The plugin database is comprised of just a couple of folders on your HD, so you can add, move, rename, and copy entries just using Windows Explorer. They’re only presets, and you can save over them to define your new favourite loadstate. You can nest folders into folders, too.
Consolidate your sound by resampling! In FL Studio 12.5 and later, you can right-click Channels and use Create DirectWave instrument – even with huge sample libraries – to cut them down to size for the road or when sharing projects.
Finding the perfect loop points in a sustained sample is a daunting task, but Edison makes it a snap. Make a selection, then Alt-L to create loop points. Ctrl-L to bring up Tune Loop options.
You can use Fruity Love Philter as an envelope-based ‘sidechain’ effect. Select Vol and Pat to draw your own shapes, and check the Sidechain Low Frequency preset for inspiration.
FL’s Convolver isn’t just for reverb! You’re not restricted to using traditional ‘sampled spaces’ – load regular samples from instruments, loops, and dialogue into Fruity Convolver to get weird and unexpected special effects unavailable anywhere else.
Right-click and drag up or down anywhere in the scrollbar track to take control of FL’s interface by quick horizontal zooming in the Playlist, Piano Roll and event Editor – drag up to zoom in; drag down to zoom out.
Fruity Send allows you to route a signal from anywhere in the FX chain. Audio sent via Fruity Send will continue to be routed to the target track even if you mute the source track (unlike routing in the mixer). This can also be useful when for isolating the send channel.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Right-click an empty mixer slot to instantly open the Plug-in Picker in all its graphic glory. Much nicer than staring at a long list of plugin names!
When chopping audio clips in the playlist, you might find that you need to apply short volume fades between the clips. Double-click a clip to bring up its channel settings. Choose Declicking: Transient, Generic, Smooth or Crossfade for increasing lengths of fade. Zoom in to see a visual representation of the fade.
Ghost notes can be useful for humanising your performances, and they’re especially useful for snare patterns. In the Piano roll, go to Menu » Helpers » Editable Ghosts. This allows you to move and edit ghost notes. It’s almost spooky how it can bring a dead performance to life!
If you need to edit an instrument’s sound while working in the piano roll. There’s an easy way to do so in an instant. Simply right-click the plugin name in the title bar to open its interface.
When you’ve been noodling about on a MIDI controller in the piano roll and do something you’d like in the form of a pattern, quickly and easily convert your one to the other by going to Tools > Dump score to selected pattern.
Don’t overlook the Mixer’s various view options – some are quite useful! For instance, the Extra Large Mixer view can show you all the plugins on all mixer tracks at once with direct access to their context menus. Access them by clicking the downward arrow in the title bar in the upperleft of the Mixer.
Use the Picker Panel to easily send all of the instruments in your pattern to the Playlist in a single motion. Rightclick the clips in the Picker, select Split by channel, then drag the group to the Playlist.
In FL Studio 12.5 and later, use the Tools » Macros » Unlock all Playlist tracks from content » Also resize all playlist tracks to default size command to resize all Playlist tracks to 100%.
Keep your playlist tidy by clearing out the unused junk. Hop into Playlist Options, then right-click Picker Panel Icons. Choose Select Unused » Patterns, Audio or Automation.
Patcherize everything! Put your frequently used effects chains (or instrument and effects chains) in Patcher presets for quick reuse in any project. Use Control Surface to make custom interfaces for the frequently used controls.
Get the jump on each new project by creating and saving your own personal project templates. Make more than one! For instance, you can create prefab templates for beat production, mixing stems, or songwriting sketchpads.
FL Studio provides loads of tools to help you visualise your signals and you can set ’em up for easy access. To add spectrograms, oscilloscopes, special dB meters, and other visualisers to the
C (the Current mixer track). Click C to select. Now your analysers will show analysis for any selected mixer track audio.
Read the effin’ manual! You needn’t slow the flow when you want info on the go. Press F1 to instantly access the manual at any time. It’s context-dependent and will open at the page relevant to the last thing you selected in FL Studio.
Create crazy effects by abusing FL Studio’s Convolver plugin to turn reality inside-out!
Instantly resample any plugin in your pattern to a single DirectWave instrument for maximum portability
See the big picture with the Extra Large mixer view