Eventually, a musician will have to decide on whether it is time to migrate to a Digital Audio Workstation (daw for short) regardless whether you are working on hip hop music. In fact, all of the daw brands can work with hip hop music although there is some brands that are more prominently used than others.

One of these brands is the FL studio

 

FL studio review

Fl studio reviewThe very attractive thing about FL studio is its pricing, which is very affordable when you compared to the likes of Logic. That is not to say that it is not a good software to use. On the contrary, the FL studio is a fun Daw for hip hop as it is easy to pick due to its interface design and workflow. It is particularly easy to add vsts to the ones in the Daw.

The only thing you need to do is that its workflow is a bit different from other Daws. If you have been using one before, you will find the difference to be jarring at first, although it is not something that cannot be easily overcome with some trial and error. If you are new to Daw, this wouldn’t make a difference to your experience.

Another big benefit over other more expensive brands is the free upgrades to new versions. That is right! Most other brands will charge you an arm and leg just to upgrade to their newer version but not FL studio. You get a lifietime of free upgrades every time a new version is released. Talk about value for money!

However, you might need to buy soft synths if you need what is bundled in is not sufficient. Right out of the package, you will get a slew of basic synths such as a drum, beat slicer etc. However, if you need other kinds of synths, you can sample them for free but will have to full the full version at their online store.

 

How FL Studio works

In terms of actual workflow, here is what you will experience. Basically, you get a sound track onto the software like any other Daws. Then comes the fun and easy part. You can drag and drop other sounds on top of this track, which already has  built in drum effect. Loops and such can also be added at this point. So, the whole process of making hip hop music becomes much easier and less daunting. This workflow is why many hip hop music producers are using FL studio.

 

FL studio vs Ableton Live

A common comparison people make when considering FL studio is Ableton live. So which is really better? Personally, I feel it depends on a lot of context.

  • Type of music: As I have explained, I feel the interface and work flow design of FL studio is more suited for hip hop relative to Ableton. However, if you are making that kind of music, then Ableton might be a better choice.
  • Organized workflow:  For more serious music producers who needs a better organized workflow for ALL music types, Ableton is probably a better choice. Its interface design is definitely neater and the automation is in the lane of the track rather than somewhere else.
  • Warping: If warping music is a big part of your workflow, then Ableton makes a better choice as it has a more powerful warping engine. For example, when aligning the beat, you need to work on one file rather than splitting into different files like how FL studio does it.
  • For beginners: For beginners to the Daw experience, FL studio is definitely easier to set up and running. The stock plugins are better with sufficient drum samples to get you moving. It also has a simpler layout that wouldn’t confuse newcomers.

At the end of the day, both are great software and which one to choose comes down to your preference, your current experience and what you want to get out of it.

 

Conclusion

For the best Daw in making hip hop music, I would recommend FL studio for its affordability, suitability of its workflow to hip hop and ease of setting up.