Today, you will discover my top 5 FL Studio plugins for making any type of EDM. Bear in mind that this list is based on personal taste and experience. But it’s definitely worth a shot if you want to get a piece of my results.
You can already get a piece of my results by downloading my free hardstyle sample pack (click the link).
FL Studio plugins for EDM
The list here consist of FL Studio plugins ONLY. However, if you want to find out my top 5 third-party plugins, check out the 5 Best VST’s for Making Hardstyle, Rawstyle or Hardcore post.
All right. Let’s start with number 5 in this list and count down to number 1.
5. Fruity Parametric EQ 2 – Mixer effect (equalizer)
Why? Every song needs an EQ to shape sounds and to mix sounds. The Fruity Parametric EQ 2 is thereby a good friend. It’s very easy to use, has a good visual feedback and actually has many shaping options.
There are also many third-party EQ plugins out there, but the FL Studio EQ is great and I use it very often. Simple, light and has everything you really need.
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4. Fruity Love Philter – Mixer effect (filter)
Why? I actually don’t have a good reason for it other than: I “Love” this “Philter”. The Fruity Love Philter comes with many different filters, but also many automation options. This allows for great filter movements to create sweeps, barks or unique sound changes.
It’s another light weight tool in FL Studio allowing the user to go wild with any filter effects. I use it a lot, especially when building hardstyle kicks to create a sweep effect.
3. Sytrus – Synthesizer
Why? I guess many of you have at least seen Sytrus once in your lifetime, so you probably know how versatile this plugin can be. You can basically create any sound you want with it. It also already has some internal effects, like a delay, reverb and chorus build into it.
It’s that synth that can do about anything once you know how it works. And that’s one drawback: it’s a little bit hard to learn using it as a beginner. But when you take the time to do that, the possibilities are endless. It’s incredibly versatile, flexible, but possibly a little bit heavier on the CPU.
I really like all the possibilities and power of it, but I don’t use Sytrus that often. That’s because I have another FL Studio synth in the number 1 spot which I like to use even more.
2. Fruity Waveshaper – Mixer effect (distortion)
Why? Simply because this ultra light-weight distortion plugin always “works”. It can distort sounds, limit signals, saturate or desaturate sounds, clip signals, heck, it can even get you a beer! The point is, FL Studio provided a very powerful tool, so there’s no need to buy any expensive third-party distortion plugins.
These days I never make a song or snippet without using this plugin somewhere. It’s easy to use, very light and very powerful. It’s also great for building distorted kicks as you can see in the video.
Honorable mentions: Fruity Reeverb 2 & Fruity Delay Bank – Mixer effects
Any type of EDM music needs a reverb and/or delay for the sounds. This gives a sense of space, wideness and fullness to a mix. If used correctly, the reverb and delay within FL Studio are more than competent to get the job done.
That’s why they’re honorable mentions. They’re easy to use, low on CPU and effective. I use both of them a lot, but sometime I also pick a third-party reverb effect.
1. 3x Osc – Synthesizer
Really? This is my number 1 pick? Yes. Yes, it is. But why?
The 3x Osc is as basic as it can get. It’s very easy to learn, it sounds great, but it’s also a very light-weight synth. It really has a good powerful sound to it and FL Studio loads this plugin instantly.
Of course, you need to know a thing or two about sound design, but when you do, this clean synth can be your number one friend. There’s just no complexity in using it. It’s straight forward and gets the job done.
I use it all the time and I can’t imagine FL Studio without it. The 3x Osc is very simple to use, very powerful, very easy on the CPU and yet still versatile and effective.
FL Studio plugins can save you money
These were my personal top 5 FL Studio plugins, but the bottom line is this:
You really DON’T need to spend a lot of money on third-party plugins or expensive hardware. Just learn how the FL Studio plugins work, because they are better than you might think.
In fact, most of the time I only use FL Studio stock plugins. As you become familiar with my work, I like to keep it simple yet very effective. Just give these FL Studio plugins a fair shot and they may surprise you.
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For this lesson, the following FL Studio plugins were used:
- Fruity Parametric EQ 2
- Fruity Love Philter
- Fruity Waveshaper
- Fruity Reeverb 2
- Fruity Delay Bank
- 3x Osc