In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate the FL Studio Playlist like a pro 🙂 (P.S. – These tips also apply to the Piano Roll, too!)
What You Will Learn:
- CTRL + RIGHT-CLICK [HOLD] (Zoom to Area QUICK)
- CTRL + RIGHT-CLICK (Go Back to 100% Zoom)
- Middle Scroll Wheel Button (Helpful Hand)
- CTRL + Scroll (Horizontal) .. ALT + Scroll (Vertical)
ZOOMING-IN (CTRL + RIGHT-CLICK [HOLD])
Inside the Playlist, if you hold CTRL and hold RIGHT-CLICK (and don’t let go), you will be presented with a magnify glass that has a blue outline border. This has been one of the BEST WAYS to navigate the FL Studio Playlist!
You can easily focus into SECTIONS of a song, or REALLY zoom-in on a certain area. You’ll find yourself moving FAST within the Playlist.
If you only use one computer screen with FL Studio, this zooming method allows you to use the Playlist in its small version without have to expand it with ENTER to make the Playlist full screen as often (like I teach you in my FL Studio Courses!)
📽 Here’s a video showing this Playlist Zoom technique:
ZOOMING-OUT to 100%.. After ZOOM-IN
In order for this workflow to be useful, you actually need to be able to ZOOM-OUT 100% after you ZOOM-IN..
To ZOOM-OUT, simply press CTRL + RIGHT-CLICK (don’t hold it, just press it quickly).
Here’s picture examples of a ZOOMED-IN and ZOOMED-OUT Playlist:
Panning Around the Playlist (Middle Scroll Wheel)
FL Studio (and many other programs) offer a very powerful “panning” of the Playlist feature where you press and hold MIDDLE SCROL WHEEL, and a helpful hand appears! Use this to fine-tune your Playlist navigation AFTER you ZOOM-IN!:
Here’s an image showing FL Studio’s Helpful Hand a bit clearer:
HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL ZOOM (FL Studio Playlist)
There’s two final things to complete this easy navigation of FL Studio’s Playlist for you to understand the fast workflow..
- CTRL + SCROLL WHEEL (Up/Down) – This zooms in/out horizontal on the Playlist
- ALT + SCROLL WHEEL (Up/Down) – This stretches/shrinks the height of the Playlist tracks
When your mouse is hovered on the Playlist, try each of these out to get the Playlist zoomed in and set-up exactly how you want.
Significantly Improve Your FL Studio Workflow!
So there’s some powerful tips to improve your FL Studio Playlist workflow.
Want to learn many more tips? Try my FL Studio Courses! There’s been many happy students learning powerful tricks like this that are simple and to the point.
If you want to start slow.. try listening to my beatmaking podcast on the go!
Contact me directly any time!
P.S. – This “zooming in” is actually called “Zoom to selection”.. it’s the magnifier icon in the Playlist Toolbar.