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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:

    4.5 stars

    out of 40 votes

    • 5 star: 26
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very good product"

    September 14, 2009  |   By lawrencel7

    Version: FL Studio 8.0.2

    Pros

    Very good interface. Has the look and feel of a real life music producing lab. Try to get this free from uTorrent or BitTorrent but please makes sure it's legal.

    Cons

    Needs a lot of time to explore all the features.

    Summary

    Get this download very good for novice and pros alike.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "lolushka...."

    September 9, 2009  |   By lolushka

    Version: FL Studio 8.0.2

    Pros

    very good....

    Cons

    so niceeeeeeeeeeeee

    Summary

    where can i find free plugins for FL Studio 8

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  • 4.0 stars

    "THIS PRODUCT IS GREATAND I LOVE IT THANKS C-NET"

    August 17, 2009  |   By PJDADJ1963

    Version: FL Studio 8.0.2

    Pros

    THIS PRODUCT IS GREAT I FOUND IT EASY TO USE AND IT GOT THE JOB DONE LIKE IT IS SUPPOSE TO DO AND IT HAS A LOT OF PRESET SOUNDS AND STUFF I FOUND MANY USES FOR I AM GLAD I GOT THE CHANCE TO USE IT FOR FREE AND MY FRIENDS HAVE ASKED ME ABOUT IT

    Cons

    IT TOOK ME A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO FIGURE IT OUT AND THE DIRECTIONS CAME IN HANDY LOL SO DON'T LOSE THEM PEOPLE

    Summary

    MY BOTTOM LINE IS I LOVED IT AND MANY OF MY FRIENDS DO AS WELL EXCELLANT PICK I THINK

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  • 4.0 stars

    "its ok to get by"

    June 30, 2009  |   By dbrad52

    Version: FL Studio 8.0.2

    Pros

    its quick and easy

    Cons

    its slow and takes along time to start

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  • 4.0 stars

    "FL is often underestimated"

    May 27, 2009  |   By enTRAPAG

    Version: FL Studio 8.0.2

    Pros

    This program is overly powerful out of the box and I would say that only a tiny fraction of the userbase even comes close to realizing it's full potential. FL has had features included natively for years that other bigger DAW;s just added recently.

    Cons

    The interface is getting tired. It has barely changed in years and years, and I havent noticed any UI enhancements that sparked my attention and werent part of a new feature. Modernize your isht Image-Line.

    Summary

    Overall an amazing value. FL has been around for a long time now and has always offered lifetime upgrades. I think they cost about $30 now which is pretty attractive since Cubase and Sonar and Pro Tools barely offer a dent in the bottom line cost of a new version. Especially ProTools. They would rather beat you over the head with your stolen wallet than allow you to upgrade for a reduced price without buying new top of the line ridiculously priced hardware.

    This app is often overlooked because of its simplistic nature, but hardly anyone realizes what it is capable of if you open the hood. Some stuff is so complicated, I won't even touch it outside of an included project template unless I see something about it in a Youtube video or if a friend shows me something. This thing has built in plugins and instruments coming out the buttcheeks so for $99, you can get way more than by buying just about any single VSTi on the market.

    I personally don't use FL as my main production suite, but I see no reason you would choose something else over this unless you just don't know FL can do it. If you make any type of electronic music, including hiphop, this is worth checking out if you are in need of an upgrade or reinvention of your style. You will probably get more than you bargained for. It's worth a look.

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  • 4.0 stars

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    May 23, 2009  |   By PANO57515

    Version: FL Studio 8.0.2

    Pros

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The dream that come true!!!"

    May 20, 2009  |   By JonteyshLably

    Version: FL Studio 8.0.2

    Pros

    Well, I know that I installed FL7 one time without knowing that, that was a pro audio creation software. I like that FL Studio is a bit hard to understand in the beginning... eh ok... FL8 hello...

    Cons

    Well, again... after FL7 installation I uninstalled it (I was a fast tester becouse I had about 30 other apps to test), one year later I find FL8 and learn it, becouse I now knewed it was a pro studio, I buyed it. Now I make some nice tracks with it.

