The Setup tab contains controls and options that affect the behavior of features at other locations in FL Studio mobile as described by the tabs.
2. General settings
Polyphony defines the maximum number of notes that can be played simultaneously. High polyphony requires more CPU and can lead to stuttering/crackling in the audio output, but low polyphony can result in notes fading out too soon.
If it is set to 16 and at one point during playback, the song would require 17 notes to be played simultaneously, the oldest note will quickly be faded out to allow the new one to play. The required polyphony of a song depends on the number of simultaneous notes on all tracks, and heavily on the release times.
When exporting a song to a wav file, a polyphony of 128 is applied.
Keep attack/release times on instrument change
Preserves the current (PAN, VOL, ATT, REL) settings on an instrument change for the selected track.
Loop region in the step editor
Loops the region of the Step Sequencer pattern currently displayed.
Lock interface orientation
Stops the interface from rotating with the device orientation.
Bluetooth mode (iOS only)
Output audio via Bluetooth. TIP: Remember you will also need to activate Bluetooth in the iOS settings and pair your device with the Bluetooth accessory (headphones or speakers). NOTE: Bluetooth audio output and Audio recording are incompatible so Bluetooth audio will be disabled if you enter recording mode.
Background audio (iOS only)
The Background audio option allows playback while FL Studio Mobile is running in the background. To send FL Studio Mobile to the background - Start a song playing and click
the home button, and playback continues, even if you launch other apps. Battery usage - If background audio is enabled, FL Studio will drain your battery significantly faster than normal, even if the screen
is turned off or if other apps are running. To save battery - press the power button to switch the screen off during playback of a song.
To quit FL Studio from background - double tap the home button, tap and hold the FL Studio Mobile icon, then tap the red minus icon.
In combination with MIDI, background audio has several practical uses:
- Play a backing track from FL Studio Mobile, in the background, while performing with another music app (synth for example).
- Use any app that sends Core MIDI (or virtual MIDI) data to trigger FL Studio Mobile's instruments.
TIP: Set MIDI IN to TRACKS, create 16 empty tracks and assign different instruments to them. Then configure the other app to send on a specific channel 1-16 to select the instrument.
- Use FL Studio Mobile as a sequencer to control other background apps that can use Core MIDI (or virtual MIDI).
TIP: Set MIDI OUT to TRACKS to send each track’s notes to the MIDI channel corresponding to its track number. Configure other apps to receive MIDI IN from a specific channel to select
Register FL Studio Mobile
FL Studio Mobile (iPod Touch & iPhone) & FL Studio Mobile HD (iPad) are registered to your device trough the Apple Store and iTunes. There are however additional benefits of registering your
copy with us here at Image-Line:
- Join our user community and share projects and tips.
- Get technical support.
- Download the FL Studio Mobile content for FL Studio so you can import your projects.
To register FL Studio Mobile:
- Make sure 'private browsing' is OFF and cookies are enabled from the home screen Settings > Safari.
- Tap the 'Setup' tab.
- Tap the 'Register' button.
- Tap the 'OK' button on the pop-up window. This opens the Web browser and takes you to the Image-Line website where
you can register FL Studio Mobile with us. If you are already an Image-Line customer make sure to select the 'returning customer' option and password.
Shown below are the first two Web-pages of the account creation process where you can enter your login email and create an account. NOTE: If you are already an Image-Line customer
make sure to log in with the 'returning customer' option and your password.
Enter your account details and select a password:
Opens the Safari Web browser to the FL Studio Mobile user forum where you can share projects, instruments and tips with fellow FL Studio Mobile users. NOTE: Requires registration to gain
access (see above).
WiFi Server Connection (iOS only)
The WiFi server allows you to transfer files between FL Studio Mobile and your computer or other iOS devices connected to the same WiFi network. Alternately you can use
iTunes file sharing. The WiFi server allows files to be added, downloaded or removed via the other device's Web browser as follows:
- Make sure your iOS Device & Web-browsing device/computer are connected to the same WiFi network.
- Tap the 'Setup' tab.
