ago So my range is a little limited on this I have to select on my active here I have to select up and down on my active So if I want to play different actives on the midi then you see it helped have a bigger ones. So if I click down, you can hear the sound different click down again and I'll keep clicking up. So I would think I would think it be best to be ableto have more flexibility and the range of notes that you can play on the midi. So if you've got space for it See, I've got I have two keyboards right here. I have five months. I've I Mac to I have a Mac pro and then I have a Windows machine and I've got five monitors . I got one in here and I got three right next to this one that I got the Mac. So desk space is kind of a premium for me. That 25 committee fits decently. It's a little crowded, even on the desk I've got. So at this point, I don't want to go put this huge 61 key media on the desk and take the whole desk up. But if you've got the space for it, I definitely say go for that 61 key Mideast. So you can really just play your heart out on this. Now, you don't need a MIDI to start out. If the money's an issue, just practice playing around FL Studio until you get sick of using the keyboard until you get sick of banging on the keyboard. Nearly co can save up to shell the money out for the mini. So this is exact one I'm using, which is why I recommended it. So if you want to get a MIDI, then you're going to probably need a mini to do the next things off. What I'm showing you, You don't have to. You can do these things on the keyboard. So thanks for going through this with me. I hope this is a fun courses, playful that makes learning all these things fun and exciting. So you can see how much fun I'm having and funds contagious. So thank you for watching this. I hope this is it fun helpful for you. 8. Playing, recording, and rendering from a playlist into wav or mp3: once you've got your MIDI or you could do this with their keyboard, The next critical step is to be able to record just freestyling playing some notes. Because what if you get some great ideas in your head and you can just hear the music, but you can't figure out Alright, do I click right here? Do I move it up here? Down here. It could be kind of hard to match. What? I've got my head to pulling these pulling these notes over here like this. I'm checking the volume here. So what works for me is to just bang on that medium to kind of get out what I've got. And then I can at least learn from the midi kind of where my notes are and what kind of thing I've got going. And then I could try and make that into Iraq. I've got lots of options, so I'm going to do The first thing I want to do is just make a new pattern. So we're gonna call this mini trial or sure, whatever we call it many trial doesn't matter. So you see, I've cleared the piano rolls. So now if I scroll down. I've still got my original pattern and one, but I scroll up here with the mouse, and I've got my mini trial to on here. So I've got a blank slate to start with again. Now, what I want to do is just record in one of these at once. So I've got the mixer master open right here. So this is what's called the mixture, master. So this little button here is the piano roll over here. And then that's the plug in. I've got the channel rack up here, and and then what I've got This is the mixer master. So these are the basic windows over there, and then the playlist is down here on the bottom. So I'm actually not going to need the piano roll right now, because what I'm to do is use the playlist and the mixer master in here to do this. So what? I want to do the goal of this video. I want to put a custom played track into the playlist here and then be able to export the playlist as the point of what I'm doing on this. So what I want to do is record into a track on this playlist using my MIDI and just play it and then export that and the nice thing Once I've got that, I can use that to put songs together How I want I can make a little drum roll in this beat I can mix things up. I can make a song that way. So more than likely one part If you're gonna make a song, you're going to need to be able to do it custom or it'll help to be able to do it custom to just play it out what you're feeling instead of having to put everything in here. So if you want to be able to do that to me this is the second main way to get a recording done. So there's a few key steps to this. So first the mixer Master, what I'm doing right now, it's basically on the main track. It's on the master, so I don't want to record on the master. What I want to do is use the mixer master here. I want to record on the on a specific track. So we're gonna use this plug in again and I'm going to set this. I scrolled over here to set this at five. So I'm setting this on track five on the mixer Masters I'm recording into track five. It's then going It's then over here. I can process it if I want, and then it goes to the master. So what I need to do on track five over here, I need to hit track five for my line in that way. On my mini I've got my line in. So when I play something, it'll be recorded into this fifth track. So I've got it there, So I'm gonna turn this off, and then I'm gonna grab my MIDI. So we're gonna do this to gather here. I encourage you anything I'm doing. Just give it a try if you can, because that's how you learn. So I'm to take the keyboard over here and now I've got everything ready to go and I've practiced this for several times before. That doesn't mean it's gonna go right, but we'll see what happens. So now what I'm to do, I'm hit record. Now we'll get this scary pop up will come up. What? What do you want to do right now and I'm like, Well, I don't know. What do I need to do what I do? I use audio into the playlist as an audio clip. So I hit that and you'll see it gives me It starts recording. So now there we go. So I've recorded that. You can see I just banged around on the keys a bit. And now what I'm going to do, I want to go back and play that through. So let's hear that. Always in a Oh, it's beautiful, Isn't it A nice like mass to it. They're so I just made some sounds. I just literally banged on the keyboards on Now it said it will keep playing that back over . So I had stopped. So it gave me a little countdown, this three second countdown and give me a little countdown before I went live. So there's a warning that I'm no record, so then you could turn that off. You don't want the countdown. So I used my midi. I played this out here and then what I want to do, I want to be able to export this. Now. What you can do is put all these things together so If you make a