PROS / This program includes many useful virtual instruments and loops.
CONS / You can't record live instrumentation with the Fruity edition.
VERDICT / FL Studio Fruity Editions provides less value than other introductory programs, most of which can record live instruments.
FL Studio has come a long way from previous versions. The first version, called Fruity Loops 1.0, was simply a MIDI drum sequencer with limited production capabilities. Today, this music production software can be used in the studio, for live performances or in conjunction with other DAWs. However, the introductory version, Fruity, is significantly scaled down compared to other programs in our lineup.
The Fruity edition of this software can't record external instruments. In order to do so, you have to upgrade to the Producer or Signature editions. Within the Fruity edition, you can only use the beat sequencer, virtual instruments, plugins and loops within the software to create music. The live instrument recording tool within FL Studio is called Edison. Edison also makes reverbs, equalizers and other tools within FL studio, all of which are not present on the Fruity edition.
The strong suit of FL Studio lies within its tools and its ability to create electronic music. This music recording studio software started as a tool to create electronic beats, and Image Line – the publisher of FL Studio – never forgot that. This MIDI recording method uses step sequencers to help you compose and arrange your audio. To create music using the step sequencer, you can drag and drop sounds and loops to add them to the sequencer. Then you can activate a step (a note or loop) by left-clicking on it and remove the step by right-clicking.
FL Studio boasts a large library of virtual instruments and effects you can add to your music. There are also many sound loops and clips you can use in your musical compositions. Even though this is the entry-level version of FL Studio, the depth of the sound library is impressive and attests to the production aspect of this software.
As software based on MIDI production, it is no surprise that FL Studio has a large number of plugins to apply to your audio recordings. This software offers over 30 synthesizers, drum machines, sample pads and other effects. The Studio edition of this software features more plugins than the Producer edition we reviewed, and upgrading is as simple as going to the website and downloading the studio version.
If you own a different DAW but prefer the MIDI recording capabilities of FL Studio, you can actually use FL almost as a plugin for another software. This is called rewire. The entire FL Studio program can be used as a complement to another DAW.
FL Studio Fruity editions can't record external instruments. You'll need to upgrade to the Producer or Signature editions to do so. Electronic beat sampling and virtual instruments are where this electronic music software excels. A creative musician armed with a MIDI controller will appreciate the vast sound library available within this audio production software.