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Welcome to FL Studio training! Tutoring lessons for people of all ages and music genres.  You can buy the how to FL Studio Cookbook, engage in face to face lessons with Shaun Friedman, or have a live tutor webcast from anywhere in the world (as long as you have an internet connection) via Go To Meeting.

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FL Studio training coaches you on how to create passionate and inspiring music no matter your age or music genre.  There are many different DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) available today, and instructor Shaun Friedman helps you gain a better understanding of this while showing you the tips, tricks, and production techniques which helped him sell hundreds of instrumental compositions to artists and films across the globe.  FL Studio is a full fledged music program that installs on your computer, and you are able to create a high quality song in one consolidated program.  You can create drum patterns from scratch including kicks, hi hats, snares, and percussion, add midi instruments, virtual instruments, synthesized sounds, sequence and arrange your song, mix your parts on separate mixer tracks with effects and EQ, record Vocals using Microphones and add external Audio Sources like Keyboards and Guitars.   You can also sample and Remix, time stretch, and add Acapellas to instrumental tracks.  When finished, you can export your project to an Mp3 or WAVE file, burn a C.D. to play it in your car, or add it to your iTunes or Digital music library.  In lamens terms, you are able to quickly come up with a High Quality Production using one single software computer program.  This can be anything  from Electronic music to Hip Hop to Rock to Singer-Songwriters and every genre under the sun.  Shaun is here help you navigate that and has a tremendous passion for creating and teaching. If you live in Cleveland and are a beginner on FL Studio or simply want to expand on your current skills, Shaun is happy to help.  He offers private, face to face tutor sessions at your residence, his residence,  a community center or library, or Worldwide via Go To Meeting streaming Screencast.  He can help you reach new production levels and provides expertise, experience, and encouragement.

The areas of Shaun’s specialty happen to be sequencing, adding drum patterns, bass lines and harmonies, mixing, EQ, effects, sampling, mastering your project, and the like.  He is the composer at unbelievablebeats.com and is signed to publishing agreements with FreePlayMusic in NYC, Prolific Arts in Dallas, and Smashtrax Music in California.  His website also includes free beats, remixes, mashups, sampled tracks, and music production tutorials.

Shaun is also well versed in copyrights, master recordings, intellectual property, music publishing, entertainment law, and the like.  If you are an artist, he can describe to you your exact rights in songs you create.

The most popular topics are identical to the FL Studio Cookbook:

  1. Configuring FL Studio and Computer Requirements, Setting up your factory soundcard or a new audio interface, and installing virtual instruments and effects.
  2. How to use the Browser
  3. Working with the step sequencer – and tips and tricks inside it
  4. Building your song and adding virtual instruments/multi-tracking
  5. Using the Playlist
  6. Using the mixer, adding effects, recording external audio (microphone, guitar, MPC, keyboard, etc)
  7. Sampling using Edison, and time stretching any sample or acapella to any tempo
  8. Exporting your Project, tracked out .wav files, mp3, etc.
  9. How to Humanize your song
  10. Recording Automation
  11. How to Rewire Reason into FL Studio
  12. Your rights as a composer, royalties, music publishing, and the law

Shaun’s Most Important Lessons in FL Studio

SEQUENCING:

Sequencing and arranging are part of the first steps when using FL Studio.  Shaun shows you tips and tricks on using the step sequencer.  This simply means you can program your project with whatever drum sounds you want!  For rock, this can be a live drum set and for hip hop it will have that urban, hard hitting vibe.  Shaun will show you how to bring out the best in your ideas.  This first step is also where you can give your song a more human feel.  There are many ways to make your song embody a human feel when shown the proper ways.

ADDING INSTRUMENTS:

After your drum track is recorded in FL Studio, it will be time to add the many instruments available and the many free Virtual Instruments Shaun will tell you about. This is the time to add sub bass, guitars, synth sounds, electronic sounds, ambient sounds, and the like.  This can be done with the step sequencer or Piano Roll.   There are no rules when it comes to music production.  You could very well add your instruments first and make your drum sequence last.  Although a separate category in its own right, you will be Mixing your song with EQ (equalization) and effects like Reverb and Delay during these phases as well.  You are building the foundation.

MIXING:

The step sequencer has its own mixer while you are building your track, but final mixing refers to separating each percussion, virtual instrument, vocal, guitar, and whatever else your track consists of.  In this way you can add compression and other effects to shape the sound you are after.  You can also use EQ (equalization) to boost or cut certain frequencies.  This is where you can make things sound punchier, upfront, and snappier, or have certain parts placed in the background of the mix.  It’s also where you use the basic but very important functions of Volume, Panning, Reverb, and Delay.  More advanced effects like flangers and phasers are also used.

