Fruity Loops Tutorials, FL Studio Tutorials & Demos
FL Studio is available in several different versions. Basic features of FL Studio are available in the Express Edition, which is a simple drum-machine. The Fruity, Producer, and XXL editions further introduce more features, such as the ability to use the DAW itself as a VST plug-in. The most complete edition of FL Studio, XXL, comes with many bundled effects and synthesizers which Image-Line normally sells separately as VST plugins.
The FL Studio user interface consists of five windows:
- Channel Window - where the music producer can insert generator plugins (VST instruments, audio tracks, samplers etc.) and assign them a mixer track. The channel window also contains the Step Sequencer which enables quick assembly of drum patterns and short melodic parts. These short melodic parts such as P5Audio licks and fruity loops are available on our site.
- Piano Roll - a two dimensional grid for music composing purposes.
- Playlist - allows the arrangement of sets of patterns and audio files for assembling a complete song.
- Mixer - balance levels and add effects
- Sample Browser - accesses your samples and plug ins
FL Studio processes audio using an internal 32-bit floating-point engine. It can support sampling rates up to 192kHz using either WDM or ASIO enabled drivers. The audio engine in version 7 introduces limited multi-threading and multi-core support for some generators. Effects cannot be threaded in the present version.
The mixer interface allows for any number of channel configurations. This makes mixing in 2.1, 5.1, 7.1 surround sound possible, granted the output hardware interface has an equal number of outputs.
FL Studio comes with a variety plugins and generators such as software synths written in the program’s own native plug-in architecture.
An included plugin called Dashboard allows users to create full automation-enabled interfaces for their hardware MIDI devices. This allows FL Studio to control hardware from within the program.