EFFECTS

Effect Plugins

FL Studio has a large number of high quality Effects (FX) at your disposal. Each Mixer track can hold up to 8 plugin effects, however you can route one Mixer track to another when you need more. If you are new to music production then getting to know how effects work and which situations they are best suited for may take some time. Using FX successfully is a 'craft', so you'll need to be patient in order to get the best results. The three most common effects in modern music production are 'EQ', 'reverb' and 'compression'. Learning about these three first should give you a good start.

A video tutorial on using FX is available on the FL Studio website.

Working with Effect Plugins

This section explains general Effect Plugin operations. NOTE: When working with VST plugins there are a number of useful options under the Wrapper Settings & Processing tabs.

How to add an effect

On the Mixer Track where you want to add the effect, click on the Effect pop-up menu (A) in the effect slot that is to receive the effect. Select the effect from the pop-up menu. Effects can be re-ordered at any time by hovering your cursor over the effect slot and scrolling the mouse-wheel up/down.

A. Effect Pop-up Menu- Select an effect to load from the pop-up menu.

B. Effect Name (Label) - Left-click to open plugin, Right-click to rename slot.

C. Effect Disable - This disables the effect but does not mute the sound passing through the slot (automatable).

D. Effect Mix Level - NOTE: Normally leave this at 100% and control the Wet/Dry mix from within the plugin. If the plugin introduces a processing delay, most do, then the processed 'wet' and unprocessed 'dry' signal can phase cancel as the wet slightly lags the dry signal. This is usually most apparent on high frequencies such as cymbals. Summary? Don't touch that knob! Unless you know what you are doing and since you are reading this you probably don't, so...

All audio is passed through the FL Studio Mixer. Each instrument has a channel settings window that contains a mixer track selector that directs its output to one of the 99 insert mixer tracks. Each mixer track processes the sound with a set of integrated effects, and up to 8 additional effects. To learn more about the mixer structure and functionality, click here.


For more detailed help on working with the effects slots click here.

Installing new effects

Click here to see the manual pages on installing new effects plugins. FL studio supports a wide range of plugin standards.

3rd party effects: FL Studio installs with a complete kit of high-quality effects so there is no need to purchase anything else in order to produce professional quality tracks. However the internet is bursting with 3rd party plugins, a great place to start is www.kvraudio.com.

The Plugin database & Plugin picker

The Browser contains a special Plugin database folder that works in conjunction with the Plugin picker ( Ctrl+F8) to help you organize and retrieve plugins based on a visual display.

Effect Plugins

This section contains links to the help pages for all effect plugins that are installed with FL Studio.

NOTE: FL Studio includes only the DEMO VERSIONS of some effect plugins. Demo effects show '(Demo)' on their wrapper title. You can purchase the full versions of these instruments at www.image-line.com.

Effect Plugins by Name

Control Surface

Edison

Effector

EQUO

Buzz Effect Adapter

Fruity 7 Band EQ

Fruity Balance

Fruity Bass Boost

Fruity Big Clock

Fruity Blood Overdrive

Fruity Center

Fruity Chorus

Fruity Compressor

Fruity Convolver

Fruity dB Meter

Fruity Delay

Fruity Delay 2

Fruity Delay Bank

Fruity Fast Dist

Fruity Fast LP

Fruity Filter

Fruity Flanger

Fruity Flangus

Fruity Formula Controller

Fruity Free Filter

Fruity HTML NoteBook

Fruity Limiter

Fruity Love Philter

Fruity LSD

Fruity Mute 2

Fruity Multiband Compressor

Fruity NoteBook

Newtone

Fruity PanOMatic

Fruity Parametric EQ

Fruity Parametric EQ2

Fruity Peak Controller

Fruity Phase Inverter

Fruity Phaser

Fruity Reeverb

Patcher

Pitcher

Fruity Reeverb 2

Fruity Scratcher

Fruity Send

Fruity Soft Clipper

Fruity Spectroman

Fruity Squeeze

Fruity Stereo Enhancer

Fruity Stereo Shaper

Fruity Vocoder

Wave Candy

Fruity WaveShaper

Fruity Wrapper

Fruity X-Y Controller

Gross Beat

Maximus

Soundgoodizer

SynthMaker

Vocodex

ZGameEditor Visualizer


See also: Instruments & Generators - To learn more about Generators/Instruments/Synths in FL Studio.

Effect Plugins by Category

Automation

Fruity Formula Controller - Define your own controller functions using mathematical formula.

