How to record with FL Studio


To record with FL 12, you gotta set the right input for your soundcard.

The hard clip isn’t good since it will clip your sound hard, and not reduce the amplification softly. That is often an issue with FL Studio Asio, so rather have that off.

Also, remember to see your levels of input. A red light in the monitor is not good since it’s too high levels. And even the recorder will have a problem. But yellow is all good. Try to not achieve red level top at any recording. That will result in distortion in addition to your most heavy sound levels.

But you can somehow change your levels later on higher with even a Fruity Limiter with the default preset. Mostly without a problem. Remember to denoise the audio first:

Tutorial for denoise is here:

How to Denoise like a Pro in FL Studio

The buffer size is important if you project clicks. So remember to set higher if you are working on a project. Besides setting it to 256 in buffer might as for most also be too little on a laptop. Try 512. The buffer size also depends on how much milliseconds you have to delay the recording with when you recorded your audio.

After here open your mixer unit, and chose from the (none) the input you used. If you have stereo input choose stereo. It might be good for different instruments that goes to stereo-like hardware.

Now add in Edison to the mixer unit. The recording is set to 30 minutes at default with Edison on FL 12.

3 minutes at FL 11. So remember to set that value higher, so you avoid recording over all your recording.

Set that recording on. And choose between 4 different start positions recordings besides the red record button.

For many, it will really irritate that when you hear your voice while recording. So try pushing the green button! To turn off your own voice, and the record still at Edison in the mixer unit.

When you finished recording. Always remember to save the vocals. That you can do that:

So they go to your folder after drag and drop into a playlist or step sequencer with the blue button as shown here; The folder is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Image-Line\FL Studio 12\Data\Patches\Sliced beats

You might find different ways to record. Perhaps you are not the best rapper and have some mental problems.

Then setting your start track to bar 45. Like you push button on green play start. Then start to rap at a bar of 49.

Maybe you have the setting in Edison set to “on play” then it will make a marker in the track for your track. So you remember where to put the track in. Remember the buffer size! That will cause you to need to move your vocals somehow a few ways to the left based on buffer size delay.

Applying your set to play it will create a marker and then this rule comes to play:

With some buffer size, you don’t hear the difference, at some low as 512smp and that is around 12ms. You don’t feel it but.

Then you need to set your vocals around -12ms to the recorded song if you need the right placement if recorded the track with that level from the use of Edison with play option. You can as well remove 12ms of your recording.

The 12ms isn’t felt often. But try a test setting the buffer size higher up. And if it actually does delay the setup. Then the buffer size is applied. Some systems run hardware and there is often 0 delay, but it can be measured as 1-2ms.

Then when recorded the track and pasted into the project. You need to adjust the length of the recording from the marker for about 12ms in certain means if your buffer size was 512 samples known in the setting of the ASIO.

Last. Save the project into a folder. Make a new folder. Then save the project. Then use the File – Export – Export Project data files, that way you will have your files in the folder where you save the project. Even the recording and all samples.

Then you will have your vocals saved into a new folder. While your 32bit vocal will be in the sliced beats folder of FL12. That can cause heavy use of space after a while, remember to not delete FL Studio folder after years of production.

So why does a 24bit soundcard cause noise? Well, it’s because of no dithering option for 24bit to 16bit and then to 32bit. Since FL Studio is 100% 32-bit. But in the last years, Windows 10 got some new cool updates to these specific problems.

Somehow the newest soundcard from Creative “AE-5” is 32bit and will record with almost no noise. We would really recommend that soundcard!


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