FL Studio (until 2003 known as FruityLoops) 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 ... read more
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FL Studio (until 2003 known as FruityLoops) 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. The program is available in four different editions for Microsoft Windows and macOS, including Fruity Edition, Producer Edition, Signature Bundle, and All Plugins Bundle. Image-Line offers lifetime free updates to the program, which means customers receive all future updates of the software for free after one time purchase. Image-Line also develops FL Studio Mobile for iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad and Android devices. (Taken from Wikipedia)
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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.
Highly recommend for those starting out
I've used FL Studio since the beginning of my producing career and it has not once failed me. All of the things I need done are easily accomplished with the vast array of plugins made by Image Line for the Producers Edition, and while many professionals use Ableton, I've found that each time I have to pick I stick with FL Studio, because unlike Ableton, Image Line allows you to do everything you need without having to navigate a labyrinth of tabs, folders, etc. Highly recommend it for beginning producers.
Excellent Production Application
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.
FL Studio made me
First DAW ever was FL 8. But honestly, this is the version I still use it regularly. It's beautiful and addictingly intuitive. Most of the DAW workflow comes quite naturally at fast rate and FL makes creating music accessible and fun. Only things things I complain about are minor annoyances (mostly the fl sampler, and the timeline) that are probably fixed in FL20. Creature of habit. Recommend this DAW to anyone who is starting.
one of the first daw's i ever laid my hands upon
hands down, one of the easiest to navigate daw's. i began creating re-drums of country songs in 2014 using virtual dj and decided to open up this nifty little program. afterward, all i could achieve was laying down a simple drum pattern and exporting it to loop in vdj. surprisingly, i have came quite a long way since then. if you're interested in producing without the knowledge of music theory, then i would definitely use fl.
Like a letter to the post office
FL Studio is one of the most famous software in the world of music. Used by great composers and DJ, it offers a wide range of instruments and does its utmost to make your ideas realistic. There is a time of adaptation at the beginning to understand how it works but once understood, your ideas will be sent as a letter to the post office. Disadvantage: The best plug-ins are paid and expensive but worth it. Just make sure you use it before buying.
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!