FL Studio

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Image-Line FL Studio
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FL Studio 11 running on Windows 8
Developer(s)Image-Line Software (International)
Initial releaseDecember 18, 1997; 17 years ago (1997-12-18)
Stable release11.1.1 / September 10, 2014; 4 months ago (2014-09-10)[1]
Preview release11.5.13 / January 19, 2015; 18 days ago (2015-01-19)
Development statusActive, stable and beta version
Written inDelphi
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Mac OS X (Beta)
TypeDigital Audio Workstation
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Image-Line FL Studio
FL Studio 11 just logo.png
FLStudio11 The Light.png
FL Studio 11 running on Windows 8
Developer(s)Image-Line Software (International)
Initial releaseDecember 18, 1997; 17 years ago (1997-12-18)
Stable release11.1.1 / September 10, 2014; 4 months ago (2014-09-10)[1]
Preview release11.5.13 / January 19, 2015; 18 days ago (2015-01-19)
Development statusActive, stable and beta version
Written inDelphi
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Mac OS X (Beta)
TypeDigital Audio Workstation

FL Studio (formerly known as FruityLoops[2]) is a digital audio workstation developed by the Belgian company Image-Line. FL Studio features a graphical user interface based on a pattern-based music sequencer and is, as of 2014, one of the most used digital audio workstations worldwide. The program is available in three different editions for Microsoft Windows, including Fruity Edition, Producer Edition, and the Signature Bundle.[3] Image-Line offers lifetime free updates to the program, it means customers receive all future updates of the software for free.[4] Image-Line also develops FL Studio Mobile for iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad and Android devices.[5]

FL Studio can be used as a VST instrument in other audio workstation programs and also functions as a ReWire client. Image-Line also offers other VST instruments and audio applications. FL Studio is used by electronic musicians and DJs such as Afrojack,[6] Avicii,[7] and 9th Wonder.[8]


The first version of FruityLoops (1.0.0) was developed by Didier Dambrin for Image-Line and was partially released in December 1997. Its official launch was in early 1998, when it was still a four-channel[9] MIDI drum machine.[10] Dambrin became Chief Software Architect for the program,[11][12] and it quickly underwent a series of large upgrades that made it into a popular and complex digital audio workstation. FL Studio has undergone ten major updates since its inception, and FL Studio 11 was released in April 2013. Noted programmer Arguru contributed to various editions of FL Studio.[13]

Software overview[edit]


System requirements[edit]

FL Studio 10.0 works on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 (32-bit or 64-bit versions) or on Intel Macs with Boot Camp.[4] It requires a 2GHz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 CPU with full SSE1 support. It requires 1 GB of free disk space and at least 1 GB of RAM is recommended.[4]

FL Studio processes audio using an internal 32-bit floating point engine. It supports sampling rates up to 192 kHz using either WDM or ASIO enabled drivers.[11]

Program features[edit]

Version 11 is the newest version of FL Studio. Introduced in April 2013, it included multi-touch support, improved tempo automation, new plugins such as BassDrum, GMS, Effector, Patcher, and new piano roll features (VFX Key Mapper, VFX Color Mapper ).[17][18]

Version 10, introduced on March 29, 2011, included a new project browser, fixed some bugs, and smoothed envelope points. It also introduced a patcher.[19]

Version 9 introduced support for multi-core effects processing and improved support for multi-core instrument processing.[10][11]

The mixer interface allows for any number of channel configurations. This allows mixing in 2.1, 5.1, or 7.1 surround sound, as long as the output hardware interface has an equivalent number of outputs. The mixer also supports audio-in, enabling FL Studio to record multitrack audio.[10]

FL Studio supports time stretching/pitch shifting, beat slicing, chopping, and editing of audio,[12] and as of version 8 it can record up to 64 simultaneous audio tracks.[12] Other key features include a digital piano roll.[12] Audio can be imported or exported as WAV, MP3, OGG, MIDI, ZIP, or the native project format with an .FLP filename extension.[11][12]

The demo is very functional, even allowing users to save their compositions for opening in the registered version, and mix their tracks to any of the popular formats.[citation needed]


FL Studio comes with a variety of plugins and generators (software synthesizers) written in the program’s own native plugin architecture. FL Studio also has support for third-party VST and DirectX plugins.[20] The API has a built in wrapper for full VST, VST2, VST3, DX, and ReWire compatibility. Many of the plugins also function independently as standalone programs.

