How to Use a Computer Keyboard With FL Studio
Clicking around the FL Studio piano roll to enter MIDI notes can be a tedious process. If you want to play the instruments in this digital audio workstation in a more intuitive way, you can control them using your computer keyboard. FL Studio's "Typing Keyboard to Piano Keyboard" feature maps a virtual MIDI keyboard to your computer keyboard, allowing you to play virtuosic synthesizer melodies without attaching any external hardware to your computer.
Launch FL Studio. Click "Options," then click "Typing Keyboard to Piano." The orange light next to the keyboard icon at the top of the screen illuminates.
Right-click the keyboard icon. Click on the scale that you want to map to the computer keyboard. If you want to play in a blues scale, for example, select "Blues;" if you don't want to use any specific scale, select "Piano."
Click "Channels," then "Add One." Click on the instrument that you want to play in FL Studio -- "Sakura," for example, or "Slayer."
Press a key on the computer keyboard to play a note on the instrument. The number keys and the "ASDF" row correspond to the black keys on a piano keyboard; the other two rows play the white keys.
Tips & Warnings
- To play a chord with the computer keyboard, hold down two or more keys at the same time.