Automating buttons on VST plugins in FL Studio

The other day when I was flicking through my FL Bible I came across this amazing feature: How to automate a VST to an external controller!

1: Open your favourite VST plugin by right clicking an existing instrument in the Step Sequencer, scrolling down to Insert and selecting the plugin from the menu (For this example I am using NI Pro-53).


2: Go to the Browser window. Click on Current project, then Generators and finally on Fruity wrapper.


What you see is the entire list of midi variables for the VST plugin! Yep that’s right, you can now automate any of the controls on the VST through Fruity Loops. Just right click on any of the Midi Control Knobs. Lets choose MIDI CC#1 (Modulation wheel) as an example.Right click on Midi CC#7 (Main volume) and then left click Create automation clip.


The automation clip appears in the playlist. Try making a simple modulation sweep while playing a note in the step sequencer. Below you can see the VST playing a single note while the modulation of the NI Pro-53 instrument is automated to sweep from 0% to 100%.


Well that’s how it’s done, 3rd party VST’s just became a whole lot more powerful! Now go and tweak the hell outta your favourite VST.

16 thoughts on “Automating buttons on VST plugins in FL Studio”

  1. i have a serious problem…..when i load a new track into the fl studio….the wave pattern of this track appears in the grid of the fl studio….now if i try to move this track left or right, it moves only so that it correctly starts into a box in the the grid….how can i be able to make the track move continuously?

  2. Thank you very mush,i always thought it was imposible to automate custom vsts,But when realizing that a VST can installed as hardware i was sure to be able to automate custom vst on a way.
    So i googled it and then i found this tutorial,if i knew this 2 years ago life would have been allot easyer!

  3. dude holy shit i did not know fl studio had this feature. thank you so fucking much for sharing this with us. now i can automate everything!

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