In this lesson, you will learn a quick and easy method how to record vocals in FL Studio with Edison.
The benefit of using Edison for recording are the options that come with it to edit a sample, like cutting, fading, normalizing, etc. Using the tools in Edison allows you to make your recorded vocal song-ready.
How to record vocals step 1: Input device
Before you can record vocals, you have to select the right input device by going to “Options” in the FL Studio menu and click “Audio settings”. Then, select an ASIO device in the dropdown box. This will allow you to use a microphone as an input signal.
Set a small to medium buffer length
Next, click on the “Show ASIO panel” button to set a buffer length. The buffer length determines the latency between your voice and the recording. For a voice recording, it’s usually best to select a relative low buffer length. Mind you, don’t set it too low to prevent cracks and stutters to occur.
How to record vocals step 2: Mixer
Once you’ve selected the correct device and settings, it’s time to open the Mixer by clicking “View” in the FL Studio menu and click “Mixer”. Then, select a free Mixer Track you want to use for the recording (e.g. Insert 1).
On that Mixer Track, click the dropdown box at the top and select a mono input signal (e.g. “In 1” or “In 2”). That is, if you only use one microphone. If you want to use two microphones for your recording, you may want to select the stereo option.
Once you’ve selected the input device on the Mixer, FL Studio will immediately activate the microphone. It’s now set and ready to record.
How to record vocals step 3: Edison recording
Now it’s time to open Edison and actually record your voice. Therefore, simply click on one of the empty slots in your selected Mixer Track and click on “Edison”. Edison will be the recording tool.
Recording is not exclusive to vocals
By the way, if you send any (other) instruments to this Mixer Track, Edison can record them as well. It’s not exclusive to recording vocals, but any sound source available in FL Studio.
Voice recording with Edison
After opening Edison, click on the “Record” button and start talking or singing. Once you’re finished, press the “Stop” button. If you need a retake, just delete the recording by selecting everything with Ctrl-A and pressing the delete button on your keyboard. Then, press the “Record” button again. Rinse and repeat.
How to record vocals step 4: Playlist
When you’re ready recording your vocal, you can use all the options in Edison to make edits, like cutting, fading, normalizing, etc. This way, you can make your voice song-ready.
After editing your vocal, click the “Send to playlist as audio clip” button in Edison. This will immediately send your new vocal to the Playlist. On the Playlist, you can build your song, including your new vocal.
Use your vocal in your song
Finally, open the Playlist by clicking the Playlist button in the FL Studio menu. There, you will find your voice recording as an audio clip. The audio clip is a sample than can be furtherly edited on the Playlist itself. The Playlist also contains many options to modify samples, which is a lesson for another time.
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