FL Studio Review: Get started with digital audio production at home! An easy-to-use product but at the same time versatile!
Also known as Fruity Loops, FL Studio is a product by Image-Line software. Lets take a look at its features (why its so popular with music producers), its benefits, pros and cons to help you decide if FL Studio is right for you, and also some cool tricks/tutorials for existing FL Studio users.
- Pros: Lets you quickly build on an idea. Easy to understand and Use. Powerful features and reasonably priced
- Cons: Average “out-of-box” samples (you will need to buy better quality virtual instruments). Not a full-fledged audio production suite (its no ProTools).
FL (few year back it was called fruity loops) has come a long way as a beat making software. It started off as a simple software that was very easy to use, and no doubt it quickly became very popular. Over the years, several new features have been added to the software (without much changes to the user interface though), which makes it less intuitive and requires time to figure out all its features.
Having said that, FL Studio has always been a great program to make full beats. And in any case, its always best to work with a program that you feel more comfortable with, and stick to it (for better productivity).
Video: FL Studio features
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FL studio, formerly known as fruityloops, is another product which is very popular with music enthusiasts. Until a few years back, fruityloops was seen as an inexpensive, easy to use tool, meant for amateurs who very trying to get themselves exposed to computer music production.
It was seen as a tool for making loop based music, especially dance music.
Over the years fruityloops made tremendous progress, both in terms of features as well as the quality of the sound.
The new FL studio is a very professional product; it is a virtual studio providing you all the features to use it as a fill fledged audio production tool.
Video: In FL Studio 12, the user interface has been redesigned and several new features have been added. What’s new in FL Studio 12?
There has been a major improvement in the sound quality from its earlier days, and you have the option to record audio as well.
FL Studio tutorials will help you to understand some of the important aspects of this product.
FL Studio Tutorial – The Main Components
The installation of this product is very easy so let us skip that. It should not be a mater of concern at all.
Let us quickly go through the main components available within FL Studio.
An important feature of this tool is the Edison wave editor. It is a fully integrated audio editing and recording tool with spectral analysis, convolution reverb, loop-recording and more.
This is an easy to use tool to create a melody. You don’t even need a keyboard to play the melody. Just mark the notes you want to play on the note pattern.
You have Slicex as a loop player. It is a powerful drumloop slicer & re-arranging tool.
FL Studio comes with a powerful mixer and comes with hosts of Effects like Maximization, Limiting, Compression, Delay, Distortion, Equalization (graphic & parametriuc), Filtering, Phasing, Flanging, Chorus, Vocoding and Reverb.
Final Thoughts: FL Studio Tutorials
Over the years FL Studio has become increasingly powerful and popular. It is one of the most aggressive priced software synthesizers around, with the ability to record & edit audio.
The tool is one of the easiest to use and as FL Studio puts it – "It is the fastest way from your brain to your speakers. "