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Image Line releases FL Studio 8.5 Public Beta

Image Line has released a public beta of FL Studio v8.5 for all users of FL Studio Producer Edition.

Updates, fixes and additions include (grab a coffee):

  • Ogun: synthesizer specialized in metallic timbres.
  • Gross Beat: beat rearranger effect.
  • Autogun: synthesizer based on Ogun.
  • Fixed dropping mixer presets onto mixer tracks failing to select the right mixer track when shown at the bottom.
  • Fixed crash when closing FL when playlist was shown & toolbars were detached.
  • Fixed undocking annoyances in the browser.
  • Fixed slow undocking of toolbars in Vista.
  • Fixed Vista blur visible when hiding Wave Candy windows.
  • Fixed OS error when song was running and returning from Vista's logging window or screensaver, while autoscrolling was on.
  • Fixed hang when opening FL's main menu while holding accelerator keys in Vista.
  • Fixed bug in Flangus & Flangus in Sytrus.
  • Added workaround for missing characters in font used to display old GUI-less VST's.
  • Updated timers to Vista-preferred ones.
  • Fixed erratic cursor visible for a short time after dragging from browser in Vista.
  • CPU meter no longer shows 99% when audio is temporarily suspended (was often reported as a bug).
  • Fixed visual bug when detaching windows in Vista.
  • Fixed crash when reloading projects through ALT+x shortcut, while a plugin is detached & focused.
  • Fixed bug in multipoint envelope processing.
  • Fixed crash through weird mouse click combo on the plugin preset buttons.
  • Fixed annoyance in browser's 'show only one folder content'.
  • Fixed problem when loading Maximus presets made with a specific version.
  • Fixed some playlist key combo weirdness.
  • Fixed not release defaulted to zero for some functions (step edit, piano roll dumps, etc).
  • Fixed piano roll flam tool that wasn't starting with the right settings.
  • Improved piano roll playback tool (can't miss tiny notes with fast mouse slides anymore).
  • Fixed little thing in mixer's menu.
  • Step edit mode: improved behavior when going backwards while holding notes.
  • EQUO: fixed wrong FX send track display when reloading projects.
  • Fixed possible hang in playlist Insert space/Delete space functions.
  • FL ReWire: now uses tick position for ppq calculations instead of sample position.
  • Canceling audio clip's "fit to tempo" detection dialog now cancels the fitting.
  • Edison: snapping to zero-crossing (improved for mono samples) now allows to select edges of sample.
  • Maximus: fixed display glitch for bands that are switched off.
  • Sytrus: mouse wheel on pitch ratio selectors now behaves better.
  • No more problem locating project files over networks.
  • FPC: fixed pause point for layer pan and tune knobs.
  • Wrapper: update interfaceless parameters in the GUI thread instead of the mixer thread.
  • Wrapper: dropping fxb and fxp files on the title bar of the plugin window and on the step sequencer button now works.
  • Fixed playlist automation clip display bug.
  • Slicex: fixed little declicking glitch for specific cases.
  • Fixed problem with hint system in plugins.
  • Fixed little stretching glitch in some cases when a downbeat marker is present.
  • Fruity Reeverb: store parameter changes in selected program instead of the first one.
  • Video Player: fixed loading some settings.
  • Wave Candy: added rounded corners size selector, made Vista blur look better, made preset switching faster.
  • Improved multithreaded generator performances.
  • Improved audio performances in Windows Vista.
  • No one really asked, but auto scrolling state is now saved & restored.
  • Updated compiler (D2007), drag&drop component, IPP library to latest versions.
  • Added Janko layout to typing-to-piano keyboard option.
  • Maximus now significantly faster.
  • Plugin picker: thumbnail hint now shows all of the plugin's categories (also selected through arrows or mouse wheel), + other improvements.
  • Added multithreaded mixer tracks processing, and moved CPU settings to the audio panel.
  • Added global smart disable checkbox & new aligned tick lengths checkbox.
  • New debug log in settings window.
