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1. What is FL Studio? 2. Setting up your studio. 3. FL Studio overview. 4. Plug-Ins. 5. Edison wave editor. 6. Morphine. 7. Poizone. 8. Slicex. 9. Sytrus. 10. Toxic Biohazard. 11. Maximus multiband compressor. 12. Recoding Audio. 13. Recording Notes (MIDI) and automation. 14. Live Mode. 15. Rewire.

About the Author

Steve Pease is a composer, producer and DJ who began making music as soon as he could lift a guitar. It wasn't until college that the excitement for music began morphing into the digital realm. As a resident DJ in downtown San Diego and standard-singing crooner, he began working with early versions of Cubase and Pro Tools while pursuing a higher education. Steve graduated from UCSD with a degree in communications and a final title of All-American after placing third in the nation at the NCAA Track and Field national championships for pole-vault. He moved up to Los Angeles where he began working in studios learning the recording process until being hired at M-Audio where he currently works today.
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Product Details

  • Series: Power!
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (October 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598639919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598639919
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are several approaches to writing a book like this. You can focus on beginners and write a high level overview. You can focus on "power" use and describe tips and techniques that are non-obvious and aren't covered in the user's manual (like the FL Studio Guru videos on youtube). Or you can be an all-encompassing reference guide, describing every feature in detail. Unfortunately, this book tries to do a little bit of each of these things, but it does a poor job of all of them. With its title, and a back cover claiming to "dive into every corner" of FL Studio, you would think the book would cover everything, but it has a lot of glaring omissions: for instance, in the chapter that goes over the menus and interfaces, there are dozens of menu items not even mentioned. Yes, that stuff is covered in the user's manual, but it should also be covered in detail in any book calling itself "The Comprehensive Guide". There are plenty of other omissions as well: No description of loop recording in Edison, or configuring multi-output virtual instruments, for example. Both of those are pretty essential, but somewhat non-intuitive, operations in FL Studio. The topics it does cover are often superficially treated (the section on the Riff Machine tool is pretty useless, for instance). These examples are just ones I can think of off the top of my head; there are plenty of others. The book fails as a beginner's book as well because it doesn't really give you the big picture on the FL Studio workflow before diving into the menus and windows. There are precious few power user tips and tricks, so it doesn't really provide much insight that isn't covered in the user's manual. Finally, its just poorly organized, relative to how you use the program.Read more ›
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I am an IT professional so I am used to reading very dry books. I also usually dont have a problem with grammatical mistakes or spelling issues.
This book is very hard to read. Instead of following a learning structure for the program, the book follows more of a "menu" approach and describes each menu item.
That makes it hard to read because as someone who is experienced with computers, I have the tendancy to skip over the sections that tell you how to "save as..."
After skipping around and still not getting anywhere with the program, I decided to bite the bullet and read everything from cover to cover.
Wow what a painful experience. The biggest problem I have is that the author has the tendancy to "run-on" about multiple topics in a single section so you can easily get lost and forget what you were reading about in the first place. I have also found him to state, "As was discussed earlier..." when the information was not discussed prior to the statement.
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Like many people who assume they know what they are doing... I jumped right into FL Studio without buying/picking up any books and with losing the original material which came with it (not unusual for me)... man I had no idea of what I could do until I picked this book up and read it. The official Bible for FL studio was a little out of my price range at the time so I picked up this book instead and have been running with it.

Until this book came into my life, one out of 25 intense studio sessions produced anything I'd want to associate my name with. After using this, one out of five sessions are producing awesome things for me. The other four (average) produce stuff which my friends who hear it say it's pretty good, but when they hear the one I'm proud of, they are amazed.
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Steve Pease's FL STUDIO POWER! THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE considers FL Studio 9's changes and offers musicians a fine survey of how to install, run and update it on your computer, use recording audio functions and menus, use MIDI and plug-ins, and more. It comes from a composer, guitarist and DJ who has been playing music most of his life and as a DJ became expert in different music software options. The result's a powerful pick for any musician computer user's library.
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