Fruity Peak Controller - Generate controller data based on audio input and LFO settings.

Fruity X-Y Controller - Control two parameters simultaneously with your mouse.

Compression

Fruity Compressor - Control volume peaks and fatten sounds.

Fruity Limiter - Single-band maximizer, compressor and limiter.

Maximus Multiband Maximizer - Heavy weaponry for the loudness war.

Fruity Multiband Compressor - Control volume peaks and fatten sounds in three independent frequency bands.

Fruity Soft Clipper - Easy-to-use volume limiter.

Soundgoodizer - It's shiny, it's good!

Delay/Echo

Fruity Delay - Create echoes.

Fruity Delay 2 - Create echoes with echo filtering options.

Fruity Delay Bank - Create complex echoes and filtering.

Effector - 12 Multiple performance oriented effects.

Distortion

Fruity Blood Overdrive - Create distorted guitar effects.

Fruity Fast Dist - Easy-to-use distortion plugin.

Fruity Squeeze - A Bit-reduction and sample skipping plugin.

Fruity WaveShaper - Define your own distortion curves.

Effector - 12 Multiple performance oriented effects.

Equalization (EQ)

Edison Equalize Function - Envelope-based EQ

Fruity Convolver - Phase linear EQ (activate from presets)

EQUO - Graphic EQ

Fruity 7 Band EQ - Seven 'tone controls' at fixed frequencies.

Fruity Bass Boost - Specialized bass EQ plugin.

Fruity Parametric EQ - Control bandwidth and target frequency of EQ bands.

Fruity Parametric EQ2 - Control bandwidth and target frequency of EQ bands in style!

Filtering

Fruity Delay Bank - Filter delays and echoes.

Fruity Fast LP - Easy-to-use low pass filter which cuts high frequencies.

Fruity Filter - Easy-to-use filter.

Fruity Free Filter - Easy-to-use variable state filter.

Fruity Love Philter - Advanced filter plugin.

Fruity Vocoder - Sound like a robot or make a synth 'talk'.

Vocodex - The last word in vocoding.

Effector - 12 Multiple performance oriented effects.

Phasing/Flanging/Chorus

Fruity Chorus - Create multiple detuned copies of the original sound, adding depth and weight.

Fruity Phaser - Make sounds like a jet passing at high altitude (phase cancelling).

Fruity Flanger - A more intense version of Fruity Phaser.

Fruity Flangus - Advanced flanger effect.

Effector - 12 Multiple performance oriented effects.

Reverb

Fruity Convolver - 'Borrow' rare and exotic recording locations and use their sound as your own.

Fruity Reeverb - Simulate acoustic spaces such as a concert hall or bathroom.

Fruity Reeverb 2 - An even better way to simulate acoustic spaces.

Edison Convolution Reverb - Apply real-space acoustic fingerprints to audio (non realtime).

Effector - 12 Multiple performance oriented effects.

Tools

Control Surface - Design your own internal controllers.

Edison - A wave editor.

Buzz Effect Adapter - A wrapper for Buzz plugins.

Fruity Balance - Position sounds in the stereo field.

Fruity Big Clock - Show the bar/beat/time of the song.

Fruity Center - Remove DC offset from waves/plugins.

Patcher - Chain instruments & effects.

Fruity dB Meter - Show volume in a nerdy way.

Fruity HTML NoteBook - Make notes in your project using HTML synced to the playback position.

Fruity LSD - Access the synthesizer built into your soundcard.

Fruity Mute 2 - Turn noises off.

Newtone - Pitch editor and correction.

Fruity NoteBook - Make notes in your project synced to the playback position.

Fruity PanOMatic - Move sounds in the stereo field automatically.

Fruity Phase Inverter - Invert the direction of a wave relative to the original.

Pitcher - Pitch correction and harmonization.

Fruity Scratcher - Simulate turntables.

Fruity Send - Siphon a sound from any point in the FX chain to a 'send' track.

Fruity Spectroman - See what your sounds look like (sonograph).

Fruity Stereo Enhancer - Simulate or enhance stereo effects.

Fruity Stereo Shaper - Mid/Side stereo enhancer.

Fruity Wrapper - Integrate 3rd party FX with FL Studio.

Gross Beat - Play with time (scratching, stuttering, glitch, gating, etc).

SynthMaker - Tool for making your own Effects.

Wave Candy - A flexible audio analysis and Visualization tool.

Visual

ZGameEditor Visualizer (free) - Visualization effect with movie render capability.