How to Sample in FL Studio Mobile [Chop, Slice, & Reverse]

Getting used to a new DAW is always a challenge whether you’re a seasoned professional or someone just starting out. It also doesn’t matter if you’re on a desktop PC or mobile. As a matter of fact, for me, learning how to use music production software on a mobile device is even harder, which is why I like making these tutorials. It’s good practice.

While there are some great tutorials online on how to sample and do other stuff on FL Studio Mobile, I find text – including table of contents, pictures, and diagrams – superior for learning. I learned how to sample in FL Studio Mobile over the last few days, so let me show you that now.

To sample in FL Studio Mobile
1) Drag and drop your samples into your “FL Studio Mobile” folder
2) With FL Studio Mobile open, press the “+” symbol
3) Choose “DW Sampler” then My Files
4) Select your sample
5) Press the REC button and then press a piano roll key to record

One of the nice things about using FL Studio Mobile is that it does sampling well relative to another similarly streamlined DAW like GarageBand iOS. There is more to FL Studio Mobile’s sampling capability unlike GarageBand iOS, however. For example, you can imitate the Slice X features with the DirectWave Sampler and you can also use Slicer. Let me show you how to use both of these and more in the sections down below.

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Table of Contents

How to Add Samples and Audio to FL Studio Mobile [Direct Wave]

How to Import Audio Into FL Studio Mobile - 2 Ways
There are 2 ways of importing audio into FL Studio Mobile that I know of. One is through the FL Studio Mobile interface itself, and the other is by simply moving files from the Files App to the FL Studio Mobile folder.

For this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to do it through the Files Application on my iPad Pro 11″ 2021 (on Amazon), however, there is another way which I demonstrated in my article on this very subject.

The first way is to just hit the “+” button in a project and then choose AudioClip. From there, you just have to select the file and open it from the FL Studio Mobile interface.

This tutorial presupposes you’ve downloaded samples from another place on the internet. If you’re interested in finding some online, I recommend Cymatics.FM’s Lo-Fi Toolkit. It’s sick and I used cymbals and hi-hats from it all of the time. Anyway, let me show you how to use the DWSampler now.

1) Open Up Your Files App And Locate Your Samples and Audio Files

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The first thing you have to do is go into your Files application to locate your samples.

For me, I have everything stored in a folder called “Samples for Music Production,” and that’s where pretty much any samples are stored. As you can see in the image above, there is a “Select” option on the top-right of the interface which you need to press on.

2) Hit “Select,” Choose Your Desired Folder, And Then Hit “Move”

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Check off the folder you want to move and then hit the “Move” button at the bottom-center of your interface.

This will bring up another layer of folders in your directory for you to locate and transfer files around.

3) Go to “On My iPad” Then Choose the “FL Studio Mobile” Folder

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Choose the FL Studio Mobile folder like what’s shown here.

I’ve pointed out the “On My iPad” option because you want files like this to be on your device’s local drive. You don’t want them in your iCloud Drive. Open the FL Studio Mobile folder and then you can see where you want to put things in it.

4) Choose the File Folder “My Samples” (Or Whichever Folder Makes the Most Sense)

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For the sake of this tutorial, I chose “My Samples” because it was the fastest, cleanest, and most convenient way of doing things.

I would probably be a little more specific with the folders in the sense that the Lo-Fi Cymatics Toolkit comes with not only samples, but drum loops, one-shot drums, melodies, etc, and I would separate those folders and put them into each corresponding folder in the “FL Studio Mobile” directory.

But I digress. Choose the folder you want to use and then hit the “Move” button. It’ll take you to the inside of the file folder which is probably empty right now.

5) Hit “Move”

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Hit “Move” once more to finish the process.

So now you’ve officially moved the files to where you want them to be. Now let’s actually open up FL Studio Mobile, locate them, and use them in a project.

6) Open Up FL Studio Mobile, Open A New Track With The “+” Button

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Go back to your FL Studio Mobile project and hit the “+” button.

After that, you can choose the instrument type. You want the DW Sampler, although, there are others you could also use for different purposes.

7) Choose DW Sampler, Then “My Files” > “My Samples” And Your Samples Will Be There

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Choose DW Sampler and then “My Files.”

It’ll take you to your file folder where everything is.

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And there’s the Cymatics Toolkit waiting to be used and abused.

If you press on it, you’ll find that the Cymatics Toolkit will be there in all folders, ie, the Drum Loops, the Melodies, One-Shots, and the other tracks. In my opinion, FL Studio Mobile’s way of organizing files is pretty intuitive and I like using it.

How to Sample in FL Studio Mobile [With the DirectWave Sampler]

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These are the parameters of the Direct Wave Sampler in FL Studio Mobile.

