Things I’ve picked up in FL Studio over hours of music production. Everyone’s workflow is different but you’re likely to find something useful.
Rearrange and Organise
Sort instruments and samples in the step sequencer and mixer. Hold the alt key in combination with the up and down arrow keys when in the step sequencer to move inserts. Hold the Alt key in combination with the left and right keys when in the mixer to move mixer tracks.
It helps to keep everything organised. If you spend time organising a project file you’ll be more invested in following through with the track. That’s a good thing! I organise into groups e.g. lead, bass, drums, sound effects, automation.
Pays off long term to know shortcuts. Get used to using your keyboards function keys in FL Studio to improve your workflow. Here are the shortcuts you should master early on to switch back and forth between windows fast:
||Toggle Step Sequencer
||Toggle Piano roll
||Show/hide Sample Browser
In addition to these here are two more shortcuts which are good to know.
1) Use the “alt” key when manipulating notes in the Piano Roll. This bypasses the snapping grid you have set and you can also use it to stretch or shorten the end of a note.
2) When you are drawing notes in the Piano Roll the note size will be equal to the previous note drawn or selected. Sometimes this is not desirable. In that case hold shift and draw a note and it’ll automatically be snapped back to the grid ready to be resized as you need it.
This frustrating interface problem can be caused when you undock one of the detachable interface panels (click and drag). This can be quickly fixed by pushing CTRL+SHIFT+H – which restores everything in FL Studio back to the default view.
Click & Hold Gesture Features
In FL Studio, “Click and hold & Special Gesture functions” is enabled by default. It means for instance in Piano Roll if you click and hold a note for a short period of time, you’ll be drawing a slide note instead. If you click and hold the right mouse button in the Playlist, it’ll switch to the Slice tool. Whether you change this setting or not is down to personal preference. If you aren’t a fan of these gesture based functions it’s handy to know you can disable them as so from within FL Studio:
Options > General Settings > uncheck “Click & Hold & special gesture functions”