How to Use a MIDI Keyboard With FL Studio

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • USB port cable
  • FL Studios program
  • Midi keyboard

Music production is raised to the next level with the appropriate tools. To create music in FL Studios, you need a midi keyboard controller, which allows sound control within the FL Studios program. The keyboard is used to program drum patterns as well as instrument patterns, and is easy to set up.

Connect the USB cable to the midi keyboard and the other end into the USB port on the computer hard drive. Allow the computer to find and install the drivers needed to operate the midi controller.

Turn on the keyboard. Some midi keyboards are powered from computers, others require batteries or adapters.


Open the FL Studios program and choose "Options"; some options will need to be changed for your midi controller to work. Check the box marked "Enable Midi Remote Control."


Return to FL Studios and select "Midi Options" from the menu.


Choose your keyboard, listed in the "Remote Control Input" section, to enable use of your midi keyboard in FL Studios.


Load an instrument into the Step Sequencer, then press keys on your keyboard. You should hear notes every time a key is pressed.


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