Virtual effects[edit]

FL Studio is bundled with a variety of sound processing effects, including common audio effects such as chorus, compression, delay, flanger, phaser, reverb, equalization, vocoding, maximization, and limiting.[12]



FL Studio is bundled with 32 generator plugins (October 2011). Some are demos. The list includes;

Version history[edit]

1.0.018 December 1997MIDI program only, never fully released
1.3.561 September 1998Pitch for notes added
1.4.016 December 1998Loops in sample browser, up to 64 notes per pattern, drumkits added, rendering to mono, animation added
1.5.233 May 1999VST plugin support added, beta version
2.0.121 November 1999Support for DirectX plugins added, redesign, live recording added January 2000Now using LAME .mp3 encoder, BeatSlicer engine added, Fruity center plugin added[31]
2.5.119 April 2000Set of FruityPlugins added, including Fruity Reeverb and the 7-band FruityEqualizer[31]
2.7.022 July 2000Fruity Fast LP plugin added
2.7.125 September 2000Fruity Phaser plugin by Smart Electron:x added[31]
3.0.025 January 2001Piano roll and metronome added, typing keyboard to MIDI option added, new layout.[31] DrumSynth upgraded, new plugins include 3x Osc, BeepMap image synth, Fruity PanOMatic, Fruity NoteBook, MIDI out, and others[31]
3.3.015 October 2001Added ASIO output, Fruity db meter, multiple MIDI device controller, up to 8 plugins per track, velocity and keyboard tracking to all channels. New plugins included Fruity Slicer, Fruity Granulizer, and Fruity Big Clock[32] June 2002Allowed copy/pasting/saving automation, program available as VSTi plugin[32]
4.0.05 March 2003Program name changed from FruityLoops to FL Studio with this release.[33] New playlist, FX window made into mixer, mixer given 64 insert tracks, piano roll improvements, Fruity Slicer upgrade, program now available as DXi plugin[32]
4.1.07 April 2003Free vocoder plugin added[32]
4.5.129 December 2003New plugins included Sytrus and the Fruity Flangus effect, New ReWire (host & client) support.[32]
5.0.022 November 2004Fruity Slicer upgrade, basic loop recording added, Elastique time-stretching and pitch-shifting in audio tracks, added tempo detector for imported audio tracks. New plugins included Fruity WaveShaper effect and Fruity Pad Controller (FPC).[32]
6.0.18 December 2005FL compiled with Delphi 2005, multiple MIDI input devices accepted, Sytrus improvements, new GM for DrumSynth Live. New plugins included Wasp XT synth and DirectWave sampler.[32]
7.0.030 January 2007Programming language switched to Delphi 2006, BeepMap allows drag and drop function, Sytrus upgrades, support for AIFF files in sampler channels, support for Apple Loops AIFF extensions, DirectWave support for AIFF. New plugins included Fruity Parametric EQ 2, Edison audio editor and Fruity Love Philter effect.[32]
8.x8 November 2008Support for MIDI SysEx input, Love Philter allows piano keys to be assigned to patterns, updated to LAME 3.97, program support and some plugin support for .OGG format, added OGG Vorbis rendering target, default audio device changed to ASIO4ALL, FL-Chan character added in wallpapers, Edison plugin upgrade. New plugins included Slicex drumloop slicing generator, SynthMaker.[32]
9.0.09 September 2009Wave Candy upgraded, support added for Korg nanoKey, nanoPad, and nanoKontrol controllers, new Riff Machine piano-roll tool, Fruity Dance upgrades, upgrade to LAME 3.98.2, Edison upgraded to export to OGG files. New plugins included Ogun (+Autogun) synthesizer, Gross Beat beat re-arranger effect, Vocodex, Sakura string synth, and Fruity Stereo Shaper.[32]
