The first version of FruityLoops (1.0.0) was developed by Didier Dambrin for the Belgian company Image-Line and was partially released in December 1997. Its official launch was in early 1998, when it was still a four-channelMIDIdrum machine. Dambrin became Chief Software Architect for the program, 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.
FL Studio Express (discontinued after version 10)– This version allows for step sequencer-only editing and is chiefly suited for 64-step loop creation. Each pattern can consist of an unlimited number of instruments—either samples, native, or VST instruments. Instruments in the pattern can be routed to the Mixer tool for effects processing, and effects as of version 10.0 include Delay, Delay Bank, Equo, Flangus, Love Philter, Vocoder, Parametric EQ & EQ2, Multiband Compressor, Spectroman, Stereo Enhancer, Wave Candy, Wave Shaper, and Soundgoodizer. There is no piano roll, playlist ability, automation, audio recording, or VST/ReWire client.
Fruity Edition – The Fruity Edition allows users to access the playlist, piano roll, and event automation features, which allow for complex and lengthy arranging and sequencing. There is also VST/ReWire support so that FL Studio can be used as an instrument in other hosts such as Cubase, Sonic Solutions, Logic, and other software. As of version 10.0 this edition includes the Simsynth Live synthesizer instrument, the DrumSynth live percussion synthesizer, the DX10FM synthesizer, and the Wasp/Wasp XT synthesizers. There is no audio recording feature.
Producer Edition – The Producer Edition includes all of the features of the Fruity Edition, as well as full recording for internal and external audio and post-production tools. It allows for hand-drawing point and curve based splines. Plugins include Edison, Slicex (loop slicer and re-arranger), Vocodex, and Synthmaker. It also allows for waveform viewing of audio clips and the ability to add cue points.
Signature Bundle – This edition includes the Producer Edition as well as a series of plugins such as Sytrus, Maximus, the Fruity Video player, DirectWave Sampler, and the Hardcore Guitar Effects Suite.
Free Demo – The free demo version includes all of the program's features and most plugins and allows users to render project audio to WAV, MIDI, MP3, and OGG. The only limitation is that projects saved in demo mode will only open fully once FL Studio and plugins have been registered.
Mobile – On June 21, 2011, Image-Line released FL Studio Mobile for iOS and on April 2013 for Android. Both support the ability to create multi-track projects on mobile devices including iPod Touches, iPhones, iPads., Android 2.3.3 and higher Smart Phones and Tablets.
Groove – On September 2, 2013, A new standalone app for Windows 8 was released. It is a Groovebox style application optimised for touch-based music creation.
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 ).
Version 10, introduced on March 29, 2011, included a new project browser, fixed some bugs, and smoothed envelope points. It also introduced a patcher.
Version 9 introduced support for multi-core effects processing and improved support for multi-core instrument processing.
The mixer interface allows for any number of channel configurations. This allows mixing in 2.1, 5.1, or 7.1surround 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.
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.
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. 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.
Dashboard – An included plugin which allows the creation of full automation-enabled interfaces for hardware MIDI devices. This allows FL Studio to control hardware from within the program. As of version 9.0 it also supports multiple controllers for different generators and effects.
Edison – Edison is a wave-form editor and recording tool in VST format, though Image-Line also produces a stand-alone version that does not require FL Studio to run. It is included in the Producer Edition and allows spectral analysis, convolution reverb, loop-recording, and loop-construction, as well as support for cue points.
Fruity Video Player – Included in the Bundle Edition, it allows the composition and synchronization of audio and video.
Deckadance (often referred to as DD) – a standalone DJconsole and mixing program which can also be used in conjunction with FL Studio as a VST plugin. Initially released in May 2007, it was made available starting with the release of FL Studio 7 as an optional part of the download package.
Gross Beat – A time, pitch, and volume manipulation effect.
Hardcore Guitar Effects Suite – A multi-effects suite of plugins designed to resemble guitarists' stompboxes, which works for any instrument.
Juice Pack – A collection of proprietary plugins ported to VST format for use in other music hosts. The contents of this pack has changed since its release; at the time of this writing it includes the Delay, Delay Bank, EQUO, Flangus, LovePhilter, Multiband Compressor, Notebook, Parametric EQ, Parametric EQ 2, Spectroman, Stereo Enhancer, Vocoder, Wave Candy, and Wave Shaper plugins.
Vocodex – An advanced vocoder included in the Producer Edition of version 10.
NewTone – A pitch correction and time manipulation editor that allows for slicing, correcting, and editing vocals, instrumentals, and other recordings. Introduced as a demo with version 10.
Pitcher – Serves as a real-time pitch correction, manipulation, and harmonization tool for creating or correcting 4 voice harmonies under MIDI control from a keyboard or the piano roll. Introduced as a demo with version 10.
Patcher – Free plugin for chain effects that can then be quickly uploaded in new projects.
ZGameEditor Visualizer – Free visualization effect plugin based on the open source ZGameEditor, with movie rendering capability.
DirectWave Sampler – A software sampler that provides sample recording, waveform editing, and DSP effects (works for both VST and live instruments).
