The Playlist

The Playlist sequences (plays) all elements of the project to make the final song. The Playlist window is a stack of multi-purpose 'Clip Tracks' that can hold Patterns Clips, Audio Clips and Automation Clips. Unlike most other sequencers, the Playlist tracks are not bound to a single instrument, audio recording or even Clip type. You can put any Clip type anywhere and even overlay Clips. Think of Clips as a little like notes in the Piano roll. When the play-head reaches a Clip, FL Studio plays whatever the Clip instructs it to do. This also means Clip Tracks are not bound to Mixer tracks, rather Channel Rack to Mixer routing of instruments used by Clips decides the Mixer track/s that are used. So Instrument Channels are bound to Mixer tracks, not Playlist tracks. For example, a single Pattern Clip on a single Playlist track, could trigger every Channel Rack instrument, and so all Mixer tracks if they were routed accordingly. If you want to simulate traditional sequencer workflow: Route each Instrument to a separate Mixer track. Use one Instrument Channel per Pattern Clip and use one song-length Pattern Clip per Playlist track.

NOTE: Pattern Clips can hold two types of data, MIDI notes and/or controller movements (stored as 'event automation'). Video tutorials are available on the Image-Line YouTube Channel.

Playlist Controls

Timeline & Time Markers

Time is displayed horizontally in the Playlist (in bars displayed along the top of the window). The grid resolution is determined by:

Playback can be controlled from the Main Transport controls or the Play button as indicated above.

Patterns, Audio Clips and Automation Clips

This section covers general editing and Playlist operations. For specific details on using Audio Clips, Automation Clips and Patterns Clips, please see the following pages:

NOTE: Audio, Automation and Pattern Clips can share the same Playlist tracks, as shown above and will overlap, with transparency, to aid with the grouping of related Clips.

Playlist Clip Focus

The Clip focus selector, below, is used to focus Clip types. This is particularly useful when Clips are stacked, the focused Clip is brought to the top for selection and editing. To select all clips in a layered stack, use (Ctrl+Left-click), then they can be moved together. NOTE: Use (M) to cycle modes when Typing keyboard to piano (Ctrl+T) is off.



Patterns (notes & events)

These control the color display for Pattern Clips.

Project Picker

The Project Picker can be opened by Right-clicking the Clip Source selector (indicated above) or Mouse X1 button on the Playlist, Piano roll or FL Studio background wallpaper. Plugin Picker video tutorial here.

Working with Clips

Take the time to learn the Playlist keyboard shortcuts associated with your most common Clip operations. In particular, the shortcuts that swap between editing tools are great time savers.

Selection Methods (while in Draw or Paint mode)

Most commonly you will be in Draw () or Paint () mode, if so holding (Shift) will swap between Paint & Draw modes, although the cursor does not change in appearance. Further, holding the ( Ctrl) key will temporarily enable Select mode:

Universal Clip Editing Methods

Audio Clip Specific Features

Audio Clips have a few unique properties, as discussed on the Audio Clip page.

Automation Clip Specific Features

Automation Clips have a range of unique properties, as discussed on the Automation Clip page.

Pattern Clip Specific Features

Pattern Clips have a few unique properties, as discussed on the Pattern Clip page.

Clip Menus

Under the menu icons at the top left corner of each Clip you will find a menu with the following options, depending on the Clip type selected:

Playlist Menu

The Playlist menu button has options and commands for managing the Playlist.

Multi-touch Gestures

See FL Studio User Interface > Multi-touch support

Playlist keyboard shortcuts

B Paint tool
C Slice tool
D Delete tool
E Select tool
P Pencil tool
S Slip edit tool
T Mute tool
Y Playback tool
Z Zoom tool
Alt Bypass snap (very useful when combined with other modifiers)
Alt+G Ungroup selection
Alt+P Open the Piano roll or channel depending on what's selected in the Playlist
Alt+T Add Time marker
Alt+/* and Ctrl+Alt+/* Jump to Next/Previous song marker (if present)
Alt+ Right-click Audition the clip selected.
Alt+ Right-Shift Engage snap free 'Slice Mode', release Alt after clicking on the Clip to use snapping.
Ctrl+A Select All
Ctrl+B Duplicate selection (or all Clips in zoom range if nothing is selected) to the right.
Ctrl+C Copy selection
Ctrl+D Deselect selection
Ctrl+P Toggle Performance Mode
Ctrl+T Add Time Marker
Ctrl+V Paste selection
Ctrl+X Cut selection
Ctrl+Alt+G Grid Color
Ctrl+Alt+Home Toggle Resizing from Left
Ctrl+Ins Add space at the start of the timeline selection of equal length to the selection
Ctrl+Del Delete space according to the timeline selection
Ctrl+Enter Select time around selection
Ctrl+Left-Arrow/Right-Arrow Select time before/after selection equal to the selection length
Ctrl+Left-click Select
Ctrl+Shift+Left-click Add to selection
Ctrl+Shift+Right-click Zoom to selected Clip
Ctrl+Right-click Zoom on selection / Drag to make zoom selection (zoom on release)
Del Delete selected clip/pattern source data
Double Left-click on clip/pattern Open clip/pattern properties (e.g. Channel settings, Piano roll)
Home Move the playback marker to the start of the Playlist.
Insert Key Slice Clip at Mouse cursor position
Left-Shift+Left-click (on Playlist) Add and resize clip/pattern (move Mouse L/R after click and hold to resize). Must be in pencil mode.
Left-Shift+Right-click Pan view
Middle Mouse button Pan view (hold & drag left/right)
PgUp / PgDown Zoom in / Zoom out
Pencil tool+Shift Swap to Brush
Right-click Delete selected clip/pattern
Right-Shift+Left-click Slice clip/pattern (click above/below clip/pattern & drag vertical)
Right-Alt+Right-Shift+Left-click Vertical Slice clip. Release alt to engage snap.
Right-Shift+Right-click Slice clip/pattern & delete smallest part (click above/below clip/pattern & drag vertical)
Right-Alt+Right-click Quantize selected
Right-Alt+Left-click Mute selected
Shift Temporarily swaps between Paint & Draw modes
Shift+C Select all Clips according to the currently selected Clip source
Shift+G Group selected Clips
Shift+I Invert selection
Shift+Q Quick quantize Clip start times
Shift+Left-Arrow/Right-Arrow Move selection Left/Right
Shift+Up-Arrow/Down-Arrow Move selection Up/Down
Shift+Left-click (on clip/pattern) Clone (drag while holding clip/pattern)
Shift+M Switch stretch mode
Shift+Mouse-wheel (on Clips) Nudge Clip position
Shift+Mouse-wheel (on Track label area) Re-order Clip Tracks
Shift+0 (zero) Center Playlist to play-head position (numbers above typing keys)
Shift+1 to 3 Horizontal Zoom levels 1 (zoom out) to 3 (zoom in), (numbers above typing keys)
Shift+4 Horizontal Zoom, show all (numbers above typing keys)
Shift+5 Zoom to selection (numbers above typing keys)
Shift+6 Fit Performance Zone to Playlist (numbers above typing keys)