Are you a rapper or aspiring music producer that finds it a struggle to make beats? Have you attempted to teach yourself how to use music making programs such as FL Studio but stopped short of the greatness you wished to achieve? Don't you wish it was EASIER? Well, struggle no more my friend, you just found the instructor you've been searching for!
If you don't know by now, my name is Curtiss King and I own a web based business called Curtiss King. I have produced music on FL Studio for the last 14 years and thanks to FL Studio I've been able to make a comfortable living creating music for the past 3 years. I literally have the privilege to wake up every morning, double click that FL Studio icon on my desktop, wait for the laser sfx, and get to work making beats for my leasing customers.
During my 14 year journey I have been able to land placements with popular Hip Hop artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, E-40, MURS, PROF, VANS, MTV, and VH1 all from beats created on FL Studio! It is my belief that music producers that produce and make a living from the comfort of their own home studios is the future of our industry.
It is my hope that my FL Studio Beginners Course helps to bring you closer to your goals and give you a comprehensive understanding on how to make the beats you hear in your head and feel in your heart. This 4 hour tutorial explains in very detailed yet clear and simple terms, all of the features you need to know in order to start creating Hip Hop, Trap, R&B, & Sample beats in FL Studio. Allow me to walk you through the process and I guarantee you'll be making beats in no time.
2. Setting Up Your Workspace
·Setting up your USB Midi Keyboard, Sound Device, Latency/Buffer
·File Extension for Browser – Adding Your Drum Sounds
·Switching To Basic Template and Removing Limiter on Master
·Assigning Your MPC pads in FPC
3. Learning The Step Sequencer
A. Making Your First Drum Loop!
·How To Count 16 Bar Video
·Extending and Understanding The Beats Per Bar
·Metronome: Understanding Where The Kick and Snare Go
- How To Add Sounds To Sequencer
- NAME EVERYTHING!!!
- Kicks ALWAYS go in the first pattern block or the ONE.
- Kicks are usually found in slot 1 and 3 before and after a backbeat
- Snares are always in the TWO or the first red pattern block, but can be varied in other slots
3. Learning The Step Sequencer
B. Controlling Your Drum Sounds
- Right Click – “Cut Itself”
- Channel Settings
- Sample/Shape Properties
- Instrument Properties
·Controlling Your 808’s length
- Miscellaneous Properties
- Special Tools and Functions
1. Introduction – What Am I Looking At?
·File, Edit, Channels, View, Options, Tools
·FL Helper Screen
·Play, Stop, Record Panel
·Patterns, Type To Keyboard, Metronome, Countdown, Wait, Blend
·MOST IMPORTANT: Playlist, Step Sequencer, Piano Roll, Browser Screen, Mixer
C. Creating Melodies
- Minor Music Theory
- Determine the style you want to attack and picking instruments
- Using Sytrus
- Adding layers
- Paying attention to your frequencies
- Is it clashing or nah?
- Sounds should always be complimentary to the flow of the beat
D. Sampling Basics
- Introduction to Edison
- How to create flawless Loops
- Disabling the Autoscroll
- How to Drag sample chops into your sequencer
- Introduction to Fruity Slicer
- Understanding the controls and tools
- Disabling Auto-Dump, Auto Fit, and De-click
- Dragging your Dragged Sample to FL Slicer
- Tweaking the Auto Slicer
- Creating your own slices in the Slice preview
- Changing the Pitch and Timing
- Using chops in the piano roll
- Understanding that sampling is a puzzle
4. Learning The Mixer – Mixing Together Your Sounds
·What is the importance of the Mixer?
- The Science of Mixing
- Mixer Tools – Volume Control, Mute, Solo, Panning
- How To Link Sounds From Sequencer To Mixer
- How To Add FX To Channels
5. Learning The Playlist – Putting Your Beats Together
·Pattern Vs. Song Mode
·What is the importance of the Playlist?
- Tracks vs. Patterns
- Why I use the tracks sometimes and the Legacy Blocks ALWAYS
- How I organize my pattern blocks
- Block, Cloning, Chorus, and Verse variations
·Song Structure 101 – 4-8 bar intros, 16 bar verses, and 8 bar hooks
·The importance of change ups and how to do them
·Removing instruments is more powerful than adding
·Adding a period to the end of your beats
·How To Export Your Beat
6. Final Thoughts and Drills
·10 Minute Drills
·Teach someone who has never made a beat what you have learned
Curtiss King embodies the age old term "jack of all trades". As a teenager, growing up in Carson, CA, Curtiss made the decision that he would not only pursue his passion for rap, but also learn the technicalities of production, engineering, graphic design, and marketing. Residing in the Inland Empire, Curtiss's music embodies the "feel good" essence of the 90s, intertwined with a refreshingly raw appeal and inspiring contemporary edge. His credits are nothing short of impressive, including artists such as: Compton native Kendrick Lamar (TDE), Ab-Soul (TDE), E-40, MURS (Strange Music) and super producer Hit-Boy. Curtiss continues to reinvent himself through his music and constant output of value for his fellow artists and producers through artist 1 on 1 coaching, online tutorials, and public speaking.