#5 FL Studio 12 – The basics part 1 –

FL Studio 12

What is FL Studio 12, what can you do with it and how does it work?

FL Studio (formerly known as FruityLoops) is a digital audio workstation developed by the Belgian company Image-Line. FL Studio features a graphical user interface based on a pattern-based music sequencer. (Source: Wikipedia)

What is a digital audio workstation?
What is pattern-based?
And what is a music sequencer?

A digital audio workstation (DAW) is an electronic device or a computer software application for recording, editing and producing audio files such as songs, musical pieces, human speech or sound effects.
With FL Studio you can create music by putting patterns together.
First you make a pattern (for instance a drumloop) and then you copy as many patterns as necessary into your playlist.
This playlist makes up your total track while you add numerous patterns.
A music sequencer is a device or application that can record, edit or play back music.

You can download a trial version of FL Studio 12 from their website.


Some things you need to know about FL Studio 12

Source: image-line.com

Lifetime free updates
Buying FL Studio not only gets you the latest version but all future FL Studio updates free. We believe you should have the functionality you paid for, bug-fixed, developed and updated for as long as we develop FL Studio. This has been our promise for 18 years and counting.

FL Studio trial / demo limitations:
* You CAN export projects to all supported audio formats. Projects CAN BE SAVED but won’t open, as saved, until your registration matches all the features and plugins used in the project.
* Some functions that use save/load capability don’t work in the trial / demo. For example, “Clone channel” and the “Save preset as…” menu options.
* All other functions in the FL Studio demo are fully unlocked. Some plugins may give static (white noise) or silence at regular intervals as part of the trial / demo limitations. FL Studio trial / demo is the equivalent of the FL Studio Producer Edition + All plugins bundle.


System requirements
2Ghz Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64 (or later) compatible CPU with full SSE2 support. The faster your CPU and more cores it has the more you will be able to do simultaneously. Download and test the trial / demo!

32 or 64 Bit versions of Windows 10/8.0/8.1/7, Vista, XP (service pack 3)

(or) Intel Mac with Boot Camp / Windows.
Running XP (service pack 3), Vista or Windows 10/8.0/8.1/7 (in 32 or 64 Bit)

(or) Intel Mac with OS X 10.8 or 10.9 for the FL Studio Mac OS X BETA (Crossover Wrapped)
Attention: Yosemite not supported.

1 Gb or more RAM recommended

1 Gb free disk space

Soundcard with DirectSound drivers. ASIO/ASIO2 compatible required for audio recording (FL Studio installs with generic ASIO4ALL drivers)


Test the trial / demo first
The faster your CPU, the more instruments and effects you will be able to use at the same time. The more RAM you have, the more samples you will be able to load and play back smoothly.

To find out how FL Studio behaves on your machine don’t guess, please download the trial / demo and try it out for yourself. See this page in the manual for tips on improving performance a few simple tweaks can go a long way.

When you buy FL Studio or grab a Lifetime Free Update,  you will install the latest trial / demo. The trial / demo is then unlocked to the level you purchased by installing a very small ~ 50 kb FLRegkey.Reg file or by entering your ‘my account’ sign in details in the FL Studio about window (version 11 and up). It takes only seconds to activate the program. If you have installed the latest FL Studio trial / demo you have already downloaded 99.7% of the data you need to own it!


Okay, a lot of text but what does it really look like, huh?

THIS is what it looks like:

FL Studio - Workspace

Impressing, isn’t it?

Now what’s next?

Channels, patterns, piano roll, playlist, stepsequencer, VST plugins…

We’ll discuss all these in the next tutorial. The next tutorial will also be the tutorial where we will be starting to make some noizzzz…