To undo channel routing in FL Studio, you will want to first click on the channel being routed to another one. Once selected, you can find the channel it is being routed to and then click on the small arrow at the very bottom of the mixer channel.
Undoing Channel Routing In FL Studio
Channel routing is one of the less intuitive parts of the DAW for a new FL Studio user. It can be pretty hard to understand if you don’t have experience with it.
Luckily the solution is simple enough, which we will be going over in this FL Studio tutorial.
Let’s jump straight in.
Step One – Selected The Correct Channel
To begin with, you will want to ensure that you have the mixer open and the correct channel selected. You can open the mixer quickly by using the F9 keyboard shortcut or navigating to it from the view selected in the top hot bar.
Once you have the mixer open, you will want to find and click on the desired channel that is being routed. You will want to make sure that you select the send or sound source, not the destination, as you cannot undo the routing from here.
You can tell when you have selected a mixer track as it will become highlighted. You will be able to see the routing via green lines at the very bottom of the mixer.
Step Two – Undoing Channel Routing In FL Studio
Now that you have successfully located the source channel of the routing, you can see which channel/multiple channels it is routed to, as indicated by the green connecting lines at the bottom of the mixer.
These lines can be helpful to find the channel that you want to undo the routing to, as if you follow the line, it will link directly to the part of the mixer track that you are looking for.
Just above the wet/dry channel send knob at the bottom of the mixer track, you will find a small arrow. Simply click on this arrow to remove the routing to that channel.
How Is Channel Routing Different in Other DAWs than FL Studio?
FL Studio takes a unique approach to its channel routing. It features an entirely separate mixer view for everything to do with it. Most popular DAWs like Ableton and Pro Tools have gone towards a more simplified approach where you can deal with the channel routing within the main window.
FL Studios chosen method comes with both its upsides and downsides. However, it still allows you to do everything you can do with other DAWs in terms of channel routing. You may just find that it takes some time to get used to working with a completely separate mixer.
How Do I Know Which Tracks Are Linked to Which in FL Studio?
When you have two mixer tracks routed together in FL Studio, you can tell via the small green lines that look like wires connecting each channel. These lines can be seen at the very bottom of the mixer view.
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It may also help to color code your mixer tracks, which you can do by right-clicking on the desired track, and then selecting the ‘Change Color‘ option.
What Is the Point of Routing Tracks in FL Studio?
Routing tracks is a beneficial feature for a variety of reasons. For example, routing multiple tracks into one, or ‘bus‘ routing, is a handy way of quickly processing a large amount of your project and keeping things organized.
You may also want to use sidechain compression, which can also be achieved through channel routing.
Can You Get More Mixer Channels in FL Studio?
In FL Studio, the current mixer track limit is 125, which should be enough for even the most demanding projects. To navigate through all of the mixer tracks, click and drag on the small scroll bar at the very bottom of the mixer view.
If you find yourself using up too many mixer tracks, try group routing or bussing some channels together into one group channel, such as drums.
How Do You Delete a Mixer Track in FL Studio?
You cannot outright delete or insert a mixer track in FL Studio, as you will always have 125. That being said, you can revert them to their default blank setting. To do this, simply right-click on the desired track, and then navigate to the option that says ‘reset selected track to default.’
Once selected, this will remove all effects and color-coding you have added to the track. In addition, you can remove all of the track sends by choosing the ‘reset selected channels routing‘ option.
How Do You Assign Mixer Tracks to Audio in FL Studio?
If you are looking to assign individual sounds from the playlist view to a mixer track, the fastest way you can do this is by double-clicking on the desired audio and then using the CTRL+L (CMD+L) command.
Using this will automatically assign the audio to the next available mixer track, coloring it and giving it the name of the sample. To have more control over this or to send the sound to a different track, try manually assigning the mixer track. This is done via the small indicator at the top left of the sample box or to the left of the audio in the sequencer.
You can also follow this process with any synth or plugin you might have in your project.
What Is the Sidechain Option for Within the FL Studio Mixer?
A sidechain is an option reserved for when you are not looking to directly route audio to another channel. Still, you want to use the signal as a trigger for something you are routing it to in the channel.
One of the most common uses for sidechains is sidechain compression. A signal is being used to trigger a ducking compression effect, which is very popular in modern music on things like vocals.
Thanks to its less than intuitive visual design, channel routing in FL Studio can be a frustrating hurdle for music production newcomers.
On another note, you can also set up some FL Studio templates or presets that have your most commonly used channel routings already set up for you, so you don’t need to do them every time you start a new project.
For example, setting up a drum bus that goes to your master channel or sidechain on a particular instrument or selected track.
However, once you know how routing works, you will get more comfortable with it over time just by using it. Hopefully, this tutorial has helped you with that!
Want to learn more? Click here to find out How To Undo A Sidechain In FL Studio.