Top positive review
FL Studio is a uniquely capable swiss-army knife for both recording AND developing/arranging new song creations
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2017
First of all, this isn't simply a DAW. FL Studio is also an intuitive platform for both imagining and creating music from the ground up. Beyond the capable DAW functionality (allows 100+ mixing tracks) with effect sends/receives, track sends and groupings, FL Studio opens up a whole new world of creative layering and sound arrangement possibilities. A channel rack sequencer gives the user a simple tool to create unique drum and instrument patterns to lay down with mouse clicks or via midi piano roll. You can then take this patterns and "paint" them into the song playlist, and by virtue of moving and repeating, you can almost instantly arrange your song on the fly. The arrangement possibilities and creative control are almost limitless, giving the user a great deal of freedom and potential for song development inspiration.
- Learning curve is subjective. You can get up and running in novice mode in 30 mins, but there is SO much more to acquaint yourself with to get to more intermediate level results. Expect to spend some time on YT to learn how to leverage the multitude of features and best techniques
- Producer Edition is needed (not Fruity Edition) to record external instruments (voice, guitar) via your USB/firewire interface
- Though more suited to EDM / hip hop, you can still use FL Studio for other music genres
- Some good drum instrument sounds and effects are included .. however .. you WILL be enticed to use (and buy) from a raft of DEMO ear candy plugins supplied with FL Studio, such as Morphine, Sawer, Drumaxx, etc
Overall, a really solid choice for home studio / creative canvas for developing music. I have been playing with this new version 12 for weeks without a single glitch, and it's been rather fun! I look forward to seeing how far I can go with this product.