FL STU­DIO

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01

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.

02

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.

03

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.

04

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.

05

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.

06

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.

07

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.

08

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!

09

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.

10

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!

11

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.

12

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.

13

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.

14

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.

15

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%.

16

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.

17

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.

18

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.

19

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.

20

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

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