    Summary

    If you are new with FL Studio, this will give you a start:
    VST is supported in FLS, you new trance/techno producers get Nexus from reFX.com
    The drum samples in FLS setup kinda suck, get new ones as fast you can... buy or find free... FLS work with high quality wav format and you can buy pro HQ samples from vengeance-sound.com. I had to only do these things to make pro music with FLS... ofcourse native plugins also work... but not the native FLS samples!!!

    This product is actully the best software on the whole internet... my opinion, the image-line team fix bugs all the time, you should see the list of bug fixes sence FL1 (I haven't read it trougth), this is a very stable software in my windows vista... it can ofcourse crash, but not that often. This software is like my home and... I love it :)

    The only words I have to tell before I end this... Never give up learning this software, if you have been seartch-ing for a studio you can make everything from scratch, like melodies, drumloops, fx... this is what you need... don't make that misstake I did with FL7.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the best and a great community"

    May 15, 2009  |   By warbeats.com

    Version: FL Studio 8.0.2

    Pros

    Lots of features will keep you in the discovery stage for a while. Inspiring. Free lifetime updates is just the icing. I bought version 3. With all kinds of nice upgrades I havent had to pay for.

    Cons

    Sounds are not as polished as other competing DAWs. BUT this can be corrected becuase FL support the VST standard which opens up unlimited possibilities.

    Summary

    Overall this product can do much more than people realize. On a 1-to-1 functional comparision of competitiors products, there is only one weak point. The stock sounds are not up to par. BUT this is easy to fix. The net has many resources for new sounds and sites like warbeats.com cater to teaching and sharing all things FL Studio.

    Free lifetime updates. The coup de grace.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it was very helpful if you have a love for music!!!!!"

    May 9, 2009  |   By bigsess03

    Version: FL Studio 8.0.2

    Pros

    there are alot of different styles to try.

    Cons

    it dosent have as many different sounds as others ive tried

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  • 5.0 stars

    "LEARN IT and reap REWARDS"

    May 9, 2009  |   By XChromebulletX

    Version: FL Studio 8.0.2

    Pros

    It's about what people know about making music, not the program. FL Studio is about "learning". Once you LEARN it's "syntax" lol, this thing is like having a STUDIO with equipment right at your fingertips! DON'T SLEEP ON IT! It's UNLIMITED!

    Cons

    Sometimes it can cause you to loose control of your mouse making bleep noises. Be sure to more than meet the "recommended" requirements. Be WARNED!

    Summary

    Features: Autoscroll when recording vocals | Easy updates from download manager without access personal browser | Free updates to next FL Studio once purchased (depends) downloaded or boxed | It has FL Bible you buy separately IMPORTANT | So many sounds to download it's "tiring" GOOD | EASY CREATE and EXPORT in MP3 or Wav etc.. | Much to TWEAK with.

    Functionality: It's smooth even under minimum requirments and a bit less than that. However if your as good as me and are creating an album, it's best to have MORE than enough. Besides that, the program is VERY smooth. So help yourself and do what the creaters wish and meet the "recommended" requirments I can't stress this enough just to stay on the safe side.

    Personal Experience: I am a deep down in the world of gritty dirty producing. I've started with NO training and taught myself using this VERY program from FL 3 and upgraded to FL 8. I started to get better when I "experimented" with the other features I were "afraid" to use. The key is "learn" all of it and you will see that it's not so complicated to create sophisticated sounds that appeal to people nor is it hard to make music. I cannot complain about much. I want to say one "important" thing though. "THIS PROGRAM WILL CAUSE YOU TO CREATE COMMERCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL QUALITY STAR MUSIC IF YOU -LEARN- WHAT IT HAS TO OFFER!" IT HAS GREAT MASTERING EFFECTS that leave my work sounding radio playable on my speakers. I know what they are.... can you find out to? Hint: "goodies" Believe me you want the goodies LOL and then some..

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