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FL Studio

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FL Studio
FL Studio by Image Line is an Audio Plugin Host for macOS and Windows. It can host VST Plugins, Audio Units Plugins and VST 3 Plugins. It supports ReWire.
System Requirements
Windows 8.1 or later

FL Studio will work on older versions of Windows, but it is not supported. Use the time-unlimited trial to test.
System Requirements
macOS 10.13.6 or later
Can Host
Can Host
Mixer/Synth Application
Sample Formats
Loads and/or Saves
AIFF, Apple Loops, MP3, OGG, REX, REX2, WAV
Copy Protection
Online Activation (Challenge / Response)
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FL Studio is a full-featured, open architecture, music production environment capable of audio recording, composing, sequencing and mixing, for the creation of professional quality music.

The FL Studio philosophy is creative freedom:

  • Free your audio - Instruments can be routed to any mixer track. Each mixer track can receive audio from any number of instruments, any number of other mixer tracks and a soundcard input. Further, mixer track outputs allow sending audio to any other mixer track and a soundcard output.
  • Free your mind - Choose your preferred workflow, compose using the step-sequencer or piano roll. Create in pattern or track mode, then arrange your ideas in the free 'palette' Playlist. The Playlist presents timeline as a virtual 'canvas' where each Playlist track can simultaneously hold any number of score, audio and automation events.


  • Make virtually any sound - FL Studio includes over 30 software synthesizers covering acoustic/synthetic bass, electric guitar, multi-sampler tools including piano & strings, general sample playback and beat-slicing (With Rex 1 & 2 support).
  • Synthesis techniques - span subtractive, modelling, FM, RM, granular and additive. With FL SynthMaker you can further create & share your own FL instruments, effects & MIDI control dashboards without the need to write basic code.

Audio Recording & Editing:

  • Multi-channel audio inputs - With the ability to simultaneously capture all the inputs on your audio-interface, FL Studio has the flexibility to record a single vocalist, guitar or a full symphony orchestra.
  • Arranging audio - Audio can then be arranged, with complete freedom in the Playlist. Features include the ability to host an unlimited number of audio recordings, time-stretching, pitch-shifting, beat-slicing, cropping, editing and the re-arranging of audio with complete creative freedom.
  • Edison - FL Studio's audio capabilities are further enhanced with Edison, the recording wave editor. Edison is an integrated audio editing and recording tool with spectral analysis, convolution reverb, noise reduction, loop-recording, loop-construction tools and more.

FL Studio supports WAV, MP3, OGG, WavPack, AIFF, and REX audio formats.


  • Pattern or track sequencing - You choose, record your musical performances and ideas in the most logical way. FL Studio 9 can simultaneously function as a pattern and track based sequencer.
  • Step sequencer or Piano roll - Tools include a Step-sequencer, a Piano roll, event and multipoint automation. FL Studio supports MIDI input from all standard controllers.


  • Determine your own project design - In FL Studio 9, you decide how your project will be laid out. The Playlist is a totally flexible and virtually unbounded workspace where Note Pattern, Audio and Automation data can be arranged and edited to suit your creative ideas and preferred workflow.

Mixing & Mastering:

  • The mixer - 104-track stereo track mixer that is about precision, control and flexibility. The mixer's tracks each hold up to 8 effects (VST, DX or FL's proprietary format). To create sub-mixes or mixing chains of almost unlimited complexity, each mixer track can be routed to any other mixer track, one of 4 dedicated 'send' channels and or the Master track. Sends provide the ability to sidechain inputs to multi-input effects plugins. Finally, each of the mixer tracks can be routed to any output on your audio interface.
  • Effects - FL Studio includes more than 40 effects spanning maximization, limiting, compression, delay, distortion, equalization (graphic & parametric), filtering, phasing, flanging, chorus, vocoding and reverb. These have you covered for the creative broad-brush effects, through to the minutia of the mastering process.

Lifetime free updates:

  • Never pay for bug-fixes again - Customers who purchase a download edition of FL Studio through Image Line's online shop receive lifetime free downloadable updates. Free updates entitles the customer to all future updates of FL Studio according to level purchased (Express, Fruity, Producer or Signature Bundle). For example, all FL Studio 12 customers will be able to download their version of FL Studio 13, 14, etc., for free.
  • Boxed Edition - Customers who have the Boxed version don't miss out and can convert to lifetime free downloadable updates for a small additional fee.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.35 from 17 reviews

Reviewed By psyyps
April 17, 2020

I use this Daw from the version fl loops 4, .

