Plug-ins can get pricey especially if you're just starting out, so I'm going to cover the 10 best free plug-ins that come with FL Studio. (Note: this means you have to have either the producer
edition or the signature bundle for some of these to work).
- Fruity Lover Philter
Fruity Love Philter is the most powerful filter plugin in FL Studio. Love Philter consists of eight identical filter units, each able to be run in parallel OR used in series by sending a filter unit to the next one in the chain. Love Philter can create complex delay, gating and filtering effects. Related, simpler, filter plugins are Fruity Filter and Fruity Free Filter.
What you can do with Fruity Love Philter:
Pitcher is a real-time pitch-correction, manipulation & harmonization plugin that can correct and harmonize under MIDI control from a keyboard or the Piano roll. It's basically Auto-Tune. You can use it on vocals and it'll sound absolutely professional.
Pro Tip: you can mumble some harmonies on top of your loops and slap the pitcher on it and BOOM! you have Arcade😆🤦♂️.
What you can actually do with Pitcher:
3.. Fuity Limiter
Fruity Limiter is a powerful single band Compressor (with sidechain), Limiter & Gate. To access the relevant limiter and compressor controls, switch between LIMIT and COMP tabs on the plugin interface (as shown below).
When to use: Fruity Limiter is ideal for maximizing & limiting complete mixes, compressing & limiting individual sounds or doing basic 'noise gate' duty.
What makes it stand out to me is it's UI. 'Cause I can actually see what's actually going on.
What you can actually do with Fruity Limiter:
Newtone is a pitch-correction and time manipulation editor. Slice, warp, correct, edit vocals, instrumentals and other recordings.
What you can actually do with NewTone:
5.. Fruity Parametric EQ 2
Fruity Parametric EQ 2 is an advanced 7-Band parametric equalizer plugin with Standard (Infinite Impulse Response [IIR]) and an advanced Linear Phase (Fast Fourier Transform [FFT]) mode that allows fast parameter changes not normally possible with conventional FFT filters.
Equalizing is the process of increasing or decreasing the loudness of specific frequencies. The Band type (shape), center frequency and width of each Band are fully adjustable. You can choose from: High Shelf, Low Shelf, Peaking, Band Pass, Notch, Low Pass, High Pass or Band Pass filters for each Band independently. There is also a global gain slider to adjust the overall level.
What It actually does:
6.. Fruity Slicer
Fruity Slicer uses beat detection to slice a wave file into pieces and make them independently playable from the Piano roll or from a controller. If the wave file contains slice/region data this will be automatically used instead of beat-detection. Fruity Slicer offers playback, reordering of slices and time-stretching capabilities optimized for drum loops.
What It can actually do🔥:
Like the transient beauty of Sakura (Japanese Cherry Blossom), the sound of stringed instruments blossoms and fades. Sakura, the string physical modeling instrument, expresses the delicacy and beauty of stringed sounds.
TRIAL ONLY: Sakura is provided as a demo version in FL Studio and needs to be purchased separately so you can save projects containing Sakura channels.
How It Sounds:
Autogun is a universe of sounds waiting to be discovered. Based on the Ogun synthesizer engine and Soundgoodizer effects processor, Autogun contains 4,294,967,296 presets (four billion, two hundred ninety four million, nine hundred sixty seven thousand, two hundred ninety six), most of which have never been heard by human ears.🙄
What It actually does:
9.. Toxic Biohazard
Toxic Biohazard features a hybrid synthesis engine, combining the best of FM and Subtractive synthesis. With the addition of a warm, analog-modeled filter and set of built-in effects, the Toxic concept remains one of convenience, simplicity, and superb sound quality.
The presets It has are already good, but if you're you want to step it up with this plugin then should download my free preset pack "WavKeyz". It Contains 20+ Professional Melodic Trap Presets
These presets will allow you to create melodic and ambient melodies🎹.
What It actually does:
Morphine is an Additive Synthesizer with quite a few 'twists'. Additive synthesis creates sound entirely from sine wave harmonics and at first this may seem like a major limitation. However, Fourier Theory teaches us that any waveform can be decomposed into an infinite series of sine-waves, a harmonic series. That means Morphine can still create all your Subtractive Synthesis favorites: Square, Saw and Sine waves. It gets better, Morphine can also reproduce the complexity found in real sounds by smoothly interpolating a series of these harmonic 'snapshots', in real-time, to generate what is best described as 'synthetic samples'. In this way, programming Morphine will feel familiar to anyone who has used a Sampler, with the ability to assign sounds across the keyboard and to create crossfades, stacks or blends of any sound/s as desired; welcome to Morphine!
What Morphine can do:
BONUS: Fruity Soft Clipper
Fruity Soft Clipper is a CPU-friendly soft limiter. Soft limiting avoids clipping by applying gentle (soft knee) compression to the input signal. It is worth noting that soft knee compression will cause 'saturation' effects when the signal level exceeds the threshold level. While a little saturation brings 'warmth', too much can sound distorted. Whether or not the soft clipping saturation is audible will depend on the level applied to the signal.
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