::: While the FL Studio based musician generally has little or no need for extra hardware, it's definitely worth considering a controller. Controllers are devices that send control signals to FL Studio to move the knobs, switches or play a plugin instrument like a synthesizer. For setting up a controller see the MIDI Settings Wizard or MIDI Settings page.  ::::::    Interfaces, Keyboards and Controllers :: Syntheway Virtual Musical Instruments ::      

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While the FL Studio based musician generally has little or no need for extra hardware, it's definitely worth considering a controller. Controllers are devices that send control signals to FL Studio to move the knobs, switches or play a plugin instrument like a synthesizer. For setting up a controller see the MIDI Settings Wizard or MIDI Settings page.

NOTES:

  1. To link the FL Studio interface to an external controller, Right-click the target knob/slider and select 'Link controller' from the menu and then move the physical knob on the external controller interface.

  2. FL Studio stores all note activity from external controllers from the past 3 minutes. This can be dumped to the Piano roll at any time using the 'Dump score log to selected pattern' command. Never lose that perfect improvisation again!.

 

Types of External Controllers

Depending on your background, experience and workflow there is a controller right for you.

 

Typing keyboard

When the Recording panel 'Typing keyboard to piano keyboard' option is selected, your Typing keyboard will function as a note keyboard. Right-click the selector to change the octave range (up/down).

 

Keyboard Controllers
 

The Photon X25 (above left) is a nice example of a combined musical keyboard, knob controller & audio-interface. It provides 2 octaves of notes, 10 assignable knobs that can be linked to knobs and sliders in FL and is connected to your PC over USB. If you are serious keyboardist then the sky is the limit, the PCR-800 (above right) has more control action than you are ever likely to need.

 

Knob and Slider Controllers
 

If the idea of a piano keyboard isn't your style then the BCF 2000 and Control Universal are nice examples of 'knob and slider' based controllers. All those knobs and sliders makes for a lot of control. Connected to your PC by USB it can be linked to almost any knob or slider in FL Studio. Too easy!

 

Percussion / Pad
 

If you are percussion or MPC oriented then you may want a controller that you can tap, bash and hit (Performance Pad and MPD16 shown).

     

MIDI Hardware
 

Similarly if you already have other MIDI hardware then that can be used as a controller too. See the MIDI setup wizard for details on connecting MIDI hardware to your PC, a USB to MIDI 5-Pin DIN adapter may be required.

See also: Interfaces, Keyboards and Controllers

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