At last, FL Studio 20 by Image Line released, Mac version finally unleashed. The impending release of this version was earlier mentioned on this site in the article –top 10 best DAW music production software 2018. FL Studio took a giant stride from version 12 all the way to 20. The 20 denotes the celebration of 20 years of the existence and development of the DAW, which started out as ‘Fruity loops’ sequencer into a unique full blown DAW.
To make this anniversary a landmarking one, Image Line finally completes the porting of the DAW to the Mac OS platform, with both AU and VST formats support. Now, you can easily move projects between the the two OS without having to bother about their interoperability. Even presets from third party plugins can be easily recalled, as long as the same plugins are installed on both.
What is new in FL Studio 20?
Talking about feature upgrades, FL Studio now supports Time Signatures, which includes unlimited Time Signature changes, independently in both the Playlist and Patterns (Piano rolls). FL Studio’s unique pattern system enables, simultaneous and multiple Time Signatures at any point in the Playlist.
The In-situ rendering or simply ‘freezing’ feature lets you bounce selected Audio and Pattern Clips to audio. Options include; Consolidate Playlist Clip selections or complete tracks. Render Clips to Audio, Render Clips to audio and replace Playlist Pattern Clips. These features are useful for compiling audio-takes into a single Audio Clip, reduction of CPU load by converting real-time synthesis and effects processing to audio or conversion of MIDI to audio for further processing and resynthesis.
Additionally, the Playlist is now capable of multiple arrangements. With this, you can have different Playlists with completely different arrangements of Audio, Automation and Pattern Clips. This will enable users to work with multiple versions of their project while saving various ideas, sound design and ‘arrangements’.
The plugin Delay Compensation and Automatic PDC have been rebuilt from the ground up to support today’s complex workflows. In FL Studio 20, manual and Auto-PDC can now co-exist. This PDC Updates affects functions like – Mixer send compensation, Wet/Dry mixer FX compensation, Audio input compensation, Plugin Wrapper custom values remembered per-plugin, Metronome compensation, and improved PDC controls in the Mixer.
There are lots of other improvements all over the place including minor face-lifts in the UIs, the inclusion of new plugins and updates to existing ones. The audio recording options have been extended, and customer-requested workflow improvements have been implemented.
The greatest news out of these all is that existing customers that own or once owned any version of FL Studio in the past, no matter how long ago, will get version 20 for free. This is based on Image-Line’s lifetime updates policy, and it applies to cross-platform(Windows to Mac) customers as well. As for new customers, the price start at $99 for the entry-level Fruity version, $199 for producer edition, and $299 for the signature bundle. Here is the official introductory video to FL Studio 20 endorsed by Image Line, to give you an insight into its capabilities: