FL Studio Keyword Cheat Sheet For Producers & Beat Makers

FL Studio Keyword Cheat Sheet For Producers & Beat Makers

Posted by Jay Stacks | February 16, 2017 | Blog

FL Studio Keyword Cheat Sheet For Producers & Beat Makers

This page lists some of the keyboard shortcuts to useful commands in FL Studio. Every day another producer is asking me how I manage to navigate so quick around FL Studio. Here is the answer to that basically I learnt most of the easy and most frequent commands of by heart and its really easy to do. Learn I’d say around 5 at a time and before you know it you’ll have memorised most of the shortcuts. Please examine the menus/context menus for more shortcuts.

NOTE: Single key shortcuts will only work when ‘Typing keyboard to piano’ (Ctrl+T) is off.

Keys/ActionFile Operations
Ctrl+OOpen file
Ctrl+SSave file
Ctrl+NSave new version
Ctrl+Shift+SSave As…
Ctrl+RExport wave file
Ctrl+Shift+RExport mp3 file
Ctrl+Shift+MExport MIDI file
Alt+0,1..9Open recent files 0..9
Ctrl+Shift+H(Re)arrange windows
Keys/ActionPattern Selector (Numpad)
1..9Select patterns 1..9
+Next pattern
Previous pattern
F4Next empty pattern
Keys/ActionChannel Rack & Step Sequencer
1…9, 0Mute/Unmute first 10 channels
Ctrl+1..9,0Solo/UnSolo first 10 channels
Up-ArrowSelect previous channel
Down-ArrowNext channel
Page UpNext channel Group
Page DownPrevious channel Group
Alt+DelDelete selected channel/s
Alt+Down-ArrowMove selected Channel/s one step down
Alt+Up-ArrowMove selected Channel/s one step up
Alt+CClone selected channels
Alt+GGroup selected channels
Alt+MToggle Mixer Track Selectors
Alt+UUnzip selected channel/s
Alt+ZZip selected channel/s
Ctrl+Alt+RForce restretch of all Audio Clip Channels
Ctrl+EnterFocus Playlist
Ctrl+Shift+CClone channel/s
Ctrl+CCopy channel Steps/Score
Ctrl+VPaste channel Steps/Score
Ctrl+XCut channel Steps/Score
Shift+Up-ArrowMove selected channel/s Up
Shift+Down-ArrowMove selected channel/s Down
Shift+Ctrl+Left-ArrowShift Steps Left
Shift+Ctrl+Right-ArrowShift Steps Right
Keys/ActionRecord / Playback / Transport
BackspaceToggle Line/None Snap
SpaceStart/Stop Playback
Ctrl+SpaceStart/Pause Playback
LSwitch Pattern/Song mode
RSwitch On/Off recording (This also works during playback)
0 (NumPad)Fast forward
/ (NumPad)Previous bar (Song mode)
* (NumPad)Next bar (Song mode)
Ctrl+EToggle Step Edit mode
Ctrl+HStop sound (panic)
Ctrl+TToggle typing keypad to piano keypad
Ctrl+BToggle blend notes
Ctrl+MToggle metronome
Ctrl+PToggle recording metronome precount
Ctrl+IToggle wait for input to start recording
Keys/ActionWindow Navigation
TabCycle nested windows
F8Open Plugin Picker
EnterToggle Max/Min Playlist
EscCloses a window
F1This Help
F5Toggle Playlist
F6Toggle Step Sequencer
F7Toggle Piano roll
Alt+F8Show/hide Sample Browser
F9Show/hide Mixer
F10Show/hide MIDI settings
F11Show/hide song info window
F12Close all windows
Ctrl+Shift+HArrange windows
Keys/ActionMixer
Alt+Left-Arrow / Right-ArrowMove selected mixer track/s Left/Right
Alt+LSelect the channels Linked to the selected mixer track
Alt+WToggle Peak-meter ‘Wave’ view
Ctrl+LLink selected channels to selected mixer track
Shift+Ctrl+LLink selected channels STARTING From selected mixer track
Shift+Mouse-WheelMove selected mixer track/s Left/Right (mouse-over track)
Ctrl+Shift+Left-ClickSelect multiple mixer tracks
Ctrl+Shift+SSave Mixer track state
F2Rename selected mixer track
SSolo Current track
Alt+SAlt Solo – Activate Current track and all tracks Routed TO/FROM It
Alt+RRender Armed tracks to .wav

