Image-Line’s FL Studio is a huge underground “cult” hit for digital music making. It’s Windows-only, and it seems to get more love from the European press than the US writers for some reason (maybe because Image-Line is stingy with free press copies). But it’s got some great pattern-based features for those of you who like making quick-and-dirty dance music, as well as an elegant set of synths that could appeal to just about anyone.

Here’s what new in the long-awaited FL Studio 6:

  • New mixer: Bigger, resizable, and with more flexible routing (at long last)
  • More MIDI controller support including foot-pedal support (very cool, as FL already has some nifty options like out-of-the-box game controller support)
  • New sampler: DirectWave
  • New effects: “Morphing” graphic EQ, delay/filter bank, three-band stereo compressor/limiter, new reverb, new “Squeeze” bit reducer slash distortion slash filtering (I’ll, uh, have to see that in action to understand that), visualization, and envelope controller
  • Sytrus 2 synth in XXL edition (see previous report)
  • Lots of enhancements including plug-in delay compensation and a better browser

  • Sounds like a fantastic upgrade to an already-great value. It’s not going to tear me away from Ableton Live, Reason, and my other apps, but I definitely understand the appeal for its devoted fans.

    FL Studio v6 Press Release

    • foosnark

      I've been using FLStudio since version 3.5 or so and it just keeps getting better.

      It has this association with dance music, but I like its workflow overall, whether I'm doing glitchy IDM in 11/8 time or dark ambient stuff or something in between. I find it easier than working with non-pattern-based sequencers.

      I've only had a few minutes to try out the new version. The new mixer took about 2 minutes for me to stop hating it and another 30 seconds to start loving it. 😀

      At first I thought the PDC was hacky, labor-intensive and unintuitive — but I soon saw the experimental possibilities.

    • admin

      Sounds great to me! Would love to hear it if you have a link.

      And I think not nearly enough credit is given to warping tools so they do things they're not supposed to. I often find distorting a rigid tool to be more creatively inspiring than a blank slate (depending on my mood).

    • foosnark

      My stuff is mostly up at 🙂

    • ok…ive been using fruityloops6 for about a year now, and i know ther is defntly alot more that i could know about making a beat, i still only know how to simply use Fl Studio and create a beat worth listening to, if you want to here what i am capable of go to &gt ;

    • Co3

      So is it worth buying when you only have FL studio 5?

      And which Soundcard can you recommend for it?

      Since mine is crappy and I need a new one as well..

    • Cookie Monster

      How can i get this Fruity Loops 6 Program?

      And what store have Fruity loops equipment?

      Can you send me sample so i can see if i have do it

    • This program is great you can do all that you need to do on it. I use others as well, but I use this one the most because of how fast and quick you can get a beat or nice groove going, and its not hard to learn.

    • ford

      ipurshased the f.l 6 producers edition and im not able touse alot of the generators. it says demo. whys that.

    • mophat

      can anybody out there let me download 6

    • dee

      man fruity loops 6 is off da chains i got it and only thang i do is stay on it i make some hot beat tracks for my rapping i rep tha SWAC all day G

    • solyomot

      well i love fl but i want to learn more on how to use it particlarly the audio recording pls i need an helping hand on this stuff SOLYOMOT@YAHOO.CO.UK