INSTRUMENTS / EFFECTS
Patcher loads as an instrument or effect and allows you to chain both instruments and effects into complete units for use in future projects. Set up your favorite instrument & effects chain for example. It also allows you to add
unlimited effects or instruments in a single Channel or Effects slot. Related plugin: Fruity Layer and Minihost Modular.
NOTE: The workspace is resizable, drag on the window to resize OR drag an object to the edge of the workspace to auto-resize.
- Audio (yellow) - Shows Audio links (inputs & or outputs depending on the plugin).
- Parameters (red) - Shows internal automation parameter links (plugin program/interface controls).
- Events (green) - Shows note/event links (MIDI control data).
NOTE: Placing the mouse cursor over Link Nodes will show their name in the Hint Bar.
Working with links
- Make connections - Objects in Patcher have inputs on the left-side and/or outputs on their right-side. The connectors show as dots with colors that relate to the Parameter data type (see above). Click on any output or input
connector and drag to a compatible connector (shown in green).
- Dragging to the Middle of an object - Will open a pop-up list of compatible link targets.
- Add / Remove connectors - Right-click the FL Studio icons, plugins or parameters and activate/deactivate connectors.
- Break a single connection - Left-click the input connector of a pair. Drag off the input into free space and release the mouse button.
- Change connections - Left-click the input connector point and drag to the new target input connector.
- Audio volume - Click on the center arrow and drag vertically. The volume values are displayed in the Hint Bar.
- Mute audio - Right-click the link.
- Right-click nodes (and modules) - To see a popup with options, including to activate nodes, add links etc.
To save a chain, use the Wrapper Menu 'Save preset as' option. You can also drag this menu item to a new Channel or Effects slot to duplicate the current chain. Patcher is a great way to save your favorite Instrument & Effects chains ready for use in new projects.
There are three tab types. The Map which is the main workspace and layout window for the Patcher project. The Editors tab that shows the plugin interfaces and the Control Surfaces that hold internal controllers for the project.
These can be renamed, right-click the control-surface icon on the Map tab, to better reflect their use. You can add as many Control Surfaces as you need to the project.
The MAP tab allows you to build the plugin & or effects chain.
- Add plugins & controls - Right-click the workspace and add from the pop-up menu - plugins, effects or a control.
- Show data types - Right-click the workspace and select from the pop-up menu the data types to be shown (including latency) OR use the Audio, Parameters & Events buttons along the top of the plugin.
- Rename objects - Right-click the target object and select 'Rename' from the pop-up menu.
- Delete objects - Right-click the target object and select 'Delete' from the pop-up menu.
- To add control surfaces & plugins - Use (Ctrl + F8) OR
(Middle-Click) on the FL Studio desktop to open the Plugin Picker OR drag from the
Browser > Plugin database to Patcher's Map tab window.
The CONTROL SURFACE tab/s allow you to add real-time controls that can be linked to plugins in the Map chain. Parameter objects can be linked to plugins by Right-clicking the plugin on the MAP tab and activating a Parameter by Right-clicking on the plugin. Right-click a control to automate it from this tab. You can add as many separate Control Surface tabs as needed to a project. In the image above there are two Control Surfaces, one has been renamed 'Wub this'.
NOTE: For more details on working with and customizing Control Surface controls see the Control Surface > Control Creator section.
Working on the Parameter tab:
- Add a Control Surface - The default Patcher loads with a single Control Surface, to add additional Control Surfaces drag from the Browser > Plugin database > Visual > Control Surface and
drop on Patcher.
- Load/save Control Surfaces - Click the Presets button as shown above and either save or load a Control Surface configuration.
- Add parameter controls - Click the + (Add) button as shown above and select from the pop-up menu of controls.
- Edit parameter controls - Click the E (Edit) button as shown above (controls will show red-rectangles around them) then you can click and drag to move or right-click and select
the size, style, colors and rename the control.
- Automate Native Parameters - From the EDITORS tab Right-click the Plugin control and select 'Activate' from the pop-up menu. The control can be Right-clicked again and automated with the usual options such as 'Create automation clip' or 'Link to controller'.
- Link plugin parameters to Control Surface parameter controls
- 1. Add a Control Surface control with the + button or you can use an existing control.
- 2. Open the Map tab and drag FROM the controls related Parameter node on the right side of the Control Surface icon ONTO the middle of the target Plugin icon and release.
- 3. From the pop-up list select the desired GUI or plugin control target.
- Automate VST Parameters -
- 1. Right-click the plugin on the MAP tab and select:
- 2. Inputs > Parameter and select the automation target Parameter from the pop-up list.
- 3. Right-click the red Parameter Node that appears on the Plugin and 'Create automation clip', 'Link to controller' or 'Edit events' as usual.
- Rename Parameters - Right-click the parameter and select 'Rename' from the pop-up menu.
- Live tweaking - Open the Parameter tab and use the mouse on the Parameter of interest as you would any plugin control.
The EDITORS tab shows the plugin interfaces. These can be minimized.
NOTE: Plugin interface parameters are not right-click linkable or visible to FL Studio unless a GUI (interface) target has been right-clicked and 'activate' selected. Once this has
been done a Parameter node for the control will also appear on the plugins Map tab icon.
Working on the Editors tab
- Show/Hide an Editor - Click the arrow button on the top-left side of the plugin interface/slot.
- Select a preset - Right-click the 'Preset' arrows as shown above and select from the pop-up list.
- Live tweaking - Open the Editor tab and use the mouse on the plugin control of interest.
- Expose a plugin control to patcher - Right-click the control of interest and select 'Activate'.
- Resize plugins - Where Plugin GUIs are resizable (Edison for example) you can drag on right edge and/or lower right corner to resize.
Patcher Voice Effects Plugins
|To add VFX Note Mapper to the Patcher project, dragging from the Browser > Effects > Voice category and
drop on the Patcher Map. For fast linking drop on the Events link into the plugin you would like to control. VFX can't be used in FL Studio Channel or Effects slots so they are not
generally made visible in the plugin lists. The VFX plugins include:
- VFX Color Mapper - Control up to 16 independent generators/instruments (or groups of generators) using the 16 note colors of the Piano roll.
- VFX Key Mapper - Note input can be transposed, made into a chord, key-changed or creatively remapped.
Plugin Credits: Frederic Vanmol