There isn’t a whole lot to say about the Direct Wave Sampler in terms of importing audio and its basic functions because I’ve already shown you how to put audio into it. You can adjust the pitch by semi-tones, or get even more specific with the Fine Tune option.

Adjust the attack, decay, sustain, release, and slide/portamento timing. You can also change the filter, filter envelope, frequency envelope, as well as low-frequency oscillator. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to rock.

Then hit the REC button and then start pressing the piano roll keys to begin recording. If you need more information on the basic parameters of this tool, head over to Image-Line’s website because they have a nice explanation there. This YouTube video does a decent job of showing some of the processes.

How to Adjust the Rhythm, Effects, and Other Effects Of Your Sample

For this section, I’ll show you how to change your sample and do all kinds of stuff with it with the PItcher. After you’ve changed the pitch and done whatever you want with it, you’ll save/render the file and then you can load it back into the DWSampler as you please.

1) Load Your Sample By Pressing “+” Then “Audio Clip”

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Load your sample by clicking on the “+ button and then choosing Audio Clip.

We have to first take the audio recording that we’ve downloaded elsewhere and put it into the interface. This is going to allow us to cut it up in any number of ways. You can get really specific with it too.

2) Cut Up The Sample According To What You Want

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Cut the sample up by using the selection tool on the ruler at the top of the interface. You can choose “Insert Space” after or you can just copy the region and then minimize it to the point where you want to cut.
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Here’s the insert space option.

If you’ll recall what I said in this tutorial, the “Cut” feature doesn’t work intuitively so you’ll have to use one of the other two methods outlined in the linked article. I already went in-depth in that article so check it out if you need more information.

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Here’s the new sample. It’s hard to tell, but it has been cut up into a bunch of different pieces and then moved back together. I also changed the colour of the track for fun.

3) Adjust The Pitch, Effects, Dynamics, and Rhythm By Opening the Channel Rack

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Here’s how to open the channel rack.

Click on the tab as is shown in the image and then you can hit the giant “+” button. This will bring up a list of effects and tools you can use on your sample. For this one, I chose the Pitcher.

4) Click The FL Studio Mobile Icon To Save The File As WAVE

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Once you’re done, click on the FL Studio Mobile icon and then choose “Save”
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Save it as a WAV file to keep things simple and then choose High Quality and Trim Silence. Click Render and then wait for it to finish.

5) Open A New Track And Then Load The Completed Sample

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Open up a new project or a track and then load your sample. You can do this either as an audio clip or you can put it in the DW Sampler. It’s your choice.

How to Chop Samples in FL Studio Mobile [Using DirectWave]

As I said earlier, quite a lot can go into how you chop your samples up, so have a look at this article to learn more.

How to Reverse Samples in FL Studio Mobile [DirectWave]

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To reverse a sample in FL Studio Mobile’s Direct Wave Sampler, first, open the Direct Wave Sampler by clicking on the “+” icon. Choose “DW Sampler,” then load your sample. Click the arrow on the right side to bring up the channel rack, then select “Reverse” at the bottom of the DW Sampler.

And that’s all you really have to do to reverse playback an audio sample in FL Studio Mobile. I don’t believe it’s necessary to show you how to load up the DW Sampler and an audio file because I already showed you at the start of the article.

The nice thing about the DWSampler is that all of these functions are easy to get to. For instance, take notice of the “Pitch” parameter on the left side of the interface. This is where you can adjust the pitch which I’ll show you how to do now.

How To Change the Pitch of Samples in FL Studio Mobile [DirectWave]

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To change the pitch of your samples in FL Studio Mobile, after having loaded up the DW Sampler with the “+” button and choosing your audio file, click the arrow on the right side to bring up the channel rack and then decrease or increase the pitch by spinning the “Pitch” and “Fine Tune” parameters.

The pitch and fine-tuning parameters change the pitch by cents. The Pitch parameter changes the pitch by semitones – up 12 semitones or down semitones, which spans a total of 24. The Fine Tune moves in much smaller delineations of 100 cents.

It isn’t hard to use either of these parameters, however, it does take a second to figure out how to increase the pitch by spinning the wheel around with your finger.

How to Assign Samples To Keys in FL Studio Mobile [DirectWave Sampler]

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Assigning samples to individual keys in FL Studio Mobile can be done in a number of ways, including with the Slicer. The slicer works great, but if you don’t want to use it for whatever reason, the DW Sampler can be used in a similar way.

It just takes a bit more time to do it. I’ll show you how to do it right now. It’s also a bit different from how you would do it in GarageBand as well as the desktop version of FL Studio.

1) Open Your Files Then Load The Desired Sample As An Audio Clip

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Hit the “+ button like usual and then choose Audio Clip.

FL Studio Mobile will take you to your file directory and you can find it wherever you’ve stored them. It’s important to always name things well and ensure you’ve saved them in easy-to-find folders. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself losing stuff.

