Recording vocals is one of the important steps in making a song successful; you can produce a hit song just with a good beat. You have to all the elements of the song working together as a machine to pull off a hit.
If you are considering FL studio for recording vocals and using it as music production software there are some things you have to consider before you even invest money into this.
In this article, I will go through different functions that are prominent in FL studio and functions that are mediocre in FL studio so you can make a valid choice of whether to use FL studio or not.
If you are looking for a short answer to this question,
Yes, FL studio id good for vocals as it provides all the audio editing capabilities to record, mix and master a song. FL studio has all-around abilities in recording music.
FL studio versions without recording
If you have never invested in learning fl studio you won’t know that fl studio has three versions of software licenses that they provide for their users.
You can check my article on these versions here.
According to these versions, the fruity version which is the intro version of fl studio which comes at 99$ doesn’t allow you to record external audio into the software.which is a huge bummer when compared to Ableton for its intro license allows you to record multiple audio and midi tracks.
You have to invest in the producer edition of the fl studio to have access to the audio recording ability.
You can get an fl studio producer version here.
You will get all the basic functionalities with the Edison software plugin which is used in recording vocals in fl studio.
You can learn how to use Edison here
You get all the usual transport controls which include play, stop, pause, loop and scrub.
You can also move playlists, move selections and work with usual recording options in fl studio Edison.
If you are interested to learn how to use fl studio to record and process vocals you can sign up for a free skillshare premium here for 2 months.
Functionalities for recording
out of all the functionalities that are available in fl studio Edison these are some things that you should be able to navigate and understand when it comes to working with vocals in fl studio.
The 11 functionalities are,
- Recording OptionsMenu Buttons
- Sample Edit Functions
- Special Controls
- Peak Meter
- Sample Edit Window
- Main Menu
- Envelope Selector
- Feature Switches
- Zoom/Scroll Bar
- Time/Sample Display
when it comes to recording limits FL studio has a peak recording limit of 60 mins. The file sizes don’t matter at all.
loop recording is a feature that you should be using if you are into sample manipulation and other advanced sound design.
You have to consider the ram when you work with Edison as its completely dependent on it.
Edison is not designed for hours of recording at all, it’s designed for small songs.
44.1 kHz, 32-Bit samples consume RAM at the rate of approximately 20 Meg per minute (1.2 Gig per hour), and edit operations can easily consume 4x the original sample size while processing the sample.
You will have access to six types of audio files while recording they are,
- Wav compressed
- Ogg Vorbis
- Flac audio file
There are two types of formatting available as well,
16-Bit int – Sets the file to 16-Bit integer format. This is a CD audio standard.
32-Bit float – Sets the file to the 32-Bit floating-point format. This is the native format for FL Studio audio processing.
Edison comes with both mono and stereo channels.
Swching the topic to editing functionalities Edison comes with
- Undo (item) (Ctrl+Z) –
- Undo history –
- Undo using mix (envelope) –
- Cut (Ctrl+X) –
- Copy (Ctrl+C) –
- Paste insert (Ctrl+V) –
- Paste replace (Alt+V) –
- Paste mix (Shift+V) –
- Paste mix (envelope) (Shift+Ctrl+V) –
- Paste mix (spectral) (Ctrl+Alt+V) –
- Paste stretch (Shift+Ctrl+T)
- Paste replace (drum) (Shift+T) –
- Clear (Shift+Del) –
- Delete (Del) –
- Trim (Ctrl+Del) –
- Delete part after loop ( Alt+Del) –
- Insert silence (Ins)
- Click-free (smooth) editing
All these to get into the software and make a difference in the way that you produce music.
The snap and grid options are something that you should pay attention to as well,
- Snap to the grid (1) –
- Snap to regions (2) –
- Snap to samples (3) –
- Snap to zero-crossing (4) –
- Snap to pitch period (5) –
- Deselect (Up arrow) –
- Select before current selection –
- Select after current selection –
- Select zoomed part (Ctrl+A) -.
- Select the previous region (Left arrow) –
- Select next region (Right arrow) –
working with the waveform, pan, and stereo width should also be considered when it comes to using FL studio as your music production software for making songs and recording vocals.
No matter which software you use, it all comes down to using the software efficiently rather than complaining about which function it doesn’t have.
If you are interested in learning about FL studio you can check my other articles here.
If you are looking into studio desks here is another article as well. (I did a cool interview there).