FL Studio Mobile HD ($19.99) by Image Line Software is a top-notch digital audio workstation (DAW) that leaves nothing out. As long as you have a basic understanding of song structure, notes and drum timing, you can create a fully flushed out song to add to your repertoire. Image Line Software is having an introductory sale and is offering FL Studio HD for only $19.99 instead of the regular price of $24.99. The HD Version is iPad-only, but you can also download FL Studio Mobile for the iPhone or iPod touch.
FL Studio had been a well-received DAW for PCs since the late nineties. This mobile version has most of the same features of the desktop software and is compatible with it. Once you have created and edited your song in FL Studio Mobile HD, you can easily export it to FL Studio Desktop PC to further edit your masterpiece.
There are over 100 instruments, including 11 different drum kits. Each instrument can be fine tuned by adjusting the pitch, velocity, attack and release, and much more. There are pre-recorded drum loops that you can use instead of creating your own drum track. You can set the metronome from 40 to 240 beats per minute (BPM) and you can set the rhythm to one of five different time signatures. You can add effects to your tracks like a volume limiter, reverb and delay. You can even adjust the amplifier style to allow more overdrive.
Although this music production software app is extremely complicated, there is an in-app instruction guide to help you through the basics and you can register with Image Line Software to get more in-depth training on your new DAW.
Overall, this is a pretty amazing song creator. It comes with so many instruments and so many effects that it is almost overwhelming. If you are a fan of the desktop version, you will be impressed with the mobile app, but be aware that in this version, you can’t upload your own samples. The developers promise to add that capability in a future update, but for now, you will have to stick with what is already in the app. If you have never used a digital workstation before, this app is a great way to get started. It has a great help guide, additional information on the website and a forum where plenty of FL Studio experts can answer any questions that you may have.