ADDING VOCALS AND EXTERNAL AUDIO:

FL Studio makes it easy to add vocals, guitars, record players and turntables, and any other type of external audio.  You can record on mixer tracks, and then mix in your new sound with the rest of the instruments.  You can easily overdub your vocal (adding a new vocal on top of the previous one) , and add many other ad libs and harmonies.  If you are using a turntable or vinyl record, you can sample audio before hand, and then build a whole new remix around your sample.  You can also “chop” up your sample and make new pieces and parts from it.  Again, with music production there are no clear cut rules.  FL Studio makes these methods available at your fingertips when inspiration strikes.

AUTOMATION: 

This simply means you can program certain commands which FL Studio will remember when your final song plays back over your computer, car, stereo, or Mp3 Player.  Many times in electronic music you can hear the LOW and HIGH frequencies have automation.  This type of automation brings tension and build up to tracks.  You can also automate the volume of a vocal, or the panning of a snare drum.  There are many effects to choose from and many parameters within each of those effects while mixing.  Automation allows you to enter a specific command on effect parameters which will always play back on your song.  Automation allows you to add suspense and effects to your song.

MASTERING:

There are many different definitions of mastering because the practice has changed throughout the years due to our culture and how society actually buys music.  When we bought vinyl records and more C.D.s, mastering was making sure that the volume and equalization was uniform from song to song.  Albums played like a whole story, and part of the mastering process made sure they flowed like a story and that each song complimented the next.  Of course, there was still use of compression and limiting to bring up the level of your final master track.  Today, mastering is more about making your master volume as loud as possible because of the “loud wars.”  We are mostly streaming music on the internet and listening to YouTube.  The average listener dictates that “louder is better,” so music production has followed that rule.  Again, there are no rules in music production.  Sometimes, based your your goals and competition, you will have to have your final master sound very loud like in rap and hip hop genres.  The loud wars also exist in Pop Music.  Other times, you may not believe in sacrificing the “dynamic range” of your song and the instruments inside of it.  This means that you will want to add a small amount to zero compression, so you are able to hear the nuances and volume variations of all the instruments in your composition.  Whatever your goal is, Shaun can show you the way in FL Studio.

EXPORTING YOUR SONG:

After your song is created, mixed, and mastered, you will want to burn it to a C.D. or add it to your Mp3 library.  FL Studio makes this very easy to do.  You can add the exported file to any C.D. burning program.  You can also export your song as a High Quality 16 or 24 Bit WAVE file for your C.D. or digital library.  Mp3 files are usually uploaded to the internet because they are compressed files that stream and load faster.

INTERFACES:

Shaun can help guide you through your factory soundcard, pci cards, usb, and firewire interfaces.  These are for recording external audio like a mixer.

As you can see, FL Studio is an all in one program designed to work with any music genre.  While you will most likely use all of these functions, the order you use them and how you use them are completely unique to you.  That’s what makes music such a great art of expression.  FL Studio allows you to open up your creativity.  Besides the technical knowledge, one of Shaun’s great strengths is creating music with passion.

Quick Blurb: Shaun Friedman is the original music composer at UnbelievableBeats.com.  He has sold his original beats and instrumentals directly to artists and companies around the world and is also signed to publishing agreements with Free Play Music in NYC, Prolific Arts in Dallas, and Smashtrax Music in California.  He excels at original music, remixes, tutorials, and thinking outside the box.  He is also an signed author and he is writing a book called “FL Studio Cookbook,” which are recipes and techniques for FL Studio being published by Packt Publishing, along with his insights on each topic.  He became certified in Pro Tools audio engineering software as an operator in music and post production.  The class was a 3 month training session in Dallas, where Shaun learned the program Reason, learned how to mix and EQ professionally, recorded live bands, and learned from instructor James Creer, who is an audio and midi expert who started as an intern in Bobby Brown’s studio in the 1980s.  In order to become a Sales Engineer at Sweetwater Sound, Shaun attended Sweetwater University. There he learned about microphones, speakers, live sound systems, DAWs, the newest keyboards, pianos, guitars, drum machines, DJ gear, computer software, Apple accessories for all multimedia devices, audio interfaces, and as much audio knowledge as you could possibly handle.

The FL Studio Cookbook

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Specific steps with screenshots on producing with FL Studio

Global Heat Wave

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20,000 free WAVE samples for music production

Unbelievable Beats

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Original music, remixes, and lyrical covers

Latest YouTube Activity

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Remixes and tutorials
Let it Be (remix with vocals) // Paul McCartney, Shaun Friedman
  1. Let it Be (remix with vocals) // Paul McCartney, Shaun Friedman
  2. Jack & Diane (remix instrumental) // Shaun Friedman
  3. Jungle Mainger (original) // Shaun Friedman
  4. Crack a Skull (original) // Shaun Friedman