Audio Input/Output Routing

This section covers internal Mixer audio routing functions. Internal audio sources (instruments loaded in the Channel Window) are sent to the Mixer insert track set by Channel settings FX selector, as shown below:

NOTE: In the example above Mixer Track 2 is selected and so the Track Send switches (18), Soundcard Input / Output options (6 & 7) and Mixer Track Properties (Green) change to show unique settings for Mixer track 2. Usually the only Mixer track with a Soundcard Output (7) selected is the Master Mixer track.

Some points about internal and external audio routing:

How to Route Audio

Limitations of routing:

1. If you are using the 'Primary Sound Driver' audio driver only one track at a time can output to the primary output (usually this is the Master Track). This limitation does not apply if you use an ASIO driver, then any Mixer track may be routed to any available output (7).

2. FL Studio will disable certain routing choices if this would create a circular dependency (for example trying to route a track to itself).

3. Send tracks (4) can not be routed to insert tracks (3).

4. Use the Send Levels (15) knobs to adjust the amount of signal sent from an insert track to the send tracks.

5. The specially named 'Selected' track (4) can only receive audio from the currently selected track. Its main purpose is to hold an Edison plugin, ready to record any selected tracks audio OR visualization plugins, such as WaveCandy.

Prepare for Recording

The disk icon (17) prepares a track for audio recording (to a *.wav file). The input selected at (6) and/or any internal audio routed to that track will be recorded.

Mixer reference diagram

Full descriptions are available on the main Mixer page.

  1. Mixer menu
  2. Mixer Track Scroll Bar
  3. Mixer Insert Tracks
  4. Send Tracks & Selected Track
  5. Big Peak Meter
  6. External Mixer input
  7. External Mixer output
  8. Effects slots
  9. Mixer Track Properties
  10. Master Mixer Track
  11. Small Peak Meter
  12. Panning
  13. Stereo Separation
  14. Level Fader
  15. Send Knobs
  16. Effects Enable/Disable Switch
  17. Track Recording Switch
  18. Track Send / Sidechain Enable Switch
  19. Plugin Delay Compensation
  20. Mute Switch
  21. Phase (top) & Stereo Flip (bottom)

NOTE: Most controls are automatable (Right-click and select 'Create automation clip').