The first thing every FL Studio beginner needs to understand is the work flow. Basically there are five steps you must follow to create a piece of music.
1. Instruments – These are the wav samples, generators or VST’s that you load into the pattern sequencer (F6)
2. Sequencing – The notes that are programmed into the pattern sequencer (F6) or piano roll (F7) to trigger samples, generators or VST’s
3. Arrangment – Patterns from the pattern sequencer (F6) can then be arranged and looped in the playlist window (F5).
4. Mixing – The sound from each instrument can then be sent to mixer channels (F9) and effects can be applied. (Reverb, delay, compression ect.)
5. Exporting – The mix can then be exported to .wav or .mp3
If you have a play around by pressing the hotkeys and programming notes by trial and error you will soon start to become familiar with the FL Studio workflow.
Pattern Sequencer (Hotkey F6)