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.

Uhhh!๐Ÿ˜’

Well, there is a much easier way to do this on FL Studio. This how-to guide will teach you just that.

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).

Opening mixer on FL Studio
Opening mixer on FL Studio

This will open up the mixer.

mixer window on FL Studio
Mixer window on FL Studio
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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.”

Renaming a insert track in FL Studio
Renaming an insert track in FL Studio

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.

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Options on a playlist track in FL Studio
Options on a playlist track in FL Studio

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).

Linking a playlist track to a mixer channel in FL Studio
Linking a playlist track to a mixer channel in FL Studio

Wallah!

Now you’ve successfully linked that specific playlist track to the mixer channel.๐Ÿ˜Š

If it’s correctly linked, you’ll see additional buttons near the track name (as shown in the image below).

Playlist track after it's sent to a mixer channel in FL Studio
Playlist track after it’s sent to a mixer channel in FL Studio

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.

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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.

Adding a new audio clip to the playlist track linked to the mixer channel
Adding a new audio clip to the playlist track 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).

Audio sample added to the playlist track automatically linked to the mixer channel
Audio sample added to the playlist track automatically linked to the mixer channel.

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.

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