Image Line has released FL Studio 20.5 featuring Flex, which described as "An advanced 'production focused' synthesizer with instant epic sounds that allow you to stay in-the-zone making music". Flex is free with all FL Studio editions. Plus, as usual, there's lots of workflow enhancements for your favorite DAW.
New in FL Studio 20.5:
- macOS VST/AU - FL Studio can now be used as a VST or AU plugin on macOS hosts that support VST or AU plugins. Windows hosts can use VST.
- Browser - (Alt+Click) to preview samples to their end. Click the stop on the transport panel to end early.
- FILE settings - Option to change the maximum number of backup files.
- Playlist / Piano roll - Mute selection (Alt+M). Unmute selection (Alt+Shift+M).
- Plugin Manager - Check mark for favorite plugins is now a star.
- FL Studio performance monitor - VIEW > Plugin performance monitor. Useful to identify resource heavy plugins.
- Patcher - Option to show CPU usage of modules. Right-click workspace > View > Performance.
- Channels & Effects - Added 'Don't show this in the future' option when deleting Channels and Effects.
- Reset popup warnings - Option on the General Settings tab.
- MIDI Options - The MIDI device list will be updated when the computer wakes up after sleep mode.
- MIDI - Added 'Don't show this in future' for error messages when a MIDI device can't open.
- Plugins - Deleting plugins now asks for confirmation (since there is no undo).
- SoundFonts - DirectWave will open when a SoundFont file is dropped on the Channel Rack.
- Templates - Are now set under the General Settings tab.
- Edison Denoise Tool - Now available on macOS.
- Fruity Blood Overdrive - Is now a vectorized native FL Studio plugin, and also available on macOS.
- Harmless - Free 120 preset 'Harmless Essentials' library by Olbaid.
- Sytrus - Free 151 preset 'Sytrus Essentials' library by Olbaid.
- WaveShaper - Improved quality settings for live audio (HQ) and automation of its controls (smoothing).
- Wave Traveller and Fruity Scratcher are now vectorized and also available on macOS.
- ZGameEditor Visualizer - Added color parameter to effects. New effects (Alps, Boaty Goes Caving, Fluidity, Frozen Wasteland, Neptune Racing, Space Jewels, Spherical Polyhedra, WetInkSpiral, Xyptonjtroz). Added 'Select all' buttons to images and meshes list. New Add Images (source) options including presets (whole ZGameEditor projects), URL (Stream online videos) and Online Media (images and videos from pexels.com).