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Competition in the world of all-in-one music-creation suites has grown considerably since Fruity Loops first started breaking beats. With a new name and a new interface, FL Studio is reestablishing its place as a full-featured and affordable audio-production program.

The photo-realistic mixing-board interface, littered with small, unlabeled icons and burdened with a confusing file browser, makes the learning curve steeper than it should be. Once you clear that hurdle, though, this enjoyable product will have you making music in no time. The Fruityslicer makes short work of chopping up breaks, and the simple step-based drum machine lets you create your own. You can bind FL Studio to other programs via VSTi and DXi plug-ins. A full selection of software instruments is included so you can start playing immediately. All the usual suspects are there, from vintage, buzzy, analog imitators to wacky sound effects and generic voice samples.

FL Studio offers a tremendous value for what you get. Comparable products cost nearly twice as much. FL Studio's quirky sound generators and interoperability make it a great addition to any studio. Be warned, though: several versions of FL Studio are available, so more features are included as the price goes up.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great program for producing and recording!"

    November 4, 2013  |   By digitalmusic

    Version: FL Studio 11.0.3

    Pros

    Lots of features and everything you need to make music on your computer.

    Cons

    Mac native version not available yet.

    Summary

    Save 10% on FL Studio from the official site with promo link: https://support.image-line.com/jshop/shop.php?offer=Default&promo=EDAJCI416

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  • 5.0 stars

    "awesome daw"

    October 14, 2013  |   By josephus_2

    Version: FL Studio 11.0.3

    Pros

    -easy to learn (has a very helpful manual)
    -easy to understand the interface
    -affordable price

    Cons

    -might not be ideal for band recording

    Summary

    Awesome daw especially for electronic music artists and its very intuitive. If you're a new customer you can also get a discount with the code: JIGCICD493 entered at checkout.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The free to try cannot be tried."

    October 7, 2013  |   By Holybride

    Version: FL Studio 11.0.3

    Pros

    Nice interface.

    Cons

    The free to try version cannot load music, so I cannot try it at all.
    Because of this, I don't know whether this software is good to edit songs or not.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Keeps Getting Better"

    May 11, 2013  |   By digitalmusic

    Version: FL Studio 11.0

    Pros

    Once you buy it, you get free updates for life so every time a new version comes out, you can upgrade for free. FL 11 has brand new features and plugins.

    Also the price is good. You can get a 10% discount from the official site with promo link: https://support.image-line.com/jshop/shop.php?offer=Default&promo=EDAJCI416

    Cons

    Not available for Mac yet.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Digital Audio Workstation including 10% discount"

    May 7, 2013  |   By michalkun

    Version: FL Studio 11.0

    Pros

    -light weight application, modest system requirements
    -new customers are entitled to 10% discount with the following affiliate link:
    http://affiliate.image-line.com/EFAGBJD483

    -very stable
    -well priced, different editions available
    -intuitive interface - easy to learn
    -can compose music of all generas
    -unlimited free updates to all future versions.
    -excellent user Forums with help and direct contact with the developers and programmers

    Cons

    -no Mac OS version

    Summary

    This Digital Audio Workstation is a very light application, when compared to other DAWs.
    There is an affiliate discount of 10% for new users with the following link:

    http://affiliate.image-line.com/EFAGBJD483

    Depending on the bundle it contains well written sound effect plugins and well structured software synthesizers. The best part of FL Studio is that any updates are free. This means that if you have a version 10 and version 14 comes out, you get that for free.
    The program itself is very solid, and stable. Software is provided with well written documentation for self learning along with very intuitive interface. It takes quick to learn and fast to lay down the music before you forget it.

    For more info on the discount and screenshots please visit:
    https://sites.google.com/site/flstudiodaw/

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  • 5.0 stars

    "awesome program for electronic music"

    May 7, 2013  |   By josephus_2

    Version: FL Studio 11.0

    Pros

    -Easy to learn
    -Fun to use
    -Life-time free updates
    -relatively cheaper than other programs
    -Many features

    Cons

    none that I can think of at the moment

    Summary

    This program is really fun to use and easy to get the hang of after some tutorials or looking at the help guide. There are so many features that it offers. You also get all future versions for free when you buy it and register at the website.

    It is cheaper than many other programs and NEW customers can get 10% off their purchase when you enter coupon code JIGCICD493
    at checkout.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not for advanced composing"

    January 5, 2013  |   By dfyvr

    Version: FL Studio 10.0.9c

    Pros

    Once you learn how to use it it's fairly simple to compose music

    Cons

    Finding instruments in the "Sytrus" is extremely frustrating. Apparently the have no words for french horns, tubas etc, the brass instrument names are fat, greasy, greasy2 etc. couldn't believe it. They have a trumpet but it's nowhere near the other brass, I really had to give up because it annoyed me too much. I guess I'll have to invest in something like Sibelius.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great production software"

    December 25, 2012  |   By kikimilla

    Version: FL Studio 10.0.9c

    Pros

    everything great for beginners

    Cons

    not on mac

    Summary

    very good product would recommend this to anyone get free fl studio loops vst samples software and more free musicaudiofiles.com

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome software"

    December 11, 2012  |   By MoarPony

    Version: FL Studio 10.0.9c

    Pros

    -Easy to learn
    -Revolutionary features
    -Great appearance

    Cons

    As of now, none

    Summary

    It's the only DAW that I've tried that I actually like. No, not like. LOVE. Also, the tutorials available throughout the Internet make learning a breeze.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent !!!"

    October 5, 2012  |   By kd0086

    Version: FL Studio 10.0.9c

    Pros

    Lots of great features for making music.

    Cons

    I think it is to hard for a beginner.

    Summary

    Make an step-by-step version for beginners who are just getting into music making so they can familiar with the software and learn what the different features mean.

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