  • Can now double-click on effects in plugin picker.
  • Added multithreading to effects processing.
  • Can now drop effect presets onto mixer tracks & channels, mixer track presets onto effect slots and channels, channel & generator presets onto mixer tracks & fx slots.
  • Shift+F8 now brings plugin database.
  • Automation and Humanizing presets folders relocated to the Scores folder.
  • Can now drop automation FSC's onto piano roll (when a controller is selected).
  • Added access to Windows file shell menu from browser item menu.
  • Added new browser folder icons & new 'Recent files' browser folder.
  • Added starting & (approximate) working time information in project info window.
  • Controls (in FL & FL plugins) now properly support Vista's window rescaling (font size).
  • FL now accepts file drops in copy, move & link modes.
  • Alt+drag from browser = force drag in 'link' mode.
  • Dropping file onto the 'Open audio editor' shortcut button now opens it in a new audio editor.
  • Dropping file in 'move' mode (e.g. from Edison/Slicex/Sytrus) onto browser moves file to browser folder it's dropped on.
  • Wave Candy now behaves better when 'Stay on top' & 'On desktop' are off.
  • Added scrollbar for zooming to Fruity Envelope Controller in key & vel mapping modes.
  • New browser 'Sort by -> Group' option to put most important folders on top (sort group in .nfo files).
  • Song info window now shows up while loading project.
  • New (optional) big hint bar, showing progress more clearly when loading projects or processing lengthy stuff.
  • Improved envelope point decimation (used in automation-to-automation clip & Sytrus/Ogun).
  • Can now drop audio files onto most envelope editors (does same as audio analysis).
  • Playlist now sticks to right edge when browser is resized.
  • 'Close all windows' now closes detached windows too, and added 'Close all unfocused windows' option, to keep the focused one open.
  • Missing plugin warning (now only once per plugin type) now the same for wrapped VST's.
  • Added browser hovering helper for too large items.
  • Envelope step editing now works with snap off, with point decimation.
  • Added level scaling & point decimation tools to envelope editor (in plugins).
  • Shift+mouse wheel to quickly zoom browser.
  • Extended browser extra search folders to 30 entries.
  • New (fortunately optional) project data folder setting.
  • Fruity WaveShaper: gutter is now clickable.
  • Playlist Edit->Insert / Delete space now cuts through playlist clips.
  • Plugin picker now features categories.
  • Enlarged playlist & piano roll time bar, playlist panels are not swappable anymore.
  • Piano roll / playlist local menu (F3 or extra mouse button) now lists editing modes.
  • FL's audio displays now show proper region purpose colors.
  • Right-clicking playlist items no longer deletes them (hold halt to do so). (removed?).
  • Playlist: extra mouse button brings clip source selection popup.
  • Fixed (I think) infamous invalid playlist clips bug.
  • Added random color option for patterns, made playlist clip focus selector update along with default item.
  • Added useful colors menu to name edit dialog (right-click color button for random color).
  • Audio clips are auto-colored when dropped (& playlist track is auto-colored when clip is dropped on it).
  • Added 'Select by selected source' in playlist, to select clips of patterns or channels that are selected.
  • Brand new playlist track naming & tools for better song organization.
  • Mixer icons now available to channels (& playlist tracks).
  • New playlist 'behind clips' modes (& old beveled mode is gone).
  • Playlist auto-focuses clip type when current clip source changes.
  • Improved playlist clips display at small sizes.
  • Added 'Deselect' & handy 'Select time around selection' option.
  • Added a couple of new mixer icons.
  • Improved 'Best fit' & 'On selection' zoom presets (will zoom on selected items if no time selection exists).
  • Improved note & clip deletion (won't miss events when rapidly deleting) & fixed little bug in note deletion from note properties.
  • Added note & clip muting.
  • Improved note & clip moving/resizing detection.
  • Added note & playlist clip grouping (works on selecting, moving, resizing, deletion, muting, shifting using mouse wheel).
