Projects tab

  1. Introduction
  2. Filename text field
  3. File list
  4. Drum Loops
  5. iTunes File Sharing (iOS only)
  6. File Associations (iOS only)
  7. Buttons
    1. New
    2. Load
    3. Save
    4. Delete
    5. Export (.mid, .wav, .m4a, .zip, AudioCopy, SoundCloud, Dropbox)
    6. Info
  8. Importing FL MOBILE Projects into FL Studio WINDOWS

1. Introduction

The Projects tab is the place all your data is stored. The folders include:

  • Audio - The Audio folder contains any audio files you transfer to FL Studio Mobile or create by exporting audio from projects. iOS NOTE: As iTunes does not allow selection of individual files from the Audio folder you will need to copy the entire folder to your computer each time you want files.
  • Demos - Pre made projects for your edification. It's worth spending some time exploring the demo projects to see what FL Studio Mobile can do. You are also welcome to submit a project for addition to the demo folder through the FL Studio Mobile forums here.
  • Projects - In FL Studio Mobile, songs/tracks created are referred to as 'projects'. The projects tab can be used to create new projects, load, save and delete existing songs, or to export songs into WAV or MIDI files which can be transferred to your PC/Mac.

    Projects are stored in the .flm file format, a custom and small format for FL Studio Mobile. It contains:

    • Tracks, their recorded notes and parameters
    • Song tempo, signature, markers
    • Effects settings
    • Keyboard layout (number of rows, positions, size)
    • Metronome settings (volume, precount)
    • Some user-interface settings (selected track, state of the loop-button etc.)

    Setup tab preferences are not contained in an .flm file, i.e. they remain unchanged if a project is loaded.

  • My Instruments (iOS only) - Stores any custom instruments you have created. These instruments will appear on the Instruments tab so there is no need to access them from here. You can copy this folder to your computer for backup OR delete unwanted instruments from here. For more information on creating your own instruments tap here.

NOTE: Don't worry if you don't have all the folders discussed above, some are created as needed by FL Studio Mobile.

2. Filename text field

If a project is selected, its name is displayed in the text field. To save the current song, tap the text field to bring up the keyboard (be patient, this may take a few seconds on older devices) and enter the filename, then tap save. Tap the X icon on the right of the text field to clear it.

3. File list


The list displays the type, name and length (or size) of every file. Demo songs and drum loops are organized in separate folders. Select a file to view its details (date, size) in the area below the list. Double tap a file or a folder to open it. Files with the following extensions are listed:

  • flm - FL Studio Mobile project. You can load .flm files in FL Studio 11 or higher (for Windows) and take them to the next level.
  • flml - FL Studio Mobile drum loop
  • wav - uncompressed wave file in RIFF format. 16 bit, 44.1 kHz (Mono & Stereo) wav files are supported.
  • m4a - Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is a compressed/lossy audio format, similar to .mp3.
  • mid or midi - MIDI file. Contains note and performance data. Useful for importing/exporting sequences.
  • zip (iOS only) - Compressed archive format used for importing user created samples/instruments.
  • instr (iOS only) - Pre-made instrument files. Put these in the top-level folder and double-tap to add them to (and create) the 'My Instruments' folder. They will then be available from the Instruments Tab.

4. Drum Loops

Drum Loops contain one or more loopable drum tracks which can be added to a song. Tapping a drum loop immediately plays a preview, which simplifies the process of finding the drum loop you are looking for. Tap the save button in the drum loops directory to save the current song’s drum tracks as a drum loop.

If the current song is empty, loading a drum loop applies its tempo and reverb settings and enables loop playback and recording. Otherwise, a popup lets you choose to append the drum loop tracks to the current song or to replace all drum loop tracks of the current song with new drum loops.

In practice, drum loops are great to start a song with, and are also useful for trying out different rhythms for an existing song. When adding a drum loop to an existing song, you may want to use the Bar Editor’s repeat button to manually loop (extend) the drum loop to the duration of the song.

5. iTunes File Sharing

This section describes how to copy data TO and FROM FL Studio Mobile. Alternatively you can use the WiFi server to copy files. iOS NOTE: Apple prevents certain file transfer operations and location access so please note the directions below:

Copying files TO FL Studio mobile



FL Studio Mobile’s file list can be accessed via iTunes to transfer files between your iOS Device and your PC/Mac. Connect your device with the USB cable and launch iTunes on your PC/Mac.

  1. In the devices section of the left list, click on your device.
  2. Select the Apps section in the menu on the top not down the left side.
  3. Select FL Studio Mobile to display its files in the Documents list.
  4. Drag and drop a file into this list to copy it into FL Studio Mobile. Keep in mind that FL Studio Mobile will only open files with the following extensions: flm, flml, mid, midi, zip, m4a.

NOTE: FL Studio mobile will recognize any file types that belong in specific folders and move them automatically (Audio, Instruments etc).

Copying files FROM FL Studio mobile folders

Only files at the highest levels can be individually selected and copied to your computer. Files in folders such as Audio (where rendered project audio is saved) or My Instruments must be copied along with the entire folder as follows:



FL Studio Mobile’s file list can be accessed via iTunes to transfer files between your iOS Device and your PC/Mac. Connect your device with the USB cable and launch iTunes on your PC/Mac.

