Fl Studio Audio Interface

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Audio Interface Driver: The driver is the software interface between the operating system (OS) and the audio device hardware. The driver tells the OS, and so FL Studio, what inputs/outputs the interface has and what sample rates it can support. Also, having a good audio interface is also important for the stability of FL Studio, and also solid performance. As well as choosing a proper computer for music production. FL Studio tells us that the single core speed is most important in selecting a CPU. So here’s what you can try for performance.

Most of us have experienced the panic of having a USB audio interface fail to be recognised by our DAW. It's a frightening ordeal. But never fear. For the most part, a non responsive interface indicates incomplete software setup, rather than a true malfunction or defect.

When you're frustrated with not being able to get up and running, or if you thinking you might have a defective product, this 10-second 'is-it-broken' test can restore the confidence necessary to continue working with the product and to complete any needed software setup or authorization process.

To verify that the device is working, and is being seen by the computer…

  1. On Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP, open the Device Manager.
  2. Disconnect the controller from the computer, count to 5, then reconnect the controller
    Does the list of devices at all change, refresh, or flash? If yes…Good, the product is recognized by the computer

Fl Studio Audio Interface Setup

Having determined that your interface is actually working, here are some things you can try if your interface isn't being recognized by Studio One. They go in increasing order of desperation, and apply only to Windows machines.

1. Make sure it's switched on & selected

Sorry, but we had to suggest this as the #1 solution to an unresponsive interface. No disrespect intended! It's easy to forget simple stuff like this.

Select your interface from the dropdown menu in Options/Audio Setup.

If your interface isn't listed, proceed to step 2.

2. Try disconnecting any other USB devices that are in use.

3. Uninstall / Reinstall USB drivers

The problem may well be a corrupt installation of your USB interface drivers. Try removing them and re-installing. You can download the latest drivers at the device manufacturers website. Make sure the drivers match motherboard bit architecture (32 bit / 64 bit)

4. Restart

IT troubleshooting 101. The ancient Mayan sorcery of turning it off, and turning it back on again.

5. Use Ccleaner Registry Scan

Occasionally, running a registry scan can help with this problem, especially if you don't normally use a registry cleaner.

6. Use this Microsoft Troubleshooter

7. Try different USB port / USB hub


You may have a dead USB port on your hands. Try switching ports.

8. Check on different PC

If you have another PC handy, check to see if the interface works on it. If it does, it's a problem with the computer. If it does not, it's probably an issue with the interface.


9. Run sfc/scannow from administrator command prompt

Run a search for “cmd”. Right click to run it as administrator. Type sfc/scannow and hit enter. Wait for the scan & repair to finish

10. Follow this tutorial:

http://www.howtogeek.com/222532/how-to-repair-corrupted-windows-system-files-with-the-sfc-and-dism-commands/ (You'll need a disc image of the Windows OS for the DISM part of this)

11.Update USB port drivers (use device manager)

  1. WinKey + R (Run)
  2. Type “devmgmt.msc”
  3. Locate “Universal Serial Bus Controllers”
  4. Right click on the relevant device
  5. Click “Update Driver Software.

12.Uninstall/reinstall USB port drivers

Same as #9, but instead, click Properties/Driver/Uninstall

Then you can scan for hardware changes and reinstall the driver.

13.Uninstall/reinstall soundcard drivers

Historic crimes of long island pdf free download torrent. In Control Panel/Programs and Features, uninstall your soundcard driver, then re-download and re-install it.

Fl Studio Audio Interface Compatibility

15. If using a USB hub try connecting directly to a USB port on your computer. With any audio interface, you must trade performance/latency for stability. When connected via a hub, this trade off is less favourable.

16. Try connecting the interface to its own USB bus. To view what bus your interface is connected to:

Open your computer's device manager (available from Control Panel), open the View menu and select 'Devices by connection'. Expand the various busses until you find your USB controllers.

17.Upgrade to Windows 10

If you're running windows 7 or 8.x, you're due an OS update anyway. It's free, and Windows 10 delivers the most optimized and rock-solid PC based audio editing experience to date.

18.Clean reinstall Windows

If all else fails- reinstall the OS:

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I recently wrote a review guide on the best audio interface for Fl studio 12 and 20, I also provided useful tips when buying an audio interface, but I was missing an important aspect in the review post linked above, which is installing and using an actual audio interface in Fl studio.

In this how-to guide, I will show you 2 ways of installing an audio interface in Fl Studio, I will be using the popular Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 for this tutorial, but trust me, you can pretty much apply this to other audio interfaces provided it is of a USB audio interface, pack your bags, saddle up, and let’s nut it out 😉

    1. Prerequisites:
    2. You need an audio interface
    3. FL Studio installed

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  • Troubleshooting

Method 1.) Install Focusrite Scarlett Driver Using A Driver Software

If you don’t want to mess with installing drivers manually or the hurdle of finding a compatible driver for your PC, then this is the recommended way of installing a USB audio interface driver, it would automatically check the device/hardware plugged into your system, and find the correct drivers for you.

