FL Studio Tip: Using the Graph Editor in the Channel Rack

The Piano Roll is one of the most powerful MIDI editing tools in FL Studio. But did you know you can access many of those same tools directly in the channel rack instead?

This feature is called the Graph Editor. It allows you to change you step sequenced MIDI data into editable MIDI notes. There you can change the key, velocity, release time, pitch, panning, filter cutoff/resonance, and timing. To turn graph editing on, simply select the graph icon on the top right of the channel rack. It will highlight in blue when selected.

FL Studio Graph Editor

In the picture above, you can see normal step sequenced blocks entered into the “Hats” channel. Below is the mini piano roll view that loads up as default once you select the Graph Editor with each note labeled by the key it’s playing. Just like in the piano roll, you can move these notes up or down to change the key. You can also change any of these notes into slide notes by left-clicking the triangle at the top of the editor above each note. Right-click the deactivate the slide.

FL Studio Graph Editor

At the bottom of the Graph Editor, you can select the different editing options. “Vel” will edit the velocity. “Rel” is release, which applies to the settings in your volume envelope in the channel settings. “Fine” controls pitch. “Pan” is stereo panning left to right. “X” and “Y” is filter cutoff/resonance, which applies to the settings you have in your filter in the channel settings. “Shift” will adjust the timing of each note, which is the same tool used in the channel tools section of your channel.

You can reset any changes you’ve made by holding ALT and left clicking inside the Graph Editor. You can also adjust all of the levels together by holding CTRL and dragging the mouse up and down in the editor. You can smoothly draw in the levels just by dragging the mouse across the editor. If you want to only adjust the levels of a single note, hold SHIFT while dragging the mouse after you’ve selected the note.

Overall, this is a way to quickly adjust your notes without going into the full Piano Roll view. Having control over these options might help speed up your workflow if your preference is to work mainly within the step sequencer window.

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