The AirPods are the most compact wireless headphones available on the market. This makes them perfect for use with computer programs like FL Studio. But, if you’re reading this article, it means you must have struggled to find a way to use them with your digital audio workstation. And don’t worry, you aren’t the only one!
Many people have reported difficulties using AirPods with FL Studio and other similar software. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t use them with your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). It just means that you need to get more creative in order to find that sweet spot where everything works perfectly together. Here are 5 simple tips that will help you pair AirPods with FL Studio:
Change The Bluetooth Protocol
The first thing you should do is change the Bluetooth protocol from the default SBC to either AAC or APTX. Official Apple documentation shows that both AAC and APTX are better in terms of latency over SBC. Not only that, but they also sound much better than SBC. The only thing you need to do is go to your Bluetooth device’s settings, select the “Bluetooth Protocol” dropdown, and select either AAC or APTX. This will solve a good percentage of issues while pairing AirPods with FL Studio.
Turn On Audio Transparency
Audio transparency is a new feature that allows the device to mix both the direct audio source and the audio source coming from the computer. This is a very helpful feature because it allows you to hear both the music playing on your computer and the AirPods at the same time. You can enable this feature on your iPhone or iPad by going to the “Settings” app and clicking on “AirPods”. From there, select “Bluetooth Audio”, and toggle on “Audio Transparency”.
To use audio transparency with FL Studio, you need to set the program to use direct sound as the output source. You can do this by clicking on the “Options” button, navigating to the “Audio” tab, and selecting “Directsound”. After that, you can just select “AirPods” as the output audio device. When you’re done, you will be able to hear both the music playing on your computer and the AirPods at the same time.
Install AirPods Shimmer Extension
The AirPods Shimmer Extension is a third-party AirPods shimming driver for FL Studio made by a member of the FL Studio community. This driver allows you to use AirPods as a shimming source for FL Studio. It supports various shimming modes. You can use it as a simple mono shim, a stereo shim, or even as a multichannel shim. It works best with the AirPods without the charging case, so you need to take them out of the charging case before using them with this shimming driver.
You can download the AirPods Shimmer Extension from this link. Once you’ve downloaded the file, navigate to the installation folder of FL Studio and copy the “Extensions” folder. Now, go to the FL Studio installation folder and paste the “Extensions” folder there. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t paste the folder inside the “Program Files” folder as this will cause issues with the installation.
Install Fludyy FL Studio Extension
Another amazing AirPods shimming driver for FL Studio is the Fludyy shimming driver. It’s a very useful driver for those who want to use AirPods with their DAW. It supports mono, stereo, and multichannel shimming modes. The installation process is very simple and similar to the AirPods Shimmer Extension.
You can download the FL Studio Extension from this link. Once you’ve downloaded the file, navigate to the installation folder of FL Studio and copy the “Extensions” folder. Now, go to the FL Studio installation folder and paste the “Extensions” folder there. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t paste the folder inside the “Program Files” folder as this will cause issues with the installation.
Use FL Studio ASIO
If changing the Bluetooth protocol and using audio transparency doesn’t work, then it might be time to try FL Studio ASIO. It’s the most reliable way to use AirPods with FL Studio. The only downside is that it’s a bit of a hassle to set up. You will need to download the custom ASIO driver and install it in FL Studio.
You can find the custom ASIO driver at the link below: Once you’ve downloaded the ASIO driver, navigate to the installation folder of FL Studio and copy the “Drivers” folder. Now, go to the FL Studio installation folder and paste the “Drivers” folder there. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t paste the folder inside the “Program Files” folder as this will cause issues with the installation.
If you follow the above-mentioned tips, then you’ll be able to use your AirPods with FL Studio hassle-free. While most of the methods are reliable, you should keep in mind that they might not work on every computer. The only way to find out is by trying these methods on your computer. If you keep these tips in mind, pairing AirPods with FL Studio will be a breeze.
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