Quick start guide
1. Drum Pads OR Keyboard
All instruments are classified as either STEP or PIANO type. Step instruments are played from the Drum Pads & sequenced from the Step Sequencer while Piano type instruments are played from the Keyboard and sequenced from the Piano roll. When you select a Step type instrument the left-most tab will change to 'Drum Pads'. When you select a Piano type instrument it will change to 'Keyboard':
- Drum Pads - Select the Tracks tab switch to tracks view with the Track Editor button then tap '(+) STEP' button OR select a Step type instrument track by tapping on it.
Then tap on the Drum Pad tab to play the Drum Pads.
Select the Drum Kit of your choice from the scrollable list of kits in the Instruments tab and swap back to the Drum Pad tab.
- Keyboard - Select the Tracks tab and switch to tracks view with the Track Editor button then tap '(+) PIANO' button OR select a Piano type instrument track by tapping on it.
Then tap on the Keyboard tab to play the Keyboard. Slide and pinch on the Menu Bar above the keyboard to change the keyboard zoom and position.
Select the instrument of your choice from the scrollable instrument list in the Instruments tab then swap back to the Keyboard tab.
- Tap the Keys button to access even more Keyboard options and pinch or swipe on the keyboard.
In the Keyboard tab, tap the accelerometer button to enable pitch bend, then tilt your device to bend the played note's pitch.
Tapping the keys button brings up a menu for switching to 2 keyboard rows, changing the key labels , and a keyboard map that allows to position the keyboard with a single tap.
2. Recording a Performance
Follow these steps to create a simple song from scratch (or watch a video tutorial here):
- Open the projects tab and tap the New button to create a new project
- Open the tracks tab and tap the Tempo button to set the tempo and signature of your new song. Then it's usually a good idea to start with the Step Sequencer to lay down a rhythm.
- To add more bars you can tap the (+) button on the Step Sequencer page or go to the Tracks tab and press the (+) button there. We'll do it 7 times to get 8 bars.
- Tap the Bar Editor button and select the 1-bar beat you made in the Step Sequencer.
- Tap the 'Repeat' button 7 times to fill the blank bars.
- Select the Track Editor button then tap '(+) Piano' button to add a melodic instrument Track.
- Select the Instruments tab and select an instrument (the default Track is a Piano).
- Select the Keyboard tab and tap the Record button , after a 1 bar count-in start playing. Tap Stop when done . If you made a mistake and want to re-record, simply tap the undo button to erase the notes you just recorded. You can also record over the existing notes to add as many layers as you like in the current tracks Piano roll.
- Open the Tracks tab and select the Piano roll editor button OR you can double-tap on any track to open the editor for it.
- If you want to quantize (align you notes with the beat) then double-tap on the 'New selection button' to select all notes OR tap and drag to select the notes. Then select the Quantize button to open a pop-up. You can also select bars from the 'Bar Editor'
view and Quantize from there.
- Select a quantize timing, usually 1/8 or 1/16 is good. If you try a quantization and don't like it you can tap the Undo button.
- Repeat steps 6 to 11 adding Percussion (Step) or Melodic (Piano) instruments until you have completed your song OR add Audio tracks as described below.
- Tune the reverb in the effects tab, maybe set the equalizer and play around with the other effects.
- To save your song, open the Projects Tab, enter a song name in the text field and tap the save button.
3. Adding or Recording Audio Tracks (iOS only)
There are 4 ways to create an audio track:
- Record with the inbuilt microphone or a microphone/audio device plugged into the headphone jack or dock.
- Import a song/track from your iTunes library
- Import an existing audio file. Supported formats include: wav, mp3, ogg, m4a
- AudioPaste from other apps on your device (iOS 7+ only)
Note: An audio track can only be linked to one audio file. Opening another file in the wave editor will link it to the newly selected audio track. Editing in the wave editor always changes the original audio file in the Audio folder, unless you tap the "Save as" button to save it under a new name. This improves the workflow by not having to save and type filenames every time you change an audio file.
Follow these steps to add an audio track to your song:
- Select the Tracks tab switch to tracks view with the Track Editor button then tap '(+) AUDIO' button.
- In the wave editor menu, tap either the record button for microphone recording OR
- Tap the Open button on the upper-right, which will present the load options. You can use iTunes file sharing or the WiFi server to copy
audio files from your computer to the Audio folder in FL Studio Mobile.
- For live recording you can record from the inbuilt microphone or an external microphone/input if one is connected. You can also select 'Play song during recording' if you need to sing or
play along with the music. We recommend using headphones so that the audio from FL Studio Mobile is not recorded along with your external audio through any microphone. Tip: Try to get the
peaks around -10 and -5 dB if possible (use the input volume fader shown on the peak meter below), although the Wave Editor has a 'normaize' function so you can increase the gain of any recorded audio that seems to quiet.
NOTE: Recording starts from the position of the left-most Song Marker not the play head.
- Use the bottom menu in the wave editor to select and modify parts of the audio file. From the Tracks screen, the track you just created has been filled with an audio region.
Tip: Double tapping an audio track takes you straight to the wave editor for that track.
- Tap the Tracks tab then Bar editor button to move, duplicate, repeat, quantize or delete audio regions. The Bar editor treats audio regions as if they were notes.
- If you want to load the song in FL Studio Mobile on another device, in addition to the .flm file all the .wav files used in the song need to be present. To simplify the transfer, a song can be exported as a zip file which contains the .flm and all the linked .wav files from the Audio folder.
NOTE: More information on using the Wave Editor and recording audio is available in the Wave Editor section.
FL Studio Mobile Related Applications
If you own FL Studio Mobile's big brother, FL Studio, you can transfer the project file (.flm) to your PC where you can take it to the next level. FL Studio will read and open your projects just as you saved them ready to go. NOTE: You will need FL Studio 11 or higher to read .flm and .instr files from FL Studio Mobile version 2 and higher, check on the Looptalk (FL Studio users forum) for the latest version.
If you own a Windows 8 (Pro or RT) device then you may also be interested in FL Studio Groove.