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What is FL Studio?

FL Studio is a digital audio workstation (DAW) developed by the Belgian company Image-Line. It is currently available for Microsoft Windows and macOS. FL Studio has been in development since 1994, originally under the name “Fruity Loops”. It was first released in 1997 as a Windows-only application. The software was updated to include a macOS…

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What is Ableton?

Ableton is a digital audio workstation that allows for manipulation of prerecorded sounds, synthesis of new electronic music, and playing the keyboard in sync with your sounds. Ableton has been out since 2001 when it was released by its founder, Gerhardt Looijen (Nathan Herring). It was originally designed for studio work but has expanded to…

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What is a Digital Audio Workstation?

A digital audio workstation, or DAW for short, is a device that allows you to create music or podcasts using computer software. A typical DAW will allow you to record different tracks of audio at the same time and store the recorded data in a “sequencer” which can then be edited and mixed by manipulating…

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Can Music Production Be Self-taught?

Teaching yourself anything can be daunting, and music production is no exception. There are so many questions you need to answer. Where do you start? What tools do you need? What DAW should you get? People give up on music production before reaching their full potential because of how overwhelming it is, and I do…

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Where do Music Producers Get Sounds?

Music producers get sounds from a variety of places, depending on their production style. There are two forms of sound a producer will use. They’ll either use pre-recorded sounds called samples, or they’ll use real and/or digital instruments, which can be played live. Samples For sample-based producers, Splice, Youtube, and various music forums (ex: reddit.com/r/drumkits)…

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Mixing on Headphones: Is it Bad?

“Never mix with headphones.”  This advice seems to pop up from time to time in the production world, and I’m not a big fan of it.  It prevents people from actually getting started with music production because they think it would be impossible to have a good song if they don’t have speakers to mix…