FL Studio digital audio workstation makes Mac debut after 20 years on PC – 9to5Mac
Hollin Jones on Jun 19, in Review 0 comments Share: Image Line has jumped from version 12 to 20 with its latest release of FL Studio. In recent years it has had big overhauls like the vectorisation of the interface to allow resizing on huge displays, and some of the most advanced touch screen support available on any music platform. Long Time Coming What has been a constant over its history was its sole availability on the Windows platform – until now, that is. Back in when we met up with the Image Line team at Musikmesse they showed us an Alpha i.
Review: FL Studio 20 For Mac & PC
Hollin Jones on Jun 19, in Review 0 comments Share: Image Line has jumped from version 12 to 20 with its latest release of FL Studio. In recent years it has had big overhauls like the vectorisation of the interface to allow resizing on huge displays, and some of the most advanced touch screen support available on any music platform.
Long Time Coming What has been a constant over its history was its sole availability on the Windows platform – until now, that is. Back in when we met up with the Image Line team at Musikmesse they showed us an Alpha i.
We kept tabs on it for a while, but after a couple of years things seemed to have gone fairly quiet. The company remained committed to bringing it to the Mac, but rewriting or porting every part of it including all the plugins was a massive job. The Mac and Windows versions are functionally identical barring minor setup differences. It uses different paradigms too. Clips and instruments can be routed to different mixer tracks, or one MIDI clip could trigger every channel rack instrument.
A Cubase user can figure out the basics of Logic for example pretty quickly but maybe here it’s slightly trickier until they have invested a little time. Power users will be glad to hear that the Playlist Track limit has increased from to While still not unlimited, this makes it much less likely that even the largest project will hit the limit.
The main Toolbar is redesigned and now editable. Mixer track count has increased from to , new mixer layout presets are available and the comprehensive bundled plug-in set has been tweaked with multiple models receiving updates. Amongst these are many interface tweaks, bit compatibility where it was lacking, and much more. There have been a great many small changes to various parts of the DAW, and a full list is available on the site. This is likely due to the massive undertaking of porting it in its entirety to the Mac platform – something that has taken years and that would strike fear into the heart of many developers.
For its success in this, Image Line is to be applauded. Users on both platforms will welcome the new expanded track counts, time signature and arrangement tools, track freezing, PDC and hundreds of smaller improvements. The generous lifetime free update policy means that updating is and will always be free.
Although full audio tracking and editing is available and has been for a long time, FLS still feels to me like it shows its roots as a MIDI pattern sequencer. There is a fair amount of right clicking, submenus and for the uninitiated, wrapping your head around the workflow. Experienced users breeze through all this of course – and there are many of them.
With the move to the Mac, FL Studio 20 joins the ranks of true dual platform DAWs and comes with a great selection of plug-ins, tools and features. And Mac users, this now means you too. Slick, scalable interface. Excellent touch screen support on Windows. Very flexible design and workflow. Great bundled plugins. Now dual platform with project compatibility.
Lifetime free updates. Amazing for pattern-based composition. Takes a little learning for switchers or new users. Can be window and menu heavy. No score editing. Requirement to pop out windows and plugins to edit audio rather than working inline can feel jarring.
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Mac OS X VST plugins – Alpha 8 is now available so users can Alpha test Edison, Gross Click here to download the OS X VSTs from the Image-Line forums. FL Studio for macOS / OS X was officially release 22 May Yay! Download the latest version here, install it and test it works for your application/s. Prices of. Image-Line news page, find out about our latest releases and projects. 20 introducing native Mac support and Time Signatures out now.
Image-Line FL Studio 20 review
Shares Our Verdict On its 20th anniversary FL Studio is a powerful and inspirational application – and a welcome addition to the Mac realm! Pros Multiple Arrangements are really inspiring and a great workflow addition. Time signature markers are well implemented.
Look And Feel
How does it compare to its Windows counterpart? We take a look.
REVIEW: Image-Line FL Studio 20 review | MusicRadar
Mac and PC DAW with super-slick interface for easy song creation Image-Line has jumped ahead a little with FL Studio 20 because the. Image Line FL Studio 20 Signature Bundle (Boxed) 7 (in 32 or 64 Bit) (or) Intel Mac with OS X for the FL Studio Mac OS X BETA (Crossover Wrapped). Instant Delivery and ✅ 0% Financing for your Image Line FL Studio 20 Please note: Rewire not supported on Mac OS X. If you have questions, please contact.