Part 2 of our Powering Up With FL Studio tutorial…
8: In the File section you can assign more dedicated folders to be searchable by the Browser so they can be quickly accessed from inside a project. There’s also the option to add a secondary VST plug-ins folder search path and a control for setting how often an auto-save backup is performed. It’s a good idea to leave this on, although it can be switched off.
9: Come out of the Preferences window and return to the main screen. On the left is the browser, and if you mouse over the top of this area you will see several Snap options. Each one is a preset view of the same browser and you can flip between them by choosing from this menu. One view might show all your plug-in presets, another might show audio loops.
10: Go to the Options menu and select Project General Settings. This lets you set the project data folder for the project, where recorded and rendered audio files will be stored. Click on the Info tab and you can enter metadata about a project, such as title, genre, author and other information.
11: Returning to the Browser, you can set it up to behave as you prefer. Click on the tiny icon at the top left of its column to reveal the Browser Options menu. You can alter its size, make it auto-hide and choose to sort its view in any way you like. This is handy if you use lots of some types of content but not others.
12: Templates are a great way to get started quickly. In the Browser, zoom down to the Projects section and click on it. Inside this is the Templates folder, and within that a series of sub-folders grouping templates by type and genre. Double-click on any one to open a new project based on that template.
13: If you right-click on any file in the Browser and choose Windows Shell Menu and then Properties, you can reveal the properties for any file, including its location on the hard drive. This makes it easy to locate, duplicate or even delete that file, as well as to see if there are any previous versions of it contained in a backup.
14: Rather than digging into the templates in the Browser, go to the File menu and select New>From Template, then choose from the lists found inside. The Minimal options are quite basic, while the Performance templates are designed to get you up and running with a variety of controller devices.
15: If you go to the View>Arrange Windows menu you are able to snap FL Studio to any window layout. If you have created one that you like, choose Save Current Arrangement from this menu and the window set will be available as a preset for you to use in the future.
16: You can access a live news feed from Image-Line directly inside FL Studio by clicking on the News menu and selecting from the list of stories it presents to you. Of course, your PC needs to be online for this to work, but it’s a good way to get the latest news at-a-glance without leaving the app.