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FL Studio

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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
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 274 votes

    • 5 star: 167
    • 4 star: 64
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 18
  • Current version:

    4.0 stars

    out of 46 votes

    • 5 star: 24
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 4.0 stars

    "jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj"

    November 5, 2008  |   By raul_el_mejor

    Version: FL Studio 8

    Pros

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    Cons

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  • 5.0 stars

    "i love it it is great"

    October 26, 2008  |   By danta234

    Version: FL Studio 8

    Pros

    i love it i love it

    Cons

    i love it it is great

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  • 5.0 stars

    "i would love to get to know about the stuidios"

    October 14, 2008  |   By moneymakintim

    Version: FL Studio 8

    Pros

    this products is a group of beats that u can make determined of ur skills and if u have skils then u can do wat u like to do and save stuff to ur computeur and make songsand also u can sell beats if u wa

    Cons

    that this studio need more beats to keep this studio goin...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "i would love to make my own beats oline"

    October 12, 2008  |   By jun0394

    Version: FL Studio 8

    Pros

    i like to become a producer

    Cons

    i want to learn how to make beats

    Summary

    i like your product because i love to make beats and stuff and learn more things

    Updated on Oct 12, 2008

    i love to make beats

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very very good"

    October 3, 2008  |   By goofy8959

    Version: FL Studio 8

    Pros

    i have not used it

    Cons

    i have not used it

    Summary

    i have not used it i have not used it i have not used it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "its of the chain"

    October 2, 2008  |   By 0Kane9

    Version: FL Studio 8

    Pros

    easy learning

    Cons

    nothin its good

    Summary

    like it cause it gets the job done

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  • 5.0 stars

    "you guys are great"

    September 29, 2008  |   By davdas

    Version: FL Studio 8

    Pros

    everything

    Cons

    nothing at all

    Summary

    its easy'fast'timesaving'economical

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  • 5.0 stars

    "fruityloops8"

    September 13, 2008  |   By lynkz23

    Version: FL Studio 8

    Pros

    everything

    Cons

    nothing at all

    Summary

    i like this product because its useful and helpful...dependable

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fun but sometimes hard to use"

    September 12, 2008  |   By thecheshire1

    Version: FL Studio 8

    Pros

    So many different features in just one great program

    Cons

    Not always the easiest program to figure out

    Summary

    FL Studio 8 is an incredible audio program that offers much more than most the only draw back is it is not as easy to use as other similar programs.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fantastic Beginner's to Moderately Proficient Tool"

    September 11, 2008  |   By simonverano

    Version: FL Studio 8

    Pros

    Easy To use, Great "introduction to production" piece of software, Very inexpensive (free lifetime updates..you wont find that kind of deal anywhere else), VST support

    Cons

    Hardware Support limited, Flaws become more apparent as project size and complexity increases, factory synths and samples are sub par, CPU/RAM INTENSIVE (caps used to emphasize point)

    Summary

    FL Studio is the perfect Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) for a beginner to get their bearings. Users can learn the vital skills and interactions with piano rolls, digital mixers, commonly used effects (I.E. equalizers, compressors, flangers, phasers, filters, reverbs, etc), digital synthesis, and the use of samples. All of the preceding can be learned relatively quickly, but take ages to master. Luckily (and one of the major selling points of FL) FL Studio offers free life time updates, so you'll never be using an outdated version. Though FL Studio's Factory synth bank may be inferior to a DAW such as Propellerhead's Reason, it allows full VST support. Its sample bank is in the same category (inferior) but allows for full importing of most any sample format you can imagine (.WAV, MP3, FXB, SF2, etc).

    All of the praise aside, as a now professional audio producer, I was able to notice FL's flaws, most of which do not concern the casual user. Hardware support is shaky at best (Plugin Delay Compensator is stone age), and CPU/RAM usage while using many VSTs, samples, and effects is less than desirable. At around 15 developed patterns, a decently spec'd PC will begin to chug out the audio. This would not be such an issue if FL included a functional version of what many other DAW's use: a 'freezing function' (though FL has a function somewhat similar to this, the resources freed cannot be compared to a proper freezing algorithm).

    Although I've since moved on from my days of using FL as my main sequencer because of the stated gripes, I cannot deny that I wouldn't be the producer I am today without it. I still use it on the road with my laptop, and highly recommend it for anyone looking to get their head around the rather complex world of audio production.

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