Hello all, this is my first tutorial. For most of you this will mean nothing, but for someone like me who has searched for this forever, it will mean the world. I will be showing you all how to use your computer keyboard a controller for work in FPC.
Warning* I wouldn't suggest using this a lot because after searching for this forever, I figure out how to do it, only to find out that it sucks. However, I searched for this for awhile and saw several posts saying it wasn't even possible. So I'm doing this for those people who at least want to know how to do it. It may be better posted on the Image Line website, but ehhh I like you guys way better.
1.) Open up FL Studio. Go to Channels > Add One > FPC
2.) In the top left of the FPC window that popped up, click on the down arrow to open an option menu
3.) From there click Presets > Empty
4.) Now drag the sounds that you want to use directly on the pads. Click the pads to make sure it's there.
5.) Once you have all your sounds on the pads you want. You can begin assigning letters to pads. Click the pad you want to assign a key to and look towards the top right and you will see "Midi Note" and directly to the right of that you'll see a note. Click on the note symbol and a window will pop up. On that window all the way on the left you will see "learn" click that.
6.) Once you've clicked 'learn' the very next key you touch will be the key assigned for that pad.
Now that's you've assigned the keys you want. You're gonna want to be able to record what you're doing.
7.) Once again click on the down arrow at the top right of the FPC Window. Click Piano Roll in that menu.
8.) Now click the record button at the top of the FL Studio screen right next to the play button.
9.) I'm not sure the difference, but I always just use Automation and Score on the screen that pops up once you hit record.
10.) Hit play, wait for the count down, and go in.
*Disclaimer: Don't think for a second this will replace an actual mpc, MPD, or any controller for that matter. Unless you have some type of super super sensitive keys. You will always be off. But once you quantize, and move some things around. It's pretty effective in laying down ground work at the very least