- Tap the 'WiFi Server' button.
- From the pop-up note the Web to address to use in your Browser.
- Enter the Web address into the Web browser on the second device/computer and press enter.
NOTE: You may need to re-boot your device to get it to show on your local network AND needless to say your computer needs access to the wireless network also (most ADSL modem/routers have
WiFi and this is the path to the wireless network).
Once you enter the Web address shown on your iOS device into Safari on your second iOS device, or your computer's Web browser, you will gain access to
the first iOS device it over the WiFi network and the following home-screen will appear:
Tap on folders to see their contents:
NOTE: Both your iOS Device and the Web browsing device/computer need to be connected to the same WiFi network.
Use the Browse, Import, Delete buttons to manage your data.
External Hardware (iOS only)
The hardware setup section indicates if compatible hardware is connected. In this case, the Configure button becomes active and shows a popup with hardware specific settings (iOS only).
Restore defaults button
Brings up a popup asking you if the factory defaults should be restored. This means resetting all preferences in the setup tab and creating a new song. Saved songs (i.e. all files in the projects tab file list) will remain unchanged.
3. Keyboard settings
Enable velocity to control the note volume while playing on the keyboard. The volume depends on where you touch a key (top = quiet, bottom = forte).
Modulation vs accelerometer
Set the X or Y tilt direction to act as a modulation source for MiniSynth.
Snap to white keys
If enabled, scrolling in the keyboard tab will snap to the nearest white key.
Allow touches between black keys
If enabled, white keys can be touched in the area between the black keys. Otherwise, white keys can only be touched on the area below the black keys.
German key labeling
The German key naming system uses the letter H instead of B and B instead of A#. If checked, key labels on the keyboard tab and the piano roll editor's display use this naming convention.
To save time, quantization can be automatically applied after each recording on the keyboard. The default setting is off, meaning that the Bar Editor or the piano-roll editor need to be utilized in order to quantize notes. Keep in mind that automatic quantization can lead to undesirable results and is not undoable. It is recommended for bass and drum recording.
If you tap a C on the keyboard with the transposition set to +2, a D will be played. The transposition range of -11 to +11 semitones allows you to play in a different key without having to learn the melody again.
4. Pitch Bend
If the pitch bend effect and the accelerometer button in the keyboard tab are enabled, the pitch of the currently played notes can be influenced by tilting the device.
Unlike most MIDI sequencers, FL Studio Mobile stores pitch bend data per note, not just per track. This means that two simultaneous notes on the same track can have different pitch bend data (events). The big advantage of this method is that editing a note automatically affects the pitch bend data for this note, but does not affect any other notes on the track (other software sequencers commonly ask if you want to move the pitch bend data too, this is obsolete with this method).
In the piano roll editor, notes with pitch bend data have a different texture (a vertical color gradient).
Set the pitch bend range with the semitone slider from +/-1 to +/-24 semitones.
The tilt angle required to bend the maximum semitone range is controlled with the sensitivity slider. The text to the right of the sliders clarifies the behavior of the current setting (e.g. the device needs to be tilted 45 degrees to achieve a pitch bend of 8 semitones).
Pitch bend accelerometer axis
This knob selects if the pitch bend reacts to tilt in the x or the y direction. If you are holding your device in landscape orientation X is left/right and Y front/back
Pitch bend invert axis checkbox
Enable it to invert the behavior of the current accelerometer axis, e.g. moving down (instead of up) will increase the pitch.
Pitch bend record mode
The recording mode controls how existing pitch bend data is treated at recording.
- In overwrite mode, existing pitch bend events on the recorded track are overwritten by the new ones.
- Overdub mode preserves existing pitch bend data and stores the new pitch bend events only for newly recorded notes.
5. Metronome settings
The volume slider controls the gain of the metronome tick sound.
Set how many bars a recording will be precount. This is useful if you want to record the first note at the very beginning of the song (beat 1.1). Without precount, there wouldn't be enough time to tap the record button and immediately play the first note. Additionally,
precount helps to get in time with the rhythm before you start playing (recording).