  • Recorded audio clips in loop recording mode are now muted, instead of the associated channel.
  • Added 'group notes' option to piano roll chop, arp & flam tools.
  • Improved vertical scrolling in event editor / piano roll / playlist.
  • Middle click now works as panning & works vertically as well in piano roll / playlist, and made it work in event editor as well.
  • Alt+mouse wheel on playlist now vertically zooms in-place (like ctrl+wheel on time).
  • Added support for Korg nanoKEY, nanoPAD & nanoKONTROL controllers.
  • Added button for portamento (just like for slide) to piano roll.
  • Piano roll / playlist: right alt + right click to quick quantize a single note / clip start position, end position, or both (works in slip edit mode too).
  • Piano roll / playlist brush mode now works better for note / clip lengths that aren't quantized.
  • Improved Edison's resampling (for even better prefilter transition).
  • Added 'Only with selection' & random seed options to PR articulate tool.
  • Added 'Center' knob to piano roll / event editor level scaling tool.
  • FL built-in tempo detector changed to alternate (constant tempo) one.
  • 'Make unique' on automation clips now copies (preserves) the link to the control(s).
  • Right-clicking the piano roll 'select' button brings the select menu.
  • Ctrl+Shift+right click in playlist zooms on a single clip (handy to edit automation clips).
  • Improved oversampling quality & speed (Sytrus, Fruity WaveShaper, etc).
  • Groove quantizer: can now delete notes too (by just setting velocity to 0 in templates).
  • New 'Riff machine' piano-roll tool (see Tools in main menu as well) to create riffs by blending various templates & settings.
  • Sytrus: added new 'improved' & 'even' unison distribution modes (see options menu).
  • MIDI input messages are now logged (only when log window is visible).
  • Number of insert tracks upgraded to 99, for a total of 105 mixer tracks.
  • Slicex: right-clicking slice output selector now brings a popup listing mixer track names.
  • New Fruity Stereo Shaper plugin (for stereo splitting and effects).
  • Audio files recorded from FL's mixer now embed tempo information (the tempo at the time of recording).
  • Last tweaked parameter menu moved from plugins to FL's Tools menu.
  • New 'Tools->Last tweaked->Override volatile link...' to set up a MIDI knob that always controls the last tweaked parameter.
  • Multilink to controller's LED popup now applies to the last tweaked params if the list is empty.
  • Wave Candy / Fruity Dance: anim window popup now features 'View settings' to bring up the actual plugin editor.
  • Fruity Dance can load user sprite sheets.
  • New 'Claw machine' score tool in piano roll (works well along with Slicex).
  • PR/PL/EE, and Edison/envelope editors: new autoscrolling when hitting edges while editing.
  • PR/PL: new "snap to other events" mode (also works with ghosted notes).
  • Event editor can now be aware of which plugin parameters appear 'centered' (supported by Sytrus so far).
  • Some menu items (save plugin preset & score) can now be dragged around (like browser files).
  • Added option to invert piano roll grid colors (for improved readability).
  • Wave Candy: added new metering modes for loudness visualization.
  • Can now drop channel data (samples, etc) onto piano roll (more intuitive for Slicex).
  • Holding ALT while SHIFT-rescaling piano roll scores snaps rescaling ratio.
  • Missing project samples now located first in project folder, then only in last folder where previous missing data was found.
  • Loading a project with missing samples now asks for the content downloader to locate them.
  • Right-clicking the 'enable effect slots' mixer buttons now shows or hides editors of all plugins for that track.
  • Fixed little Slicex resizing glitch.
  • Slicex: improved realtime & offline in/out declicking.
  • Incoming MIDI notes now have their MIDI channel mapped to the corresponding selected channel in FL.
  • Audio clips (& sampler channels): added various declicking modes in channel settings window.
  • Envelope editor: improved tools.
  • Ogun: new Create pad harmonics tool.
  • Newbie enhancement: 'Start on input' feature is not saved/restored anymore.
  • Can now export a piano roll to a MIDI file (notes only).
