Both programs must be the same bit structure and must match
your processor. My computer, FL and Ableton are all 64 bit.
first program opened is the host or master.
second program opened is the slave.
is the slave because it has great composing ability with it's stamp
tool and other options in the piano roll. It also has a
functional step sequencer that Ableton lacks. The clips and
patterns in FL are global. If you change one of them it
affects them all. This is helpful for creating a song structure.
The clips in Ablton are independant and can be modified without
changing other parts of the song. This is helpful for refining
the song and adding variety to the sounds. Ableton lets
you easily mix multiple parts together and trigger them in
different sequences and record the outcome. The ability to use
session and arrangement clips in this way is a great reason for
Ableton being late in the chain. You can easily trigger sounds
and loops with Ableton's scenes system. FL studio
also has bit bridging so you can use 32 bit VST's like Sylenth 1
inside Ableton without using a bridging software like J-Bridge
(J-Bridge works great and is cheap. Check it
useful Ableton tool is the groove pool. It's good to
use late in the processing chain. As pieces of the song
are created you can add grooves to them or extract grooves from them.
This structure allows the first effects to be
applied in FL, and secondary effects applied in Ableton. At any
point in the path I can add a Blue Cat HB7 and have the ability to add
multiple effects across the signal band on each channel (up to 7
frequency spectrums with 2 FX each).
FL and Ableton must be in Administrator mode.
It's easier if they do it automatically.
Right click Ableton
Click on Properties
Select Run this program as an administrator
same with FL Studio
Open Ableton first
open FL studio
You should see this.
If FL loads a preset channel rack, you can simplify it quickly.
Choose any style template. I chose Basic
Select an Audio
track in Ableton.
Click Audio From
and select FL
Monitor to IN
Start making sounds in FL Studio.
The red shows the
audio track with FL routing
You should hear the sounds and see them on the input
Now you can use both programs and rock!
If you use the FL VST you can load multiple versions of FL inside
Ableton at once.
First find the folder where FL Studio VSTi.dll
is located. The fastest way is using the program
It helps you find samples and lost files. Download
It runs continuosly in the background and I disable it in my
startups. But it's very good when you use it.
the folder where this file is located. Make a shortcut to that
folder and put it in your Abeton VST folder. For instructions, click here