How to Turn Your Android Device into a MIDI Controller in FL Studio

FL Studio is complete software for music generation environment or Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Speaking to over 20 years of imaginative advancement it has all that you need in one package to create, orchestrate, record, alter, mix and master proficient quality music.

FL Studio is currently one of the world’s most well-known DAWs and is utilized by the most imaginative artists,

Talking about MIDI controller i.e. Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) is a standard convention for interconnecting PCs with music instruments, organize lighting and other time-arranged media. Carefully, MIDI is inconsequential to sound. But since MIDI is normally utilized with music, this article is with respect to the sound segment.

Android into MIDI controller

Android uses USB On-The-Go, which allows an Android gadget to go about as a USB host to drive USB peripherals. The USB has mode APIs license designers to actualize MIDI over USB at the application level, however, as of not long ago, there has been no work in stage APIs for MIDI.

Starting with the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) release, device makers can enable discretionary MIDI to help in the platform. Android directly underpins USB, BLE, and virtual (inter-app) transports. Android underpins MIDI 1.0 through an outer connector.

Ever wish you could control FL Studio with a cell phone? Touch Daw and Image line Remote is a free application that does precisely that. They enable your cell phone to utilize it as a MIDI controller. So in case that you at any point you don’t have a drum pad controller, MIDI keyboard, or needed to utilize your mixer without a mouse, both Remote does the majority of that and significantly more.

Utilizing an Android MIDI controller is a fun method to be innovative with innovation! MIDI represents Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It’s an interchanges convention that permits an advanced instrument like a keyboard or synthesizer to speak with your PC and DAW. A MIDI instrument controls the parameters allocated to it in your DAW. The keys on a MIDI console are each mapped to their relating key in the DAW so when you strike the B key, it sends a sign to your DAW to play that note.

With the advent of smart cell phones and the across the board utilization of third-party applications, we are currently ready to utilize an application to enable our phone to use by means as MIDI convention to our DAW. This basically transforms our cell phone or Android gadget into a MIDI controller. In this article, you’ll figure out how to transform your Android gadget into an FL Studio MIDI controller utilizing TouchDAW and Image-Line Remote.

Android MIDI Controller in FL Studio

As mentioned above there are two ways for that one is through Touch DAW and other Image line remote. We will discuss each one of them one by one.

Android MIDI Controller using Touch DAW

TouchDAW is an Android MIDI application that can be utilized to control things in FL Studio remotely through WiFi. The free version of TouchDAW has some entirely cool highlights, for example, x-y pad controllers, mixing track controls, knobs and faders, a keyboard, and launchpads with buttons going from 3×3 to 8×8. You can likewise program your phone’s sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, light sensor, and so on.) to control things with this application.

The installation is somewhat included.

  • Stage 1: Connect Your Device to WiFi

The connection between your PC and your cell phone will occur through WiFi. Ensure they’re both on a similar network framework.

  • Stage 2: Download, Install, and Open rtpMIDI Driver on PC

rtpMIDI is a virtual MIDI driver that takes into consideration the connection between FL Studio and your Android gadget.

  • Stage 3: Open rtpMIDI and Create Two Sessions

You can name them anything you desire, simply ensure the “Enabled” box is checked for both, and remember which one you made first. We’ll have to realize that later.

  • Stage 4: Open or Restart FL Studio
  • Stage 5: Install the Free TouchDAW Android App

The TouchDAW application can be found in Google Play. The free version contains a mixer, keyboard, X-Y pad controller, launchpad buttons, and can likewise fill in as a remote control surface that controls a square of 8 mixer tracks.

  • Stage 6: TouchDAW Android App Settings

We have to input into the application what DAW we’re using for which studio:

  1. Open Android TouchDAW application on your gadget
  2. Tap the four bars in the upper left corner of the home screen
  3. Tap “Arrangement”
  4. Under Controller Setup, tap “DAW Controller”
  5. Tap “Sequencer”
  6. Select FL Studio from the list

You should now observe two new things show up automatically in the rtpMIDI window

  • Stage 7: Configure FL Studio MIDI Options

In FL Studio, click on “option” in the upper left toolbar in FL Studio. Ensure “Enable MIDI output” and “Enable MIDI remote control” are both checked.

Next, in a similar menu, explore to “MIDI settings” and after that the “output” sub-window. You should see the two sessions we made from the rptMIDI driver window in Step 3 recorded there.

Connect Remote Control Surface

  1. Under Output, select the FIRST SESSION you made
  2. change the Port to 102
  3. Under Input, select the relating FIRST SESSION you made
  4. Snap “Empower”
  5. Change Controller type to “Mackie Control Universal”
  6. Change Port to 102

Connection VSTi Control (Keyboard, Mixer, X-Y Pad, Etc.)

