Image Line FL Studio 20Latest Version
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FL Studio is a complete software music production environment or Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Representing more than 20 years of innovative development it has everything you need in one package to compose, arrange, record, edit, mix and master professional quality music.
FL Studio is now one of the world’s most popular DAWs and is used by the most creative artists.
Producer Edition provides the highest level of program functionality for FL Studio this includes:
- Audio editing and manipulation including pitch correction, pitch shifting, harmonization, time-stretching, beat-detection & slicing, audio warping and standard audio manipulation (cut/paste etc).
- Automate most interface and all plugin parameters by recording, drawing, spline-based automation curves, automation generators with formula based control of links.
- Be hosted in other DAWs as a VST or connected through ReWire.
- Live music performance including video effect visualization.
- Mix and remix audio including apply real-time audio effects including delay, reverb & filtering.
- Multi-track audio recording up to the limit of your audio-interface inputs.
- Record & play MIDI input recording from keyboards, drum pads and controllers.
- Sequencing and arranging with pattern and linear workflow possible.
- Synthesizer & effect plugin hosting VST 32 & 64 bit, DX and FL Native formats.
- Make virtually any sound - FL Studio includes over 30 software synthesizers covering acoustic/synthetic bass, electric guitar, multi-sampler tools including piano & strings, general sample playback and beat-slicing (With Rex 1 & 2 support).
- Synthesis techniques - span subtractive, modelling, FM, RM, granular and additive. With the addition of FL SynthMaker you can further create & share your own FL instruments, effects & MIDI control dashboards without the need to write basic code.
- Open plugin standards - FL Studio supports all PC industry plugin instrument standards including VST, DX, Buzz and Rewire. This means you can sequence with your favorite plugins and applications.
- Multi-channel audio inputs - With the ability to simultaneously capture all the inputs on your audio-interface, FL Studio has the flexibility to record a single vocalist, guitar or a full symphony orchestra.
- Arranging audio - Audio can be arranged, with complete freedom in the Playlist. Features include the ability to host an unlimited number of audio recordings, time-stretching, pitchshifting, beat-slicing, cropping, editing and the re-arranging of audio with only a few mouse clicks.
- Pattern or track sequencing - You choose, record your musical performances and ideas in the most logical way. FL Studio 20 can simultaneously function as a pattern and track based sequencer. Reuse patterns as Pattern Clips in the Playlist or record song-length sequences, as desired.
- Step sequencer or Piano roll - Scoring tools include FL Studio's legendary Step-sequencer, one of the most advanced Piano roll's in any software studio, event and multipoint automation envelopes. FL Studio supports MIDI input, standard controller compatibility, and the ability to simultaneously control multiple instrument channels from separate controllers.
- Determine your own project design - In FL20, you decide how your project will be laid out, including multiple Arrangements. Unlike the competition, FL20`s Playlist is a totally flexible and virtually unbounded workspace where Note Pattern, Audio and Automation data can be arranged and edited to suit your creative ideas and preferred workflow.
- The mixer - is about precision, control and flexibility. The mixer's tracks each hold up to 10 effects (VST or FL`s proprietary format). To create sub-mixes or mixing chains of almost unlimited complexity, each mixer track can be routed to any other mixer track or the Master track. Sends provide the ability to sidechain inputs to multi-input effects plugins. Finally, each of the mixer tracks can be routed to any output on your audio interface, now that's flexibility.
Effects - What about effects? FL Studio includes more than 40 effects spanning maximization, limiting, compression, delay, distortion, equalization (graphic & parametric), filtering, phasing, flanging, chorus, vocoding and reverb. These have you covered for the creative broad-brush effects, through to the minutia of the mastering process. Features:
- Time Signatures - FL Studio now supports Time Signatures, including unlimited Time Signature changes, independently, in both the Playlist and Patterns (Piano rolls). FL Studio's unique pattern system enables, simultaneous, multiple Time Signatures at any point in the Playlist.
- In-situ rendering (freezing) - Bounce selected Audio and Pattern Clips to audio. Options include; Consolidate Playlist Clip selections, Consolidate Playlist tracks, Render Clips to Audio, Render Clips to audio and replace source Pattern Clips. Use these features to compile audio-takes into a single Audio Clip, reduce CPU load by converting real-time synthesis and effects processing to audio or convert MIDI data to audio for further processing and resynthesis.
- Playlist Arrangements - The Playlist now supports multiple Arrangements (Playlists). Each Arrangement is the complete layout of Audio, Automation and Pattern Clips. Users can now work with multiple versions of their project saving ideas, sound design and arrangements.
- Plugin Delay Compensation (PDC) - PDC and Automatic PDC have been rebuilt, from the ground up, to support today's complex workflows. Manual and Auto-PDC can now co-exist. Updates include: Mixer send compensation, Wet/Dry mixer FX compensation, Audio input compensation, Metronome compensation, Plugin Wrapper custom values remembered per-plugin and improved PDC controls in the Mixer.
- Graph Editor - Returns, better than ever, with an improved note. Perfect for multi-touch control. The larger the touch display, the bigger users can make the Graph Editor.
- Legacy Precomputed FX - Are back, including; Boost (with or without clipping), EQ, Ring Modulation, Low Pass filter, Reverb, Stereo Delay and Pogo (Pitch bend). FL Studio 20 welcomes back tools that crafted the sound of the 2000`s.
- Channel Sampler - Includes two new Sample Start options. Start Offset - Moves the sample start point and is automatable. Sample Start - trims the sample data to create a new start point, useful for functions that process the entire sample window.
