FL Studio Tutorial Series: Lesson 1 – Introduction

Welcome to the first lesson in what will be a series of lessons on FL Studio.

FL Studio Tutorials

Today’s lesson is a brief introduction that demonstrates how to choose the most efficient sound device for your audio.

How to familiarize yourself with some of the menus and toolbars had open templates and pre-loaded content and also how to simply save your project to ensure that you’re using the most efficient sound device for your audio content.

We’ll start by going to options in audio settings in the pop-up window a drop-down menu will reveal all usable sound devices many of these may work but you’ll want to choose the device that’ll give you the least latency which I’ll explain in just a moment you’d most likely want to choose a device here that has an ACO driver if you installed a CEO for all when installing FL Studio you should see it listed here and if you don’t have a better choice choose it for now,

If you don’t have the CEO for all driver you may download it for free from their site coming back to latency is simply

the difference in the amount of time from when a sound is triggered

either by the software

or a MIDI controller to when it is actually heard a high amount of latency will cause a significant and awkward

delay the properties under the sound of I selection menu show the latency of the device measured in milliseconds

as seen here with ten milliseconds most sound devices will also have a panel for configuring the buffer rate which in turn adjusts the latency you want to strive for the lowest latency possible

but a setting that is too low will cause audio imperfections and glitches for this lesson I’m choosing my dedicated sound device for better performance once you’ve chosen the best sound device

you may find it helpful and in later lessons to open the menu structures and just see where things are located should you need them in the future.

You can also mouse over some of the switches and buttons on the toolbars and transports to see what they control if you look beneath

the menus you should see this area that shows you what a switch or button does any keyboard shortcuts available for that function and in some situation

a mouse graphic hinting that there is a right-click menu available

for that particular switch or button that will reveal more options exploring

these areas should help you get acclimated to the layout of FL Studio

to begin exploring some content you can go to the file menu and find lots of content that comes pre-loaded with FL Studio you’ll find a template section under new from template that offers templates loaded with certain samples

these can be basic offering only a few samples to work with like I have here totally empty or you can explore the genre section for templates loaded with samples from specific genres

to open some more choices you can go to file open and then you’ll be greeted with a pop-up window that allows you to explore the folders of content you will see some tutorials that offer more training using text pop-ups and pre-loaded content

there is also a folder for the same templates we saw earlier then there is a folder called cool stuff that contains some songs contributed by other artists

that you can open listen to manipulate or remix these options should give you something to begin exploring and working with should your creative juices flow well and you want to save you can save your project by going to file and then save or save as in saving this way you can later return to this project to continue working or explore other saving or exporting options that we’ll discuss later,

You can also use the save new version feature if you initially save the project reopened it added more content to it

and now want to save a new version so as to have a record of your progress saved a separate project files this option will append a number to the end of the original file name

so if your first version was named my song save new version create a file called my song too this concludes the introduction to FL Studio

following these tips should give you a basic footing in the program and prepare you for the lessons to follow.

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