FL Studio is a digital audio workstation developed by the Belgian company Image-Line. FL Studio features a graphical user interface based on a pattern-based music sequencer and is, as of 2014, one of the most used digital audio workstations worldwide. The program is available in three different editions for Microsoft Windows, including Fruity Edition, Producer Edition, and the Signature Bundle.more
When I got Fruity Loops, it was sort of the entry point for people who wanted to fuck around and make beats. Initially, when I first got FL, I don't think there was Ableton—or at least, if there was, it wasn't very widely known or hadn't reached the stage of usability that it has now. I've just always used FL, and—for better or worse—I've stuck with it and learned the entire program like the back of my hand and now it just doesn't make much sense for me to go to another program. I'm sure if I spent as much time in Reason or Cubase or Logic or Ableton, I'd feel that same way about those programs, but it seems funny that a lot of producers now are sort of "coming out" as FL Studio users. There are people that have always repped that shit; I think Hudson Mohawke has always repped it, and Rustie—there are a lot of key producers that have always used it. Especially with trap production—I know Lex Luger uses Fruity Loops, and a lot of his production style stems from the way FL Studio is put together in terms of the grid and the speedy side tricks that you can use in the program. That really helped build the sound for that kind of music, so I think a lot of people are starting to get into FL now because of that, which is cool. I've been trying to get people to use FL forever—the more the merrier.more
"I use FL Studio as my DAW to make my music. You can personally use just about any other DAW you want to achieve the same results that I do. I just like the way FL Studio handles the workflow which I favor over others." On the proof URL there also is a picture of one of his projects in FL 12more
I like the new mixer that Image Line put in FL Studio. Cool new interface, and they added a lot of value to all of the bundles. I have the Signature Bundle, which got like $310 worth of plugins added to it (guess who doesn't have to save for Gross Beat anymore). Best part is, it still costs $300.
FL Studio has several aspects which, for me, put it over the top of the competition. First and foremost, its interface is beautiful. Everything in FL is extremely visual and nice to look at. But, that's just the surface. Everybody has their own work flow, and I personally feel like FL Studio is the most versatile DAW there is, allowing the producer the most flexibility to create music how they want to. Everything about it is made to be customized; as the producer, you have complete freedom over how you do what you are trying to do. I also must compliment the mixer, because it is simply fantastic. I have never used a more versatile and capable mixer in my life. The last thing I love about FL Studio (well, not really, but just for the sake of this review) is how insane its audio-editing capabilities are. Every audio clip in FL Studio has some basic parameters which can be changed without the need for any kind of plugin. These include pitch, speed, reverse, and fade in/out. However, if that doesn't do it for you, FL Studio comes shipped with an unbelievable plugin called Edison, that is simply amazing. It is by far the best audio-editing suite I have ever worked in. Edison can be used inside other DAWs, but its integration into FL Studio is seamless, which it aught to be, since they're both made by Image-Line. All that to be said, FL Studio is, in my opinion, one of the best DAWs there is. However, that does not mean it is the best for everyone, but I think it is the best for more people than any other DAW.
By far my favorite choice of DAW. I ran ableton for a couple years and while it did a lot and was sufficient, when i first got my hands on FL a couple months ago it blew up how I once went about my workflow. The layout is much more complex than any other DAW's, but once you get the hang of it you really see the advantages it provides. The stock synths and effects are much better than anything Ableton comes with, and the helpful, direct support from Image Line is awesome. I can't wait for the Beta to be officially released on Mac!
There is nothing this DAW cant do, but some functions are inferior to DAWs like ableton. And some of its stock plugins could be better. For example a better and easier EQ and Compressor.
My first DAW started with 10 and had a lot of problems, not only functions, but version 11 changed everything, at FL 11 wrote a lot of songs, but was struck by the beauty of the PL 12 and optimization.
Definately a great DAW, however the possibility when it comes to MIDI devices and stuff are a bit tiny... Doesn't support as many devices as Ableton for example. But very good anyway.
I have recently switched to this DAW. Although I have the standard edition, or "Fruity" Edition, which is the cheapest one, I still enjoy this DAW, and it helps me make cool tracks. I really love this DAW, and I highly recommend it to you!
In finding a DAW for producers, the battle rages on between Ableton vs. FL Studio. The truth is it all depends on what you are most comfortable working with. I first started using FL Studio and it was easier for me to use than Ableton but it's all about what you're comfortable working in. FL Studio really brings out the creativity and boldness for a great EDM track.
I started making music with fl studio 11. The update gives me the lot of option, now i can never leave my studio , haha. The best thing about the fl 12 is its mixer and its beauty. :)