- Punch in/out - Right-click Time Markers and set them to automate the Master record switch. You can then work hands-free with your instrument and be sure the take is precisely located and recorded.
- Grouped takes - When loop-recording, multiple takes are grouped and auto-name after the Mixer track used.
- Consolidate takes - When comping your audio takes, use the new Playlist menu Consolidate playlist selection to merge selections into a new Audio Clip.
- Hide scratch tracks - When you are ready to clean up the Playlist either use the new Arrangements to start a fresh Playlist, or the View Hide collapsed grouped tracks.
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My Main Studio Setup
As far as I remember, I had been using FL Studio DAW since 2014. During that time, I was so serious about music yet. But after playing it around, I eventually gotten serious and it became my main setup for mastering and mixing before moving on to actually music production until now which is currently at V20.7
One of the features that I like about FL Studio is the free update, eventually I wont need to pay additional fee in order to upgrade my FL Studio. Furthermore, the user friendly interface makes it more easy for me to work around with my production compare to other DAWs. I do recommend those who are interested with music production get started with FL Studio.
FL Studio is kind of a different beast. It's really non-linear, being pattern based, which works like my brain does when sketching out track ideas. Changes you make to a specific pattern is reflected across the entire song, which is convenient when trying out new ideas. The mixer kind of needs an overhall though...Version: Image Line FL Studio 10
I'll try to be as helpful as I can to anyone reading this review, however I've only been using FL 10 & 11 scarcely in the span of the last three years; I don't know the complete ins and outs of this product. However, I must say that FL 12 is a serious step up from the previous version. With the unlockage of plugins like Sytrus and Maximus, literally anything is possible to produce now. I started out with the Fruity Edition of FL 10, which needless to say, is extremely difficult to produce with and terrifyingly limited. Seriously, my upgrade to Producer Edition made me cry after finally having the ability to make as many automation clips as I pleased, and to add wave files directly onto the playlist, so much easier than placing audio into FL's built-in sampler.
In my experience with FL 12, everything is much more visually appealing, it looks very sleek, very beautiful. Everything is "vectorial based," or so I've heard, meaning you can stretch the resolution of the program to just about any resolution you want. You can even have multi-monitor set ups and large screen portrayals. I think the limit is like 1200 screens. Seriously. You can have FL run on one master screen, and still show up vectorially on 1000 other monitors. That's crazy, and probably makes for some cool visuals at EDM festivals and whatnot.
I've also found that the audio is a bit more noticeable when you click on a track, not when you solo it, which adds for a nice groove to the parts you're singling out in your track, but leads to poor mixdown ability on the behalf of the producer. It forces you to click on the master track to get an accurate read of where all your instruments sit in the mix. Of course, maybe this has always been the case in FL, but I haven't noticed it until I downloaded my free upgrade to 12.
That's another thing, once you buy the software, any software from Image-Line, it's always yours. Your upgrades from one FL Version to another are always free, and the plugins that you have bought in the past always stay with you and your upgrade. That's a HUGE plus because some DAWs and plugins out there require you to pay a bit of money in order to upgrade which really hinders your ability to work on something that sounds fresh and sweet, in my opinion because you're too busy trying to work and save money to buy the next upgrade. I'm sure there are plenty of people willing to settle for not-up-to-date software, but with Image-Line you won't have to. And it's never going away is the best part. When FL 997 comes out, it'll be all mine for free, because I paid for the Producer Edition of FL 11. SCORE!
This is really a huge piece of software not for the simple-minded. This isn't a toy, it's a tool. It is incredibly powerful, and constantly challenges you. Even when you're going through bouts of creativity block or just pure laziness, you'll always find something to be uncovered or treasured within this software. It's performance mode is phenomenal. It's ability to work on your tablet and your monitor is flawless and ingenious. This will always be my go-to product for anyone trying to get started with Audio Production because this software will show you just how grueling, tedious, but also rewarding and enticing making music can be.Version: Image Line FL Studio 12
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People say that FL Studio is a toy for learning producers, but in the right hands, it is a creative FORCE. It's a friendly design, and with a massive online community of fellow FL Studio users, you can almost always get help if you need it.
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.
I especially love that we can create bounces of individual tracks within the project now.Version: Image Line FL Studio 12
Tried, Tested, Approved And Used
I suppose to each their own, But I simply cannot understand why this DAW is not respected by some. The learning curve on this is very straight forward to the point that I began creating arrangements right away. I first started using FL Studio when I downloaded the fully functional demo of FL 3 all those years ago, And in doing so, I realized that I had no need for another daw so I made the purchase and I never looked back or even once had any major technical problem with the software. In terms of price and lifetime free updates it's simply amazing.Version: Image Line FL Studio 11
My main DAW. I upgraded from FL11 because I liked the modern, new look and I highly recommend this if you are just starting off in Music Production. I started with FL11 and I didn't want to change DAWs ever since. FL Studio is simple, but powerful in the right hands.Version: Image Line FL Studio 12
High value, quality DAW especially excelling in piano roll and automation controls
I use both FL Studio and Logic (primarily logic) and find both to be very useful for different purposes when producing and composing. For MIDI data manipulation, both are amazing, but FL studio stands out for its simplicity and smooth efficiency of piano roll input. The included ZGameEditor plugin is also extremely useful for effortlessly creating interesting high quality videos for many purposes.Version: Image Line FL Studio 12
Made the switch about a year ago, and haven't really looked back. Still learning a bit with this one - still used to doing some things in other DAWs that you can't do here or vice-versa, but I favor the simplistic navigation and way of doing things.Version: Image Line FL Studio 10
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.Version: Image Line FL Studio 12