For example if precount is set to 2 bars, the playhead position is at the beginning of the song (1.1) and you tap the record button, the playhead will count 2 bars from -2.1, -1.1 until the recording starts at 1.1.
Precount only at the beginning of the song
If checked, precount is only applied if the left song marker is positioned at the beginning of the song. If it is not checked and the left song marker is for example at position 7.1, a 1-bar precount will begin at 6.1.
6. Hardware Configuration Popup (iOS only)
The MIDI hardware configuration popup looks different depending on the kind of hardware connected. For the Akai SynthStation 25, it shows the battery level. For CoreMIDI devices, it presents
parameters for input and output. Port selection is available for CoreMIDI devices only.
- MIDI IN/OUT Channel - There are 16 Channels that you can use to communicate independent MIDI (note and control) data.
- MIDI Ports - Make sure the two MIDI devices you are connecting are set to the same (or all) Ports. Ports are the physical or logical connection (for software) over which MIDI data is
communicated. Ports may relate to physical plugs (like the MIDI IN and OUT port on a synth) or be 'virtual' ports that are used when MIDI is communicated over USB or similar data interface.
- MIDI Channel Options -
- 1 to 16 - Specific MIDI channel. Set the source and destination to the same MIDI Channel.
- All (Omni) - The same data is transmitted on all MIDI Channels.
- Tracks - The first 16 Tracks in FL Studio Mobile are sent and received to/from MIDI Channels 1 to 16. This will allow you to control or play multiple targets.
Multi-timbral Control Tips:
- MIDI In - Set MIDI IN to Tracks, create 16 tracks and assign different instruments to them. Then configure your MIDI device or another MIDI compatible app to send
on a specific channel 1-16, targeted to each instrument.
- MIDI Out - To use FL Studio Mobile as a sequencer for other background Apps or external devices, set MIDI OUT to Tracks so that Track 1 to 16 note data is sent out of the
corresponding MIDI Channel 1 to 16. Configure other Apps to receive MIDI IN from a specific channel to be controlled by that track.
There are 4 ways of utilizing FL Studio Mobile's MIDI input & output:
- Apps that are CoreMIDI or Virtual MIDI compatible.
- Keyboard controllers made for iOS:
- Line 6 Mobile Keys
- iRig Keys
- Akai SynthStation 25 (iPhone and iPod Touch only)
These are only the devices FL Studio Mobile has been tested with. There are many more on the market.
- MIDI interfaces made for iOS. FL Studio Mobile supports all CoreMIDI-compliant MIDI interfaces made for iOS devices. This list only includes the devices that FL Studio Mobile
has been tested with, there are many more on the market:
- Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer I and II
- iRig MIDI
- Yamaha i-MX1
- Alesis IO Dock (iPad only)
- Griffin StudioConnect (iPad only)
- Griffin Midi Connect
- Tascam iU2
- Neusonik iM/One
- iConnectMIDI (all models)
NOTE: Connect the interface's MIDI IN port to your keyboard’s MIDI OUT port, vice versa.
- Apple USB adapter (iPad only). There's a Lightning to USB adapter for new devices
and a Camera Connection Kit USB adapter for on older devices. USB keyboards with low USB
power requirements (e.g. Akai LPK25, MPK series, Korg nanoKey) can be directly connected to the adapter. Alternatively, MIDI-to-USB adapter cables (e.g. ESI MidiMate II) can be used to connect any MIDI
keyboard via Apple's USB adapter to the iPad.
MIDI IN (iOS only)
Connect the MIDI IN port to any keyboard’s MIDI OUT port. Every key that you press on the hardware keyboard will be received by the app. The channel can be set to the following values:
- TRACKS: Incoming MIDI events are routed to the corresponding tracks 1-16 (if existing).
- ALL: All incoming MIDI events are routed to the keyboard (upper row), regardless of their channel.
- 1-16: Only events with this channel are routed to the keyboard.
- Start and stop events trigger playback
In addition to note on/off events, FL Studio Mobile responds to the following MIDI events:
- Note velocity
- Sustain pedal on/off (MIDI CC64)
- Pitch bend
- Mod wheel (MIDI CC01) controls the filter effect.
