How to Use FL Studio: Step-by-Step Tutorials

If you are new to FL Studio by Image-Line, here is an FL Studio beginners guide packed with FL Studio tutorials to get started with making music.

FL Studio is one of the most popular music software programs out because it’s easy to use, powerful, and cheaper than other apps.

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FL Studio Tutorials - The Beginner's Guide to FL Studio!

FL Studio Tutorials

  1. Installing FL Studio
  2. FL Studio Overview
  3. Step Sequencer
  4. Piano Roll
  5. FL Studio Browser
  6. How to Use the Playlist
  7. FL Studio Mixer
  8. Exporting Songs
  9. FL Studio Effects
  10. FL Studio Helpful Links

1. Installing FL Studio

Here are the steps to install and set up your audio settings for FL Studio.

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FL Studio comes in three versions.
1. Fruity Edition
2. Producer Edition
3. Signature Bundle

2. FL Studio Overview

Here is a broad overview of the FL Studio interface and the basics of using the software.

Interface Overview

FL Studio Interface

3. Step Sequencer

The FL Studio Step Sequencer is where you create multiple drum patterns and melodies.

The patterns you make in the Step Sequencer are then added to the Playlist to be turned into a full song.

More info: Channel Rack & Step Sequencer

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4. Piano Roll

The Piano Roll is where you create and edit melodies for your beat.

Learn about:

  • Notes
  • Pitch
  • Velocity
  • Panning

More details: Piano Roll

5. FL Studio Browser

The FL Studio Browser is where projects, samples, presets, and VST plugins are stored.

More info: FL Studio Browser

6. How to Use the Playlist

The playlist is where you arrange your patterns into a full song.

More info: The Playlist

Related: How to Arrange Beats ( Video )

Related: How to Set Up Your Midi Keyboard

7. FL Studio Mixer

The FL Studio mixer is where you can edit the volume, pan audio, add effects, and more.

More info: The Mixer

8. Exporting Songs

Here is a simple guide to export your final beat.

9. FL Studio Effects

Here is an FL Studio tutorial on how to add effects using the audio mixer.

How to Make a Hip Hop Beat in FL Studio

Learn how to make a Hip Hop beat in FL Studio using a sample.

How to Make a Trap in FL Studio

Here is a tutorial on how to make a Trap beat in FL Studio.

Free FL Studio Downloads

Advanced FL Studio Tutorials

How to Make Beats in FL Studio

So those are the basics how to use FL Studio.

If you have any tips or suggestions on making music with FL Studio, or links to other FL Studio tutorials, please share below.

Mark V.

Written By Mark V.
Hip Hop Makers is a music production website launched in 2008 to teach music lovers how to make music, sell beats, and make money from music.


  1. I like to sample so if I had to give a tip to upcoming producers that make sample beats, I would say use the FL slicer & Edison for chopping. This makes finding good parts of a song Very easy.

  2. Well, there is so many things we can do in fl studio..but I think to get samples in a easy way is one of the most important caracteristics ont his software, it turns easy and fast to build a pack of samples

  3. Don’t forget to find your own sounds you don’t want to get stuck with the same fl packs this will make your sound stand out and more original…

  4. Heres a tip. Dont use 808s in every beat like most fruity producers.

  5. Rewire. Once I learned how to use it, it changed my entire perception of FL’s capabilities. And sampling in FL is the easiest…especially if you map your controller to the fpc…you will save time and will not lose your creative drive.

  6. Quick Tip: Download plenty of vst plug-ins && make sure each are unique && has some good sounds. Having many diff. vst’s can play a big toll on your music, giving you a big variety of sounds to use && making every track you produce sound diff. && not repititive.

  7. When sampling in FL Studio, I like to use Slicex. FL Slicer is nice too && a good sampling program, but I find Slicex much easier because it views the track that you’re trying to sample better, which ultimately allows you to chop more sounds.

  8. Get some quality sounds to use and be original! Stop trying to sound like everyone else.

  9. yo what up I’m a young rapper really new to producing I use fl studio 12 and I don’t know a lot about it the most trouble I’m having is with making drums on the step thing but I kinda know how to make a melody a bass line but the rest I don’t know the reason why I want to start producing is that I’m a 15-year-old rapper broke as f*** no money to spend on beats for me and the beats I can use for free for my album are almost always trap (i like the old school style better just like Kendrick joey badass j. cole and more) and I rap about 5 years I think so if anybody can help me with understanding this program and tell me if I have to buy my new sounds and how long it will take to be an advanced producer, not a master of it just enough to produce my own album if you have files to share with me then email me them on hope to get some help on here really bad

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