How to copy and paste effects between mixer channels in FL Studio


This article will show you how to copy and paste effects between mixer channels in FL Studio. Working as fast as possible should be a target while mixing, so knowing how to copy effects from one mixer track to another will speed up your workflow. You are probably thinking why would I want to do such a thing? , considering the fact that different sound sources should be processed differently. Well, most of us have some regular go to plugins we use on almost every channel in every project. Reaching for the plugin tray or folder to search every time you need them can be time taking and boring.

Also, there are some instances where you will like to use an exact same plugin settings on another channel housing an audio source with similar sound attributes. Other times, you may decide to move an effect which was initially used as an insert to an auxiliary bus in other to use as a send to other instruments. In cases like this, copying the same FX settings from a mixer channel to another is a handy skill. After copying, you can tweak things further from there to suit the particular sound. You can even copy an entire effects chain and use in this same manner.

How to copy and paste effects from one mixer channel to another in FL Studio

In other DAWs, this is usually done by highlighting, copying and pasting. As a unique DAW that it is, FL studio employs the drag and drop method. Follow these steps to copy a VST plugin effect from one mixer channel to another in FL Studio:

  1. Select mixer track on which the effect you want to copy is in order to make the effect slots visible. How to copy and paste effects between mixer channels in FL Studio
  2. Go to the effect slot and click the tiny arrow on the left side of the effect you want to copy. This pops a drop down menu. How to copy and paste effects between mixer channels in FL Studio drag
  3. Locate ‘save preset as’ option in the drop down menu then click, hold and drag it to the other channel you want the effect on. Done!

How to copy an entire effects chain from one track to another in FL studio

  1. Select mixer track on which the effects you want to copy are in order to make the effects on the mixer track visible.
  2. This time, you will right click on the selected track to access the track options. How to copy and paste multiple effects chain between mixer channels track in FL Studio
  3. Navigate to File, then drag ‘save mixer track state as‘ to the other track you want the effects on. Done!

NB: Note that this option copies all the settings on the original mixer track including fader and pan positions amongst other things. So you might have to readjust these as proper afterwards.

That is it people! Now you know how to copy plugin effects settings between mixer channels in FL Studio, that’s one more trick up your sleeves to help you mix faster and efficiently. You should read this article eplaining auxiliary sends, routing, and bus grouping in FL Studio for easier and resourceful mixing.

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4 Responses

  1. Shawn

    June 8, 2018 10:56 am

    You forgot one method which is super helpful for this as well. Change the mixer layout to Extra Large. Then you will be able to see all the effects at that bottom of each mixer channel. You can individually drag and drop them the same way you explained and even copy over and replace existing effects.

    • Dhandy

      June 9, 2018 11:45 pm

      Yeah Shawn, you’re right. That method works too, but that won’t be really suitable for people with small laptop screen or monitor. Thanks for the input.

  2. Farid

    September 19, 2018 8:58 pm

    i have old beats that isnt structerd properly… can u answer me plz… do u know ways to copy all mixer tracks from one project with names,fx,etc and put it to other but for all tracks in mixer?


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