- Volume and pan: the selected track’s volume and pan can be set with a hardware controller (MIDI CC07 and CC10).
- Start and stop events trigger playback/stop.
MIDI OUT (iOS only)
Connect the MIDI OUT port to any keyboard’s MIDI IN port to control it with your iOS Device. Note on, note off and pitch bend MIDI events are sent to the connected device as you play on the keyboard tab, tilt the iOS Device or play back a song. The channel can be set to the following values:
- TRACKS: MIDI events from all tracks are sent to the MIDI OUT port during playback. A track’s channel is defined by its track number. Tracks above number 16 are mapped to channel 1.
- 1-16: Only the keys touched in the keyboard tab are transmitted to the selected MIDI channel. When a song is played back, recorded notes will not be transmitted in this mode.
In addition to note on/off events, FL Studio Mobile sends the following MIDI events:
- Note velocity
- Sustain pedal on/off (MIDI CC64)
- Pitch bend
- Mod wheel
- MIDI Clock (if enabled)
- Volume, pan and program events are sent only when the "Send params" button is tapped.
- Playback start and stop events
Port (iOS only)
If a CoreMIDI device is connected, the input and output ports can be selected. The possible values are ALL (send to or receive from all ports) and the respective port number. For example, most MIDI-USB adapter cable have two plugs and thus two ports.
MIDI Panic (iOS only)
Tap the MIDI Panic button to silence both FL Studio Mobile and the device connected through MIDI Mobilizer. This can be useful in the rare event that notes are "hanging".
Akai SynthStation 25 (iOS only)
Your iPhone or iPod Touch can be inserted into the SynthStation to input notes with its 2-octave velocity sensitive keyboard. The audio output is routed through the SynthStation where you can connect headphones or use RCA jacks. Here is how FL Studio Mobile responds to the SynthStation’s controls:
- Pitch bend wheel: controls the pitch bend
- Mod wheel: controls the filter effect
- Drums button:
- When pressed while piano keys are pressed, this button acts as a sustain button.
- Otherwise (when no piano keys are down) it selects a drum kit.
- Synth buttons: select various synth instruments
- Program prev/next: change the current track’s instrument to the previous/next one in the instrument list
- Octave down/up: change the keyboard’s position on FL Studio Mobile’s full 7 octave keyboard. Note: the on-screen keyboard is independent of these buttons.
Core MIDI (iOS only)
For devices with iOS 4.2 (or later), connected Core MIDI devices are supported. Certain USB keyboards and USB-MIDI adapter cables can be connected to the iPad via the Camera Connection Kit, if they match the CoreMIDI standard and have very low USB power requirements or an external power supply.
Compatible Hardware List (iOS only)
FL Studio Mobile supports up to 24 input channels.
- All Core MIDI devices - USB MIDI.
- Akai SynthStation 25 - Your iPhone or iPod Touch can be inserted into the SynthStation to input notes with its 2-octave velocity sensitive keyboard. The audio output is routed through the SynthStation where you can connect headphones or use RCA jacks. The SynthStation’s mod wheel controls the filter effect. The program prev/next buttons let you browse the instrument list.
- Akai SynthStation 49 (iPad) - Dock, power and position your iPad. 49 Key MIDI controller.
- Alesis IO Dock (iPad only) - The IO Dock has 2 audio inputs for stereo or 2x simultaneous mono recording. Features MIDI IN and OUT ports.
- Alesis IO Dock II (all iPad models) - Audio Inputs: 2 x XLR-1/4" Phantom power, Guitar input, Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4" TRS Main 1/4" TRS Headphone. MIDI In (DIN) MIDI Out (DIN)
- Ampkit Link - Mono instrument recording through the headphone jack.
- Apogee Duet 2 for iPad - 2 x Analog inputs: Combination Line / Instrument. Balanced line outputs, Independent 1/4” stereo headphone output.
- Apogee Jam - Mono instrument recording through the dock connector.
