#012 – How to Record Vocals in FL Studio 12
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface (Recommended Audio Interface) – This is by far my favorite choice for both beginner and seasoned producers. (There is now the second generation out!)
- Blue Yeti USB Mic (Recommended USB Mic) – For those who just want high quality vocals without getting into an audio interface.
- My Current Microphones – This is a page which talks about all my microphones I’ve purchased and thoughts on them.
- Avoid Audio Latency – I show you step-by-step to avoid audio latency. (You also get to see the first time BBJay has ever appeared lol!)
In this episode of our FL Studio Beginner’s Series, we’re covering how to record vocals in FL Studio 12.
Over my years I’ve tried a couple different ways to record vocals in FL Studio, so I share with you my experiences and my personal preferences while recording in FL Studio.
In a previous video of mine, I created a character called BBJay. He’s a fill-in when I need some vocals, so you get some killer vocals to hear this time for our example. (hahahaaah)
Another thing I didn’t mention in this video is recording with effects to help recording artists achieve better performances.
With older audio interfaces, it’s hard to add effects on, let alone record dry, because of audio latency.
The best way around this is with an audio mixer, because this allows you to record in real time without audio latency.
But with newer audio interfaces, like the Focusrite Scarlett second generation audio interaces, latency has started to become not as much of an issue because of their awesome performance.
What We Cover:
- The type of gear you need to record (audio interface + microphone, or just a USB mic)
- How to Record in FL Studio
- Recording through the mixer vs. recording through Edison
How to Record in FL Studio
There are two ways which I like to record in FL Studio. They both have their pros and cons, in my opinion!
However, the first step is to enable an ASIO driver in your audio settings.
Hit F10, go to the Audio Tab, and select your audio interface’s ASIO driver.
Now we’ll get into how to record your microphone.
The first way is through the mixer. (Hit F9 in FL Studio for a shortcut to open the mixer.)
You can select any mixer insert you’d like – I think it’s best to select an empty insert. (One that’s not being used).
Now on your mixer, you have an input section and an output section for each mixer insert. This is located on right above/below the effects slots.
When clicking on the input section, you will be given a few options, depending on your audio interface/setup.
Plug your microphone into insert 1 on your audio interface, and make sure to select mono – input 1.
Do not select stereo because FL Studio will only record to your left channel since it’s wanting a stereo signal – one that has different audio on the left and right channels.
From there, you can right-click on white circle at the bottom of the mixer insert you’ve chosen to record on:
And a window will pop-up where you can save your recording!
Now you can select the record button at the top of FL Studio, make sure you’re in playlist mode, and you should be on your way to recording! 🙂
Recording through the mixer vs. recording through Edison
As of current, I see both ways have pros and cons for recording.
I like Edison because of how quick it is and it doesn’t save a file every time you screw up. You can simply drag this into the playlist when you got your recording right.
The only downside to Edison is tat you will then have to sync your recording to the beat, which can be tricky/tedious!
When recording through the mixer, it keeps your recording in sync, so this in all honesty is probably the best approach to take.
The only downside in my opinion to recording through the mixer is all the audio files it creates when you screw up lol – so file management is necessary after you are all said and done.
That’s it for this video in the series!
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