FL Studio

FL Studio

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 276 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8
  • Total Downloads:
    8,381,832
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 07, 2008
  • Price:
    Free to try (Save to FLP format disabled); $99.00 to buy

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.0

    out of 46 votes

    • 5 star 24
    • 4 star 11
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 6
  • All Versions

    4.3

    out of 276 votes

    • 5 star 168
    • 4 star 64
    • 3 star 15
    • 2 star 11
    • 1 star 18
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4 stars

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November 05, 2008  |  By raul_el_mejor

 |  Version: FL Studio 8

Pros

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Summary

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5 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 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 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 stars

"very very good"

October 03, 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 stars

"its of the chain"

October 02, 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 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8
Version 8 includes new Slicex drumloop slicing generator plugin, new SynthMaker modular environment, and support for MIDI SysEx input, and basic MMC functions.
General
Publisher Image Line Software
Publisher web site http://www.image-line.com/
Release Date April 07, 2008
Date Added April 07, 2008
Version 8
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows Me/2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 352.86MB
File Name flstudio_11.1.1.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 8,381,832
Downloads Last Week 5,982
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Save to FLP format disabled
Price $99

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