Keyboard & Drum Pad tab

  1. Introduction
  2. Scrolling and resizing
  3. Keyboard menu
    1. Play/Pause button
    2. Stop button
    3. Loop button
    4. Record button
    5. Undo button
    6. Display
    7. Metronome button
    8. Keyboard layout button
    9. Accelerometer button
    10. Fullscreen button
  4. Velocity (volume)
  5. Keyboard layout mode
    1. Octave buttons
    2. Keyboard map
    3. Rows button
    4. Key label button
  6. Drum Pads & Step Sequencer

1. Introduction

FL Studio Mobile features a Keyboard and Drum Pads capable of handling up to 5 simultaneous touches (10 on the iPad). Not every instrument has the full tonal range, hence the number of playable octaves varies from instrument to instrument.

Selecting a step track in the Track list will automatically add drum pads to this tab. Adding Step Channels will add a pads to this tab.

Selecting a piano track in the Track list will automatically add a keyboard to this tab.

When in Drum Pad mode the Tab will say 'Drum Pads' when in Keyboard mode the tab will say 'Keyboard'. To switch between Drum Pad and Keyboard mode tap button as shown left. NOTE: Once converted a Keyboard can't be changed back to Drum Pads. If you don't like the way keys or pads react to your input, the setup tab offers some useful keyboard preferences.

2. Scrolling and resizing

The keyboard position and width can be adjusted via the scroll and pinch gestures.

Either tap the keyboard layout button or simply do the gesture on the top menu bar: move one finger left or right to slide the keyboard, pinch with two fingers to adjust the key width.

3. Keyboard menu

3.1 Play/Pause

Starts and pauses playback of the song. The playhead will remain at the paused position and start from there if Play is pressed again.

3.2 Stop

Stops playback and rewinds the playhead to the start of the track.

3.3 Loop button

Toggles looping, i.e. during playback and recording the song (or the section between the markers) will be repeated indefinitely.

3.4 Record button

Start or stop a new recording. More on this topic in the tracks tab. There is also a Record button (different appearance) on the Filter Effect Tab.

3.5 Undo button

Tap to undo the last recording, hold for 2 seconds to display a popup with the possible undo/redo actions.

3.6 Display

The LCD displays the current instrument and the position of the playhead in the format measure-dot-beat, e.g. 1:1 means that the playhead is in the 1st beat of the 1st bar (measure).

3.7 Metronome button

Toggles the metronome. Its state is remembered separately for playback and recording. Per default, the metronome is enabled only at recording. Beat and signature can be configured in the tempo popup in the tracks tab. Metronome volume and style settings are found in the setup tab.

Tap and hold the metronome button to bring up the tempo popup.

3.8 Keyboard layout button

This button has two different actions. In Drum Pad mode it converts the step track (drum pads) to a piano track (keyboard), this is a one-way conversion and can't be undone. In Keyboard mode it toggles the keyboard layout mode.

3.9 Accelerometer button

Toggles the accelerometer input. By default, it enables the pitch bend effect. Tilt your device to bend the pitch of the currently played notes. The filter effect can also be configured to react to the accelerometer.

If this button is enabled while recording, the device tilt is also recorded (which could affect the pitch bend and/or the filter effect). In this case, the filter track will be overwritten unless you disable the accelerometer button or the accelerometer checkbox of the filter effect.

3.10 Fullscreen button

Switches to a full screen keyboard or drum pad view.

4. Velocity (volume)

In the setup tab, enable Velocity to control the note volume. The volume depends on where you touch a key (top = quiet, bottom = forte).

5. Keyboard layout mode

In this mode, the keyboard rows can be scrolled and resized anywhere on the screen.

5.1 Octave buttons

The left and right octave buttons quickly scroll the keyboard one octave (12 semitones) down or up.

5.2 Keyboard map

The map illustrates which part of the keyboard is currently visible. Slide or tap it to quickly scroll the keyboard.

5.3 Rows button

Switches between one and two keyboard rows. More on this topic here.

5.4 Key label button

Switches between the 4 key label modes: off, C only, all keys labeled, and colored key labels.

6. Drum Pads & Step Sequencer

For each STEP type instrument track in the project there is an associated Drum Pad instrument. Each Drumpad instrument can display a maximum of 32 drum pads corresponding to 32 samples. To add Drum Pads to the default 6, tap on the 'Tracks Tab > Step Sequencer' button and then add channels from the [+] button at the bottom of the step-sequencer page. Each channel added creates a new Drum Pad.