How to Cut Audio Clips & MIDI Notes in FL Studio Mobile

I was working on an article recently on how to sample in FL Studio Mobile and I found myself struggling with a strange problem for which no one seemed to have the answer. It had to do with the greyed-out “Cut” feature in the FL Studio Mobile interface. I couldn’t figure out how to cut my audio clips and MIDI notes.

While the YouTube videos I looked at online were somewhat helpful, I feel like they never quite answered the question in a clear and concise manner. This is what I’ll do for you today. So what do you have to do to actually cut your audio and MIDI clips in FL Studio Mobile?

To cut audio clips and MIDI notes in FL Studio Mobile, press on the audio clip or MIDI note, then stretch or extend the clip so it loops at least once. If you try to cut the audio/MIDI otherwise, the option for “Cut” will be inaccessible or “greyed out.”

The solution is as simple as that. I have to admit that I was really pleased when I finally figured it out because it took me a while to get it and I wasn’t in a great mood. Who has the patience to figure out little details like this? Anyway, if the short form explanation above wasn’t enough for you, I’ve got an illustrated, step-by-step guide in the following section as well as some other useful information you should know.

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3 Ways of Cutting Audio Clips & MIDI Notes in FL Studio Mobile

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As you can see from this image, the “Cut” feature as well as the “Combine” button have been “greyed out.”

What I’ve shown you how to do thus far is actually not the best way of cutting and trimming audio in FL Studio Mobile. The problem with the “Cut” feature is that it doesn’t seem to cut the audio clip or MIDI note in a way that’s intuitive.

As a matter of fact, it’ll just cut the region at the part where it begins to loop. Nevertheless, I’m going to show you how to get “Cut” to actually work (even though it won’t cut it where you want).

The second and third ways are really how it’s done though. The 2nd way is to use the selection box at the top of the interface where all the notches are. The third way is when you shorten the clip itself but then copy and paste the original after, essentially imitating the same result as if you had cut it.

1) How to Use The “Greyed-Out” Cut Feature

So here’s how to enable the “Cut” feature that you’ve probably struggled to use previously. The first thing we need to do is have a project open and an audio clip or MIDI region loaded. You can learn how to import audio into FL Studio Mobile using my other guide if you don’t already know.

A) Load Your Audio Clip or MIDI Note

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Load up your audio file or MIDI region as is seen here.

With the way it has been loaded, you won’t be able to cut it using the “Cut” button. You must extend it first as I explained earlier. Here’s how to do that.

B) Press On the Clip/Note Once Then Drag the Grey Ball To The Right

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Press on the audio/MIDI region and then literally drag the recording over to the right until it has looped at least once.

FL Studio Mobile’s way of extending and retracting files like this is awesome, and I wish GarageBand iOS had the same feature (in addition to the Zoom-In/Zoom-Out).

C) Pull On The Grey Ball Until The Note Or Clip Repeats Once

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You’ll know the clip has been repeated at least once because there are little black triangles on top of the region. This shows you where the new clip starts and then ends.

D) Clip on The Clip/Note Again Then Select” More”

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Click on the region again and then select More

E) Press On “Cut” to Cut the Clip – It Should Be Selectable Now

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You’ll notice that the “Cut” feature is now accessible.

As I explained earlier though, it won’t actually cut the region in the space where you want which is extremely annoying and counter-intuitive. There’s a possibility that there is a way of using “Cut” so it does so right where you want it, but I haven’t figured it out. Instead, I’ll have to show you the two other methods for filling in the gaps.

2) How to Cut And Edit Your Audio Using “Insert Space”

The next way of cutting up your audio, MIDI, and samples is to use the “Insert Space” method. This works pretty well and I’ve noticed that a lot of other users like utilizing this strategy.

A) Load Your Audio Clip or MIDI Note

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Do the same thing as before and load your audio/MIDI file.

B) Zoom In On The FL Studio Mobile Grid

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I prefer to zoom in on the region so you can get really precise in terms of where you cut up the audio/MIDI region.

Zooming in or out on the interface is as simple as opening/closing your fingers on your device’s screen. At least this is how I do it on my 11″ iPad Pro 2021 1TB (on Amazon).

C) Press On The Notches of the Grid Then Select A Number of Grid Lines

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Press on the notches at the top of the workspace that look like a ruler.

This allows you to select which part of the region you’d like to eliminate or edit. The more you zoom in on it, the more precise you can get – keep that in mind.

D) Press the “+” Button

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After you’ve selected where you’d like to edit, press the “+” button – the small one not the bigger one.

E) Then Choose “Insert Space”

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Once you’ve done that, you can choose “Insert Space” and it’ll do as the name suggests.

You could also use “Delete Space” which seems to do the exact same thing.

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Chop up your sample as much as you need to as what’s shown here.

Then you can drag and drop your region so that everything is combined together.

F) Repeat Until You’ve Effectively Chopped and Edited Your Sample

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It’ll look something like this when you’re done.

And there you go. Now I’ll show you the 3rd method for trimming and editing your audio/MIDI regions.

3) How to Cut/Trim Your Project By Shortening It And Then Copying/Pasting

The third way is probably my least favourite, but I can see how some people may like to use it. In simple terms, you copy your recording so that you have a full one available when you need it, and then you pull on it to the point where you want it to be. Paste a new region right after and voila.

A) Load Your Audio Clip or MIDI Note

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Load your audio/MIDI again.

B) Click On It And Then Copy It

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Press on it so you can copy it.

This is an important step because you don’t want to totally get rid of the file.

C) Pull On The Grey Ball To Retract It All The Way To Your Desired Cut Point

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Retract the audio/MIDI region way back as what’s shown here and then you can paste a new one right after.

Again, it’s helpful to zoom in as much as possible so you can be as accurate as you can be.

D) Long-Press the Grid Then Choose “Paste”

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Long-press on the workspace and then choose “Paste” to get a new one in there.
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While it’s hard to see, there is a second file attached to the first small one.

If you need to be more surgical, do as I said a moment ago and zoom in as much as possible.

E) Zoom In On The Grid To Get More Precise

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That’s how it’s done.

That’s all for cutting and editing your audio in FL Studio Mobile. In its current state, the DAW is pretty solid but there definitely could be some improvements from Image-Line with more updates.

One of the features a lot of users have been demanding is AUv3 compatibility, which is something I discussed in more detail in my article on installing plugins in FL Studio Mobile. For more information, I’d recommend checking out the official FL Studio Mobile manual.

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Important Things to Note About Cutting in FL Studio Mobile

1) There Could Be A Better Way to Trim the Audio

Personally, I find it hard to believe that Image-Line has made cutting audio so cumbersome. It’s very possible there is a much better way of doing this without taking so much time and effort.

Gear Mentioned

1) 11″ iPad Pro 2021 1TB (on Amazon)