Organizing your files is VERY IMPORTANT as a beatmaker.. it’s actually the secret to prevent burn-out and producer’s block 🙂
What We Cover in this Article:
- Where FL Studio Stores Files
- How to Backup your FL Studio Projects (a Quick Guide)
Where FL Studio Stores Files
FL Studio stores its files in your Documents (both Windows and Mac). It will be under the Image-Line -> FL Studio folder, where you can see VARIOUS different files pertaining to your FL Studio installation, and own personal user experience (files you’ve saved etc.)
It’s important for you to understand that around FL Studio 20 Image-Line reworked the User Data Folder, and significant improved its user experience. So this new reworked User Data Folder I can recommend, as it now seems to be well thought out, and easy to transfer to a new computer.
With the previous user data folder, I didn’t like the old experience, so I decided to create my own custom music folder, which has given me an amazing file organization experience in FL Studio. (It gives an easy backup solution, I know exactly where my files are, and it allows me to not be effected with any major changes to FL Studio’s folder structure changes in the future!)
How to Backup your FL Studio Projects (a Quick Guide)
When you go to organize, save, and backup your FL Studio files there’s a couple VERY important things to know.
- Your .flp (FL Studio Project) saves almost everything
- You still need to backup your individual drum samples
- You may want to backup and Slicex or Edison instances
What does the .flp save?
The FL Studio .flp project file saves things like MIDI notes in the Piano roll and Channel sampler, knob placement and automation data, mixer sliders and effects..
So essentially, you can save an .flp project, re-open it, and keep working where you left off.
What you have to be careful of though is if you ever transfer to a new computer, and missing files!
That’s where backing up the individual drum samples and Edison/Slicex audio comes into play.
Backing Up One-Shot Drum Samples (Export Project data files)
Again, your .flp would save any plugins you have open, and if you’ve adjusted any knobs or did any sound design.. all of that stays in the .flp..
But if you save, it does not save your one-shot drum samples. It remembers the location that was used (where your drum kit folder is on your computer).
That’s why it’s important that each project gets its own folder, and that you back up the individual drum samples on serious projects, so that each project is UNIQUE and INDEPENDANT to whatever happens to your drum kit folder.
Backup Slicex or Edison Instances
Now, if you use Project data files to save one-shot drum samples, FL Studio will not save any loops you’ve brought into Slicex (which if you are sampling.. you’ll want to backup these loops!!!)
My understanding is FL Studio stores these into the “Sliced audio” folder under:
Documents/Image-Line/FL Studio/Audio/Sliced audio
If you switch computers and forget to bring this folder over, you will be in for a big surprise when you open up your sampled projects!
Recap.. How To Backup Your FL Studio Projects
- Each project gets its OWN folder
- You save the .flp into this folder
- You create another folder called “sounds”
- You use File -> Export -> “Project data files”, and export to that “sounds” folder for that project
- For Slicex and Edison, drag those loops into this “sounds” folder for a full-proof backup solution!
And that’s it..
I hope this helps you organize and backup your FL Studio projects!
To learn more.. read my Ultimate Guide to Backing Up in FL Studio.
I also explained how to organize your VSTs for easy computer transfer!