#010 – Best Export Settings for FL Studio 12

#010 – Best Export Settings for FL Studio 12

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We’re covering the best export settings for FL Studio 12 this time in our FL Studio Beginner’s Series

The biggest thing I want you guys to take away from this video is to focus on your music!

Don’t get me wrong, bit-depths and sample rates do matter, but not at the level of what you read on forums.

16-Bit 44.1kHz is CD quality.

That means it’s extremely high quality compared to those 128kbps MP3’s we listened to back in the day when trying to fit as many songs as possible onto our older MP3 players because of like 1 GB space lol.

What We Cover:

  • Why Focusing on Your Music is More Important than Your Settings
  • FL Studio F1 Help Menu
  • .WAV vs. .MP3 Files

Why Focusing on Your Music is More Important than Your Settings

I want to keep stressing this one.

There’s only so much time in our lives, and would you rather spend your time being creative and making music, or breaking audio down to a science just to get a fraction better of audio quality.

Here’s the real question:

Do you think someone would like your music better if they heard your music in a 320kbps MP3 rather than a 256kbps MP3?

I don’t think so..

And for the average person they are listening to inadequate speakers too – or their listening environment will never reveal these MP3 artifacts.

(Listening to music while friends are over, on poor car speakers, or while cooking dinner or doing renovations!)

Just because you as a music producer have high quality headphones or speakers does not mean everyone else does.

Yes this is a rant, but if you’re just starting up, I hope this plants a seed to keep you focused.

FL Studio F1 Help Menu

I’ll keep this short and sweet 🙂

Anytime you need help in FL Studio just hit F1.

(This was in Scott’s forum signature for I don’t know how long! lol)

.WAV vs. .MP3 Files

To break it down to really simple terms:

.WAV:

This is your high-quality file.

It is lossless which means it does not compress/remove song data.

There are different bit depths you can choose for your .WAV file and they are 16-Bit, 24-Bit, or 32-Bit Floating Point.

People who are really concerned with the highest audio quality will typically render their audio files in 24-Bit while sending back and forth to a mastering engineer before finally converting it to 16-Bit 44.1kHz which is standard CD quality.

I tend to think the larger your bit-depth and sample rate, the more space on your computer. (I believe it makes your CPU run harder too..)

I like to keep things simple and work in 16-Bit 44.1kHz most of the time.

.MP3:

MP3 is a compressed version of your song, so song data is removed in return for a smaller file size. If you’re newer to music production, or caring about audio fidelity, you may not be aware of the MP3 artifacts it adds to your music.

Because you are removing song data, it changes the way your song sounds.. but typically only if you’re listening very closely.

You’ll notice this mostly in the high frequencies I believe – cymbals are a good example.

They can sound washy/smearing, or under water is a comparison I’ve read before.

But nonetheless, an .MP3 file is small in file size and makes it super easy to share with your fans, friends, and family.

When I’m out and about, I tend to listen to .MP3’s 🙂

Now get out there and start enjoying your music!!!

For the whole series, you can join:
FL Studio Beginner’s Series.

About The Author

GratuiTous

GratuiTous is a Christian music producer striving to perfect his skills as a beatmaker, mixer, and mastering engineer. His articles strive to keep things simple, yet touch on the topic complex enough to have a decent understanding. He also releases FL Studio email series!

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