FL Studio Guru | Updating to FL Studio 20

FL Studio Guru | Updating to FL Studio 20


Greetings! In this tutorial we’ll look at
updating your data from FL Studio 11 or 12, to 20. Before we start, it’s worth noting if you
open FL Studio 20 and click Help>Index. At the bottom there’s a section ‘Updating
& upgrading procedure’ then ‘Foolproof update’ takes you to the section – ‘Copying
or migrating an existing FL Studio installation’. Everything we are about to discuss is listed
in detail there, including all the folder locations, so reference it after this tutorial
if needed. Let’s get started. First, open FL Studio 11 or 12>Options>File
settings. Make note of any ‘Browser extra search folders’. These are your custom browser folders, and
importantly, where FL Studio will search for content when loading projects (samples, stems
etc). So, copy those across to FL Studio 20. Next, VST Plugin search paths. Click ‘Manage
plugins’ and make sure any folders you see there, in orange, are copied to the same setting
in FL Studio 20. The ones in white at the top are the default
search folders, it’s only the orange, custom folders, you need to manage. If they are not already in FL Studio 20, click
the + Folder icon and browse to the folder, then click ‘OK’. That’s it for File
Settings. Next, we need to dive into the FL Studio 11
or 12 installation folder, and copy raw data. We’ll copy this data into the ‘User data
folder’. In FL Studio 11 and 12 this was called the ‘Shared data folder’. The FL Studio 20 location is the same, but
we changed it to include all your personal FL Studio files, and so, moving them out of
the installation folder. This means future updates, after FL Studio
20, will automatically include all the data we are about to copy, and so making updating
much simpler. The folder is under Users>Your computer
Account>Documents>Image-Line>Data. That’s in the Documents folder of your computer account
(and this is true for both Windows and Mac). If you haven’t installed FL Studio 12, or
lower, on the computer, the Data folder won’t be used, and the FL Studio folder, where you
data is stored, will be directly under Image-Line. Lets dig into the FL Studio 12 installation
folder and copy our personal data across to 20. Right-click the FL Studio 11 or 12 icon and
choose ‘Open file location’. I’ll put 12 on the left. On the other side we will
go to Documents>Image-Line>Data>FL Studio. on the right. First Projects. If you saved projects in the
FL Studio install, they will be under Data>Projects. So in the FL Studio 20 ‘User data folder’
I’ll open Projects and copy them across. If you want to grab your Backup projects,
those are up one level in FL Studio 12, and I can copy those across too. Next, project Audio. In 12, that’s under
Data>Patches, you’ll see 3 important folders. Recorded – your audio recordings. Rendered and Sliced beats. Under 20 open Audio and copy the Recorded
and Rendered folders across. ‘Sliced beats’ is now called ‘Sliced
audio’, so I will go into it and copy the files that way. Sliced Beats or Sliced Audio files are created
when you make edits, in Edison for example, let’s say I drag a slice to the Playlist. That created Basic_Snare_2. If I look under
Sliced audio, there it is. So, you may have a lot of these files if you
haven’t been using Project folders. Next MIDI controllers. If you use MIDI controller
these links, these will be under FL Studio 12>System>Config>Mapping. Under 20 its, Settings>Mapping. So copy that across to preserver all your
MIDI controller mappings. Finally, your Plugin database. This includes
your custom VSTs and any thumbnails you have created for them. In 12 that’s under FL Studio 12>Data>Patches
>Plugin Database. Under 20 browse to ‘Presets’ and there’s
the Plugin Database folder. So, i’ll just copy that across. That’s it. After copying the database it’s
a good idea to open FL Studio 20 Options>Manage plugins and do a ‘Verify plugin’ scan. Just checking, under ‘My projects’ my
projects appear, under ‘Sliced Audio’ there’s my files. As noted, the good news is you won’t have
to do this in future, when updating from FL Studio 20 to higher levels. Your personal data is now be permanently outside
FL Studio in your computers ‘Documents>Image-Line>FL Studio folder’. It will also make migrating FL Studio to a
new machine a lot easier, as you just need to copy a single folder across. The same goes for Backups. Keeping your FL
Studio folder backed up, will have you covered. With that enjoy updating to FL Studio 20!

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