Alas – Back To Win7 For Fully Functional FL Studio and New Track; Kurzweil’s Dance

Unfortunately Linux is still hobbled by many vendors not porting their software to Linux systems, and Image Line is one. If they can port to Apple – which IS a proprietary linux flavour, why not Debian et al? Are they on the payroll? This is pathetic in this age.

The latency for recording in Linux Mint was unworkable – as Linux struggled to convert between translation layers from Linux to Wine to FLS – even with a new Focusrite Scarlett 2V1 studio package added. It worked quite well overall considering what it was trying to do, but there were to many problems. Playing plugins with a noticeable delay was the best it got:

I’ll cover that Focusrite £99 home studio v1 package deal another time as it contains fantastic, bassy Pro quality HP60 headphones and a USB condenser mic with XLR/USB leads.

https://uk.focusrite.com/usb-audio-interfaces/scarlett-2i2-studio

So, was it worth re-installing Windows on a spare drive? On this quad core server yes! It works brilliantly compared to my old dual cores from 3 years back. The key points to stay optimized are:

1: Have a dedicated FLS PC with NO updates turned on or service packs installed or other programs that can run in the background – this keeps as many resources available as possible for FLS only. I have the Win7 Pro version.

2: NO Antivirus installed! Keep it OFF the network/Internet and use another device for the web. I do have mine on/off the web behind my ADSL firewall by disabling the network connection, and go to “safe” sites only if I NEED to (e.g. to write this!).

3: Install the driver for your audio unit – Scarlett USB2 driver in my case – Windows uses this for sound playback when FLS is inactive – for Youtube etc.

4: Get the latest ASIO4ALL v2 driver from http://www.asio4all.com/

and install it first, then untick the FLS ASIO option during FLS installation. Choose this in the FLS Audio/ASIO settings panel.

5: Set the buffer to 512 samples to start and see how FLS delay performs playing plugins from your midi keyboard and from the NewStuff.flp track. If there is digital noise on track playback, move up in size:

On this server, Fall Silently plays back with the Pitcher with no glitches which the old dual core could not:

This setup has let me play live (as best as my keys inability allows!) and sample directly from the K2000 in real time against the metronome then edit the clips to create my current work in progress using only stock sounds from the k2000, then mixed, FX’d, Mastered etc. in FLS – Kurweil’s Dance – which I started immediately after Win 7 install 2 days ago.

All these samples were played in note for note from the K2K with original FX left in, then normalized in the sample window:

To stop the midi program messages moving through the sequencer instruments when you change patches on your controller keyboard (annoying as it plays the samples you already recorded when you play a key!) you have to disable midi remote control:

And….here is the finished track – after about 5 days solid work.

I’m pretty pleased with it…I got through about 40 k2k patches – all played separately and sampled as a non keys player – tedious, but helping to learn the keys and give the fingers a good workout! So impressed with that 90s snare and reverb! Recognise some sounds from 90s films…?

All the patches were sampled with their default FX on like reverb/delay etc. to give an idea what the K2 has on board – only one was massively phasored in the mid break for effect.

I rough mixed as I went also to break tedium then spent a day final mixing/checking details like doubled tracks from mistaken track movement – easy to do with FLS hold/copy, and things like mains hum on patch tails etc. Pretty impressive still for 25 year old sounds! A long process for the final mix:

A few days later it was possible to try to learn the intro to Supertramp’s Dreamer at 154 BPM (what a good guess!) and play it in real time via MIDI into the Piano Roll with tiny quantizing needed (my bad timing no doubt – not latency) to get it pretty close – as I can hear what he’s doing anyway…I played to chords first then the bass notes after:

DreamerIntroFLS.mp3


what a great song for the day – love the subtle Moog resonance sweeps and the wine glass playing!