FL Studio is now available for iOS devices. The app allows you to record, edit, sequence, and mix music. Best of all, for a limited time, the app is available for a reduced price.
Created by Beligian-based Image-Line Software, the app (which is available in separate versions for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad) allows you to create and save complete multi-track music projects on your iDevice.
You can also export those files to the FL Studio Desktop version for addition customization. Unfortunately, the mobile versions lack support for VST instruction and the scope of the sequencer has been scaled back from 128 tracks to 99.
Still, the app still includes a boatload of features including:
- 133 high quality instruments, drum kits & sliced-loop beats
- All instruments have FL Studio desktop counterparts for FL Studio desktop import and extension
- Stepsequencer for fast percussion programming and sliced-loop reworking
- Configurable virtual piano-keyboard
- Configurable key labels (off, Cs only, all keys or all keys colored)
- Drum pads
- Browser with preview button and logical sorting into Instruments, Synths, Drum kits & Loops
- Pan, volume, release and attack time configurable per instrument
- Pitch bend via accelerometer
- Low-latency, iOS-optimized, high quality, battery-friendly audio engine
- Drum loops and sliced loops ready to start your project with a cool beat
- Effects include Limiter, Reverb, Delay, EQ, Amp simulator & Filter to enhance your mix.
- 99 track sequencer and intuitive editing options
- Per-track mute, solo, effect bus, pan and volume adjustment
- Edit at the level of tracks, bars or down to individual notes
- Piano roll editor for manual entry of note & chord sequence data or detailed editing of recorded performances
- Unlimited undo and redo for all editable screens
- Metronome with tempo & time-signature settings
- Intuitive positioning of screens with the slide gesture and resize with the pinch gesture
- Save and load your songs, export to wave
- MIDI file import/export
- In-app user manual
- Compatible with CoreMIDI (MIDI in and out)
Originally known as FruityLoops, FL Studio has been around since at least 1997. Its most recent desktop version (10.0) was released in March for Windows machines. To date, there hasn’t been a Mac version released.
Even with the discounts these prices may be difficult for many to swallow. Perhaps it would have been wiser for the company to offer one universal app and price it accordingly.
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