9.1.05 May 2010New Fruity Convolver effect added, MP3 export capabilities added to Edison plugin. New plugins included Harmless synthesizer.[32]
9.5.07 July 2010Larger mixer view & waveform metering, individually sizable Playlist tracks, live Playlist marker types, 64 bit plugin support, improved memory management, audio Clips & Sampler Channels Keep on disk option now opens the sample in a separate memory allocation, improved audio options, fully automatic PDC.[32]
9.6.030 Sept 2010Pitcher correction and harmonization, new piano roll, new zoom control, song loop - replaces 'repeat marker', new make unique, auto PDC, run 64 bit or 32 bit plugins (bridged), reduce FL Studio memory demand, piano roll syncs playlist, new ASIO options and tracking.[32]
9.7.022 Nov 2010Pitch correction, time stretching, 'New pattern' button, pitcher real-time pitch effects, new piano roll.[32]
9.8.019 Jan 2011New "Frozen LFO" option in envelopes, Score export to PDF file from the Piano roll.[32]
9.9.028 Feb 2011Project picker, ZGameEditor Visualizer.[32]
9.9.77 March 2011Bugfixes updates: (install on top of 9.9 beta).[32]
10.0.029 March 2011New project browser, Patcher plugin, ZGameEditor Visualizer plugin.[32]
10.0.219 May 2011Zge: new version, new scripts, added FL Mobile, new FLEngine, new help file.[32]
10.0.521 June 2011Zge: new version, new scripts, FL mobile add updated, added "Recording starts playback" option, New "Gap" knob in PR articulator tool, FL Mobile file import.[32]
10.0.85 Sept 2011Env editor, smooth point modes in all plugins, new "Song start" marker type, DirectWave: Import and export FL Mobile .instr files, FPC: Export FL Mobile .instr files.[32]
10.0.926 Oct 2011Harmor: Mod XYZ smoothing controls filter freq smoothing as well, Synthmaker 2.0.5.[32]
10.5 (beta)13 Apr 2012New performance mode, new graphics for clips in playlist, improved graphics in piano roll, links using MIDI ports, added support, added visual feedback for free controls on the MCU controller, added "Chop chords" option to piano roll, articulator tools, new downloader / content library, Fruity Squeeze, ZGEViz: new version.[32]
10.6 (beta)2 July 2012Partial support for multi-touch monitors in FL & some plugins, added support for nankKONTROL2, Support for Windows "app commands," DirectX plugin scanning removed, added BassDrum synth plugin.[32]
10.8 (beta)30 Sept 2012Fixed filter automation import from .flm file, Soundfont Player fixed, Wrapper fixed, Synthmaker: version 2.0.11, Video player fixed, Patcher fixed, DirectWave fixed, Downloader fixed.[32]
10.9 (beta)12 Dec 2012FPC fixed threading bugs, DirectWave fixed garbage in sample start/end strings, Patcher fixed cpu usage.[32]
10.10 (beta)28 Feb 2013Support for Novation Launchpad S & basic support for Launchkey, VFX Color Mapper plugin (Patcher only), VFX Key Mapper plugin (Patcher only), Gross Beat: Click reduction feature enhanced to 3 states, improved speed of sinc interpolator, Synthmaker updated to Flowstone, Newtone: added warp mode.[32]
11.x24 April 2013Image-Line announces through their Facebook page that FL Studio 11 is now available.[32]
11.5 (Alpha Preview)15 April 2014FL Studio 11.5.8 is the latest version. This is a Limited Alpha Edition. It is there for testing. By Alpha Preview FL Studio will also receive since Fruity Loops first new design.[32]


Support for the software is provided through extensive HTML help documents. Users may also register for the official Image-Line forums, which are commonly recognized as a focal point for the FL Studio community. After initially buying the software, all future updates are free for life.[4][11]

Notable users[edit]

See also[edit]


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