little drum loop, you can essentially paint that in there. So let's do a little quick drum loop here. We're gonna just do real quick and simple, and we're gonna hit that to repeat, to get it to play. So we got a nice little simple drum loop in here. So now we can go actually paint that little drum loop in here on another track. So I put the recording in right there, So I can Then I can go put my loop into another track right here. So once I've got the I've got the other track in here. Then you see Now watch if I play it now. Right? So how cool is that? So now I can literally just paint the drum loop next to it. Now, watch this and there I can leave it blank for a minute, and I look at that. I go drop the drum loop in there. Now we got a drum loop to start. Drumbeat comes back in for a minute, goes back out. Look at that. We're making a song right here, right now. Look how easy this is. Isn't this crazy? And then I could just drop a drum loop in every other thing. If I want to and you get the idea from here, I can just I can make a full song using this little playlist set up on the drumbeat comes in every four seconds and then, I mean, I can move it around. I can have all kinds of fun with it. So I've got the essentials done of the These are the core functions of being able to make a song. You play recorded in there, and then you put your loops in there. You see, in order to do it, I had to go over to pattern clips, sources and hit my same drum pattern I'm using over here. So then, for my recording, I go back over here toe entitled Recording. Let's say if I did another recording, I could go put that recording back in and then delete that over there. So if you do multiple recordings, you can paint them all in the same playlist. Now, the key thing to be able to do you want to be able to render all this out together. So in order to do that, I'm hitting control a to select everything I've recorded. And then I hit. Control are. And now I do. First, I'll just call this first class recording song with drum loop and I'm trying. I'm starting to call it exactly which thing I used because this is helping me, then to remember exactly what it is. So I'll go back in here when I see exactly which one I used. Then I can go use it again. So I bring up the morphine. I see I've got the l e d acid since down here. So what I'm going to do is I mean it. Control are now I'm gonna pace that in first class recording song with drum loop and morphine led acid synth. And you see So that way, if I come back later and I'm like, Man, that's a really six sound I know where to go back in. I know. I need to go back in. I need to use a kick drum loop, and I've got a morphine led acid sent. Now you can save each individual project as well so that you can go back in and literally start from where you picked up or if you're going to make a lot of recordings. You can just save it like this. So I hit. Save now. Now you notice before when we rendered before we use this pattern on here, we used a pattern because that's that allowed us to just take our drumbeat and put it in there. But now what we want to do is use song selection. We want the actual song we recorded to be used. So then what I do is hit. Start. I've got that done. Now check this out. Up play. Got the drumbeat coming in. And I have a song file ready to go. I've got a drumbeat in there. Look, can you believe with no musical capabilities, I'm able to just make this so quickly? So I'm doing this. I hope you see, this is super easy stuff to put these things together. So you see how easy that I was just sat there, rendered it out, and now I've taken I've done this over a series of a couple weeks since I made the very first videos I've played around. I've washed another course, and I've learned a little bit every day, so I'm really excited to share this with you. I hope you see the possibilities. You can build these things out as deep as you want. You have 15. 20 all these different elements in here to make a great song. So thank you very much for watching this. And then I hope you're enjoying the class. 9. Thank you for finishing this class! Would you help me make it better?: Thank you very much for getting all the way to the currently. What is the end of this class? Would you please tell me what else you would like me to show you? As you can see, the way I've shown you how to export things, I believe in getting minimum viable products out there. I've got some minimum viable beats. I've got some minimum viable songs in little loops. I've got him done. So I've got finished things out there. They're not gonna, like, change the world or anything, but they're the first step into making things that might I do the same thing with the classes. So I've got in this one class what I hope for you, the essential elements to get started here. And I'm willing to teach you and keep learning. So where I'm originally adding this on January 17th 2017 you may have watched. By the time you see this, you may have watched a lot farther into the class than I originally recorded. So what I'm going to do is add updates behind this. So this should be the very last video in the class. So would you help me to make more videos. Tell me what else you want to learn it. As I learned more cool things to do, I will keep putting them in a class on my own when you help me make this a better class. When you keep coming back and checking on this class when it's updated, I will add to discussions when I put some new videos in COC. So would you help me make this an amazing class? And one of the easiest ways you could do that is share what you've done. As a result, share how excited you were to make your first song run to your first little drumbeat like I just did this class. Would you share your excitement in the class project? Show a screenshot of what you've done and help motivate other students? You can help teach all the other students in this class and all of us together we have the chance then to make some amazing music that the world loves. So would you help out? And then, if you've enjoyed this class, would you please leave a review on this class to help other people see that this class is worth taking? I'm a student on skill share, too, and I go through other people's classes. If the class helps me, I leave a good review on it. And I if the class helps me even apply one or two things that I learned out of it, I try and take the time to write in and say exactly what I learned out of the class. Would you do that? Because it will help more people receive the same experience that you've got here. Thank you very much for watching this class, and I hope to see you again in it soon.