- Apogee One for iPad - 1 x XLR Mic input. 1 x 1/4" TRS phono input. 1 x 1/8" stereo mini Headphone/Powered Monitors. Heahphone jack.
- Apple Camera Connection Kit - USB adapter (iPad only).
- Apple earphones - With microphone for mono recording through the headphone jack.
- Blue Spark Digital - Studio condenser microphone with both USB and iPad connectivity.
- BlueMikey Digital - Direct iDevice connected mic.
- Focusrite iTrack Solo - 1 x XLR mic input. 1 x 1/4" phono instrument/guitar input. 1 x 1/4" Headphone output. Stereo RCA line outputs.
- Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 & 18i6 - 2 & 18 inputs. Connect via cable to dock.
- Griffin Mic Connect - XLR mic adapter with 48V phantom power.
- Griffin StudioConnect (iPad only) - Dock. Audio in: 1/4" mono, 1/8" stereo. Audio out: Line-level stereo R and L RCA, 1/8" headphone jack. 5-Pin DIN MIDI in/outs.
- Guitar Jack - iPod Touch 2nd and 3rd generation only.
- iConnectMIDI - Sports 4 MIDI and 3 USB ports and provides very low latency.
- iRig HD - 1 x 1/4” guitar (Hi-Z) input jack.
- iRig Mic Cast - Microphone connects to multi-jack headphone socket.
- iRig Mic - Mono microphone recording through the headphone jack.
- iRig MIDI - MIDI IN, OUT and Thru ports and a micro USB port for charging the iDevice are iRig MIDI’s features.
- iRig Pro - 1 x XLR/1/4" combo jack for connecting microphones and instruments.
- iRig - Mono instrument (guitar and bass) recording through the headphone jack.
- iTrack Solo - 1 Switchable phantom powered XLR mic and 1 instrument input – 1/4" unbalanced (guitar etc). Connects via custom cable direct to the docking port.
- Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer I & II - The MIDI Mobilizer works on all devices and has MIDI IN and OUT cables (ports).
- Line 6 Mobile In - Stereo line in with guitar input.
- Line 6 Mobile Keys - MIDI keyboard. Connects via dock cable.
- Line 6 Sonic Port - 1 x 1/4" Guitar input. 1 x Line/Guitar output. 1 x 1/8" Stereo line input. 1 x 1/8" Stereo headphone output.
- Neusonik iBoard 4 - 49 key, Keyboard controller.
- RME FireFace UCX - Connected via Apple’s CCK (iPad only) and set into CC mode, the RME FireFace UCX provides 18 input channels, which can be recorded simultaneously as 18 mono or 9 stereo files.
- RME FireFace UFX - 12 x 1/4" balanced inputs. 4 x 1/4" balanced outputs. 1 x Headphones.
- RØDE iXY Stereo Microphone - Connects via the dock (30-pin). Use the RØDE Rec app to set the recording levels then open FL Studio Mobile.
- Some mono USB microphones - Inc. Samson Meteor Mic & Logitech Desktop Mic, work when connected to the CCK USB adapter.
- Sonoma GuitarJack 2 - 1/4 inch instrument input with configurable Pad, Lo-Z and Hi-Z modes. 1/8 inch stereo mic/line input with Pad, Normal and Boost modes. 1/8 inch stereo output. Connects via dock connector.
- Tascam iM2 - Turns the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a high-quality stereo recorder. Connects through the dock directly.
- Tascam iM2X - Connects via the dock (30-pin). Stereo X/Y microphone.
- Tascam iU2 - Stereo audio interface for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Features two 1/4" & XLR mic inputs with phantom power, MIDI in/out & connects through the docking port via a cable.
- Tascam iUR2 - USB Audio/MIDI interface.
- Tascam iXJ2 - 2 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS stereo mini mic inputs.
- Tascam iXZ - Single input audio interface for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Connects through the headphone jack.
- Yamaha i-MX1 - MIDI interface cable which enables iPad/iPhone to be connected to any MIDI instrument. Connects via dock.
- Zoom iQ5 - Multi pattern stereo mic. Connects to Lightning connector.