Sound like a Pro: The Basics of FL Studio & EDM Production

Learn how to use FL Studio as a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and how to produce Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2014 English

Course Description

Want to produce dance music, but struggling to figure out your mixer's from your mixdowns? Sound like a Pro and be fully on your way to producing club banger smash hits with this brilliant course! The first 20 minutes of this course are absolutely free! Preview what gets taught with absolutely no risk!

With over 400 students currently enrolled, this course is designed for absolute beginners to producing dance music . It will teach you the basics of using FL Studio and how to create Electronic Dance Music. It will teach you the meaning behind terms such as "tempo", "BPM", "sidechaning" and so forth.

By the end of the course you will have a full grasp of how to use FL Studio, and how to produce basic sounds such as leads, basses, pads and arps. You will have a full understanding of the FL Studio User Interface, and will be able to navigate around it with ease.

If you just watch the videos this course will take around 2 hours or so to complete, but to fully build your track to an exceptional level, you should set aside at least 6 hours to work on this alone. Reading the written material within the course will also take more of your time.

My method of teaching relies on you ensuring that you know each piece of the course extremely well, in-depth and in detail. Hence each lecture is incredibly short and is laser-focused on one specific subject or idea. I cannot hope to ever tell you how to create a Beatport chart-topping banger, but I can at least ensure and guarantee that you have the knowledge and tools to potentially do so.

I have also included a full and uncut copy of my eBook as well, called "The Elements of Dance Music", on top of all the content already included with the course!

And, if the course doesn't completely satisfy, you are backed by Udemy's 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

What are the requirements?

  • Own a copy of FL Studio (currently $99 for the Fruity edition)
  • Basic computer literacy skills

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to create a full dance track
  • Understand the difference between sub-genres of EDM
  • Have a full understanding of FL Studio and how it works
  • Understand the differences between leads, basses, pads and arps
  • Understand basic music theory and apply it to dance music creation

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginner Music Producers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Navigating FL Studio and its User Interface
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This lecture will introduce you to FL Studio and its main user interface. We will have a look at the FL Studio menu, and examine the differences between its interface and the traditional conventional layout of most programs.


This lecture will let us take a closer look at the menu panels near the top of the interface, looking at the transform controls, as well as at the shortcut button panels. We explain in-depth exactly what each button does, and why it is displayed the way that it is.


Here we will start looking at the five main windows of FL Studio where you will be spending most of your time. The first is the Playlist window.


Here we will take a look at the step sequencer and its current function in FL Studio. A remnant of the days when the software was just a looping program, the step sequencer's role has now matured and now does something very different.


In this lecture we will have a look at the Piano Roll. This is where you input notes for your instruments, and lay out drum patterns in a more detailed way than the Step Sequencer allows you to


In this lecture we will be taking a look at the browser and how it can be a very effective way of organising your samples as well as your automation clips and pattern clips that you have been using in your project


This lecture looks at the Mixer window located within FL Studio, the last of the five main windows that we will be looking at. Make sure to read all the handouts and rewatch any of the videos that you need to - this is the last lecture of this section, and there is a quiz afterwards (albeit short and easy)

4 questions

This will test your understanding of the UI of FL Studio, and the basics of the 5 main windows

Section 2: Creating a Dance Music Track

Here we take a look at some basic musical theory. We only cover the absolute basics for you to really get to know what you are doing, and today almost everyone has done music at school, so we hope that most of this is merely a recap. However, if you do have any burning questions or don't understand anything, shoot me a question using Udemy!


Here we discuss the construction of intros and outros and their importance to modern day dance music. We also take a look at building drum lines and the sound design behind different drum/percussion sounds.


In this lecture we will look at the drop/chorus and how it is modelled in today's dance music. I'll give you some hints and tips on how to create a good drop, whilst also suggesting some excellent synths and presets that you can use, both native to FL Studio, and some great third party plugins! We'll also look at the science behind effective buildups and breakdowns, and teach you some of the best tricks for achieving an effective buildup to a chorus, and breakdown to a verse.

