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20.7.2 Image-Line FL Studio

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Image-Line FL Studio
  
Image-Line FL Studio

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.

FL Studio comes in three levels:

Including Lifetime FREE Updates

Say NO to subscriptions and update fees! Our promise: Whatever version you buy, you’ll get all future updates free. Nothing more to pay ever. No other DAW can match our promise of more than 20 years.

Fruity Edition is limited (see below). Producer Edition unlocks all core features. Plugins are not ‘core’ features. Signature unlocks additional plugins.

 

fl studio fruityFL Studio Fruity Edition

Basic melody & loops creation

The perfect entry-level virtual music studio.

FEATURES

  • Limited playlist features
  • No audio clips
  • No audio recording

fl studio producerFL Studio Producer Edition

Full song creation & audio recording

All-in-one virtual studio.

FEATURES

  • Audio recording
  • Full playlist features
  • 7 additional native plugins

fl studio producerFL Studio Signature Bundle

Full song creation & extra plugins

A bundle of FL Studio Producer Edition + some signature plugins.

FEATURES

  • Audio recording
  • Full playlist features
  • 14 additional native plugins

 

See the details tab for a full comparison chart to determine which version is right for you.


 

Features

The Mixer

Mix and master music to the highest professional standards. All the features you need to create today’s most complex productions including effects chains, audio sends, sidechain control, advanced automation, plugin delay compensation, and more…

Piano Roll

FL Studio’s Piano roll has a well-deserved reputation as the best Piano roll in the business. The Piano roll is used to send note and automation data to plugin instruments (sequencing). It includes a wide range of tools to aid complex score editing and manipulation.

Browser and Playlist

No other DAW matches the flexibility of FL Studio’s Playlist. Sequence all elements of the project to make the final song. Tracks can hold notes, audio and automation. Place any data type anywhere and even overlay them. Use the Browser to organize all the data in your project. Free your workflow and your mind!

Over 80 plugins included

FL Studio Producer Edition includes over 80 instrument and effect plugins covering automation, sample playback/manipulation, synthesis, compression, delay, equalization filtering, flanging, phasing, chorus, reverb, distortion, bit-crushing and more. With FL Studio you will be ready to create just about any style.

Instruments & FX

If the huge array of native instruments and effects are not enough for you, FL Studio supports all VST standards 1, 2 and 3. VST gives you access to the widest range of 3rd party plugins currently available. You can even use FL Studio itself as a VST plugin in another VST host.

And Much More

  • Vectorial Interface
  • Resize and rearrange the user interface.
  • Automation Recording & Editing
  • Record live control movements and edit.
  • VST & ReWire Support
  • Use FL Studio as a VST plugin or with ReWire.
  • Multi-touch
  • Designed for touch control.
  • Live DJ Control
  • Powerful live performance, clip-triggering.
  • Advanced Help System
  • Context-aware manual (press F1).
  • MIDI Learn
  • Powerful MIDI controller linking options.
  • Visualizer effects Plugin
  • Render 4K videos straight from FL Studio.
  • Lifetime Free Updates…nothing to pay, ever again!

Benefits of ownership

  • Lifetime FREE updates – Via download, of the FL Studio version you buy. Never pay for program updates again!
  • Access to help and support – Access to our helpful support, user forums, and preset download forums.
  • Download it all anywhere any time – Download everything you own any time anywhere you have access to the Internet. Total software backup security.
  • Interact with the program developers & support development – Talk to the Image-Line development team online and be the first to try out products in development and suggest features & changes.
  • Install on all the computers you own – We are reasonable chaps here at Image-Line, we allow you to install a copy of FL Studio and plugins (for your personal use) on all the PCs you use.