SliceX – A beat-slicing sampler for processing and re-arranging recorded drumloops, included in the Producer Edition.
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FL Studio is bundled with 32 generator plugins (October 2011). Some are demos. The list includes;
3XOsc – A generator with three programmable oscillators that subtractively produce bright sound with low memory use.
Autogun – A synthesizer with no controls and over 4 billion patches accessible by numbers only. The free version of Ogun.
Buzz Generator Adaptor – A wrapper for a large number of generators from Buzzmachines.com
Drumaxx – A physical modeling synthesizer designed to emulate and create the sound of percussion instruments.
DrumSynth Live – Allows for percussion synthesis. Included in all Editions.
DX10FM – Recreates a classic FM. Included in Fruity Edition and higher.
FL Slayer – FL Slayer is an electric guitar simulator originally developed by reFX which is equipped with a high quality amp and effects tools to allow for the realistic recreation of hundreds of guitar sounds and effects boxes. It is a VSTi plugin and is included in every version of FL Studio.
Groove Machine a virtual drum machine
Harmless – Performs subtractive synthesis using an additive synthesis engine. Demo
Harmor – Additive / subtractive synth with ability to encode pictures into music and resynthesis. Demo
Morphine – An additive synthesizer that allows voices to be mixed and morphed under user control. Demo
Ogun – An advanced programmable additive synthesizer chiefly for creating metallic timbres from 32000 harmonic choices. Demo
PoiZone – A subtractive synthesizer with non-essential control removed for easy navigation.
Sawer – A vintage modeling synthesizer which attempts to emulate Soviet Union era subtractive synthesizers.
SimSynth Live – Modeled after the classic analog synthesizers of the 1980s with three oscillators, with a programmable LFO section. Created by David Billen, Frederic Vanmol, and Didier Dambrin.
SynthMaker – FL Studio 8 Producer Edition introduced a version of SynthMaker, a popular graphical programming environment for synthesizers. It allows for the creation and sharing of new instruments without the need to understand programming code.
Sytrus – A software synthesizer. The first version was released with FL Studio version 4.5.1. The second version of Sytrus (introduced with FL Studio 6) comes with an array of presets covering many types of sounds. Sytrus uses a combination of subtractive synthesis, additive synthesis, FM synthesis, and ring modulation, allowing the production of sounds ranging from drum sets to organs. Sytrus provides a large number of adjustments and controls, including shape shifting, harmonics editing, EQ, a modulator, filters, reverb, delay, unison, and detune.
Support for DirectX plugins added, redesign, live recording added
19 January 2000
Now using LAME .mp3 encoder, BeatSlicer engine added, Fruity center plugin added
19 April 2000
Set of FruityPlugins added, including Fruity Reeverb and the 7-band FruityEqualizer
22 July 2000
Fruity Fast LP plugin added
25 September 2000
Fruity Phaser plugin by Smart Electron:x added
25 January 2001
Piano roll and metronome added, typing keyboard to MIDI option added, new layout. DrumSynth upgraded, new plugins include 3x Osc, BeepMap image synth, Fruity PanOMatic, Fruity NoteBook, MIDI out, and others
15 October 2001
Added 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
19 June 2002
Allowed copy/pasting/saving automation, program available as VSTi plugin
5 March 2003
Program name changed from FruityLoops to FL Studio with this release. New playlist, FX window made into mixer, mixer given 64 insert tracks, piano roll improvements, Fruity Slicer upgrade, program now available as DXi plugin
New plugins included Sytrus and the Fruity Flangus effect
22 November 2004
Fruity 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).
8 December 2005
FL 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.
30 January 2007
Programming 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.
8 November 2008
Support 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.
9 September 2009
Wave 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.
5 May 2010
New Fruity Convolver effect added, MP3 export capabilities added to Edison plugin. New plugins included Harmless synthesizer.
7 July 2010
Larger 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.
30 Sept 2010
Pitcher 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.
22 Nov 2010
Pitch correction, time stretching, 'New pattern' button, pitcher real-time pitch effects, new piano roll.
19 Jan 2011
New "Frozen LFO" option in envelopes, Score export to PDF file from the Piano roll.
Bugfixes updates: (install on top of 9.9 beta).
29 March 2011
New project browser, Patcher plugin, ZGameEditor Visualizer plugin.
19 May 2011
Zge: new version, new scripts, added FL Mobile, new FLEngine, new help file.
21 June 2011
Zge: new version, new scripts, FL mobile add updated, added "Recording starts playback" option, New "Gap" knob in PR articulator tool, FL Mobile file import.
5 Sept 2011
Env 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.
26 Oct 2011
Harmor: Mod XYZ smoothing controls filter freq smoothing as well, Synthmaker 2.0.5.
13 Apr 2012
New 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.
2 July 2012
Partial 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.
30 Sept 2012
Fixed 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.
12 Dec 2012
FPC fixed threading bugs, DirectWave fixed garbage in sample start/end strings, Patcher fixed cpu usage.
28 Feb 2013
Support 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.
24 April 2013
Image-Line announces through their Facebook page that FL Studio 11 is now available.
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.