I like this Daw, are interface is not frozen, these keyboard shortcuts, these synths particularly Harmor.

and Patcher to mix the VST is super powerful.
I also like the Fruity peak controller and the envelope controller to control our virtual instrument and effect
we have everything with this software, we can even make videos with ZgameEditor it's perfect.

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Reviewed By Music Bird
April 7, 2020

I use FL Studio 12 to make all of my music. It has so many great plugins and sounds and lots of lovely effects and features that I feel like anyone would like.

Instruments: 100/100:

Sytrus is one of my favorite softsynths for synth sounds. It is good because it can do anything ranging from subtractive, to FM, to additive. Minisynth and GMS are good subtractive synths, as is SimSynth. DX10 is good for randomizing patches because you can get amazing results.

DAW features: 100/100.

It is full of features that many people would like.

I think FL is very flexible, it has tons of piano roll stuff like quantization.

Quality: 100/100.

I love the quality of this DAW. It has tons of nice features. I am able to use Synth1, Dexed, Korg Legacy, and others seamlessly.

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Reviewed By KMJoshi
June 5, 2017

In my test, I was able to get standard sounds using FL Studio. The synths you get are fantastic. While they do not have many presets, you can always learn them inside-out by simply reading the user's manual. That, and the user's manual also contains many tips for getting a commercial quality music. The stock effect plugins are excellent as well.

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Reviewed By johnny.w
May 11, 2017

I am, I admit, a newbie to FL Studio, and not an owner yet. But I have a few things to say from my evaluation of the demo. THe program has among the best VST synths included of anything else I've tried. What is a drag, tho, is the need to use the presets "browser" over and over--due to the lack of a true well-done browser in the softsynths, even on flagship Sytrus. Having a "spreadsheet" preset menue, as on Sytrus, which upon selection of a preset closes is absurd. The process of selecting a preset can take time, and SHOULD NOT involve dozens of unnecessary mouse clicks. For examples of a great browser in a synth see Tone2 Rayblaster or Electra2. SO, despite being a newbiw, I'll drop a feature suggestion right now for FL Studio. In the browser, under "generators", each icon should have a sub-icon which on clicking opens that generator's presets. The way it is, having to return to the main browser menu, find the "generator presets, than the particular generator, then the presets is a very poor example of "workflow".

I also find the step sequencer over ridgid, and involves way too many clicks to work smoothly. DragnDrop is always good, but the program's architecture needs work. What I would think should be "intuitive" is not so intuitive. Part is my inexperience with FL Studio, but I am no novice to using DAWs in general. The DrangnDrop is not as intuitive as it could be. The program is not quite--tho almost--worth the VSTs alone.Having said that, FPC does not work, makes no sound, even the presets don't play. The drum implementation --in terms of poundage of drum dreck in the machine, with specialized Kick, Sampler, etc----- requires making "beats" from scratch. Why make ridiculous drum loops when there are so many great loops available? FL Studio should include a bunch of high-quality MIDI drum loops. Final word: way too much clicking needed in the browser.

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Reviewed By joeyfivecents
June 23, 2016

Since the last review is from 2 years ago, I thought I'd add my five cents' worth. FL Studio is now on version 12 and has been updated significantly, most notably the modern, slick-looking, vectorial GUI. This new look may seem rather imposing at first glance but, as FL veterans and newcomers alike spend more time with the new FL, they will quickly become comfortable with it. Version 12.2 is the latest stable build but the 12.3 beta promises to add new features such as real-time timestretching. Let's hope Image Line implements this feature as easily as Ableton Live and Reason. Speaking of time and pitch manipulation, that is the only reason I haven't given FL a perfect 10 here. These features have always seemed a bit clunky. However, as with most things FL Studio, once you become more familiar with the workflow, the easier tasks become. You'll find yourself wondering why all the other DAWs don't do things like FL. There are many ways to skin a cat and this metaphor is especially fitting when talking about FL. Image Line gives you so many ways to get the job done that sometimes your choices can become a little overwhelming.

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Comments & Discussion for Image Line FL Studio

Discussion: Active
10 June 2012 at 5:52pm

it's amazing program. no need another daw. thanx to image-line.