FL Studio Comparison Chart

 FruityProducerSignature
Ideal for...Basic melody & loops creation Full song creation & mic recordingFull song creation & extra plugins
Effects Plugins
Formula Controller
Peak Controller
X-Y Controller
Fruity Compressor
Fruity Limiter
Fruity Multiband Compressor *²
Soft Clipper
Maximus *°
Soundgoodizer
Transient Processor
Delay *²
Delay 2
Delay 3
Delay Bank *²
Blood Overdrive
Fast Dist
Fruity Squeeze
WaveShaper *²
Edison *° Equalize Function
Convolver
EQUO *²
Fruity 7 Band EQ
Fruity Parametric EQ *²
Fruity Parametric EQ2 *²
Fast LP
Filter
Free Filter
Love Philter *²
Vocoder *²
Vocodex *°
Effector (12 FX)
Hardcore *° (11 Guitar FX)
Chorus
Phaser
Flanger
Flangus *²
Convolver
Reeverb
Reeverb 2
Edison *° Convolution Reeverb
Control Surface
Balance
Big Clock
Center
Patcher
dB Meter
HTML NoteBook
LSD #
Mute 2
NoteBook
PanOMatic
Phase Inverter
Pitcher *°
Scratcher
Send
Stereo Enhancer *²
Stereo Shaper
Gross Beat *°
Fruity Dance
Spectroman *²
Wave Candy *²
ZGameEditor Visualizer
Included Content
Copyright Free Samples
Drums, Cymbals, Hats, Kicks, Percussion, Snares, Toms
Loops
SFX
Vocals
Inputs & Outputs / Connectivity
Directsound support
ASIO (includes ASIO4ALL)
103 external audio Inputs
103 external audio Outputs
Render to .WAV, .MP3, .OGG
Export mixer stems
ReWire Support (client and host) #
FL Studio can be used as a VST client
Reads different file formats

.AIFF, .DS, .DS, .DWP, .FLAC, .MID, .MP3, .OGG, .SF2, .Speech, .SYN, .XI, .WAV files
VST 1, 2 & 3 Instruments/Effects (Windows)
VST 1, 2 & 3 Instruments/Effects / AU (macOS)
Edison *° (audio editor and recorder)
NewTone *° (pitch and time editor)
Elastique time stretching
NewTime *° (time manipulation editor)
Instrument & Generator Plugins
Automation Clip Generator
Envelope Controller
Keyboard Controller
Audio Clip Generator
BooBass
Channel Sampler
DirectWave Player *°
DirectWave Full *°
FL Keys
Fruity Pad Controller (FPC)
Granulizer
Slicer
Slicex *°
Wave Traveller
3x OSC
Autogun
BassDrum *°
BeepMap
Drumpad
Drumaxx
FLEX
Fruity Kick
Fruity DX10
Groove Machine Synth
Harmless *°
Harmor
MiniSynth
Morphine
Ogun
Poizone
Sakura
Sawer
Speech Synthesizer
Sytrus *°
Toxic Biohazard
Wasp/WaspXT *³ #
Transistor Bass
Control Surface
Patcher
Dashboard #
Fruity Video Player2 *°
Layer Channel
MIDI Out
ReWired #
FL Studio Mobile Plugin
Midi Support
Import / Export MIDI Files
Keyboards and Controller input
MIDI SysEx & MMC functions
Mixer and FX Rack
125 Insert / Send Tracks
10 FX Slots per Track
Patcher FX extension / rack
Full inter-track audio routing & side chaining
Step Sequencer
Piano roll
Event Editor
Playlist Features
Audio Clips (drag and drop samples on the Playlist)
Audio Recording (using a microphone directly in FL Studio)
Automation Clips (spline based automation)
Pattern Clips (MIDI notes & event automation)
NOTES
*° FL plugin version only. Buy VST separate.

VSTi plugin versions that work in any VST host program outside of FL Studio, can be purchased in a separate pack or as individual plugin registrations. Except for the ALL Plugin Bundle package, where all plugin versions are included. Some of these plugins do not have a VST version available.
*° FL plugin version only. Buy VST separate.

VSTi plugin versions that work in any VST host program outside of FL Studio, can be purchased in a separate pack or as individual plugin registrations. Except for the ALL Plugin Bundle package, where all plugin versions are included. Some of these plugins do not have a VST version available.
*³ Available as 32 Bit only
# Available in FL Studio for Windows ONLY

This function is only available in FL Studio under Windows.

No FL Studio macOS version is available yet.
This fuction could be under development, or might not be available at all.
Please check the system requirements page for details.
FL STUDIO is designed to run on any computer system operating:
  • WINDOWS:  8.1, 10 or later
  • macOS: 10.13.6 or later
  • 4GB free disk space
  • 4GB of  RAM or higher recommended
  • The more powerful your CPU, the more instruments and FX you can run.

