FL Studio has, since its inception many years ago, gone from being something of a musical plaything to a much more serious DAW and indeed one that is used by a large number of people around the world. All the while it has done things its own way, with a workflow and design that doesn’t simply ape the competition but has a definite character of its own. Image Line has also been quite unusual in the way it has sold FL Studio, practicing a policy of lifetime free updates when you buy one of the versions of the software. I haven’t seen the numbers but I bet this plays a big part in keeping people loyal to the platform as their music-making application of choice.
FL Studio 12 represents one of the biggest leaps forward the app has taken in recent years. It’s still Windows-only, though a version for the Mac is in development and it seems likely that it will be released at some point in the not-too-distant future. For now you’ll need Windows XP SP3 or higher, but a more recent version is necessary to take advantage of the touch features we will look at momentarily. Otherwise the system requirements remain low but as ever, a well-specified machine will give you a smoother ride.