The Transport Panel contains controls for playing, recording and setting song position and tempo.
- Pattern/Song mode (L) - Switch between pattern and song mode.
In pattern mode, only the current pattern is played, while in song mode the whole sequence in the Playlist is played. Right-clicking this control
toggles the Playlist window.
- Play/Pause ( Ctrl + Space) - Press the button once to play, again to pause.
To Play/Stop use ( Space). When the record button is armed, pressing Play starts
the recording process. NOTE: There are also play buttons on the top bar of the Piano roll, Channel window / Step Sequencer and
Playlist to aid workflow.
- Stop ( Space) - Stops playback or recording. To pause playback use
( Ctrl + Space). Right-click the Stop button to show the start location option:
- Remember seek time - After pressing stop or ( Space), Play will start from the selected position (click on the Playlist time-line to select).
- Record (R) - Switches between record and play mode. Right-click the
Record button to show the Recording Filter options (all items with a tick will be recorded, Left-click to select items):
- Automation - Record movements of knobs, sliders and switches by the mouse or from controllers. Turn this off if you want to adjust mixer track volumes, generator settings, etc. while recording external audio and you don't want those movements recorded.
- Score - Record note data from keyboards, etc. Turn this off if you want to accompany a vocalist, for example, but don't want to record your keyboard performance.
- Audio - Record audio.
- Clips - Record Playlist Clips as triggered when in Performance Mode. These will be saved after the 'Start' Time Marker.
- Recording starts playback - Pressing the record button will start the project playing.
- Record to step sequencer - Notes are recorded into the Step Sequencer, rather than in the Piano roll.
- Song tempo (larger digits) - Shows/sets song tempo (max 522 BPM). To set the Time signature use the Project General Settings. Right-click the LCD screen for some tempo presets & commands:
- Tap - The project can be playing when you launch the tap tool. Click the tap icon repeatedly with the desired tempo in mind. The tempo will start to adjust after the second click with
a bar indicator showing the ideal number of taps (17).
- Mute - For use with Performance Mode, the project will be muted when tapping starts then automatically fade in over the next few taps when
(presumably) the tempo is more stable and at the desired speed. The fade-in allows you to clearly hear the other live source to get your tapping in sync and avoids the worst case out-of-sync
- Sync - With 'Sync' on each tap will reset the downbeat, so audio clips are repitched to allign their time. One tap alone can be used to reallign FL playback to external audio
for example. This only works if your Audio Clips are already synced/locked to the grid beforehand. When enabled Audio Clips
will repitch to align their beat to the grid as the Tap Tempo changes. Turn off 'Sync' in the Tap window if you dont want it to alter the playback of whats currently in the playlist.
For example you can drop an unsynced Audio Clip onto the Playlist and tap along to find its tempo with Sync off.
- +/- nudge - Hold the buttons to temporarily speed or slow the project tempo to sync with some other live source. On
release the tempo returns to the set speed OR with the Tap Tempo open pitch bend from your MIDI controller will act as a smooth nudge. Nudge is most useful where you know the tempo of the other audio source but the beats are out of sync or phase. Simply nudge to sync/phase.
- 80bpm-160bpm - Some commonly used tempo presets.
- Half speed - Play the song at half the current BPM setting. The value shown in the Tempo field does not change when 'Half speed' is set. This is a temporary state to make it
easier to record difficult note/event performances, making it easier to switch back to the original tempo was after you are done.
- Tempo fine tune (smaller digits) - This control lets you fine tune the tempo of the current project in units of 1/1000 bpm. The value set here will be added to the base tempo. Note
that it's not recommended to use that setting when starting a new song (it is better to use a whole number for your tempo). However, it can be used to match the exact speed of another song to
be mixed in a FL Studio project (for making using existing sampled loops, 'cover songs', etc).
- Pattern selector ( + /for next pattern/; - /for previous pattern/) - Shows/sets the current pattern. Right-click to show a pop-up menu of all patterns
in the project. A maximum of 999 individual patterns can be created.
- Song position slider - Shows/sets the current song position. Click and drag to move.