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Choose your file and then select the sample.

2) Set the BPM to Match the Sample

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Most samples you download on the internet will come with important information like the BPM and the key signature.

Even if you can’t figure out the key, you can use my article here or something like a BPM calculator.

3) Use the Selection Bar on the Ruler To “Insert Spaces” In the Sample [Cut]

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This is my favourite way of cutting up samples. Click on the ruler on top of the interface to bring up the option for creating a selection box. Then you can press on the tiny “+” button and choose “Insert Space.”
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Do this as many times as you need to and then you’ll have a ton of little samples like what’s shown here.

I recommend using the zoom feature so you can get precise with your chops.

4) Create New Audio Tracks for Each Individual Chop

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Create your audio tracks like what’s shown here.

Every time you click on Audio Clip, it’ll create a new track region. And then you can pull each clip to a track.

5) Drag And Drop the Chops to the First Bar Of Each Track

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Pull each clip to a new track.

It’s easier said than done because you have to press on the desired region just once and then hold it. It’ll light up a slight grey colour, letting you know you’ve selected it, and then you can drag it. Be careful not to hit it more than once because then it’ll elongate or shorten the region, which isn’t what we want to do.

6) Save the Samples as WAV > Choose Split Mixer Tracks > Normalize Level > High Quality > Trim Initial Silence

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Again, ensure you’ve properly named them so they’re easy to find. Click the FL Studio Mobile icon and then choose Save. Select WAV to keep it simple.
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Make sure you’ve Normalized Levels, chosen High Quality, and also checked off the Split Mixer Tracks option.

The last part is very important because it’ll render each track as its own file. Then it’ll be a whole lot easier to sample and assign them to individual keys.

7) Start A New Project And Open The Direct Wave Sampler > Choose Your Saved Sample

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Start a new project again after you’ve saved your file and open up a fresh DWSampler.
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As you can see, I’ve got my Tutorial Samples in there and each track has been divided into its own file.

This is what the Split Mixer Tracks option will do for you. Load your sample and then we can start assigning them to the appropriate keys of the piano roll.

8) Press on The DWSampler Settings And Choose Set Range

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Click on the Settings button beside where it says “Audio 1” and then select “Set Range.”

After you’ve chosen Set Range, it’ll light up the piano roll to a different colour and you can choose which key to set the sample to. Press the key twice.

9) Add The Sample to C3 or C4

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If you hit the key twice, it’ll assign the sample to that key and that one only. But you could also choose many keys if you wanted.

Once you’ve done that, load up a new DW Sampler and you can choose the second sample. To get a new DWSampler, click the giant “+” button.

10) Open Another Direct Wave Sampler and Load A Sample

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Choose a new sample for the second DWSampler.

11) Set the Range Again And Choose C# This Time

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Hit the settings button and “Set Range” again to load up a new sample.

Press C# this time. It’s the black key next to the C note. If you aren’t already familiar with the structure of the piano, get PianoForAll from their site. It’s a program that teaches you everything about the piano.

12) Drop the Pitch On Each Sample After By 1 Semitone Relative To the Last

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It’s important to drop the pitch of each successive sample by one semi-tone because the DWSampler will adjust the pitch on its own. This counteracts what the sampler does.

13) Repeat the Process Until You’ve Loaded Every Sample

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Then you can just keep doing the same thing until you’re done.

It’s pretty time-consuming, but you can get hyper-specific with how you change up your samples and do all kinds of stuff you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do with just the Slicer. But the Slicer is still a great tool and I’ll show you how to do it now.

How To Chop Samples in FL Studio Mobile [Using Slicer]

Using Slicer is super easy if you’re trying to divide up either a drum kit or even a melody for that matter. Image-Line says on its website that the Slicer is best for drums, but it does a great job with melodic samples as well.

The most impressive aspect of using it is its intelligence and the fact it’s automatic. Anyway, let me show you the basics of how to use it now. For a more advanced tutorial, check this YouTube video.

1) Press the “+” Button And Then Choose “Slicer”

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Click the “+ button like usual and then choose Slicer from the menu.

2) Go Into Your Files And Select A Drum Kit Or Sample

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Go into your files and select the desired audio clip.

3) The Slicer Will Load And Then Separate Each Part Of the Piano Roll

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And that’s it because Slicer will handle it automatically.

Other Articles You May Be Interested In

Important Things to Note About Sampling in FL Studio Mobile

1) There Is More To Sampling With FL Studio Mobile

While FL Studio Mobile has its limitations, it can do a lot more than what I’ve outlined here. Expect to see additional tutorials on how to use it in the future.

Gear Mentioned

1) PianoForAll (on their site)

2) 11″ 2021 iPad Pro with 1TB (on Amazon)