- Step sequencer with up to 24 drums per track.
- Export to soundcloud and AudioCopy.
- Record pitchbend / filter sweaps by tilting the iPad.
- Access to the user forum from within iPad.
- Under developed piano roll.
- Very limited song editor.
- No virtual plugins.
- Only a sampled selection of presets from their plugins.
- Lack of useful effects.
- No help provided at all.
- A tad bit overpriced.
Image-Line has taken FL Studio from the PC platform to iOS devices, but is it as good as it is on the PC? Let's find out shall we?
Now first you need to know that I haven't used FL Studio mobile Pro mostly due to the piano roll. It's really disconcerts me to see how under developed it is. More on that later.
It starts off with a nice with the classic step sequencer people is used to in FL Studio 10. It is very easy to lay down a drumloop which takes less than a minute to do. Playing it, and it sounds pretty good. Time for a rhodes piano. And what do I find? They haven't included a sampled rhodes piano. They've provided a sampled synthesized rhodes piano that ofcourse sounds pretty realistic, as far as synthetics goes that is.
FL Studio has a keyboard layout that lets you record the song live on your iPad, which is prolly the best way to record the song, because the piano roll is very under developed. They've emulated the mouse approach, which on the Ipad slows the creative usability down to an unbelievable excruciatingly slow pace:
Instead of just tapping the screen where a note is to be added you have to move a cursor and press Draw to draw a note. It's the same process but much faster on the PC except:
- You cannot adjust the length of the note other than predefined lengths.
- You cannot adjust the velocity on a per note basis.
- You can however set the volume for a selected group of notes.
It would've been better if you tapped where a note should be placed, tapp again to resize the note, and double tapp again at the note to erase it.
The song editor is clip based, you don't even have blocks in iPad to start with. Now I've addepted to use clips, so this is not an issue for me anyways, but you cannot as far as I know remove a single bar in the midst of a song.
FL Studio comes with some pretty rudimentary effects (limiter, reverb, delay, eq, amp, and filter) which sounds quite good.I don't know if they work on a track to track basis, but I think so anyways. The filter uses the accelerometer to record the filter, which is quite fun to do, tilting the iPad around almost dropping it in the process.
Regarding the sounds: FL Studio mobile uses samples for everything. There is no virtual plugins to use here, only a sampled selection of presets from them. You cannot load your own samples, but you can create samples from other sequencers on the iPad that supports AudioCopy.
You can save projects in flp format, as well as export to wav, aac, and even upload directly to soundcloud no less!
Now for the conclusion:
Is FL Studio mobile worth getting? Yes and no. Yes for their step sequencer. No because of their song / piano roll which really lacks a lot that FL Studio has on the PC. Maybe I'm a little bit too hard on FL Studio, 15 years ago I would've loved to work with such a tool, because back then I didn't have FL Studio. If you can live with the limitations that you get in FL Studio, then go for it. And as for the price of FL Studio mobile Pro I paid around €20 for it, it's more like worth €7.50.