Why FL Studio is the best DAW

FL Studio is the best DAW. There, I said it. Let the haters hate while you compose the next biggest hit on a DAW made by a gaming company.

Out of all the DAWs on the market right now, FL Studio has the fastest startup time. It’s so quick that the main window appears just a few seconds after starting up. Almost every piece of software on the market, whether it’s a DAW or an NLE, will take a few moments to scan and verify some of its most important and necessary resources. The question now is, how is this possible in Florida?

Whether it’s a third-party or built-in plugin, FL Studio creates an FST file for it. It functions similarly to a cache that the software saves as a preset or information for future use. This allows FL to skip the scanning and verifying steps before the actual window appears, saving you time.

FL Studio is the best DAW

UNIQUE AND FLEXIBLE WORKFLOW

FL Studio is unlike any of its competitors in the market because it does things differently. It can also work like any other DAW thanks to its “track mode” feature, which allows you to add an element and have it automatically assigned to its mixer. FL can also function as a factory, with different parts or elements being manufactured in different areas or locations before being sent to a central location, usually a headquarters, where everything is glued together.

How? There are six main components in FL (Toolbar, Browser, Channel rack, Piano roll, Playlist & Mixer). The channel rack, playlist, and mixer are all self-contained. Because this is where you program your chords, melodies, automations, and effects, these are the three areas where you’ll be spending the majority of your time in FL.

FL INTERFACE

All of the elements used in your project are stored in the channel rack. It also functions as a sequencer, allowing you to layer drum patterns, chords, and melodies.

All of the instruments and samples are routed to the mixer for further processing. Because it is the only window where you can add EDISON, NEWTONE, and NEWTIME, it is also where advanced audio editing, pitch correction, and warping takes place.

Everything is glued together in the playlist, and the best part is that you can put anything anywhere within its 500 tracks without any restrictions. It’s also the only place where you’ll be able to program all of your automations.

CUSTOMIZABILITY

FL Studio’s interface is highly customizable, allowing you to make changes to each and every one of its windows. You can hide and show objects, rearrange toolbar buttons, change the grid color, change the waveform, and much more. FL Studio is also known for having a lot of eye candy in its interface, leading some to believe it isn’t a professional music production platform. It is referred to as a toy by some, but it is used by a large number of people.

It makes it a popular choice among millennial bedroom producers and professional recording artists due to the modernity of its user interface.

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INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CONTROLS

The great thing about FL Studio is that there are multiple ways to accomplish certain tasks. Because the playlist, channel rack, and mixer are all independent, you can sidechain compress, equalize, program automations, and layer sounds in multiple ways. FL has its own dedicated Android and iOS app that allows you to record MIDI inputs and control its parameters wirelessly, so you don’t even need to buy an on-the-go MIDI controller.

MIDI EDITOR / PIANO ROLL

FL Studio is well-known for its piano roll, which is one of its many features. It comes with a slew of useful features that make MIDI editing much easier than before. Randomize, strum, and arpeggiate are just a few of the things you can do with your midi input. You can also use the chord and scale stamp feature if you aren’t familiar with music theory. It can even create slides and portamento without the use of automation, which is extremely useful when working with 808s.

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COMPATIBILITY WITH MULTI-TOUCH DEVICES

As technology advances, more and more touch screen devices are released on the market, which is why Image-Line designed FL Studio to work with touch screens. You can configure FL to follow your finger movements so that you don’t have to download additional software or configure your touch screen computer so that certain functions are activated when you make a specific gesture.

VERSATILITY AND COMPLETENESS

Having a third-party plugin in FL Studio is considered a luxury because it comes with everything you need right out of the box. From dynamic processing plugins to time-based effect plugins, pitch correction, and a variety of soft synths, there’s something for everyone. It also comes with its own audio editor, which allows you to restore or destroy any audio sample in a variety of ways. And, believe it or not, it comes with its own video composition tool, which allows you to make music videos.

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SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY

One of the reasons FL Studio is a beginner-friendly DAW is the plethora of educational resources available online. And, with 1452826 registered members, threads posted every day, and YouTube tutorials created every week, there’s no doubt that the DAW has the most active users. There is also a lot of free content available, such as presets, templates, and project files, that you can use as learning material.

You can ask questions or seek feedback for your first track in groups and forums, and someone will walk you through the process. This is also a fantastic way for you to meet people with similar interests and expand your music producer network. This is how a lot of successful music producers got their start. Perhaps you will be the next Avicii or Martin Garrix.

FL STUDIO IS THE BEST DAW

FL Studio isn’t the most affordable DAW on the market. In fact, it is one of the most expensive, but it provides the best bang for your buck in the long run because it includes a lifetime free update, which means you only have to pay for the software once and you will have it and all future updates for as long as Image-Line continues to develop it. They also offer a 99$ version that already has pretty much everything you’ll ever need to record and produce great music, making it much cheaper than every other alternatives.

And to leave you on a high note, here’s a little backstory about how FL Studio single handedly changed the world of Hip-Hop, a great video by Genius and a great article going over that history.