User Guide for Image-Line FL Studio

User Guide for Image-Line FL Studio

v1.0.0 // 2020-March-10 – Download PDF

Configuration guide for Windows and macOS to use with our Editor & Librarian plug-ins

Intro

In this little Image-Line FL Studio User Guide you will find the instructions to get our plug-in to work with Image-Line FL Studio with ease. This is universal tutorial for all of our plug-in, but we are using our Roland JP-80×0 plug-in in this guide.

Checkout the plug-in user manual prior to this guide, so you have the knowledge to setup the plug-in properly.

Also, as we are not Image-Line FL Studio experts, we engourage you to read the FL Studio manual in order to fully understand your DAW.

We hope you have taken all the necessary precautions prior to using our product, like making a full backup of your synthesizer memory.

IMPORTANT!

Our company & plug-in has nothing to do with Image-Line company, so please don’t bug them if you encounter issues with the plug-in – open a support ticket in your account page in such case: 

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Support and plug-in updates are free for life to anyone who has bought the license from our store


Image-Line FL Studio

Settings

Open your DAW and enter MIDI Settings. We will make sure that MIDI ports are disabled for those ports, where your synthesizer is connected at. This will ensure that your DAW won’t crash and we won’t be getting double data in to the DAW processing loop.

Options -> MIDI settings

MIDI settings

Open MIDI tab in preferences. Locate the Input port, which receives MIDI from your synth. Now check that the physical input port has not been assigned to any port number. Do the same for Output port as well. Example: My JP-8000 MIDI Out sends MIDI to RayDAT Port 1 Input. Toggle OFF port assignment.

Windows: Now in the next image you can see how I have enabled JP-8000 vMIDI Out [1] and JP-8000 vMIDI In [2] as I’m using my JP-8000 as a master keyboard. Both are assigned to port 0.

You can now close the Preferences. We are now ready to add the plug-in to the project!

NOTE #1: You can check our support site for additional guides like Setting MIDI Devices to learn how we added JP-8000 vMIDI In and JP-8000 vMIDI Out ports in the DAW.


Insert the plug-in

Drag the plug-in from the Plug-ins pool to the track you want.

Plug-in window will now appear.


MIDI IN / MIDI OUT

Now we can select the Physical MIDI input port which receives MIDI data from your synthesizer.

And then we choose the Physical MIDI Out port which sends data to the synthesizer MIDI input.

Plug-in will now attempt to establish connection with the synthesizer, so it might take some time if your settings are not right or if you chose a wrong MIDI port by mistake. You should see plug-in saying PROCESSING… somewhere in the plug-in interface and also ABORT PROCESS button will appear.

If all of the settings are correct, you will see “Plug-in is ready to go!” [1] message in the plug-in display.

If something is wrong with your settings, plug-in will say “No response from JP!” [1] and that indicates something is wrong with your synth settings, MIDI device or FL Studio Preferences.

Once the connection is in, you should sync the data with your hardware. Usually this function can be ran from the patch librarian tab / page of the plug-in & “Sync Data From HW” button. Check the plug-in user manual to learn more.

NOTE #1: Check troubleshooting from the plug-in, daw or synthesizer manual if you can not establish connection. You can also seek help from our support site if you can’t find out what is causing error in your setup.


Automating Plug-in Parameters

First, we need to right click the arrow in top left corner to reveal the menu. Choose “Browse Parameters”. See image below.

Next we are going to right click on the parameter we want to automate and choose “Create automation clip”. See image below.

Now the Filter Cutoff is in the arrangement window and we have drawn in some curves for it. See image below.

Note #1: You can add as many parameters as you wish. System Exclusive (SysEx) parameters and system buttons can not be automated.
Note #2: For some unknown reason, it is not yet possible to draw automation in any DAW when moving the knob from the hardware. It has to be done with the plug-in user interface.

Start drawing in OR move the knobs in the plug-in while recording to make automation! Before you start to pursue with MIDI blocks, read the next chapter!


Assign MIDI tracks to FL Studio arrangement

Now, in order to send MIDI notes to the synthesizer, we need to have MIDI tracks in the DAW. Click the + -sign [1] to reveal the menu.

Select “MIDI Out” from the list.

Now we need to configure the MIDI Out to work as we want. MIDI Out is pointing to port 0 [1] (JP-8000 vMIDI Out), which I’ve created in our Setting MIDI Devices guide. Channel is set to 1 [2]. macOS users can point the MIDI out directly to physical MIDI port of synth.

Just for the clarity, I’m gonna rename my track to JP-8000 ch1 so that its easier to spot in the DAW. Right click on the top left corner and choose “Rename, color and icon…” if you wish to do the same.

Check track channel number. This must be the same as the plug-in channel setting. Example, if Lower layer in the plug-in points to channel 1, then MIDI channel 1 in the MIDI track will send MIDI data to synthesizers lower layer.

Note #1: If you have multitimbral setup / use with your synthesizer, which most can do, then add more MIDI tracks and point them to respected MIDI channels.

I am going to add one more track, which will point to JP-8000 Upper layer and set it to channel 2. This way I can play both of my JP-8000’s layers individually – essentially having two JP-8000’s in one song!


Finishing it up!

Final step is to add Audio, so we can hear the synthesizer in action. In this case I have chosen track in the mixer which I renamed to JP-8000 Input [3] and I’ve chosen the Input where my JP-8000 Audio Output jacks are connected to. Now you need to enable track monitoring to hear the synth in action while playing some chords!

Summary: MIDI track 1 is pointing to port 0 at channel 1 [1], MIDI track 2 is pointing to port 0 at channel 2 [2], Mixer is set to have input from [3] from the RME RayDAT channels 1-2 [4].

Now the setup is ready, and you should hear the synth while making some MIDI blocks and you have some sort of automation (if needed).

Note #1: You might have routed your Audio Output from the synth itself to external mixing desk or speakers, so make sure you power those units on. Otherwise there won’t be any sound because our plug- in does not transmit any audio data to the DAW.

Thats it for the Image-Line FL Studio user guide. We hope you find this useful.


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Plug-in user manuals: https://help.mysteryislands-music.com/

Plug-in updates: https://www.mysteryislands-music.com/downloads/

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