FL Studio has finally massively advanced, it has advanced into a music production suite that is fully fledged. It has had big renovations like allowing the resizing on huge monitors through the vectorization of the interface, as well as the most progressive touch screen support on music platforms.
FL studio has been available on the Windows platform up to date. They have been committed to venturing into the Mac as well for a couple of years now. However, porting or rewriting every part including the plugins is a massive job.
It here is now, 64-bit native and it comes with support for Mac AU plug-ins and VST, complete with third party plugins as long as they are well installed on both systems, and also has a project exchange with the Windows version as well.
The Windows and Mac versions are functionally the same with just a few setup differences. They also have unique generous license policies with lifetime free updates which is a plus.
This basically means that you can just update your version without having to pay for it. It also means that if you already have a Window’s license, you can unlock the Mac Version as well.
How it Looks and Feels
When it comes to workflow, FL Studio has a different approach compared to other DAWs. It’s a bit more cryptic than a Pro Tools or Logic just by how it does things. It does so much compare to other systems.
It also uses different paradigms as well. Playlists is the main area, that’s where the Playlist tracks are held. It could contain audio, MIDI, or automation. You can route the clips and instruments to another different mixer tracks, and you can also trigger channel rack instruments using one MIDI clip.
If you are an experienced FLS veteran, you will find that the concepts and other specific workflows will be familiar. For the new comers, it will take some getting used to.
For example, if you are a Cubase user, you will be able to figure out the basics of the Logic faster. However, you will have to get invested in one because it can get slightly trickier.
FL Studio 20 has increased the Playlist Track from 199 to 500 which is great news to the power users. It is not unlimited, which means it can be less likely that your largest projects will hit the limit.
FL Studio also has support for the multiple time signatures in the project, the playlist switches seamlessly as it also encounters time signature instructors even during playback. It also has more flexibility with the arrangements.
The Arrangements menu makes it easy for to manage many Playlist Versions of the sound design, project-working ideas, versions, and so on.
You can also freeze or consolidate tracks, send selected audio, or even pattern the lips to one audio clip in many different ways. You can now access all the DAW parts including metronome, audio recording, mixer FX slots and more because is has an Automatic Plugin Delay Compensation.
They also redesigned the main Toolbar making it easy to edit. They have also managed to bring back other classic features such as Sampler Channels and Graph Editor.
The Mixer track count was also increased from 104-125, with new mixer layout presets, and they have also tweaked the comprehensive bundled plug-in with multiple models receiving updates.
There are also a number of interface tweaks, a 64-bit compatibility, and much more. They have also added some more changes o some DAW parts, and they have a full list for you on the website.
What We Like About It?
This version has many and very solid upgrades and additions. The new features are not that many, but they make a big difference. They have managed to port into the Mac platform with massive undertaking which is impressive.
As a new user, you will be able to enjoy the new expanded track out, arrangement tools and time signature, PDC, track freezing, and many smaller improvements. FLS is a highly impressive DAW. The screen support and interface are among the best.
Updating will always be free because this version offers a generous lifetime free update policy. The Producer Edition is 189 EUR for new users, the Signature Bundle has expanded plugins of 289 EUR, and the “all plugins” bundle range at 792 EUR.
The full audio editing and racking is still available, but the FLS has some roots as a MII pattern sequencer. There is a fair number of submenus, right clicking, and unintimated effort when wrapping your head around work. It is powerful and it is also involving for the new users. However, the experienced users will find it easy to use.
• Has a slick and scalable interface
• The touch screen support is excellent on Windows
• The workflow and design are very flexible
• Has incredible bundled plugins
• Lifetime free updates
• Its now a dual platform with project compatibility
• Great for pattern-based composition
• Can be menu and window heavy
• New switchers and users might take a little learning
• Has no score editing
• Doesn’t work inline and requires a pop out window and plugin to edit audio
By moving to the Mac, FL Studio has become one of the realest dual platform DAWs. It has a great selection of tools, plug-ins, and features. The price is higher but its also worth it.
Once you et familiar with it, you will realize that it is also fun to use. You can download a free emo and check it out. Mac Users can also use it too.
They have revamped the in-the-box arrangement, mixing, composition, and the recording audio with an outboard gear. Even with the loads of instruments, loads of features, it will still work as fast and easy to make music.
We also love the easy Channel Track sequencing, and its workflow isn’t like other versions. It retains core values despite age and its also perfect for dance music. You can customize the look if you want.