More new fea­tures in FL Stu­dio 20

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GET A GOOD LOOK

FL Stu­dio now pre­views au­dio sig­nals as they’re recorded. This fea­ture is com­mon­place in many other DAWs, and though it’s a late ar­rival, we’re pleased as punch-ins to see it in­tro­duced at long last. It’s com­fort­ing to see your wave­forms when track­ing. You’ll now know in­stantly if some­thing’s amiss, such as im­proper gain lev­els or a bad con­nec­tion.

GROUP THINK

Takes are grouped when record­ing in looped mode. This one al­most got its own walk­through – it’s that cool. An­other fea­ture fa­mil­iar to old stu­dio pros, this func­tion au­to­mat­i­cally con­tains mul­ti­ple passes in a looped record­ing into a grouped col­lec­tion of ad­ja­cent tracks, fa­cil­i­tat­ing the cre­ation of comped tracks from mul­ti­ple takes.

EDI­SON CAN NOW DO 24-BIT WAV EX­PORTS

Once again, Image-Line are step­ping up FL’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties to meet the stan­dards ex­pected by pro users. This is ap­par­ent through­out the pro­gram, but sound de­sign­ers and sam­ple jock­eys will be es­pe­cially pleased with the Edi­son au­dio ed­i­tor’s new­found 24-bit WAV ex­port op­tion. In the past, Edi­son sup­ported only 16-bit and 32-bit ex­port. Thanks to user de­mand, Image-Line have stepped up!

SLICEX HAS NEAT NEW FEA­TURES

While we’re talk­ing sam­ples, note that one of our favourite FL plugins has a cou­ple of new good­ies worth some at­ten­tion. First off, rightclick­ing the Send con­trol dis­plays the names of all slice mixer track des­ti­na­tions. Also new: in the Re­gions menu, you can now choose a new ‘Se­lect all cut groups to’ op­tion, which will al­low you to lash all slices to the same user-de­fined cut group.

COM­PEN­SA­TION DIS­PEN­SA­TION

When it comes to la­tency is­sues, con­vo­lu­tion ef­fects can be par­tic­u­larly prob­lem­atic, as they’re re­quired to per­form a mas­sive amount of cal­cu­la­tion to give you the most re­al­is­tic ef­fects pos­si­ble. Thank­fully, Fruity Con­volver of­fers a ded­i­cated PDC con­trol, ac­ti­vated via a but­ton above the im­pulse dis­play. Now, cor­rect­ing im­pulse re­sponse de­lay is a truly ef­fort­less process.

MOD­U­LATE AS A VERB

Fruity Ree­verb 2 has al­ways been a great tool for adding re­al­is­tic am­bi­ence to your tracks, and now FL’s clas­sic re­verb is even bet­ter, thanks to a brand new mod­u­la­tion sec­tion. Os­ten­si­bly meant for smooth­ing out the un­nat­u­ral metal­lic ringing of­ten im­parted by al­go­rith­mic re­verbs, you can push both Mod Depth and Mod Speed val­ues to more ex­treme and un­usual places.

STROLL THROUGH THE SCROLL

The new Mini-Preview scroll bar gives you an in­stant over­view of and ac­cess to your playlist’s var­i­ous com­po­nents. This is handy when you’re zoomed in tight on the ac­tual playlist. As an added bonus, you’ll find a sim­i­lar preview in the pi­ano roll, as well.

THE RIGHT TOOL­BAR FOR THE JOB

Here comes one we’ve long waited for! Now FL Stu­dio’s Tool­bar is to­tally cus­tomis­able. You can edit your tool­bar to your spe­cific needs, and save it for later re­call. The Tool­bar ed­i­tor mode is most im­pres­sive, al­low­ing you to drag and drop what­ever el­e­ments you want to in­clude wher­ever you like. You can even pin the Tool­bar at the bot­tom of the FL Stu­dio win­dow.

AU­DIO UNITS!

FL’s new­found Mac com­pat­i­bil­ity brings with it the abil­ity to ac­cess Ap­ple’s Au­dio Unit plugin for­mat. Yes, you can now use your favourite AU in­stru­ments and ef­fects in FL Stu­dio. Be warned, though – any Au­dio Units with­out a Win­dows coun­ter­part (and vicev­ersa) will ob­vi­ously hin­der a project’s cross­plat­form com­pat­i­bil­ity.

A RANGE OF AR­RANGE­MENTS

Ever worked up a killer, com­plex ar­range­ment only to dis­cover that you needed to create an al­ter­na­tive ver­sion for, say, a remix or col­lab­o­ra­tion? Maybe you need to pro­vide a client with mul­ti­ple vari­a­tions? Such a de­mand might once have re­quired re­nam­ing, edit­ing and sav­ing an en­tirely new ver­sion of the project. Not any more: now, FL Stu­dio can create and col­lect mul­ti­ple ar­range­ments in the same project. The se­lected ver­sion is the one that will be bounced on ex­port.

OLD IS NEW AGAIN: GRAPH ED­I­TOR IS BACK!

FL Stu­dio users have made their wishes known, and Image-Line have du­ti­fully ca­pit­u­lated with the re­turn of graphic edit­ing in the pat­tern step se­quencer. A right-click on the sam­ple in the Step Ed­i­tor brings up the fa­mil­iar in­ter­face. It’s a quick way to tweak ve­loc­ity, pan­ning, lev­els and notes. Plus, graph ed­i­tors can be re­sized, and you can scroll through them with your mouse wheel.

THE LIST GOES ON. AND ON…

Users of all de­scrip­tion will find plenty to love in this up­date. And did we men­tion that it’s still free for FL Stu­dio li­cense hold­ers?

A graphic re­union! Our old friend the Graph Ed­i­tor makes a wel­come re­turn to FL Stu­dio’s Step Se­quencer

There have been tweaks to a whop­ping 25 plugins, in­clud­ing giv­ing a Fruity favourite re­verb a new twist or two

We never thought we’d see the day when we could run an Au­dio Unit plugin in FL Stu­dio!

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