I know that feeling when you have to rename and color code mixer channels and playlist tracks to look similar inside FL Studio.
Wait, once that is done, you’ll have to again route each audio clip on that playlist tracks to the mixer channel separately to make them work together.
Well, there is a much easier way to do this on FL Studio. This how-to guide will teach you just that.
Open the mixer and find the channel to link
Once you open FL Studio, go to the mixer window by pressing the F9 key on the keyboard or clicking the double fader button on the software interface (as shown below).
This will open up the mixer.
Rename the mixer channel for easy identification.
Inside the mixer window, find the mixer channel (insert) you want to link to a playlist track.
Select the insert channel and rename it. This will later come in handy.
In my case, I selected Insert 3 and renamed it “Target.”
Sending a playlist track to the mixer channel
Now go to the playlist window and select the track you want to send to the mixer.
Right-click on the mouse, keeping the mouse pointer over the track (as shown in the image below). This will open up a list of options.
Among this list of options, hover the mouse pointer over the “Track mode” option. This will again open up three more options.
Now, hover over “Audio track.” This will open up all the mixer channels (inserts).
Among these, select the track you renamed before.
For example, I renamed it “Target” before, so I’ll select the mixer channel named “Target” (as shown in the image below).
Now you’ve successfully linked that specific playlist track to the mixer channel.😊
If it’s correctly linked, you’ll see additional buttons near the track name (as shown in the image below).
These buttons allow you to take control of some of the mixer channel functions directly from the playlist window.
They will especially come in handy when you want to record audio.
Making sure it works
Note that if you had audio clips on that playlist track, they’d be automatically linked to the mixer channel.
Also, any new audio clips you add to that specific playlist track in the future will be automatically sent to that mixer channel.
For example, (see the following screenshot) I added a new audio clip to the playlist track that I linked to the mixer channel.
Now when I open the audio clip, I see it’s linked to the “Insert 3” mixer track named “Target” (as shown below).
You can also check similarly to see if they’re correctly linked for you.
Pro Tip: Note that if you rename, change color, or add icons to any linked tracks in the playlist or mixer, the changes will appear on both the playlist and mixer tracks since they are linked and work together.