 

Keys/ActionPlaylist action
BPaint tool
CSlice tool
DDelete tool
ESelect tool
PPencil tool
SSlip edit tool
TMute tool
YPlayback tool
ZZoom tool
AltBypass snap (very useful when combined with other modifiers)
Alt+GUngroup selection
Alt+POpen the Piano roll or channel depending on what’s selected in the Playlist
Alt+TAdd Time marker
Alt+/* and Ctrl+Alt+/*Jump to Next/Previous song marker (if present)
Alt+ Right-clickAudition the clip selected.
Alt+ Right-ShiftEngage snap free ‘Slice Mode’, release Alt after clicking on the Clip to use snapping.
Ctrl+ASelect All
Ctrl+BDuplicate selection (or all Clips in zoom range if nothing is selected) to the right.
Ctrl+CCopy selection
Ctrl+DDeselect selection
Ctrl+PToggle Performance Mode
Ctrl+TAdd Time Marker
Ctrl+VPaste selection
Ctrl+XCut selection
Ctrl+Alt+GGrid Color
Ctrl+Alt+HomeToggle Resizing from Left
Ctrl+F8Open Project Picker
Ctrl+InsAdd space at the start of the timeline selection of equal length to the selection
Ctrl+DelDelete space according to the timeline selection
Ctrl+EnterSelect time around selection
Ctrl+Left-Arrow/Right-ArrowSelect time before/after selection equal to the selection length
Ctrl+Left-clickSelect
Ctrl+Shift+Left-clickAdd to selection
Ctrl+Shift+Right-clickZoom to selected Clip
Ctrl+Right-clickZoom on selection / Drag to make zoom selection (zoom on release)
DelDelete selected clip/pattern source data
Double Left-click on clip/patternOpen clip/pattern properties (e.g. Channel settings, Piano roll)
HomeMove the playback marker to the start of the Playlist.
Insert KeySlice Clip at mouse cursor position
Left-Shift+Left-click (on Playlist)Add and resize clip/pattern (move mouse L/R after click and hold to resize). Must be in pencil mode.
Left-Shift+Right-clickPan view
Middle mouse buttonPan view (hold & drag left/right)
PgUp / PgDownZoom in / Zoom out
Pencil tool + ShiftSwap to Brush
Right-clickDelete selected clip/pattern
Right-Shift+Left-clickSlice clip/pattern (click above/below clip/pattern & drag vertical)
Right-Alt+Right-Shift+Left-clickVertical Slice clip. Release alt to engage snap.
Right-Shift+Right-clickSlice clip/pattern & delete smallest part (click above/below clip/pattern & drag vertical)
Right-Alt+Right-clickQuantize selected
Right-Alt+Left-clickMute selected
Shift+CSelect all Clips according to the currently selected Clip source
Shift+GGroup selected Clips
Shift+IInvert selection
Shift+QQuick quantize Clip start times
Shift+Left-Arrow/Right-ArrowMove selection Left/Right
Shift+Up-Arrow/Down-ArrowMove selection Up/Down
Shift+Left-click (on clip/pattern)Clone (drag while holding clip/pattern)
Shift+mouse-wheel (on Clips)Nudge Clip position
Shift+MSwitch stretch mode
Shift+mouse-wheel (on Track label area)Re-order Clip Tracks
Shift + 0 (zero)Center Playlist to play-head position (numbers above typing keys)
Shift + 1 to 3Horizontal Zoom levels 1 (zoom out) to 3 (zoom in), (numbers above typing keys)
Shift + 4Horizontal Zoom, show all (numbers above typing keys)
Shift + 5Zoom to selection (numbers above typing keys)
Shift + 6Fit Performance Zone to Playlist (numbers above typing keys)

 

