INSTRUMENT PLUGINS / EFFECT PLUGINS / CHANNEL SETTINGS
The Fruity Wrapper is a software interface/layer between instrument / effect plugins and FL Studio. The control options
(1, 3 & 4) are common to all plugins (FL native, VST & DX format), while the
plugin options (2) only appear on Wrappers that are hosting VST & DX format plugins. The Wrapper provides compatibility with the VST and DX plugin
standards (the screenshot below demonstrates the Fruity Wrapper hosting a fictitious 'Poi Poi' VSTi plugin). More information on plugin formats can be found here.
For more information on installing and using 3rd party VST/DX plugins, click here.
There are two versions of the Fruity Wrapper, Effect & Generator. FL Studio will select the appropriate wrapper depending on the plugin type loaded. There are several control options:
||The Plugin Menu contains various plugin-specific commands, including preset management. The commands displayed will depend on the
type of plugin being hosted. NOTE: The Save preset as command can be dragged and dropped on a compatible target.
Opens a Piano roll for the selected channel.
- Presets - Contains a sub-menu with preset handling options for the effect:
- Randomize gives random values to the published (i.e. known to FL Studio) plugin settings. When enabled, selecting a preset will load a random 50% of the settings, so you can quickly mix
different presets and create new effects.
- Hybridize blends between the previous and next selected preset.
- Tree Display displays the settings in a 'tree' view. The Presets menu is disabled if there is no effect assigned to the plugin slot.
- Browse presets - Opens the presets menu in the Browser (this may not have any presets for the plugin, however).
- Save presets as - Save the current preset as a single preset file in the Browser. The menu item can also be dragged and dropped on a compatible location. e.g. The
Browser, the Channel Window or another instance of the same plugin to copy the preset.
- Add to plugin database - Adds the plugin to the currently open sub-directory of the Plugin database directory in the Browser. This is a special browser directory that works in conjunction with
the Plugin picker to help organize and load plugins into projects.
These options are useful for saving plugin settings, making edits, then comparing the original vs edited versions.
- Store in spare state - Saves the plugins current settings in a temporary buffer (spare state).
- Flip with spare state - Swaps the plugins current settings with those in the spare state.
- Last tweaked parameter - This command has moved to Menu Tools > Last tweaked parameters
- Link all parameters... - Opens a dialog to link automatable plugin parameters to 'tweaked' hardware controllers in sequence down the 'parameter list'.
There are several options for skipping parameters or jumping to new locations in the list.
- Basic operation - Select 'Link all parameters' from the menu, and move the first hardware controller to be linked (the link is made to the first
item in the 'Current parameter' list). When you move the second hardware controller it will be auto-linked to the next parameter and so on, until the end
of the parameter list is reached or the link dialog is closed.
- To skip a link, Left-click the Skip button at the bottom of the link dialog (immediately left of the 'Accept' button).
- To jump directly to a parameter, use the Current parameter menu (top most in the link dialog) and select the target parameter you are interested in. You can then continue auto-linking from that point in the list by moving hardware controllers as before
OR jump to another parameter in the list using the 'Current parameter' menu as previously described.
- Browse parameters - Allows you to see the list of automatable parameters in the Browser. Embedded CC Parameters: Every instance of the
Wrapper has 128 CC (MIDI Control Change) parameters in a parameter list. These parameters transmit CC data directly to the plugin (for plugins that read
CC data directly) and can be linked like any other parameter to a MIDI or internal controller. Thus, you can send CC data directly to the plugin instead of
linking to a specific knob on the plugin interface. These parameters can also be set in conjunction with the Omni mode
associated with the Remote control settings 'link' dialog to send CC data to any selected plugin and to
save MIDI controller assignments (see the Omni and VSTi/DXi Control section for more details).
- Allow threaded processing - Improves multithreading and multi-core CPU performance. NOTE: Some 3rd party plugins may perform worse with multithreading on. If you are experiencing
choppy or broken sound (the GPO/Kontakt Player for example), try turning this off. To permanently disable multithreaded processing for the plugin (even for future FL Studio sessions) disable the
'Processing > Allow threaded processing' option and save it for the plugin type.
- Smart disable - Stop processing the plugin when inactive. Reduces CPU load. There is a global Smart disable on the F10 Audio settings panel OR
'Smart disable' Tools > Macros > Misc > Switch smart disable for all plugins.
- Make editor thumbnail - Places a small thumbnail image of the plugin interface into the Browser > Current project > Generators folder so that the plugin is more easily identified. NOTE:
the Browser view must be larger than 'Compact' for the thumbnail image to display.
- Detached - Detaches the Plugin from the FL Studio desktop so it can be moved to a monitor that does not have the FL Desktop stretched across it.
- Help - Opens the plugins in-line help (if any).
4. - Close interface.
Plugin Credits: Frederic Vanmol, Didier Dambrin