2 pages

In this lecture we'll have a look at some of the most important features behind verses. Difficult to pin-down, a lot of your own creativity is needed here, so don't be afraid to experiment!

4 questions

Make sure you fully understand the basic structure behind all Electronic Dance Music tracks

BONUS LECTURE: Structure differences between sub-genres
3 pages
Section 3: Instruments, Melodies and Layering

In this next section, we will be looking at creating the specific instruments that make up a song. In this tutorial we will be looking at creating a basic lead instrument using the 3xOSC default synthesiser that comes with FL Studio.


In this lecture, we will be covering the basics of creating a bass sound that will sit well within your mix. We will be concentrating primarily on creating a "background bass" - ie a bass sound that does not dominate the mix but instead merely complements the lead sounds and other bright major sources of sound in the track.


This lecture teaches you how to go about using pad sounds in order to create an effective breakdown section. The handout also teaches you how to use synthesisers to create a pad sound from scratch.


This video looks at creaing an arp sound once again using the classic 3xOSC default synth that comes with FL Studio. We will look at using the arpeggiator built in to the 3xOSC to achieve this effect, and we give an example of an arp that we build using the 3xOSC.


In this lecture I tell you how I go about creating melodies. It is not an exact science however, so you must really use your creative juices here.


In this lecture we will be looking at how to effectively layer instruments. Here we will look at layering leads and how best to create a layer that contains complementary elements.

4 questions

This will test whether you fully understand the basic definitions and differences between melodies, basses, pads and arps. This will also test whether you understand the basics of melody creation.

Section 4: Effects and Processing

In this lecture we will be looking at delay effects and how these work. They can be very useful for creating interesting in a sound source, and so it is worth looking at them here.


In this lecture we will have a look at chorus effects and what they can be used for.


Flanger effects are interesting tools that can instantly create interest in your sounds. In this video we will be looking at how they work, some of the settings and some of the presets that come with FL Studio


In this, the final video lecture of the course, we take a look at reverb effects and how they can effectively make your sounds appear spacious and roomy.

2 pages

This lecture we will look at phaser effects and how they differ from flanger effects. The technical difference is subtle, but can make an impact on your sound so it's important to know and understand.

Section 5: Concluding Remarks
5 pages

Congratulations! You've completed the lecture series! All that's needed now is a few concluding remarks. PLease remember to review and rate this course on Udemy - it helps me a lot in enrolling future students. Many thanks once more for purchasing!

Section 6: BONUS SECTION: The Elements of Dance Music eBook
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18 pages
8 pages

Although this course is about FL Studio, it is important to consider that there are other DAWs using. Check out this presentation which highlights some of them.

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Instructor Biography

Stephen Loader, Music Producer, DJ, Online Instructor

I've been producing music for around six years now. I started off using Propellorhead's Reason, and then migrated over to FL Studio in order to start using external plugins and VSTs. I mainly produce Progressive and Electro House as well as Trance, and have recently taken an interest in Trap and Hardstyle.

I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2015 and studied for a year at Texas A&M University, USA in 2013. I have produced multiple tracks under my name, as well as producing instrumentals for other artists internationally. I am currently an alumni of a Texas A&M organization called the "DJ's of Aggieland" and have spun at numerous house parties, with several big opportunities lined up for the immediate future. I also currently run two online courses right here on Udemy, entitled "The Basics of FL Studio and Dance Music Production", as well as "Produce Electro Big Room in under 5 Hours with FL Studio"

I hosted a weekly radio show whilst studying in Texas, playing my own music, as well as tracks from local producers. In 2015 I had a radio show at the University of Nottingham on URN1350.

I have a SoundCloud account that showcases the music I make professionally. You can find it by searching for "FleeC" or by looking at the links section below.

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