Keys/ActionPiano roll action
NOTE:Some keyboard modifiers apply only to Draw mode ().
BPaint tool
CSlice tool
DDelete tool
ESelect tool
FShow next property in the Piano roll event lane (lower section)
GSelect the Channel above
HSelect the Channel above with note data
JSelect the Channel below with note data
KSelect the Channel below
MToggle Keyboard view mode
OToggle Portamento
PPencil tool
TMute tool
YPlayback tool
ZZoom tool
AltBypass snap (very useful when combined with other modifiers)
Alt+AArpeggiator
Alt+BView note helpers
Alt+CChange color of selected note/s (to selected color group)
Alt+ERiff machine
Alt+FFlam
Alt+GUngroup selected notes
Alt+KOpen Limit tool
Alt+LOpen Articulate tool
Alt+NSwitch waveform helper view (when available).
Alt+OOpen LFO tool when in lower Event Editor area
Alt+QQuantize
Alt+ROpen Randomize tool
Alt+SOpen Strum tool
Alt+UOpen Chop tool
Alt+VToggle Ghost channels ON/OFF
Alt+WOpen Claw Machine tool
Alt+XOpen Scale Levels tool
Alt+YOpen Score Flipper tool
Alt+Mouse wheelChange the selected note property of the note the mouse pointer is near or on.
Alt+Arrow keysNudge the position of the selected note/s OR all notes if no selection is made.
Ctrl+ASelect All
Ctrl+BDuplicate selection, or all notes in zoom range if nothing is selected, to the right. Works also with time-line selections.
Ctrl+CCopy selection
Ctrl+DDeselect selection
Ctrl+GGlue selected and touching notes
Ctrl+IInsert current controller value
Ctrl+LQuick legato
Ctrl+MImport MIDI file
Ctrl+QQuick Quantize
Ctrl+UQuick Chop
Ctrl+VPaste selection
Ctrl+XCut selection
Ctrl+Alt+GGrid Color
Ctrl+Alt+HomeToggle allow resizing from left
Ctrl+DeleteDelete space equal to selection
Ctrl+EnterSelect time around selection
Ctrl+InsertInsert space equal to the current time-line selection
Ctrl+Up-Arrow/Down-ArrowTranspose selection UP/Down 1 Octave
Ctrl+Left-Arrow/Right-ArrowSelect time before (left) or after (right) current selection
Ctrl+Left-clickSelect
Ctrl+Shift+Left-clickAdd to selection
Ctrl+Right-clickZoom on selection/Drag to make zoom selection (zoom on release)
DelDelete selected
Double Left-click on noteOpen note properties
Double Right-click or X1 button on Ghost noteSwap to Ghost channel to edit the note.
Left-Shift+Left-click (on Piano roll)Add and resize notes (move mouse L/R after click and hold to resize)
Left-Shift+Right-clickPan view
Left-Alt+Right-clickAudio preview
Middle mouse buttonPan view (hold and drag left/right)
PgUp / PgDownZoom in / Zoom out
Pencil tool + ShiftSwap to Brush
Right-clickDelete Selected Note/s
Right-Alt+Right-clickQuantize selected
Right-Shift+Left-clickSlice notes (click above/below note and drag vertical)
Right-Shift+Right-clickSlice notes & delete smallest part (click above/below note and drag vertical)
Shift+Ctrl+VPaste from MIDI clipboard
Shift+CSelect by color
Shift+DDiscard selected note lengths
Shift+GGroup selected
Shift+HSelect the next Channel, in the selected Pattern, with note data.
Shift+IInvert selection
Shift+KSelect the next Channel
Shift+NTurn off selected chord
Shift+QQuick quantize
Shift+MSelect groups of notes at random
Shift+RSelect at random (multiple presses will select more notes)
Shift+Left-Arrow/Right-ArrowMove selection Left/Right
Shift+Up-Arrow/Down-ArrowMove selection Up/Down
Shift+Left-clickClone (drag while holding clip/pattern), release Shift after dragging to unlock vertical movement
Shift+mouse-wheel (on Clips)Nudge Clip position
Shift+mouse-wheel (on Track label area)Re-order Clip Tracks
Shift + 0 (zero)Center Playlist to play-head position (numbers above typing keys)
Shift + 1 to 3Horizontal Zoom levels 1 (zoom out) to 3 (zoom in), (numbers above typing keys)
Shift + 4Horizontal Zoom, show all (numbers above typing keys)
Shift + 5Zoom to selection (numbers above typing keys)

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