  • Dropping audio clips onto playlist aligns them properly according to the downbeat marker (if present).
  • FL Studio Edition users who have purchased Edison VST can now use the FL version in FL.
  • Fruity Squeeze: adapted to be threadeable.
  • Fruity Multiband Compressor: adapted to be threadeable.
  • Fruity Scratcher: adapted to be threadeable.
  • Fruity Video Player: adapted to be threadeable.
  • FL Studio VSTi: added tray icon to easily show/hide FL window.
  • Edison: added new spectrum display gradients.
  • Edison: right shift + mouse for tempo fine tuning.
  • Edison: no more pops in sample playback when selecting.
  • Edison: fixed tempo set to 1.0 when undoing in some rare cases.
  • Edison: hint for tempo grid now properly follows downbeat marker.
  • Edison now drags files in move mode, to avoid extra temporary files (when dragging from an Edison/Slicex/Sytrus to another, or between Slicex decks).
  • Edison/Slicex: new 'Export regions->For sampler use...' that exports with marker middle notes, and improved export.
  • Edison: new Regions->Detect beats option.
  • Edison / Sytrus / others: added new envelope point modes.
  • Edison: new 'Lossy normalize' option to maximize short samples without audible loss.
  • Edison: setting sample to tempo-synced defaults the tempo (if not set yet) to the one of the host.
  • Edison can now be maximized (double-click titlebar or press enter).
  • Edison: changed file-based audio undo system (standalone versions were conflicting).
  • Wrapper: fixed chunk size loading and saving bugs.
  • Wrapper: fixed updating the preset list for Attack when loading a Cubase preset.
  • Wrapper: don't save parameters if plugin has chunks but returns 0 for its chunk size.
  • Wrapper: small fix for interfaceless plugin labels.
  • Wrapper: fixed sysex implementation.
  • Wrapper: added option to steal keyboard focus from the plugin.
  • Wrapper: adapted to new drag and drop implementation.
  • Wrapper: buffers are now aligned better.
  • Wrapper: adapted effect version to be threadeable.
  • Wrapper: added "Record parameter changes" option.
  • Wrapper: added options screen to replace options menu.
  • Wrapper: implemented multiple inputs and outputs for effects.
  • Wrapper: multiple inputs and outputs now works with the "Use fixed size buffers" option.
  • Wrapper: can now load new "shell" plugins (WaveShell v5 and newer, mostly).
  • Wrapper: minimize locked time when loading a plugin.
  • Wrapper: re-implemented saving and loading of settings to be more future proof.
  • Wrapper: optimized most buffer operations (copy/add/interlace/deinterlace).
  • Wrapper: new look for interfaceless editor.
  • Wrapper: now loads VST 1 and DX plugins automatically, instead of FL's internal host.
  • Wrapper: fixes to save/load settings for Fruity Compressor and Fruity Blood Overdrive.
  • Dashboard: send controller values on playback start.
  • FPC: pad now triggers different velocity depending on vertical position of the mouse cursor.
  • FPC: added "Show GM note names" option to show/hide names in the note selection menu.
  • FPC: adapted to new drag and drop implementation.
  • FPC: added popup menu with mixer track names to output selector.
  • DirectWave: fixed crash when Canceling"Browse" button.
  • DirectWave: fixed sample loading from absolute paths.
  • DirectWave: more robust external bank import.
  • DirectWave: avoid "no disk in drive" message when loading samples.
  • DirectWave: small improvement to drag and drop.
  • DirectWave: fixed event handling for hosted VST plugin.
  • DirectWave: fixed browser update after clicking "Browse..." button.
  • DirectWave: increased maximum polyphony from 64 to 51 voices.
  • DirectWave: added browser preview volume control.
  • DirectWave: added home button in browser.
  • DirectWave: browser paths are shortened when they're inside the content library folder.
  • DirectWave: added option to copy imported dwp and its samples to the content library folder.
  • DirectWave: re-arranged options window.
  • DirectWave: new import dll.
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