23 June 2012 at 8:17am

I am using it since 2-3 years, it's great, got lifetime updates, easy to use and it improves continuosly.

dj aludroit du preez
dj aludroit du preez
27 August 2012 at 10:32am

ey that is a good software bt is defficult to use,so im doing deep house en electro house u?

24 November 2012 at 9:47pm

I think a lot of playing with FL Studio id where you learn most. Have fun, I have created stuff from ambient to glitchy beats and dirty basslines. FL studio is amazing for letting your imagination flow, enjoy!


25 May 2013 at 4:56pm

Latest version is 11.0.2.

Amazing software.

Cry Logic
Cry Logic
29 March 2014 at 1:47pm

FL studio 11.1 just released.

The description above refers to FL Studio 9.

It needs to be updated.

FL studio is the best DAW by far and Image Line are an very open and supportive company.

Highly recommended.


16 April 2014 at 12:20am

Help please. Using FL11 with Omnisphere. I have it setup and able to use mulit inputs. Problem is the playback. Even though each instrument is on a different pattern and piano roll, the play back defaults to the instrument last used in Omnisphere. I want to be able to create using multi instruments with individual MIDI notes in the piano roll. How to get them to play back individually, in song mode????

16 April 2014 at 7:05am

Use a pattern per track/channel? Or mute channels? If that's not what your asking, make a topic in the forum and post screenshots and explain better/in more detail what you are trying to achieve.

27 October 2014 at 2:17am

I'm no PRO, but if I'm understanding you right I believe you may have to load Omnisphere to separate MIDI channels and use the tool in piano roll all the way on the left there's a colored box, the same color as the notes on your screen, click that and it shows 16 different colors each number and color is a separate MIDI channel, I haven't gotten that far myself, but I'm fairly sure using a separate MIDI channel for each instrument and picking the right colored channel color for each individual instrument and pairing the notes the same so you can have two different guitars programmed to two different MIDI channels and 2 note colors in the same piano roll for a dueling guitar style, with 2 totally different sounds which is kinda cool not having to use a separate piano roll if you don't want to...I'm still learning myself so if I'm wrong or even totally way off course plz don't rip me up, just let me know if I am sorta right or way off course, I'm just tryin to help. Good Luck and let me know if I am right or way off though?


12 September 2014 at 5:35pm

i agree that fl studio is awesome, once you get used to it's tics and shortcuts. and there is a LOT of stuff under the hood, especially plugin wise. there is always something new to discover and that is the thing for me that makes for great software. i can't wait for the new version.

i gives it 9.

27 October 2014 at 6:07am

Thanks for the help. Did work with Piano Roll also and it did not do what I was looking for. Finally have what I want. Used the recommended Omnisphere settings for FL & created a new pattern in each of the Omni MIDI outs. Had to adjust the setting/processing in FL to get each routed to a different channel. (that was my main problem) By doing it this way, I am able to save each Omni instrument (up to 8) in a separate pattern & control each one in the assigned channel. Makes working with piano roll easier & keeps it all separated. I like the ease of using the colored boxes and this will work well for some things. Thanks for that one! I have much to learn.

23 May 2015 at 8:51am

A perfect DAW!!.

Using it since 2004 and watching how it has been growing up at no cost to my pocket.

I love the Image Line free updates policy, one of the wisest ideas. I am supporting them buying other excellent artefacts, like Sytrus, Harmour... etc, There is nothing that you cannot do NS a JMC says, the fastest way for your ideas to the speakers.

4 May 2016 at 5:17pm

Maybe it is time to update this page...

For starters, the UI had a huge overhaul.

9 September 2016 at 1:14pm

A very fine and perfect DAW software for production of House, Electro, dance, trance and any oher music genre. I Love FL Studio it's so so easy to use it and to produce the kind of music I want. By the way it has made me a star in my hood. FL Studio+House music=Excitement. Thanx image-line.

14 May 2017 at 2:23am

johnny.w is unable to read the manual.

14 May 2017 at 10:03am






27 September 2020 at 10:33am

I started making music with cubase and then discovered FL studio for myself. I've tested other DAWs, but I still like FL Studio the most. A nice big playlist and no annoying splits around that in the end only one porthole remains to produce. And FL Studio is well programmed for efficient performance. I can confirm that after 10 years. Not everything is perfect (I would like an automatic color coding and a few improvements here and there, but the overall package is right. :).

Oh and of course lifetime free updates. That is of course awesome.

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