THE CM GUIDE TO FL STU­DIO 20

Now fi­nally avail­able in MacOS for­mat, the lat­est ver­sion of Image-Line’s DAW de­liv­ers juicy new fea­tures aplenty

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Un­lock all the new fea­tures in this huge DAW up­date

In any other in­dus­try, two decades would be an as­ton­ish­ingly long prod­uct cy­cle. How­ever, in the do­main of DAWs that have dom­i­nated for 35 years, at 20, FL Stu­dio is merely ma­tured – and given its ori­gin as a sim­ple four-track MIDI drum ma­chine, that’s ac­tu­ally an un­der­state­ment.

Image-Line’s DAW has, in fact, evolved into a pro­duc­tion pow­er­house, com­plete with its own com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of ef­fects, in­stru­ments and in­spir­ing add-ons, and a unique in­ter­face of­fer­ing a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to the ho­mogeny of com­pet­ing prod­ucts.

Yet FL Stu­dio of­ten – and un­fairly – gets a bad rep as the dab­bler’s choice. Ad­mit­tedly, it’s ideal for drum­ming up grooves on the grid, and its break­neck de­fault BPM and ini­tial 16-step pat­tern se­quencer only adds to the per­cep­tion.

How­ever, FL Stu­dio is truly a turn-key so­lu­tion, hav­ing long of­fered users an un­par­al­leled pal­ette – as­sum­ing they weren’t try­ing to cob­ble to­gether a com­plex pro­gres­sive rock opus on a Mac. With the newly is­sued FL Stu­dio 20 (ac­tu­ally its 13th in­car­na­tion), even those ex­clu­sions have been lifted, in­clud­ing the big­gest of all: its for­mer Win­dows-only sta­tus.

In­deed, FL Stu­dio 20 can now be used na­tively on any 64-bit Ap­ple com­puter – no need for Wine or any other wrap­per. More im­pres­sively, cur­rent FL Stu­dio li­cense hold­ers need pay noth­ing ex­tra for the Mac ver­sion. And yes, life­time up­dates are still very much a thing!

There are of course, plenty of other new fea­tures in this an­niver­sary edi­tion. The afore­men­tioned would-be pro­gres­sive rock vir­tu­osos can now wran­gle their wid­dly against an ever-chang­ing me­tre, thanks to FL’s new sup­port for un­lim­ited time sig­na­tures.

Ad­di­tional brush-ups in­clude up­dates to the Mixer and playlist, com­pre­hen­sive con­sol­i­da­tion (freez­ing), punch mark­ers, Tool­bar cus­tomi­sa­tion, and of course, loads of new plugin im­prove­ments.

With­out fur­ther ado, let’s dive into the de­tails with some talk, tips, and tu­to­ri­als.

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