  1. In the devices section of the left list, click on your device.
  2. Select the Apps section in the menu on the top not down the left side.
  3. Select FL Studio Mobile to display its files in the Documents list.
  4. Select the folder to be copied (the whole folder must be copied you can't select individual files from folders).
  5. Select Save to... and choose a save location on your computer. The folder and its contents will be copied.

NOTE: iTunes file sharing is available on all iPhone, iPod touch and iPad models with iOS 3.2, iOS 4.0 or higher.

6. File Associations (iOS only)

Any .flm or .mid file you find on the Web or receive via email can be opened directly with FL Studio Mobile. Tap any .flm or MIDI file in an application like Safari or Mail and select “Open with FL Studio Mobile” to load this file with FL Studio Mobile.

7. Buttons

7.1 New

Creates a new project, deleting all tracks and resetting all effect parameters in the process.

7.2 Load

Loads the selected .flm or .mid file. You can also double tap a song to load it.

If the song requires instruments which are not present in your instrument list, they are substituted by the closest matches from the available instruments and a popup informs you about that.

7.3 Save

Saves the current song with the filename in the text field. If the text field is empty, the keyboard opens and the file is saved when you tap done. The save format is .flm. This is known as a FL Studio Mobile 'project' file. Project files contains all the note and control data from your song, they do not save any audio or custom instrument data, for that export to .zip format.

7.4 Delete

Deletes the selected file.

7.5 Export

The export button exports the selected file/project NOT the project currently loaded. To export the current project, save it, select it in the list and press the export button.

Projects & files may be exported to:

  • MIDI - MIDI is note and automation data, it is not audio. It enables you to export the musical elements from a project and import it into programs or devices that read MIDI data. Each track in the project preserved as a separate instrument channel in the MIDI file. Instruments are translated to closely match the GM (General MIDI) standard voices. Pitch bend is scaled to the default MIDI range of +/- 2 semitones.
  • WAV - The CD audio format. 44 kHz, 16 bit stereo audio file.
  • AAC (.m4a file) - Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is a compressed/lossy audio format, similar to .mp3. Select from 128 kb/s (low quality) through to 320 kb/s (high quality) bandwidth settings.
  • ZIP (iOS only) - Zip encapsulates all the project data (including samples). This is useful for archiving or sharing projects. FL Studio 11 or higher (for Windows). Extract the .zip to a location visible to the FL Studio Browser and then open the .flm file.
  • AudioCopy (iOS 7 only) - The AudioCopy clipboard allows to you copy and paste audio material between apps that have AudioCopy support. The AudioCopy app (available on the App Store) lets you manage the clipboard.
  • SoundCloud (iOS only) - Upload files to your SoundCloud account.
  • Dropbox (iOS only) - Upload files to your Dropbox account.

    To download files from your Dropbox account into FL Studio Mobile, first install the Dropbox app then navigate to the content you want to load and tap the 'Open in...' icon. Finally select FL Studio Mobile from the list. The FL Studio Mobile app will then open and with the selected content in the appropriate folder.

  • Share (Android Only) - Shares with currently applications (Dropbox, Gmail, SoundCloud etc, depending on the file type and the apps you have installed).
  • Open with App (Android Only) - Opens the file with the selected application (Dropbox, Gmail, SoundCloud etc, depending on the file type and the apps you have installed).
  • Apply markers (button) - ensures only the range between the left and the right song markers on the Tracks Tab will be exported (see below).
  • 1 file per track (iOS Only) - Exports the project as 'stems'. That is, each track becomes a separate audio file that can be loaded into another DAW program such as FL Studio.

TIPS: Before exporting projects to WAV, set the reverb quality to high. Projects are exported with 128 voice polyphony.

NOTE: See the section on File Sharing for instructions on how to transfer your exported audio and files from your iOS Device to your computer.

7.6 Info

Displays project or file information including size, creation date and length.

Importing FL MOBILE Projects into FL Studio WINDOWS

You will need:

  • FL Studio 11 or higher.
  • FL Studio Mobile 2.1 iOS (or higher) or FL Studio Mobile 1.1 Android (or higher), updates are free.

Then:

  1. Save format - Use the .flm format projects if they use only stock library samples OR if the project has custom (your own) samples '.zip' format. Export from the Export & Share process on the Projects tab.
  2. Transfer - the .zip file to your computer and extract the zip to your "Program Files\Image-Line\Shared\Data\FL Mobile Samples" folder OR any location visible to the FL Studio Browser (See Notes below).
  3. Install factory FL Mobile samples - Use the Content Library downloader in FL Studio to download the FL Studio Mobile instrument libraries used.
  4. Open in FL Studio for Windows - Drag and drop the FL Studio Mobile .flm song file onto the FL Studio Desktop and it will open ready to be taken to the next level.

NOTES: .zip files exported from FL Studio Mobile will also contain any custom instruments and audio files. Image-Line factory instruments are not included in the .zip and need to be downloaded through the Download & Library manager. To open FL Studio Mobile .zip projects directly in FL Studio for Windows, prior to 11.0.5, you will need to extract the .zip contents to a browser visible location before the project will load. After 11.0.5 you can load the .zip file as is.