The Channel Settings window opens alongside plugin instruments (VSTs, DX and native plugins like Sytrus, as shown below)
when you click on a Channel button. It contains a number of global options including Mixer track routing [FX], channel pitch (tuning) and inbuilt arpeggiator functions. A few native plugins
(e.g. Channel Sampler, TS404 and 3xOSC) are hosted inside the Channel Settings window.
- To open - Click the Channel button in the Channel Window for the instrument & channel settings of interest. This action will open both the Channel Settings
window and Instrument interface (if present). The Channel Settings Window can be closed independently of the Instrument interface. NOTE: Doing this before opening a second instrument will keep the first instrument interface open.
- Routing Instrument Channels to Mixer tracks - The most efficient way to route one or more Channels to Mixer tracks is to:
- 1. Left or Right-click the Channel Selector LED's to the right side of each Instrument Channel you want to route (Right-clicking allows multiple selections).
- 2. Right-click the target Mixer track and select 'Link selected channels > to this track' from the pop-up menu. OR use 'Link selected channels > starting from this track' to assign
multiple Channels to multiple Mixer tracks.
Settings Window & Controls
The tab-buttons that display in the Channel Settings window (PLUGIN, SMP, INS, MISC, FUNC) will depend on the instrument loaded in the channel. Not all Channel settings and controls will work with all
Channel Button Operations
- Change the name of a channel - Right-click the title bar of the Channel Settings window (where it says 'Creatures.wav', above). Write a new name and press enter.
- Change the button color of a channel - Right-click the title bar of the window, and click the color sample on the right side of the name edit field. Select a new color and press Enter. This color
setting will affect the Channel Window buttons, and clip/pattern data displays in the Playlist.
Channel Settings Menu Commands
Click the down-arrow button at the top left corner of the Channel Settings window (as shown in the picture below).
- Save channel state as - Allows you to save
the current channel settings as a preset file. Preset is saved as a FST
file. It is recommended that you save your presets in the default location
FL Studio chooses, so they can be properly detected and shown in the list
of available presets for the instrument.
- Assign free mixer track ( Ctrl+L) - Links the channel to
the first empty (without effects) FX track available. This is reflected in
the FX selector in the Main Channel Settings.
This command will not appear in channels that hold MIDI instrument or other
instruments that do not output wave data (only wave output can be processed
by effects). For more information on FX tracks, see Mixer window.
- Rename... ( F2)- Select this command to rename a channel (the same can be done by Right-clicking the title bar of the window).
- Sample - This item is only available when the loaded instrument uses samples visible to FL Studio.
- Reload - Use this command to reload samples when they were altered in external applications (wave editors, etc.), after FL Studio was started. This command appears only in channels that hold Sampler instrument.
- Save as... - Allows you to save
the currently loaded sample with all precalc effects applied to it (see Sampler
Channels Settings). This command appears only in channels that hold Sampler
- Edit... ( E) - Opens the integrated Wave Editor with the current sample, or the custom wave editor you have selected in the Tools window.
- Detect tempo - Opens the Tempo Detection Wizard which asks you to select one of several tempo ranges the sample might be in. Select a range and the Time property of the channel will be automatically adjusted (see Sampler ). Note that the accuracy of the auto detection depends on the source material and might not always match the real sample tempo. The best practice in this case is to know in advance the real loop tempo and embed that information in the sample by using a wave editor.
- Get properties - Opens the windows properties dialog for the sample file.
- Spectrum view - Displays all waveform previews for the sample in spectrum mode, includes the Playlist. NOTE: If this is selected the Multichannel waveform view option (below) is ignored.
- Multichannel waveform view - Displays all waveform previews for the sample in stereo mode (upper left, lower right), includes the Playlist. NOTE: Spectrum view overrides this setting.