30 days with FLStudio 20 - Part 0: Introduction to this series

FLStudio 20
FLStudio 20!

It’s that time!

FLStudio 20 is out and it’s time for me to take it to task.

This review will most likely take more than 30 days, because I’ll also be covering every single Image Line product as well.

I am reviewing an NFR copy of the entire Image Line suite of software. I did not pay for the products in this review, however I’m not going to tone down my review in any way. If you feel that I am then please call me out on it.

I may be throwing in a fun twist to the format this time as well ;) See you again in 3-4 days!

Other posts in this series:

Let's Talk About Me and My Future

No, I’m not dying. Not anymore than most of us are.

However, I do have to recalibrate my goals, professional interests and how I spend my time. Click through for a post largely about me, what I deal with on a daily basis and how it’s affecting my future.

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Automation Regions in Studio One

Automation Regions
"Automation Regions"

Automation Clips/Items/Regions/Whatever are a neat concept that some other DAWs have. It allows you to contain automation data in a region so it can be easily moved around and/or linked to other regions.

Studio One doesn’t have this feature natively, but years ago I figured out a workaround. I just realized last night that I never wrote about it, so here we go!

The following is a tutorial on how to emulate ‘Automation Clips’ or ‘Automation Items’ in Studio One.

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Make your own Wood Block

Purpleheart on the drums

Wood blocks are cool. There’s many ways to make them, and many types and shapes.

I’m going to go through two methods of making one appropriate for use with a drum set: minimal tools and ‘appropriate’ tools.

At minimum all you need is a block of wood, a drill and a chisel. You can even substitute a screwdriver and file for the chisel. Anyone can do this!

The design I’m using was created through testing various shapes/styles of wood blocks until I found something that I felt was at home on a full sized drum kit.

So let’s get to it!

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DAW Chart Update again

I’ve added more categories to the DAW chart, clarified some things, updated some ratings in response to criticism/discussion and improved some explanations.

I’m always open to ideas on how to improve it. Feel free to e-mail me via gmail. The bit before the @ is audiolabs. Even better is to comment on the DAW Chart page.

Thanks as always!

DIY Drum Triggers in Reaper

Piezo Elements

I often need to use drum triggers. Drum triggers are basically a type of transducer that is applied directly to a drum head. This gives you an isolated signal, without leakage from other instruments, that you can use to convert to MIDI and trigger a drum sound with a sampler.

In this post I’m going to walk you through how I do this very cheaply, and how I use the resulting trigger signal in Reaper.

YOU DON’T NEED DRUMS TO DO THIS!! You can trigger anything. A desk. A lamp. A mousepad. Your wife’s belly. A floor pad. Anything you can hit/tap/punch/stomp or impact, you can “Trigger”.

On with it!

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Studio One 4

Pattern Editor
Pattern Editor

Studio One 4 has been released and I’m sure there’s a lot of folks expecting me to do a 30 days with it, or an exhaustive review.

I won’t be doing that. I did have a post half-prepared, but as I was working on fleshing it out and doing some extra research, I realized that there’s people out there with great content on this already.

So what I’m going to do is list some content that I think is great, then go over some things that I particularly like/dislike. This won’t be a complete review.

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Daw Chart Update

The DAW Features Chart has been updated in response to Studio One 4 and FLStudio 20.

There’s also been some updates to other products, since this is a relative chart. When one DAW changes, the ratings of others often change too.

10 Axiom Presets and how I made them


In my Axiom Review I complained about the presets. One of the fine fellows at Blue Cat more or less told me to “put up or shut up” in a very kind way, and (s)he was totally right in doing so.

I didn’t actually give a good constructive summary of how to improve the presets, or how a user could create patches suited to their tracks.

Not all of these are guitar sounds!

So that’s what I’m doing today. I have 10 presets here for Axiom that I took from “real sessions”. I’m going to explain how to use them, how I came to the settings I used, and the tricks I use when utilizing Axiom.

A lot of these tips apply directly to Blue Cat Destructor as well.

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Melda Freeform: Part 2


Part 2 and the conclusion of the MeldaFreeform series review. Be sure to Check out Part 1 since that has a lot of info as well.

I’m also doing a short comparison between the Harrison AVA Mastering EQ and some of the Melda Freeform products.

Enough chattering… let’s get on with it.

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