Cool! Whatever works the best for you. Yeah Fl is more sight orientated, but it works more precise that way. Especialy when you feel where you want to go with your sample. Edison is a godsend for making loops.
I like to just let the loop play and drum away on my keyboard. Then I record the drum semi live. First the snares for a proper bmp then the kicks and then the hats. Best way to create swing.
I haven't been making beats for a while because I'm having some gear problems. Soundcard shit. My Revo 5.1 is a piece of shit and latency becomes worse every day. I bought a 1212m, now I found out I need a pre-amp. Ordering one soon. Then it's back to pleasuring men and making beats.
I'd say, fuck the SP. FL is the way to go. That plus a small midi keyboard and some downloaded VST's. I have an MPD32, haven't used it at all this year and it's just collecting dust. Now I'm just slamming keys in EZdrummer, I prefer this over drum samples.
I haven't really been feeling any of the beats I made for the last month. I got a little experimental, but it's a phase into getting better. I might even go sampleless. That's the direction I'm trying to go. Learning keys will eventually let me get there.
I really really should get back on that. I have so many samples that are begging for drums and chops. I'm really a perfectionist though and everything I've posted so far is just shooting blanks. When I 'release' something I want to say proudly that I did that. I've read up so much new things and I'm upgrading gear soon. I'd hate to listen back and think I could have done this and that better. I think I said Christmas... I think I might make it.