FL Studio

Music production software that becomes a whole digital audio workstation

6.8

9443 Votes

  • Category Editors
  • License Trial version
  • Version 12.4.1
  • Size 3.65 MB
  • Works under Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • Language English
  • Program by Image Line

What is FL Studio? This music editor works great for the PC. It was previously called Fruity Loops, but the name was recently changed to FL Studio, when it changed from a MIDI sequencer to a full-blown editing application for audio files.

Before you install FL Studio, you should be aware that the installation process will offer several other pieces of software, and you will also be asked to change your browser settings. If you do not want this to happen, then you may want to opt out of this by hitting the checkout box.

Reasons to Download FL Studio

There are many reasons to install this application to start making music. First, you have a well organized interface. If you are familiar with the past versions of FL Studio, then you will instantly recognize the rounded windows and dark green tone. The structure of the program might make it difficult for newer users. You will see a browser window on your left. That is the resource of all the files that you will need. Everything can be found here from projects to presets to scores. When you click on an item, it will create a drop down selection to give you access to more specific elements.

Using the Library

Making full use of FL Studio, the library can be filled with your own loops and samples. There are also plug-ins such as DirectWave, Fruity Squeeze, and EQUO. FL Studio also has a smart search function that lets you quickly find your tracks, tools, and effects. With plenty of presets, a lot of the hard work will be done for you. You can edit your tracks using FL Studio, and you can use the original pattern window, which will contain all the instruments that you have selected. You can also create desired patterns for each instrument.

The Playlist: What You Need to Know

The playlist window for FL Studio will be divided into patterns at the top. You will see the audio tracks towards the bottom. With the playlist view features, you will see a handy paintbrush tool closer to the bottom, and that will color in the patterns. You can also choose to edit tracks using the piano roll view. That is a handy choice for music artists who have a midi keyboard plugged in. People interested in connecting a real instrument will love what FL Studio has to offer because the software can handle multiple midi-ins. In addition, the mixer from FL Studio also has a good number of presets that let you fine-tune your track. FL Studio can be a little tricky for the beginner, but if you are familiar with sequencers, you should have no trouble with the system.

Pros

  • A lot of Plug-ins
  • Intuitive Interface
  • Smart Search
  • A Mixer with Numerous Presets
  • A lot of Possibilities for Editing

Cons

  • Easy to Get Lost with This System if You are a Beginner
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