Let’s find out what are the best FL Studio plugins for beginners. I will tell you exactly which plugins I recommend and why you can benefit from them when you’re new to FL Studio. So, pay close attention, read until the end, and let’s jump straight in.
Starting with FL Studio plugins
When I was in your shoes and just started making my own beats in FL Studio, I had absolutely no idea what the heck I was doing. I was already happy that I figured out how to add an instrument to the Channel Rack and how to produce a basic sound.
However, I realized that FL Studio came with dozens of plugins and they all seem to work differently somehow. This confused me and I had no idea where to start. Let alone, figure out what I must learn first to get the most bang for my buck.
Top 3 FL Studio plugins for beginners
That’s why, to spare you having to go through all this, let me share my top 3 FL Studio stock plugins you can immediately start with as a beginner. Each of these so-called VST plugins are easy to learn, but they also form an essential foundation if you want to become a great music producer.
To keep it simple, we will only talk about synthesizer plugins you can add to the Channel Rack. Though, I will not include complicated or overwhelming synthesizers on this list, such as Harmor, Harmless or Sytrus. They are absolutely awesome tools and definitely worth your time, but quite intimidating to start with.
The ultimate FL Studio shortcut for beginners
But if you want to learn more about start making music in FL Studio, get my book: the FL Studio Beginner’s Guide. Many people have successfully followed it and I highly recommend getting your copy as well. Just click the link so you can start straightaway.
Come back later to this post if needed, but now let’s find out what are the top 3 best FL Studio plugins for beginners. That is, according to my opinion.
FL Studio plugin #3: MiniSynth
MiniSynth, as the name suggests, is kind of a stripped-down version of a full-featured synthesizer. But surprisingly, it is still quite complete and very effective. That makes it an excellent plugin to start with as a beginner.
Furthermore, MiniSynth has an intuitive graphical layout with different tabs. Each tab allows you to control different parts, such as the oscillator, filter and LFO. However, it never gets too busy or overwhelming. Which again, makes it a perfect place to start.
Lastly, MiniSynth is a lightweight subtractive synthesizer. This is a form of synthesis that is arguably the easiest to learn. Moreover, subtractive synthesis basically forms the foundation of sound design which you simply must know as an ambitious music producer.
So, if you have to start somewhere, MiniSynth is one of the places to be. The layout is clear, the complexity is limited, and you automatically pick up on the essential basics of sound design. That’s a winner in my book.
FL Studio plugin #2: SimSynth
SimSynth is another lightweight FL Studio plugin that is very easy to master. In fact, it is probably the simplest synthesizer on this list as it only has a few vital functions. So, if we talk about the essential foundation of sound design, this may well be your winner.
Nonetheless, don’t underestimate its power. Regardless of its limitations, SimSynth still provides the core settings and does it very well. You have 3 dynamic oscillators to your proposal, a filter, envelopes and an LFO. This is all you really need to get started.
On top of that, there’s an incredibly simple layout, which makes it almost impossible to get lost. When you have less to work with, it’s harder to make mistakes, and much easier to master and get good results. So, less is definitely more when it comes to SimSynth.
Simplicity is key
One thing SimSynth doesn’t provide are special effects, such as reverb, delay, chorus or flanger. Though, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I would argue it is actually beneficial, because it makes matters much less complicated. Moreover, there is always the Mixer in FL Studio. The Mixer is where you can add effects to any instrument you want. Thus, there is absolutely no necessity to have it included on your synthesizer.
So, all in all, SimSynth is a classic minimalistic synthesizer, which you can quickly understand without any prior experience. It produces an authentic powerful sound that you can achieve rapidly once you get started. This should sound as music to the ears of any beginner.
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Now, without further ado, let’s see which FL Studio stock plugin takes the number one spot.
FL Studio plugin #1: 3x Osc
The 3x Osc is, as far as I’m concerned, one of the best FL Studio plugins for beginners. Granted, it may be slightly less minimalistic than the other two, but easily makes up for that by giving you more flexibility. By having more flexibility there are simply more ways to create a wider variety of sounds. But in this case, without any real drawbacks as it still provides an easy interface.
Just like SimSynth, the 3x Osc has 3 unique oscillators, but the real difference is made when you look closely to the other tabs. For example, on the envelope tab you can create different types of sound movements and use unique filtering options. On the miscellaneous tab you even have an arpeggiator at your disposal, and a fat unison mode. This makes the 3x Osc a dangerous secret weapon that most people don’t know about.
While it can unleash true power, the 3x Osc still has a simple design, no overcomplications and just like the others on this list, uses the subtractive form of synthesis. Therefore, by starting with it, you will naturally gain the fundamental skills you need if you want to become a successful music producer.
Last but not least, the 3x Osc loads very quickly, barely demands any resources and is easy to navigate. That makes the 3x Osc so convenient that, if you watch most of my videos, you will see it still making an appearance in almost every occasion. And that is coming from an EDM producer with more than 15 years of experience. It is just such a simple tool, yet more than powerful enough to get the job done. Therefore, an outstanding starting point for any beginner.
So, MiniSynth, SimSynth and 3x Osc are all superior plugins for FL Studio beginners. Not necessarily because they are better, but simply because they are easier to learn and master. You will get good results much more quickly and prevent yourself from being overwhelmed or paralyzed by complexity. Something you definitely want to avoid as a novice.
As a bonus, all the knowledge and experience you gain from this, you will bring with you for the rest of your life. And this can come in handy when you decide to push it to the next level and explore more advanced synthesizers.
Take the shortcut
So, now that you know where to start, it will also help a great deal if you already know how your synthesizer works. This will spare you a huge amount of time, as you don’t need to figure out every knob and button by yourself.
That’s why, if you want to make your own sounds quickly, start now with the Sound Design for Beginners guide. This is another unique guide I’ve written that explains in full detail how each setting on your synthesizer works.
So, I highly recommend starting here, as well as the FL Studio Beginner’s guide that I mentioned earlier. Check them out!