FL Studio has always been supremely talented at working with MIDI, from recording and editing to using hardware controllers to trigger sounds in real time. Indeed, connecting up a MIDI controller is essential to getting the most out of the DAW and its instruments, plugins and live performance features. In this short video from the course FL Studio 102: MIDI Recording and Editing, Rishabh Rajan walks you through the steps involved in connecting your controller so you can get MIDI into the software.
Diving into the MIDI Settings section, you'll see how to set up MIDI input, choose your controller and set a controller type. FL Studio has many preset device maps available which mean that choosing the correct one will ensure your hardware controls are mapped correctly to the transport and other software targets inside the software.
You will see how to check that MIDI is coming in to the software correctly, and assign a MIDI channel to a software instrument. Rishabh demonstrates how to control a synth and also a drum machine, with hardware knobs, pads, keys and buttons mapping directly through to the instruments. Get the setup right with this guide, and you will be able to sail straight past the technical stuff and get right to making music! Be sure to check out the rest of the course using the links below for a complete guide to recording and editing MIDI in FL Studio.