Before, I show you the steps you need to take to install a driver automatically using a driver software, let me quickly give a very short explanation of why you need to install a driver anytime you buy a USB audio interface.

A driver is a software or files provided by a hardware manufacturer which tells your operating system how to best communicate with the hardware. Audio interface driver is necessary if you want your computer to know how to translate the signal from the computer to the sound card (Internal or external).

Now that you know why you need a sound card, let me work you through the steps of installing a driver automatically.

  1. Plug-in your USB audio interface (This would make the below steps detectable)
  2. Install DriverPack Online
  3. Run the program, and let it analyze your computer system, you should see something like this:
  4. Let me save you from downloading additional software when installing your audio interface driver. Driverpack would normally show the below image, “Do not click install all automatically” as we only want to download an audio driver and no additional software that came bundled with DriverPack, click on the expert mode (look at the section the arrow is pointing to in the below image):
  5. Having done that, click on Software on the left side, and make sure you untick all the ticked software listed in that section. Click on the Protection and Cleanup tab, again, untick all ticked boxes. Doing this makes installing your audio interface manufacturer driver a breeze (Focusrite Scarlett in this case).
  6. This is what you are here for, to install your audio interface driver, click on the Drivers tab, in the left side, and you should be left with this option, untick Computer diagnostics — based on DriverPack Cloud,and lastly, click on install to download and install the driver: (The obfuscate part is where you will see the version number, I blurred it out to avoid confusion)
  7. Driverspack would create a restore point (in case of corruption, so you can restore to the previous state), and your audio interface would be automatically installed, once installed, I’ll recommend you restart your system, and that should get it up and running. (if the installation was unsuccessful, please jump to Method 2, if otherwise, proceed to the next step.)
  8. Open up Fl Studio, and select Options -> Audio Settings:
  9. Select Focusrite USB Audio,

    voila! you just successfully installed and activated a USB audio interface driver for Fl Studio 12/20. Note: You can apply the same steps to any other USB audio interface, Good Luck!

Method 2.) Install Focusrite Scarlett Driver Manually

Fl Studio Audio Interface No Sound

If you follow the steps carefully, and your computer wasn’t able to install the drivers correctly or it wasn’t successful, I will show you a simple method of installing the drivers manually, let’s go

  1. In order for you to install an audio interface driver manually, you would need to go to your manufacturer website, in this case, (Focusrite).
  2. You should see something similar to the below image when you get to Focusrite drivers download page:
  3. Go-to Pick your product by type section, you’ll see a dropdown of Focusrite audio interface drivers, select your product type, for this guide, I am installing Scarlett 2i2, so I’ll be picking Scarlett 2i2 from the dropdown, having done, that, let the page reloads and you should be presented with this:
  4. The next step you need to take is to expand the SOFTWARE section, click on the white arrow-down to do that, having done that, you should see the below image:
  5. The last step is to click download and follow the on-screen instruction to complete the installation:
  6. Once the installation is complete, you will receive a prompt to restart your PC, accept the prompt, or if you don’t receive a prompt, then I recommend you restart your computer.
  7. Once your PC has been restarted, connect your audio interface, – if you are on windows, you might see a message displaying “Installing device driver” this allows windows to properly assign the driver to the interface, nothing fancy is done here.
  8. Confirm if the USB led light on the front of the interface is on, if no, please try other USB port
  9. Open up Fl Studio, and select Options -> Audio Settings:
  10. Select Focusrite USB Audio,
    voila! you just successfully installed and activated a USB audio interface driver for Fl Studio. Note: You can apply the same steps to any other USB audio interface.


At the rarest level, the method listed above didn’t work for you, or you tried the steps to no avail, I understand the hurdle, and I have been on the same boat before, here are some steps you should take.

  1. Confirm if you selected the right driver for your audio interface, if no, please go through the steps carefully again.
  2. Carefully check, if the USB led light on the front of the interface is on, if no, please try another USB port.
  3. If everything is working as expected and you didn’t detect the audio interface in your DAW (Fl Studio in this case), Go into the control panel, press the Windows logo key + X together, and select Control Panel:
    When you get to the control panel window, search for “Sound” and select “Change SoundCard Setting”:
  4. Select your audio interface as default in both the Playback & Recording tab, if everything works as expected, you should see a green tick displayed beside the selected audio interface:
  5. Go back into Fl Studio, open settings -> Audio settings and then change the soundcard device to Focusrite USB Audio!

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