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MIDI triggering in Image-Line FL Studio

In this guide, you will learn how to use MIDI notes in FL Studio to retrigger LFOs in ShaperBox (TimeShaper, FilterShaper Core, VolumeShaper, PanShaper, WidthShaper), FilterShaper 3, MidiShaper and PanCake.

Using this technique, the LFO will play from the beginning each time a MIDI note is received. You can therefore trigger the LFO in any pattern you like – for example, sidechain your bassline to a non-4/4 kick drum pattern.


1. Enable MIDI Trigger mode

Select a 'MIDI Triggered' or 'MIDI 1-Shot' triggering mode in the Cableguys plugin.



2. Configure the input port

Click the small wheel/cog icon at the left of the plugin window header, then the "plug and cog" icon to access the advanced Settings.

In the MIDI section, set Input port to the port you would like to use (for example, 1).

Click the wheel/cog again to hide the Settings.



3. Add MIDI Out plugin

Insert a MIDI Out plugin and set Port to the same port you just selected in the previous step (for example, 1).



4. Create a MIDI trigger pattern

Create a MIDI pattern for the MIDI Out plugin, and add MIDI notes in the rhythm that you want to trigger the Cableguys plugin.

Any note will work, except when ShaperBox's MIDI Trigger option for Wave switching is enabled, in which case only C notes will trigger a Wave reset.