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Berklee College of Music

FL Studio Basics

Berklee College of Music via Coursera


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FL Studio is one of the most powerful digital audio workstations (DAW) on the market today. This music software has come a long way since entering the market as “FruityLoops” at the turn of the century: It now has functions that can take your music project from a scratch track to a mastered mix, and even allows you to create visuals to accompany your audio. This course is designed to take you through the basics of using FL Studio and show you what makes it unique from other DAWs out there. You will start by learning the primary windows and functions in FL Studio before practicing recording with audio and MIDI. Finally, we will broadly cover mixing and mastering a musical project. By the end of this course, you will be able to take your musical ideas from basic beginnings to a mastered final product.


  • Welcome to FL Studio Basics!
    • Welcome to the course! Here we will cover all the details about the course and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your experience.
  • Lesson 1: Sequencing in FL Studio
    • In lesson 1, we will start with an overview of the FL Studio interface, identifying the main windows and how to use them. We will then begin to use the four main windows in FL Studio to better understand their functions in music production. Finally, we will begin to create a new musical piece from scratch.
  • Lesson 2: Working with MIDI
    • In this second lesson, we will cover using MIDI in FL Studio. We will start by setting up a MIDI controller and learning how to record MIDI into FL Studio. We will then go over MIDI mapping and automation. Finally, we will learn about effects and using creative effects processing to make original sounds for our music.
  • Lesson 3: Working with Audio
    • In lesson 3, we will switch to working and recording with audio. We will start by setting up an audio interface in FL Studio before recording audio into the Playlist. We will then practice looping audio and comping as well as sampling and slicing the audio we record. Finally, we will learn how to create our own custom sounds using audio.
  • Lesson 4: Mixing and Mastering
    • In our final lesson, we will look at the mixing and mastering possibilities available in FL Studio. As I've mentioned, FL Studio has been used by many professional music producers, and you will see why when we begin to practice mixing and mastering in this lesson. We will start by covering some of the basics in mixing before moving on to mastering fundamentals. By the end of this lesson, you will be able to mix and then master one of your original creations.

Taught by

Rishabh Rajan


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