Here’s a small workflow related tip that may help you to work more efficiently with 3rd party plugins inside FL Studio: in the plugin wrapping settings (under the ‘Visual’ section), check that the box ‘Don’t allow keyboard focus’ is enabled (it’s disabled by default).
How does this help you to work more efficiently in FL?
If this setting is disabled, each time you click on a 3rd party plugin to open it’s interface and i.e. adjust a parameter or just change a preset, the plugin steals your keyboard input and the FL’s Transport panel keyboard shortcuts won’t work (such as spacebar for playback / stop, R for recording, etc). You would need to use your mouse to first click on anywhere outside the plugin interface in order to give the keyboard focus back to FL and only after that the keyboard shortcuts will function again.
This might sound like a minor workflow “issue”, but even so, it’s all extra hassle and clicking and when you work with FL and 3rd party plugins intensively this may start to be annoying.
By enabling the ’Don’t allow keyboard focus’, the problem is solved. You can keep the plugin interface active on top, tweak it, change presets, etc. while keeping all the FL Transport panel keyboard shortcuts working underneath it.
This works both, with the 3rd party synth and effect plugins.
Also, you can save this setting (per plugin) by either clicking the ‘Save now’ button under the ‘General’ section of the wrapping settings or by enabling the ‘Save options automatically’ (which should be enabled by default). This way, FL will remember these settings every time you load the plugin.
That’s it. Stay tuned for more tutorials soon!