In this lesson you will learn how to use the Playlist in FL Studio. This Playlist tutorial is part 3 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 previous FL Studio Channel Rack and FL Studio Piano Roll lessons and the next FL Studio Mixer lesson.
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 3rd FL Studio window you will be using: The Playlist. This is part 3 of 4.
FL Studio Playlist
The Playlist can be accessed by clicking the “Playlist” icon.
- The Playlist is the place where you can really build your track from start to finish.
- Here you can use all your Patterns as Lego bricks to create your song. Simply select the Pattern number you want and click in the Playlist. A box of the corresponding Pattern will show up.
- The Playlist consists of many Tracks. These Tracks serve as drop spots to arrange all these “Lego bricks”, putting them in the right order and at the right time.
- You can also use the Playlist for automation clips and audio clips. Audio clips are just samples directly loaded on the Playlist. And automation clips are the movements of knobs to create effects. However, this is slightly more advanced stuff, but still important to know about.
There are many options on the Playlist, but for beginners this is more than enough to work with.
Tip: At the top of the Playlist window you can see some icons. These icons can be used as tools within the Playlist to “draw” your building blocks a certain way. Each icon has a different function. Give them a try…
In the next lesson we’re going to find out the basics of how to use the Mixer in FL Studio. So, make sure to check these 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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