In this lesson you will learn how to use the Channel Rack in FL Studio. This Channel Rack tutorial is part 1 of 4 in a series of the FL Studio Guide for Beginners. Only the very basics will be covered to immediately kickstart your music-making journey.
FL Studio guide for beginners
Now, there’s also a whole FL Studio Guide for Beginners lesson available on Screech House where everything will be presented in one big lesson. However, I also decided to split up this FL Studio beginner’s guide into smaller pieces. This way you can quickly learn the FL Studio basics of each element individually without having to go through a big video or article.
Of course, I do recommend you check out the whole FL Studio Guide for Beginners lesson, because it’s more complete and gives a better overview. You can also just follow this 4-part series and make sure to check out the FL Studio Piano Roll lesson next.
The whole FL Studio beginner’s guide lesson gives a general visual overview. But it’s actually just a part of the more complete and detailed FL Studio Beginner’s Guide book I’ve written to shortcut your FL Studio learning curve tremendously. Just click the image below to claim your copy:
The 4 main FL Studio functions
FL Studio has 4 main functions. Know these and make any song you want.
- Channel Rack
- Piano Roll
So, let’s start with the 1st FL Studio window you will be using: The Channel Rack. This is part 1 of 4.
FL Studio Channel Rack
The Channel Rack can be accessed by clicking the “Channel Rack” icon.
- The Channel Rack serves as the “collector” of all your instruments, samples or anything that makes a sound.
- Here you can open, use & edit instruments and samples.
- This is the place to create sounds with instruments. Add an instrument by clicking the “+” button at the bottom of the Channel Rack.
- If you want to add a sample, also click the “+” button and select “Sampler”. The Sampler is your tool to open and control samples.
- The Channel Rack is the place to make rhythms. Just click on these series of rectangle buttons next to an instrument to “draw” a rhythm.
- Here you can also make melodies via the Piano Roll (see next chapter).
- You can change the volume and panning of each instrument with the little knobs to the left of each instrument.
- The Channel Rack works with Patterns (Pattern 1, Pattern 2, Pattern 3 and so on):
- Each Pattern is like a fresh sheet where you can draw new rhythms and melodies, resulting in short loops.
- The time loop of these Patterns is from left to right.
- You can add each Pattern to the Playlist to build your song like Lego More on the Playlist later on.
Bear in mind that music always follows some logical rules. That’s why FL Studio automatically loops the patterns at beat intervals of 4, 8, 12, 16, etc. when you press the “play” button.
For example, if you’d make a rhythm that’s 2 beats long (boom-boom), FL will play those 2 beats, but also an additional 2 beats silence after that. This way it can keep a logical loop of 4 beats.
In the next lesson we’re going to find out the basics of how to use the Piano Roll in FL Studio. So, make sure to check that one out as well.
FL Studio Beginner’s Guide
As mentioned, this lesson is just a small bit of the FL Studio Beginner’s Guide that will focus entirely on the essential fundamental basics of FL Studio. Using these essential basics will immediately give you the most important skills to create entire songs very effectively.
To achieve this, we’re only going to explore the main FL Studio functions that require the minimum amount of work but give the most results. This way you can cheat your way through FL Studio.
Start making music in FL Studio
This book serves as the smart kick-starter for your FL Studio experience. It thereby looks at the bigger picture of the FL Studio application. So, you won’t just be learning what to do or how to do it, you will also be learning what you’re doing in the first place and why you’re doing it. This way you will get a much better understanding than you would by just following some instructions. You will simply get an organized mental map for the rest of your life.
This brings a huge benefit, because by having this better understanding, you can now anticipate and create your own solutions, instead of endlessly spitting through “how to” tutorials.
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After reading this book you have all the basic essential skills to immediately make your own songs.
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