How to record Guitar in FL Studio

use parametric EQ 2 to fine tune your guitar sound

How to record Guitar in FL Studio is pretty simple. Recording in fl studio is actually can be done for two ways and in two ways. In fl studio you can record internal audio and record external audio. Recording internal audio means that you record the audio that is already in fl studio like the sound of drum patterns an any other instruments you are composing in the pattern sequencer or pattern maker. Recording internal audio, in another word, means changing midi sound into wave sound.

On the other hand, recording external audio means recording any audio from external sources like recording vocals, electric guitars, and acoustic guitars. All these sounds are recorded as wave file sounds, not MIDI.

In order to record better quality external sounds, you need to have a good audio converter/audio interface. Audio interface/audio converter is sometimes called external sound card. Internal sound card is the sound card attached into your computer, it is usually a package when you bought a computer. Internal Sound Card is usually not a good quality for recording purpose because it produces latency that is not expected for good quality recording. To have a good quality sound recording, use Audio Interface instead. There are many out there like M-Audio and so forth. The function of audio interface is to convert the analog signal into digital signal so that it can be processed in DAW like fl studio and that you can see the wave forms.

If you are not ready for buying an audio converter, you can still use the primary sound / internal sound card within your computer, but you need to tweak it by installing another driver for it. It is ASIO4All. Asio4ll is a universal audio driver developed by Steinberg, a very famous audio industry on earth. Google it, download it, and install it. Once you install Asio4all, your internal sound card is ready for good quality recording with less latency.

I think this is enough for the introduction.

How to record guitar in fl studio : Recording external audio

Recording external audio in fl studio can be done in two ways: Recording external audio using Edison, and Recording External audio directly into playlist. In this tutorial, we will focus on recording external audio directly into playlist. Why not using Edison? in my opinion, recording using Edison is nice because we can use many additional features offered by Edison like adding reverb, cutting waves, and many other editing options. However, I don’t like it. May be it is because I cannot see the drum pattern in the playlist that can give me views about the playing positions so that I can adjust my self with my guitar playing about when to change my guitar playing whether to stop, to slow, or anything. So, i prefer recording directly into playlist. Here is how:

Make sure that you have composed a sufficient length of drum pattern to accompany you with the guitar track recording to be mixed together later on.

make the drum pattern first in fl studio before recording guitar track from external audio
make the drum pattern first in fl studio before recording guitar track from external audio

Make sure that have changed the audio device to be asio4all, not primary driver.

changing the audio settings in fl studio
changing the audio settings in fl studio

To change the audio settings, go to Option menu > audio Settings. You will then see the window of the audio settings.

Do not use primary sound driver because it produces latency - use Asio2all v2 instead
Do not use primary sound driver because it produces latency – use Asio2all v2 instead

Do not choose primary sound driver if you want to record external sound. Use Asio4all instead to avoid latency. Except, you have external audio interface like m audio. IF you don’t have one, then choose Asio4all.

 

click show asio panel to see your device list
click show asio panel to see your device list

You need to make sure that the channeling works fine, meaning that there is audio line input in the asio settings. To see it, click on the Show ASIO panel button and you will the window like above.

Make sure that you have audio line input for your guitar
Make sure that you have audio line input for your guitar

Click on the plus button to expand it, and find the Audio Line input. If it is there, then you are ready to continue. If you cannot see it, the your internal sound card does not support asio for recording. and you cannot continue.

Once you activated asio4all, you need to use it in the mixer. Open mixer and change the input from none to HD audio line input 1 like shown in picture below. One more important! thing. You MUST NOT record in master channel. Use insert 1 or the other but not the master input.

Open mixer and choose hd audio line input
Open mixer and choose hd audio line input

To make the guitar sound better, let’s use Fruity Parametric EQ 2. To open it, just select one channel from 1 to 8. CLick on the down arrow button to find it. Once you click it, you should see the following picture.

parametric EQ2
parametric EQ2

Once you click it, you should see in window of Fruity Parametric EQ2. Drag the middle line like in the picture below. The purpose of doing this is to reduce unnecessary noise sound from the guitar.

use parametric EQ 2 to fine tune your guitar sound
use parametric EQ 2 to fine tune your guitar sound

Next, because we are recording guitar, it is not complete without adding effect. In fact, there are so many guitar amplifier in the world like guitar rig, amplitube, and many more. But for now, let’s just use one from Fl Studio, its Hardcore. Add it to the other input. See the picture below to get clearer ideas.

use hardcore instead to give amplifying effect to the guitar sound
use hardcore instead to give amplifying effect to the guitar sound

Using Hardcore seems not giving good enough sound as it is a little bit low. So, we need to make it louder yet nicer by using Soundgoodizer in C. In the hardcore I decided not to use distrortion, i use Chillout Xs, a delay effect. See the picture below.

choose chilout xs and use soundgoodizer to make the sound louder
choose chilout xs and use soundgoodizer to make the sound louder

Everything is set up and you are ready to record. Make sure that you activate the song button (green) and click the record button and ready to strum the guitar.

Begin recording
Begin recording

To finish the recording just click on the stop button. Automatically the recorded guitar is displayed in the playlist in track 2 right under the drum tracks.

Recorded guitar track
Recorded guitar track

That is all the tutorial on How to record Guitar in FL Studio. You can go further after that, whether to add effect or cut or move whatsoever to suit your need.

Happy making electronic music using fl studio. Thank you for visiting audiohow.com and reading this tutorial until the end of it. Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

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Aliv Faizal M,
Audiohow.com

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