Image Line FL Studio 8
Image Line Software has announced the release of FL Studio 8, the latest version of their digital audio workstation.
According to Image Line, FL Studio 8 supersedes FL Studio 7 with over 100 new developments including an improved interface, sound engine, revised mixer, the addition of pattern clips to the playlist, new multilink MIDI learn system, a suite of new plug-ins and updates to many others.
"It's almost 10 years since we started FL Studio and it has been a long and hard road for the team. Just as any DAW is the sum of its parts, FL Studio certainly has turned into something unique in the software studio market" noted Didier Dambrin, the Chief Software Architect of Image Line Software. "Our catch-phrase 'The fastest way from your brain to your speakers' really is at the heart of FL Studio's workflow. We get a lot of positive feedback from the user base about how FL Studio just gets out of the way and lets them get on with making music" added the developer. He devoted FL Studio 8 to Arguru, a member of the team who passed away last year.
- New Plugins
Image Line tells us that FL Studio 8 opens a new chapter in DAW flexibility with the addition of FL SynthMaker, a FL Studio native version of the plugin development application SynthMaker. It's designed to let users create their own virtual instruments, effects and MIDI dashboards, use them in FL Studio and share them with other SynthMaker users, all without the need to write basic code. FL SynthMaker is included in Producer and XXL editions.
The Producer and XXL Editions also include Slicex – a drumloop slicer and re-arranging tool. Slicex uses advanced beat detection algorithms to slice song/percussion samples into pieces and make them independently playable from the Piano roll or controller. Slicex offers playback, reordering of slices and time-stretching capabilities optimized for drum loops with all the editing power of Edison built right into the plugin.
Free to all users, FL Studio 8 also comes with a suite of new plugins, including: Fruity Limiter - a single band compressor/limiter, suitable for maximizing and compressing final mixes or single tracks, Wave Candy – an audio analysis and visualization tool with Oscilloscope, Spectrum Analyser and Peak meter and
Soundgoodizer - a stereo “maximizer-enhancer” plugin based on the Maximus sound processing engine.
FL Studio 8 will also include demo versions of:
- Maximus - a multiband mastering maximizer.
- Poizone 2 – a subtractive performance synthesizer.
- Morphine - an additive synthesizer with resynthesis capabilities allowing programmers to capture and synthesize sounds.
- And finally, Toxic Biohazard - the fourth generation of the Toxic FM synthesizer line.
FL8 supports VST/VSTi/VST2, DXi, DXi2, MP3, WAV, OGG, MIDI, ASIO, ASIO 2.
Additionally supported through DirectWave Editor – AKAI AKP (S5/6K,Z4,Z8), Battery (version 1), MPC, Reason, Kurzweil, EXS24, Kontakt (version 1 & 2), Recycle, SFZ+ and SoundFont2.
- Editions and prices
FL Studio is available in four editions: Express (US $ 49, download only), FruityLoops (US $ 99 download/US $ 139 boxed), Producer (US $ 199 download/US $ 269 boxed) and XXL (US $ 299 download/US $ 399
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