How to Enable Legacy Pattern Blocks in FL Studio

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You may have noticed that the newer versions of FL Studio have gotten rid of the legacy Pattern Blocks from the View Playlist. If you are an old FLooper like myself then you will find it almost impossible to make a song without the old Pattern Blocks. Also when you open a tune from years ago it wont show anything in the view window. Confusing hey!

To enable pattern blocks simply go into Options and then General Settings. Near the bottom of the general setting window click on a button to Enable Legacy Pattern Blocks. It will pop up with a window saying “Pattern Insances (Blocks) have become obsolete and will not appear in future version of FL Studio.

If you watch the video above it will also show you how to get your music from the Step Sequencer into the Playlist without even using pattern blocks. Personally I still like to use Pattern Blocks because I can make lots of different patterns in the blocks section and then put only the ones I want into the Step Sequencer meaning that the Step Sequencer stays nice a clean and I don’t have to scroll up and down all the time. Please Image-Line, don’t make Pattern Blocks obsolete even if I am the only one who uses them!

3 thoughts on “How to Enable Legacy Pattern Blocks in FL Studio”

  1. When I first started with FL Studio I initially thought the block layout was odd. I came from other DAW software which was typically focused more on audio recording. Laying out things in the playlist made more since to me at the time. However, the more I use FL Studio I see the benefits of the block layout. It feels as if they are trying make it more like other DAW software from an audio recording perspective opposed to pattern based production. I’m sure your not the only one dissatisfied with this.

    1. In the latest version 10.8 they have completely remove pattern blocks. The legacy button is no longer available. The work flow is a little different without the pattern blocks however I am getting used to it now and I like the way you can visualize the patterns in each track.

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