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Setting Up FL Studio for Optimum Workflow

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I like to set up FL Studio a certain way.

In this write-up, I’ll show you my own personal configuration for the optimum FL Studio workflow!

The video is a general overview. You’ll get much more out of reading the blog post ๐Ÿ™‚

Optimum FL Studio Workflow – Video

What You Will Learn

  • Setting Up the Best FL Studio Audio Settings
  • Adding Folders and Snap Icon Shortcuts
  • Resize Piano Roll Notes from Both Sides of a MIDI Note
  • Enabling Ghost Notes in the Piano Roll
  • Turning On Undo Knobs Tweaks, and Increasing Undo History Levels

Setting Up the Best FL Studio Audio Settings

Learning shortcuts inside your music program is absolutely essential!

So hit F10 to open up your FL Studio settings, and head to the Audio tab.

You want to make sure you are using an ASIO driver. This will significantly increase your FL Studio performance.

Do not use the primary driver, it will look all choppy, even on a powerful computer!

Now, whether you invest into an audio interface and use their ASIO drivers, or use the ASIO4ALL drivers, make sure you use one!

(Usually the ASIO drivers from your audio interface’s brand is your best solution.)

If you start to hear glitches, pops, and clicks, then you can increase the buffer size until it stops. It’s as simple as that!

In the picture below, I selected to use the FL Studio ASIO driver.

Click the button Show ASIO panel if you need to increase your buffer size!

The buffer size determines how hard the program will be on your CPU. Lower numbers are more aggressive, higher numbers are easier on your computer.

The higher the number, the more latency, and the harder it is to play a MIDI Keyboard, or record yourself with microphones!

FL Studio also suggests checking your computer’s power management options, making sure to enable the highest performance!

At the bottom of that window, under the Mixer heading, FL Studio suggests no higher than 24-point sinc for the resampling quality.

Adding Folders and Snap Icon Shortcuts

The most important step is to first create a specific production folder for yourself!

From here, you can create specific snaps for only what you want!

Here’s a video showing you how to set up snap icons in FL Studio:

I currently have four snaps for a fast and minimal workflow!

A snap for my sound kits, a snap for VST instrument/effects, a snap for the current project, and an everything snap!

Check out my fl studio snap icons write-up if you want more info!

Resize Piano Roll Notes from Both Sides of a MIDI Note

If you open up your piano roll, and program in some MIDI notes, you’ll notice you can only edit the notes from the right side!

Therefore if you want to stretch/shrink the left side of the note, you have to move it over, and keep adjusting the right side only.

Well, there is an option in the settings to adjust both sides of a MIDI note. (I find this one an absolute essential!)

You can either use the shortcut ALT + CTRL + Home, or the following option on the piano roll window:

Top left arrow on piano roll -> Edit -> Allow resizing from left

Enabling Ghost Notes in the Piano Roll

Ghost channels are a crucial option to enable which allow you to see grayed out notes from other instruments inside the same pattern!

To enable this, click the top left arrow in FL Studio, hover over Helpers, and you will see Ghost Channels. (Shortcut is ALT + V)

Turning On Undo Knobs Tweaks, and Increasing Undo History Levels

This is another super handy feature!

Most programs have an undo history where you can select where you want to go back in time.

Let’s say you made some edits, and realize you went a little too far after some EQ changes, all you have to do is click down the history log to get back to normal!

Now, if you don’t enable the Undo Knob Tweaks radio button, when you adjust a VST, this will not count as a history change!

So here’s what I suggest!

Hit F10, and head to the General tab:

Under the Undo history heading, I set my Maximum undo levels to 100.

I also make sure to enable Undo knob tweaks.

Again, this will allow for tracking history changes of VST knob changes!


Those are some of my favorite workflow settings for FL Studio.

Without some of them, they significantly decrease my workflow/performance!

Do you have any fl studio workflow tips that I’ve missed?

If you’d like to see more, just let me know in the comments! (I have a couple more up my sleeve ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).



GratuiTous runs a FL Studio training platform, and has taught beatmaking with FL Studio since 2011! He was an electrician for 10 years in Canada, and loves learning best practices of beatmaking! Learn about GratuiTous. ๐Ÿ‘‰
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