While FL Studio comes with a lot of great plugins and effects, you can also add third-party plugins to FL Studio to make it even better. There are a lot of new sounds and effects that can be used with this, as well as virtual instruments.
Below, I’ll show you how to add VST plugins to FL Studio step-by-step, as well as give you some advice on how to organize your plugins so they’re easier to find and faster to use.
Downloading plugins that work with FL Studio
Plug-ins come in many different forms. You’ll want to use the ones that work with FL Studio.
You can check to see if the plugins you want to install work with FL Studio by looking at the information on the next page:
It has a VST Bit-Rate: Plugins can be bought in 32-bit or 64-bit versions.
You should try to install plugins that work with the 64-bit version of FL Studio if that is what you’re using as well. To get the best compatibility with your version of FL Studio, you should make sure that all of your 32-bit plug-ins match up with the bit-rate of your version of FL Studio.
Some plug-ins will install both 32-bit and 64-bit plugins when they start. There are two versions of FL Studio that you can mix together to make sure that you don’t have two plugins in your list.
There are four different types of plugins. RTAS, VST, AU and AAX are some of them. All of the different formats work with different types of DAW.
VST and VST3 format plugins are used by FL Studio. VST3 plug-ins are 64-bit and the best choice.
There are a lot of things that you can do when you’re installing a plug-in. However, if you only use FL Studio and don’t use any other DAWS, you can uncheck the other formats that will show up on the menu and only install the VST formats.
Because of this, if you use other DAWS, it might be worth installing other formats as well.
This is how you get plugins. When you download most plugins, there will be an installer that will help you install the plugin to the right place in the right place.
A.dll file isn’t a bad thing to have when you get a new plugin. Just move or copy that file to the right place.
It’s easy to open a zip file to get to the installer or the.dll file.
This leads us to the next step.
Finding the plugin folders in FL Studio
When FL Studio is set up, it will look for plug-ins in a set of folders. In this case, FL Studio won’t be able to use a plugin if it is not installed in one of these places.
By going to the Options menu, you can find out where your version of FL Studio looks for plugins. This is where you can change, add, and manage your plugins.
People who use FL Studio can see where it looks for plugins by looking at the “Plugin search paths” panel. A search tool looks for plugins in five different places. To add a new folder to the list, click the folder + icon.
It will be added to the list if you choose the directory you want to use for your plugins when you do this. If you have used other DAWs in the past, these may be stored in folders made by the DAW. In order to use these plugins, you just need to add these folders to the list of folders in FL Studio.
Putting Plugins in the Right Place
So now that we know where FL Studio looks for plugins, let’s find out how you can put your plugins in these folders so that FL Studio can use them.
First, get the plugin from the website for the plugin. There are a lot of plugins that let you download them for either Windows or Mac. You can choose 32 or 64-bit versions.
Once the plugin is downloaded, you can either run the installer or move the plugin files to a folder that FL Studio can read. You can do this either way.
A.zip file will need to be opened and the plugin file will need to be extracted. You can do this by moving the file to your plugin folder.
Downloading a file will change how you do it, but it should still work. .dll or.vst3 files should always be left behind in your plugins folder, so you should always have some kind of file there.
Adding more plugins to FL Studio
If your plugin is in one of the folders FL Studio can scan, you can now open FL Studio and go to the Options > Manage Plugins menu to see which plugins it can find.
You will be given a few scan options that you can choose to turn on or off, such as rescanning plugins that have been troublesome in the past, or you may be able to combine 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
To find new plugins, just click the Find More Plugins button and FL Studio will search through the folders for new ones.
You can check your list after the scan is done.
Sometimes, the name on the list will be a little different from the name of the plugin. If you want to find your new plugins, you can search for them in the search bar at the bottom or look at the “filename” column.
But if you still can’t see your plugin, make sure it’s in the right place and that you’ve installed it in the right way.
This section talks about how to use plugins.
Your new plugin can be used right away if it shows up on the list of plugins you can use. But if you have trouble with this, there are a few ways to make your plugins easier to find.
Depending on the edition of FL Studio that you buy, you may have a long list of plug-ins that you can use. This makes it a little hard to find the plugins that you like the best, though.
To make it easier to find your plugins and get to them faster, click on a plugin in the Plugin Manager and choose the “Plugin” tab.
In the panel that comes up, all of the options and information for your chosen plugin will be shown to you. Renaming the plugin is the best way to find the plug-in quickly. There are many ways to name a plugin. You can name it after the guitar, the amp, or even something fun that your eye will immediately notice!