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Novation update FL Key firmware

New features & enhanced FL Studio integration

Novation FLkey firmware v1.2 FL Studio plug-in virtual instrument mixer parameter control

Novation have announced the release of a firmware update that brings a range of new features to their FLkey controller keyboards. With the v1.2 firmware installed the range boasts improved plug-in and virtual instrument control in Image Line’s FL Studio, and also gains some general functionality improvements. 

FL Studio Integration

  • Direct Control of Mixer Plug-ins: Users can now control FL Studio’s mixer plug-in parameters directly from their FLkey, allowing for hands-on adjustments to EQ, delays, compressors and other effects without the need for a mouse. 
  • Streamlined Plugin Navigation: It’s now possible to navigate through track plug-ins using the Shift and Channel Rack Up/Down buttons, with the selected plug-in is highlighted in FL Studio for easy visual reference.
  • Mixer Track Navigation for Full-Size Models: FLkey 37, 49 and 61 users can navigate individual mixer tracks using the Shift and Mixer Left/Right buttons, reducing the need for mouse interaction. 
  • Kepler Instrument Control: The controllers’ pots now offer hands-on control of Image-Line’s latest built-in synthesiser, Kepler.

Additional Updates

  • Enhanced Play/Stop Functionality: The Play and Stop buttons now transmit real-time Start/Stop messages via USB and MIDI when operating outside of any DAW. This feature is particularly beneficial for those using external sequencers and grooveboxes. 
  • Custom Modes with External MIDI Feedback: The FLkey’s 16 velocity-sensitive pads now illuminate in response to incoming MIDI on/off messages, providing real-time visual feedback. 

Availability

The 1.2 firmware is available now for all registered FLkey users running the latest version of FL Studio, and can be downloaded via Novation’s Components software. 

https://novationmusic.com/flkey

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