AUTOMATION & RECORDING

Event Editor

The Event Editor holds automation data that moves linked controls according to the curves recorded, set or drawn. Event automation is closely related to Automation Clips but differs in two main ways. 1. Event Automation is bound to a specific Pattern, Pattern Clip. Automation Clips are not, they are a type of generator' plugin. 2. Event data can be recorded from live controller movements or drawn into the Event Editor by hand. Automation Clips can be edited only, you can't record one. Although you can convert Event Data to Automation Clips.

NOTE: You can convert recorded Event automation data to Automation Clips with the Menu > Edit > Turn into automation clip option.

Controls

Event Editor Facts

Event automation may link to controls on the FL Studio interface or in plugins (native and external). Some important Event Editor facts:

  1. Browse all automation in the project using the Browser > Current project > Patterns folder.
  2. The Event Editor will only show data from the selected pattern. Use the Transport Panel Pattern Selector or Channel Window Pattern Selector to change patterns.
  3. Convert Event Automation to an Automation Clip by selecting 'Turn into Automation Clip' from the Event Editor Menu (for FL Studio Producer Edition or higher).
  4. The Event Editor is the location for all recorded automation. Remember, the pattern selected during recording holds the Automation data.
  5. Event Automation can be manually edited and drawn.
  6. A single pattern may contain multiple Automation Events, use the Target menu to swap between Event Automation data for the selected pattern. Patterns may contain an unlimited number of Event Automation data-sets.
  7. Event Automation data can be visualized and/or edited from a number of locations:

NOTE: To link other controls to Event Automation data - First convert the Event Automation to an Automation Clip through the Event Editor Menu > Edit > Turn into Automation Clip. The Automation Clip will now appear as an 'Internal controller' link option in the 'Link to controller' Right-click dialog on automatable controls and also in the Browser > Current project > Remote control list.

Waveform Helper View

Sometimes it is useful to closely align Event Automation data with an audio waveform. For example when using Fruity Vocoder or Pitcher. To show the waveform drag from a waveform preview and drop on the Event Editor. To switch the view on and off after this, use (Alt+N).

Working with Event Automation data

The Event Editor graph shows time on the horizontal axis (measured in bars) and automation values on the vertical axis (0 to 100%). The time segments of the Playlist are set by the window's 'snap' parameter (). Alternatively, selecting 'Main' will implement the global snap value as defined in the Recording panel. Events are displayed as vertical lines (height represents the value of the event). The Event Editor window can display only one event data-set at a time.

Using the Event Editor with VST Plugins

There are two options:

  1. Tweak or move the target control on the plugin. Then use the Main menu option Tools > Last tweaked > Edit events.
  2. Use the Browser > Current project > Effect or Generators folder to see MIDI CC parameters for all controls the plugin publishes to the host (FL Studio). Then Right-click the target and select Edit events.

Event Editor Menu

The Event Editor Main menu provides useful commands for editing events. You can access this menu by clicking the Event Editor menu icon.