The software formerly known as Fruity Loops just hit 12.5 – which means, as usual, a grab bag of new stuff as a free upgrade for current owners.

You can watch all that newness in just one minute:

But let’s boil down what’s cool here:

Picker Panel for listing and dragging and dropping stuff. Well, here’s what you wish the Ableton Live browser looked like. Patterns, audio, and even automation clips appear in one place, and can be easily dropped into an arrangement. You can also quickly grab unused clips to tidy up, perform batch operations on clips, and render clips as audio.

Virtual controllers and touch. Virtual MIDI controllers give you remote controls for gear and software, and now there are new touch-enabled devices if you’re lucky enough to have a Windows touch device.

And there’s a new delay — “analog” style with filtering and distortion.

303-style sounds in the Transistor Bass. This is acid.

Plus many other UI updates, FL Studio Mobile features, and more.

Full feature update:

FL Studio 12.5 | Released

And the full-length video, if you’ve got some time (not me, I want to just dive in there):

  • Come back

    What happened to CDM. Most of the new articles appear to be press releases repeated verbatim.

    • Well, this is the press release:–released

      Out of roughly three dozen features, I chose the four I thought merited mention. That’s not repeating the press release …

      Here, we continue to run long-form content, via the section called Stories – which is what CDM always was:

      But so you don’t miss any news, we’re adding shorter items to Tech, Mobile, and so on. It’s still human-edited, it’s not just copy-paste, and it’s adding new editors, like Ashley Elsdon of Palm Sounds).

      You can also ignore those sections, though.

      • Ayawn

        CDM is awesome. Been my homepage forever and plan to keep it that way, good work guys!