How can users optimize their work flow using FL Studio’s session view?
Diving Deep into FL Studio’s Session View
If you’ve been using FL Studio for your music production, you have likely become familiar with the DAW’s unique and versatile session view. Despite being less conventional than the arrangement views found in other DAWs, FL Studio’s session view (also known as the “Playlist”) offers a plethora of creative possibilities once you’ve learned the ropes.
Understanding the Session View
The session view is the page where you can organize your patterns of different instruments into a distinct musical piece. It has a grid-like structure, where each row corresponds to a different pattern, and each column represents a different point in time.
The versatility of this grid allows you to place patterns at any point in time, repeat them as many times as needed, and even overlap them. It’s like a musical canvas where you can freely paint your ideas.
Key Features and Techniques
FL Studio’s session view allows for ‘live recording’ directly into the Playlist. To activate live recording, simply enable the recording button on the transport panel and choose “Everything (Playlist)”, and start jamming. Your live plays will be captured and transposed on the session view as pattern clips that you can further edit and arrange.
Another unique feature in FL Studio’s session view is the use of ‘automation clips’. These are essentially blocks that you can place on the grid to control various parameters of your project in real-time, such as volume, panning, or filter cutoff. This creates a much more dynamic track as you can automate these parameters to change gradually or suddenly throughout your composition.
The session view also enables you to route one track to another. This is especially useful for grouping tracks together (such as drums), processing multiple instruments with the same effect, or creating submixes within your project.
FL Studio’s session view may require a bit of a learning curve, especially if you’re used to traditional linear DAWs. However, once mastered, it can prove to be an invaluable tool in your music production arsenal, providing freedom, flexibility, and an endless amount of creative possibilities.
Explore, experiment, and dive deep into FL Studio’s session view. Happy producing!