FL Studio Mobile, previously announced for iOS, is now available for iPhone, iPod touch, and, in an “HD” edition, on iPad 1 and 2. The biggest feature: if you’re an FL Studio user, you can take your projects and load them on the mobile version for on-the-go editing. That makes FL the first major, non-Apple studio app to do round-trip workflows between mobile and desktop.

The release is also causing some mainstream outlets to notice, like BetaNews, who suggest this breaks a 13-year, Windows-only FL Studio run. That’s not entirely fair: Image-Line have released cross-platform software. The issue is that the full-blown FL Studio desktop version is deeply tied to Windows. FL Studio Mobile is a ground-up app. But it’s still big news.

BetaNews notes that the round-trip isn’t as easy as you might like:

Like Garageband for iPad, pulling files off of the iPad is kind of a chore. In order to load FL Studio Mobile projects into FL Studio for Windows, users need version 10.0.5 or later of FL Studio, and files must be dragged and dropped from the FL Studio Browser (or Windows folder) to the desktop one by one. There’s not yet an easy export feature for fast file sharing.

That could change, though, if the application adds iCloud support – and even this, as described, sounds easy enough to me.

Other features:

  • Piano keys, drum pads with flexible layouts – so you can arrange, say, multiple stacks of keys or drums the way you like.
    Instruments, kits, and loops included.
  • 99-track sequencer, piano roll and step sequence editing.
  • Import/export not only FL Studio projects, but WAV and MIDI files, too. Unfortunately, sample loading isn’t available yet, but is coming.

An Android version is also in the works:

What about Android OS? It’s on the roadmap, stop nagging! We have a development team working on a low-latency Android audio-engine and there are many screen resolutions and device specifications to consider, it’s not as simple as you may think 🙂

FL Studio for Mac is still in the “forget about it and stop asking” category, so no change there:

Does this mean FL Studio on Mac OSX soon? FL Studio Mobile is not a port of the Windows version of FL Studio. It is the product of a completely separate development team, and code, so FL Studio Mobile, while compatible with FL Studio has no impact on FL Studio development and vice versa.

Just expect to read about this everywhere, thanks to a viral contest Image-Line is running. Guys, take it easy: I think people would blog your FL Studio Mobile without having an iPad to win.
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  • midihendrix

    very nice, i adore FL but can anyone confirm if this is anything more than a preset machine? i will wait until i can load samples or synthesize sounds before buying this…

    back in the day there was a clever device for jotting down musical ideas on the go….it was called sheet music

  • What about AudioPaste from other apps? That would make this a must buy for me. I've had a lot of luck recently sampling with Binary Bleeps Sampler, sample editing with TwistedWave and then loading into ThumbJam or Electrify on iPad. I'm finally getting a decent iOS workflow going. FL Studio Mobile would be more powerful than Electrify, but if it's difficult to move audio between FL and other apps, then I don't know.

  • marauder

    It looks like right now its just a preset machine. However, sample loading is coming in a future update. So I think I will go ahead and get it because it has a intro price. Better to buy now and save than to buy later and spend more money.

  • Brian stevens

    Think twice : the features and sounds are dismal compared to say, Beatmaker2. The bus effects system is over simplified. The whole experience is very "toyish" compared to BM2 with which i can get ideas down quick, and develop them if i wish. I am really surprised by the low grade sound quality of instruments supplied. Price is a rip-off.

  • Peter Kirn

    Well, I'm interested in looking at how the round-trip works out in practice, as well as what sample loading looks like – which would get you out of the "preset machine" issue. And it'll be interesting to see what they support as far as things like AudioCopy as this evolves. I think the main draw for now is probably for FL users, given a market awash with these kinds of tools.

  • I am buy BeatMaker then BeatMaker2- now I have perfect mobile studio in my pocket.
    BM2 or Fruty Toys? Your decision )))

  • Gerren

    Buy them all and be happy. Keep putting money into the system and more and more developers will take notice that money can be made all the while expanding the very infant state that we are in right now. If you are always waiting and looking for the absolute best you might just miss out on a moment or two of fun that even 'preset machines' can deliver. Me,personally,I am proud to own,buy,and support any and all developers when it comes to this "hobbie" of mine. Sure there are times to get serious but as a wise dead man once said to me, "why so serious?" 😉

  • Not sure what BetaNews means by "…one by one", but FL Mobile songs will load in FL Studio desktop in one go, not as seperate files.

  • James


  • Radiophobic

    I spent around an hour with it earlier. While its a decent beatmaking application, it doesn't hold a candle to nanostudio, which costs the same. 

  • Juno

    Would love to support the FL team but, yes, Nanostudio is way ahead at the moment.

  • Reaper should be an iOS app

  • substrain

    I'd love to see Renoise on tablets which should be doable seeing that there are already trackers on iOS and android like Sunvox and Milkytracker. 

  • shamburglar

    The thing that is refreshing about FL Studio Mobile is that the sequencer is amazing. Other apps have many more features… but I've been using it for a couple days now and the interface/UI is superb… you can bang out and arrange ideas more quickly and intuitively than any other app I've used. It's genius… it's also xewton music studio… can't wait to see how this App matures.

    Seriously this is ridiculous… are people really complaining about a $20 piece of software? The App store really has jaded people. For the price of a DAW you can deck out your IOS device with just about every audio app you could ever want. 

  • skc

    Anyone found a way to export for mac users without FL? 

  • Mercury

    It all depends what you intend to do on your phone or iPad. For me these are not meant to be end all tools. They r used to jot quick ideas down on the go. Fl mobile is great. I can put the melody and beat down in the subway and convert into fl studio desktop to really build out the track and replace all the presets. Nano studio and beat maker may be better alone but I would think most producers use a true desktop studio to create real songs. 

  • Mercury

    Forgot to add also that creating art is about physical transformation of mental ideas.  Ultimately it is not the tool that matters but how u use it. For most people it is better to stick to a system u r used to then to try to relearn a new thing. if u have used fl for yrs then I think u will find this is the easiest app out thr to make music quickly

  • Chris

    It's good…very nice workflow and awesome how you can export projects to the PC version. Will have to use it more to get a more accurate impression. 

    However, as someone above mentioned – it doesn't really hold a candle to nanostudio yet. 

    I've got BM2, nanostudio and fruity loops and nanostudio is my favourite so far.

    BM2 is great, but it has many bugs and a few stupid design choices. Bugs in software like this, that cause you to lose your work = very frustrating. It has some great ideas also but unfortunately the developers are near unresponsive and aren't known for releasing updates and fixes very quick. 

  • Seth

    Wonder if we will get a synth instead of sample based instruments in a future version. Any news on that?

  • FL Studio Mobile 1.1 now has support for AudioCopy & allows you to load your own samples & instruments : http://www.image-line.com/documents/news.php?entr