  1. Under Output, select the SECOND SESSION you made
  2. change the Port to 102
  3. Under Input, select the comparing SECOND SESSION you made
  4. Snap “Empower”
  5. Leave Controller type at (conventional controller)
  6. Change Port to 102
  • Stage 8: Link Sessions With Directories

Explore back to the rtpMIDI window. Select the FIRST SESSION you made and the registry with RPT1 in its name, and tap “Interface”. At that point select the SECOND SESSION you made and the registry with RTP 2 in its name, and tap “connect”. 

It might take some time for the connection with being made. When you see a worth show up for “Inactivity” you can go to FL Studio and play around with it.

TouchDAW Control Surface Functionality

The DAW controller (home screen) is utilized to control a block of 8 Mixer tracks in FL Studio’s Mixer. The block can be appointed to any groups of 8 adjoining tracks. The chosen block is spoken to by the picture looking like 8 piano keys, and highlights the chosen track inside the block. 1 is the main assigned Mixer track of the block, 2 is the second alloted Mixer track of the block, etc.

To choose which 8 contiguous Mixer tracks you need to control, utilize the left and right arrows on the control pads. Looking past 1 or 8 will move the block finished. Tapping shift ⇑ and cycling through the all over arrows will enable you to allot out a FL Studio Mixer track to a block track (1-8). Swiping over the block with your finger will move block selection over by 8.

When the 8 tracks for the block are picked, you can save it set up by holding down on the block. Tap it again to open. You can go through the 8 alloted Mixer tracks through the arrows, and change the volume and panning of each. You likewise have the alternative to mute, solo, record, and so on each exclusively chosen track.

It might take some time to get the hang of this technique. I could see this being valuable for individuals who do live recording. For more information on the control surface usefulness, look at the User’s Manual.

TouchDAW Keys, Launchpad, and X-Y Pad Functionality

Alright, here comes the great stuff. In the event that you tap the upper left menu button in TouchDAW, you can get to the Keyboard and X-Y Pad/Launchpad controllers. To change how they work, go to Setup in a similar menu, and tap MIDI Utilites.

To connect any button, slider, fader, or knob in TouchDAW to a parameter in FL Studio:

  1. right-click on anything you desire to control in FL
  2. Select “Link to controller”
  3. Ensure “Auto detect” is checked
  4. Move the button, slider, fader, or knob you need to connect to in TouchDAW

X-Y Pads Meet Accelerometers

As I would see it, the x-y pads capacities and sensor control make the entire establishment and arrangement process justified, despite all the trouble. You can connect x-y pads to your gadgets accelerometer and control parameters in FL Studio basically by moving your gadget. Pretty easy, and quick enjoyable method to mess around with. It works truly well with certain Sytrus presets, particularly those utilizing frequency modulation. The SeamlessR Sytrus presets are a decent start.

To connect parameters to the x and y positions in TouchDAW’s x-y cushions:

Assign out them each an alternate Continuous Controller (CC) number in TouchDAW

  1. Upper left menu button
  2. Setup
  3. MIDI Utilities
  4. XY-Controllers/Launchpads
  5. MIDI Assignments
  6. Assign CC1 – X and CC2 – Y each a number if your x-y pads is in left/top position
  7. Assign CC3 – X and CC4 – Y each a number if your x-y pads is in right/bottom position

Connect X knob in FL Studio x-y cushion

  1. Right-click x knob
  2. Snap on “Connection to controller”
  3. Set MIDI controller port to 102 and Ctrl to CC1 or CC3 task
  4. Click Accept

Connect Y knob in FL Studio x-y cushion

  1. Right-click y knob
  2. Snap-on “Connection to controller”
  3. Set MIDI controller port to 102 and Ctrl to CC2 or CC4 task
  4. Click Accept

Go to your X-Y pads in TouchDAW and you should now have the option to control the pads through your gadget. To utilize your device’s accelerometer to control the pads, you’ll have to utilize the right/bottom x-y pad position and CC3/CC4 assignments when you connect to FL. At that point simply set the setting to accelerometer control in MIDI Utilities.

Play around with it, there’s a lot of abilities. The main awful or bad thing is sooner or later the multi-contact and sensors will be inaccessible. You need to pay an astounding $5 for the paid rendition. Well justified, despite all the trouble as I would like to think. Alright, on to different things.

Android MIDI Controller using Image line remote

I’ll tell to you since setting Image-Line Remote up is not even close as setting as TouchDAW. It has a significant part of a similar functions as TouchDAW, and is customized explicitly for FL Studio. That being stated, it lacks the gadget sensor control abilities that TouchDAW has.

Stage 1: Connect Your Android MIDI Controller Device to WiFi

Image Line Remote works remotely through WiFi also. Ensure your Android gadget and your PC are on a similar WiFi network framework.

Stage 2: Download and Open Image-Line Remote

It’s free in the Google Play store. When you have it downloaded, open the application and tap the FL Studio catch (tap to interface).

