FL Studio is a powerful software solution that allows the creation of songs and loops using professional tools such as state of the art mixers, equalizers, integrated instruments and more. Seamless setup, yet pretty overwhelming GUI
Although it is such powerful software, it is quite easy to install FL Studio. It takes a while, but only because it has to copy a lot of instruments and samples. Less experienced users or those who have never worked with a similar program before might not have an easy time during the first use of FL Studio. It consists of a myriad of buttons corresponding to the multiple options available, which might seem a bit too much. Nonetheless, comprehensive Help contents are enclosed, so that, in time, beginners can also learn how to handle it.
Use a virtual piano and support for plugins Always running in full screen, this application encompasses a lot of functions in the left side of the screen, while the right side is exclusively used for mixing the uploaded tune. A virtual piano is also included, so that you can be sure you can create the song or effect you had stuck in your head. Plugins can be added for improved functionality, although the software comes with almost everything one might need for taking the first steps as a beginner, such as instruments, mixers, special effects, filters and many other tools.
A last assessment FL Studio is quite light on computer resources, yet a faster machine allows users to perform more actions in the same time or edit tracks without being bothered by huge loading times. Also, you should know that significant storage space is required for saving the generated tunes, as well as the additional samples and instruments that one may download from the Internet. To conclude, FL Studio is a well-rounded and efficient piece of software, yet it is mostly dedicated to professionals, as many novices might find it confusing.
What's New in Image-Line FL Studio 12: Fully reworked scalable interface - Any screen size or resolution you use, FL Studio will always fit
Multi-touch - Multi-touch capability extends to the Mixer.
Browser - New category tabs and the ability to delete content on right-click
Channel Menu - The Channel Options Menu have moved from the Toolbar Menus to the Channel rack.
Channel settings - Have been integrated into the Plugin Wrapper (no more Channel settings pop-up).
Pattern Menu - The Pattern Menu has moved from the Channel rack to the Toolbar Menu and Pattern Selector.
Piano roll - Piano roll Auto-zoom can now be deselected from Settings > General > Auto zoom in piano roll
Playlist - Multiple drag and drop for audio files onto Playlist (from a ShiChuang file browser).
Stepsequencer - Step sequences are now interchangeable with Piano rolls.