So throughout the day I have been looking at how this controller works with FL Studio and as I see a particular bit of functionality being demonstrated by SSL I have found myself wondering if it will work with FL Studio. One such piece of functionality is the focus control – where the “big knob” on the UF8 can be used to change parameters of any control that the mouse is currently “hovering over” (in a similar manner to the Surface Dial when teamed with a nice little bit of software known as “Elephant”).
The answer is yes, most of the time (some plugins are coded differently and simply don’t work). The good news is that most of the stock plugins in FL Studio function as expected. I have done a very quick video showing a few of them. (You can’t see my right hand but off screen it is moving the mouse over each control that you should see being subsequently manipulated by the UF8 “big knob”).
I have also confirmed that the following plugins can also be controlled from the UF8:
|Working 🙂||Not Working 😦|
|FL Studio Plugins (newer)||FL Studio Plugins (older)|
|Roland Zen Cor and Pro (yay!)||Legacy Roland Instrument Plugins?|
|Roland TR808 VST||Arturia V Collection 7|
|Roland TR909 VST|
|Roland TR606 VST|
|Roland Juno 60 VST|
Unlike some of the other game changing features of the UF8 I personally don’t think this is something I will use that often – but if you are a “dyed in the wool” knob twiddler then of course your mileage may be different :-).
And it is nice to see another UF8 feature working “out of the box” in FL Studio