Stage 3: Enable Image-Line Remote in FL Studio

Open FL Studio and explore to your Settings. Under the MIDI tab, simply check the “Enable Image-Line Remote” button.

Next, you may need to click “Refresh device list”. At that point, you should see another thing show up in the MIDI Input list. Ensure the “Enable” button is checked when it’s chosen, and notice which MIDI port it’s been mapped to. For example, Mine was mapped to port 250.

Stage 4: Allow FL Studio through Your Firewall

In the event that nothing occurred after Step 3 and the new Input didn’t show up in the list, all things considered, your PC’s firewall is hindering the association. In case you’re all great and cool, simply avoid this progression.

In Windows, go to Control Panel\System and Security\Windows Defender Firewall, and click “Permit an application or highlight through Windows Defender Firewall” In the following Window, click change settings and after that discover FL Studio in the list and ensure it’s checked.

You may need to repeat Step 3 again and revive FL Studio as well as the application for the connection to come through.

Also, that is it for arrangement. You currently have an Android MIDI controller. We should perceive what it can do.

Image-Line Remote Functionality

Image-Line Remote has a default format with 7 control screens that can be gotten to by tapping their relating tabs at the top of the screen in the application. I’m utilizing a Samsung Galaxy S10 for this, and my comprehension is that these might be fairly unique relying upon what gadget you’re utilizing:

  • Principle – contains buttons for a large number of the toolbar capacities in FL Studio. You can change the rhythm, play, delay, record, flip the metronome on/off, and open or close the Playlist, Step Sequencer/Channel rack, Piano move, Browser/Plugin picker, Mixer, and Settings from here.
  • Piano – contains a keyboard with two octaves. It likewise has 3 faders, and x-y pads, and a knob that cycles through channels in the Channel rack.
  • FPC – contains a 4×4 launchpad close by 3 faders. The pads are connected to keys initially however named to be utilized with FPC to play with percussion tests.
  • Harmo – contains a key grid with a scale choice. Picking a scale connects each key to framing a chord on that scale. This is like the VFX Key Mapper. This is valuable in the event that you don’t have much information in music hypothesis and might want to make songs. It additionally has secure to move and down octaves.
  • Slicex – looks like 4 handles and 2 columns of 8 launchpad buttons. Works with the Slicex plugin.
  • Perform – works with Performance Mode in FL Studio. You can load clips to be activated in the grid when you open a Performance Mode venture.
  • Mix – 8 volume faders connected to tracks 1 through 8 in the FL Studio Mixer. Each fader likewise accompanies 3 handles.

Custom Layouts

This element truly sets this application separated from the Android TouchDAW application. Someplace on your screen, there ought to have a button looking like a pencil and paper. By tapping and hauling it, you ought to have the option to get to the design customization tab.

From that point, you can make a custom design with any mix of launchpads, x-y pads, faders, knobs, clip launchers, keys, harmonic matrix, jogwheels, and so on a few custom tabs.

Connecting Parameters

I told this before, however for those of you that avoided the TouchDAW portion, here you go:

  • right-click on anything you desire to control in FL
  • Select “Connection to controller”
  • Ensure “Auto-detection” is checked
  • Move the button, slider, fader, or knob you need connect to in Image-Line Remote
  • To interface x-y pads, you simply need to observe the pivot ID in your x-y pads settings. You can likewise change the ID in the application.

When you realize that, it’s simply a question of connecting it to the MIDI controller choices of the parameter you need to control in FL Studio.

  1. Right-click knob you need to connect in FL Studio
  2. Select “Connection to controller”
  3. Change the MIDI port to whatever the information is for Image-Line Remote in your MIDI Settings for example Mine was 250.
  4. Change the Ctrl (CC Number) to the correct ID from Image-Line Remote

Like TouchDAW, Image-Line Remote has a lot of abilities and can be a great deal of amusing to play around and try different things with.

Both Image-Line Remote and TouchDAW are quite cool applications that can transform your Android gadget into a MIDI controller. The two of them have their qualities and shortcomings.

TouchDAW

Qualities

  • Gadget sensor ability
  • Use with a wide range of DAWs
  • Great UI

Shortcomings

  • Generally confounded arrangement
  • Full functions are not free

Image-Line Remote

Qualities

  • Simple arrangement
  • Profoundly adjustable
  • 100% free
  • Good with iOS and android both.

Shortcomings

  • Just works with FL Studio
  • UI can be glitch and complications
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Conclusion

Taking a look at these alternatives it is reasonable to say that Android has done some genuine work for saving time and would now be able to offer itself as a decent music making platform. Ideally, this gives you a few choices regarding MIDI control in case that you don’t have any equipment controllers accessible to you. This can even go about as a supplement controller to any controllers you just have to use above given procedures. Easily overlooked details like that can save your time and even inspire greater inventiveness in your work process with android Remote.

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