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FL Studio Groove

FL Studio Groove is a multi-channel drum sampler, multi-timbral hybrid synthesizer and sequencer in the 'Groove Box' style, inspired by hardware of this genre. Special attention has been paid to live performance and multi-touch operation. FL Studio Groove gives you control of 10 drum/sampler channels and 5 synthesizer channels, with all the detail and complex knob-twiddling you'd expect on full sized Digital Audio Workstation application. Most importantly, this thing is a heap of fun and bound to waste vast amounts of your time. Until you make a hit tune with it, then not a waste, and will not only pay for itself but likely your house too. Why not buy the entire neighborhood and flatten it to make a go-kart track, or a runway to land your jet. Your fleets of jets! But we are getting ahead of ourselves, we better find out how to use this thing first :)
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FL Studio Groove


FL Studio Groove includes a Piano roll with step-sequencer functionality (PIANO ROLL tab) driving 10 drum/sampler channels and 5 synthesizer channels. Each Channel has a complete set of independent controls and effects. Come on, pay attention, we have hardly started the manual yet and your eyes are already glazing over. The main functions in FL Studio Groove include:

Creating Complete Songs

There are two, complimentary, ways you can create a complete song:

NOTE: Combine both these methods, switching instrument tracks on/off and switching between loops to create more complex arrangements.

Control Principles

The following apply to most controls:

Quick Getting Started Tutorial

Check the video Playlist Below for tutorials. Yes it's just like watching TV, except educational...

Example workflow. If you can count to 13, you can make a hit tune with this thing surely:

  1. Tap the lower-left fruit icon to open the File Options.
  2. Tap NEW GROOVE to open a blank project.
  3. Tap the top-left <empty> tab showing the drum kit icon to open the Drums Tab.
  4. Tap Pads where they say <empty> to select them. This area will show the name of the sound once loaded.
  5. Tap the top-right <empty> Channel Load button to open the sample browser and select sounds. You can left/right swipe on this area to cycle through sounds in the category.
  6. Tap the SCORE EDIT tab at the lower right of the page to open the Piano roll. We will manually enter a basic percussion loop.
  7. Tap the Snap (magnet icon) and set to 1/4 beat. This will make notes easier to place, in time, on the grid.
  8. Tap along the Piano roll to add notes where you want beats. If you misplace a note, tap and hold it then drag to the desired location.
  9. Tap the KEYBOARD tab on the lower-right.
  10. Tap the first synth Channel to select it.
  11. Tap the top-right <empty> Channel Load button and select a sound.
  12. Press the Record button then Play button and record a synth part over your percussion loop.
  13. Repeat the above until your loop is completed.

NOTE: The length of data in the Piano roll will determine the loop length. Loops are to the nearest whole bar.

Keyboard Panel

Along the top of the KEYBOARD panel is the DRUM Channel (there's 10 inside that one tab) and 5 SYNTH Channels. The DRUM Channel can play up to 10 individual percussion tracks each containing one sound comprised of 2 layered samples. Each synthesizer Channel is a polyphonic synthesizer (meaning it's able to play chords). Ok time to show us those finger-tapping skills!
FL Studio Groove
FL Studio Groove

Loading sounds

Loading sounds for the Drum Pads and Synthesizers uses the same process:

Loading Custom Samples (from version 1.4 onward)

You can browse your computer for custom samples.

Drumpad Controls

Each Drumpad can hold 2 samples. The controls are located on the right hand side of the screen, some of these (GLITCH, LEVEL, FX, EQ and Sample) are also accessible from the MIXER tab.

Synthesizer Controls

Each synthesizer is based on a 2-oscillator unit. The oscillators can act in Subtractive, FM (Frequency Modulation) & RM (Ring Modulation) modes. While it may look complex at first, it will continue to look complex at second glance and then confuse you some more, so don't stare. Behind the complexity is the power to perform a wide range of synthesis techniques that will keep FL Studio Groove sounding fresh into the future. A great way to learn how the Synthesizer works is to load the presets and pull them apart to see how they are made.

Piano Roll

Often called a Piano roll for obscure historical reasons, the note editor will let you fix those wrong notes you hit and cover your tracks. "Yeah, I 'played' all the instruments in this track..." ;)
FL Studio Groove

Use the Piano Roll to edit recorded notes or to manually edit in notes.

Editing Notes

To perform the following actions:

NOTE: The properties of the last-touched note are remembered so you can tap existing notes and then on a blank area to add new ones of the same duration and velocity.

Mixer Controls

OK time to look like a superstar DJ. You just know when people see you using all these knobs and sliders they're gonna think you have a PhD in 'COOL'! The mixer shows the 10 sample pad Channels and the 5 synth Channels. The vertical strips show to the right side while on the other tabs (KEYBOARD, SCORE EDIT & AUTOMATION).
FL Studio Groove

TIP: To access the real time X/Y modulation tap any Channel control icon (LEVEL to SAMPLE), hold and move horizontally and vertically. If you select the icon before tap-and-holding you will be able to see the X/Y modulation parameters moving so you know what they are.

Mixer Controls

The following controls are common to all Channels:

Master Effects

The Master effects include a Limiter, great for loudness maximization, and an 8 band graphic equalizer. These effects are applied to the output of FL Studio Groove and come AFTER the main Output Gain (swipe horizontally to change) and accessed from the bottom Control Bar where FX is shown (as noted below).
FL Studio Groove

The effect order is Limiter followed by Equalizer.

Automation Editor

If your boss is coming flip up this screen and he will think you are doing some business model simulation and give you a raise. Automation block data is not internally editable but can be copy/pasted/deleted and moved like notes.
FL Studio Groove

Types of data:

MIDI Control

NOTE: MIDI functions are enabled only for computers running Windows 8.1 Update 1 on X64 CPUs (this excludes Windows RT/ARM/x86 until such time Microsoft makes the MIDI functionality available for these systems).

FL Studio Groove responds to MIDI input, it does not yet output MIDI. For all MIDI controllers start here:

  1. Connect the MIDI controller/s to your computer and wait for it to be detected, and install drivers if required. Tap the MIDI button.
  2. Select the MIDI Controller from the list.
  3. After selecting a MIDI controller link it to targets in FL Studio Groove as follows:

Drum Pads

  1. Tap the Drum Pad you want to link to your controller.
  2. Tap the KBD TRK button to start the link process.
  3. Press the key/pad/button on your controller you want to link to the drumpad.
  4. Repeat for any pads you want to play.

Keyboard Instruments

Keyboards are automatically mapped to the Synthesizer keys.


  1. Move the target parameter (or activate the switch) on FL Studio Groove.
  2. Tap the LINK button to start the process.
  3. Move the knob/slider/wheel/button/key/pad etc, on your controller you want to link to the target.
  4. Repeat for any parameters you want to access.

Useful Links

Plugin Credits:

Code: Maxx Claster

Presets: Toby Emerson, Arlo G (nucleon).

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