FL Studio for Mac is complete. However, please note there are still some plugins on the ‘to-do’ list, while others are not possible or applicable to Mac, marked as ‘No’. See the list below for details.

FL Studio Mac Vs Windows Comparison Chart

Feature or Plugin WindowsMac
Bit size
32 BitYesNo
64 BitYesYes
FL Studio Features
RewireYesNo
FL Studio as VST YesYes (and AU)
VST Plugin Support YesYes
AU Plugin Support NoYes
Edison (Run button) Scripting - Paxcompiler YesNo
REX (.rx2) files support YesYes
Plugins & Plugin Features
Blood Overdrive YesYes
Dashboard YesTo-do
DirectWave - Third Party Format SupportYesYes
Fruity Scratcher YesYes
Razer Chroma YesNo
Wave Traveler YesYes
Edison - Denoiser YesYes
Fruity LSD YesNo
Fruity Slayer YesNo
SoundFont Player (FL Studio 20.5 onward uses DirectWave) 32 Bit OnlyNo
Speech Synth YesTo-do
WASP 32 Bit OnlyNo
WASP XT 32 Bit OnlyNo

FL Studio 20.7.2

  • FL Studio Control hints – Most FL Studio controls now show their value when the mouse is hovered over them.
  • Channel Rack Groups – Users can now lock Channel Groups by deselecting the ‘Auto switch channel group’ option.
  • MIDI file drag-and-drop import – Hold (Shift) to suppress the import dialog showing OR hold (Alt) to force show it when dropping MIDI files onto the Channel Rack.
  • Preserve Clip Trim Edits – Hold Shift when using the ‘Clip Menu > Select source channel’ option to preserve Clip’s start and end positions.
  • Improved MIDI controller support – There is now a MIDI Scripting forum with new controllers being supported every day.
  • FLEX – Patch display and selector now available on the Wrapper. Loaded patches now scroll to a visible location when reopening projects.
  • ZGE Visualizer – Drag and drop Sliced Audio to the Video Cue-point window to add Cue Points (click Cue Points to preview). ‘Remove unused’ button added to Image tab.

FL Studio 20.7

Dominate YouTube, Instagram and Facebook with the new Visualizer, enjoy more freedom with unlocked Piano roll note colors, and get set for unlimited controller support via MIDI Scripting. Plus lots more enhancements for your favorite DAW described below. All because we love your Lifetime Free Updates. Stay home and get creative with FL Studio.

Key Features

  • Create music videos – The Visualizer allows users to select from a large menu of amazing YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook ready video templates, click-and-drag to move text & other layers directly while in video preview. Integrated pexels.com image and video content. Supports 16:9 (2, 4, 8K), 9:16 (vertical), 1:1 (square) and custom video aspect ratios. Further, VJs can trigger live video clips and control DMX devices including lights, lasers, smoke machines, strobes, and more.
  • More MIDI Controllers – MIDI scripts allow you and hardware manufacturers to take deep control over FL Studio from any MIDI controller, or to remap any existing controller to suit your needs.
  • Note envelopes – VFX Envelope allows you to continuously modify note properties of native plugins inc. Velocity, Pitch, and Pan, plus Mod X and Mod Y per note when plugins are hosted in Patcher.
  • Improved color management – Customizable Piano roll note colors including an improved Color Selector throughout FL Studio.
  • General MIDI  files – You can now choose the FLEX General MIDI Library to open and play General MIDI files (GM).
  • Audio time-warping – The Newtime audio editor has new Edit Menu options, Transient and Tempo to select the beat detection method for faster time warping of audio.
  • Distortion – Destructor has new Mono and Wide modes added to the Chorus module.
  • FL Studio Mobile – Updated to include Cloud Backup for easier file sharing with your mobile devices.
  • Plugin Delay Compensation (PDC) – Now applies to Automation.
  • FLEX – Previous and next preset selection is possible via supported MIDI controllers that can switch between presets.
  • Advanced Fill Tool – Channels will automatically loop to fill the remaining space when the selected sequence length is shorter than the current pattern.
  • Default template – Changed to ‘Basic 808 with limiter’.
  • Reduced start time – The fastest opening DAW just got a little faster, because we care!

TIP: If you are updating from FL Studio 11 or 12, check the video tutorial here.  To review all the updates since the release of FL Studio 20, see the manual here – New Features in FL Studio 20

 

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