Beats Sequencing with FL Studio by E. J. Garba
Composition, as far as creativity is concerned, is the art of producing something from pieces of elements. In music, this involves the perfect arrangement of musical notes and rests to produce a musical piece. Several short musical pieces form musical phrases with definite melodic and rhythmic interest. Alternatively, these phrases are also known as sequences. This book, Beats Sequencing with FL Studio by E. J. Garba, aims at shedding more light on music, rhythm and melody composition techniques.
Sequences have become the basic building blocks in contemporary music composition. Instead of composing music from the scratch, all you need is a sequence with at least one note (in case of drumbeats, cymbals, percussion and other rhythm instruments) or several notes (in case of melodic instruments, such as the guitars, piano etc.).
Traditionally, these sequences are stored on devices known as sequencers. Early sequencers were electronic devices, which composers used to create music from phrases of various musical instruments. But since the advent of digital audio, both hardware and software are used as sequencers. Cost effectiveness and flexibility of use are responsible for the increase in the popularity of software sequencers. Some of the popular sequencers include Cubase, Sonar, Reason, FL Studio (FruityLoops) etc.
Precisely, this book, Beats Sequencing with FL Studio by E. J. Garba, fuses the two worlds of computer and music; thereby adding musical creativity to the average computer user, while for the conventional musician, this remains the best cost effective and innovative approach to music making.
This book, Beats Sequencing with FL Studio by E. J. Garba, is down-to-earth; providing you with practical examples, tricks and tips on how to produce legendary beats, loops, jingles and soundtracks with FruityLoops (FL Studio).
Advantages of Using Beats Sequencer
The two basic aspects of music/beats sequencing are melody composition and rhythm programming. This is possible with the help of programs, such as sequencers. Essentially, they have to be loaded into the RAM before the user can fully explore their functions. This means that whenever the user double-clicks a program, he is actually loading the module into the memory for execution. Below are some of the advantages of using sequencers as discussed in Beats Sequencing with FL Studio by E. J. Garba.
Sequencers give flexibility over the dedicated drum machines, which by their nature only provide rigid presets. Sequencers provide computer musicians and producers with a number of functions for endless possibility of rhythm programming.
One can learn drum or rhythm notation (music transcription) using sequencers. In terms of creativity, one could create grooves that could possibly challenge a real drummer.
Logistics & Cost Effectiveness
Setting up or buying a real drum set (or other musical instruments) is time and as well as pocket consuming. Essentially, if you have a rhythm or an idea rolling in your head, with sequencers, you can put it down before it evaporates. Sequencers give you the power to control all the instruments within your computer.
A tentative song (rhythm) arrangement could be made (regardless of the quality of the samples) for the entire band rehearsals. This type of pre-arrangement gives the picture of the real final track.
The end-products of sequencers could be easily transferred and shared from one system to another (possibly for audition).
Find more details on sequencing in this book: Beats Sequencing with FL Studio by E. J. Garba.