Soon, Image Line will reach a milestone with the latest release of their flagship product, FL Studio 10. The software has come a long way, from a basic step-sequencer to the full-fledged digital audio workstation numerous (aspiring) musicians have grown to love. The 10th version seems not only a special version by number, judging from the latest beta releases of version 9 the product seems to further improve and expand a producer’s workflow and introduce exciting new functionality. Let’s see what (aside from any surprises) we can expect from FL Studio 10.
The Project Picker & Chainer
These new plugins introduce an innovative way of respectively arranging playlists and route midi or audio through several instrument and effect plugins. The Project Picker gives the user a clear graphical overview of all playlist and sample clips and their connection and allows for quick song arrangements by dragging these clips to the song arrangement.
A neat graphic interface for midi and audio routing between your devices
Chainer gives users a graphical alternative to the regular mixing routing capabilities. It’s similar to the online music making tool audiotool.com, in a clear interface you can drag your connections between the instruments loaded, making it possible to setup complex routing very quickly.
Pitcher and Newtone
Two new plugins are introduced that are dedicated to pitch correction, time strechting and harmonization effects. Pitcher features a live auto-correction for vocals and instruments, Newtone is fully integrated with FL Studio 10 and provides auto vocal correction and gives possibility to create harmonies and new tunes.
A new feature worth mentioning is an auto-save option that should save masterpieces from getting lost, caused by freezes or computer crashes, users can set up a time interval for which the computer will save a time-stamped copy of your project file each time.
Improved audio options and memory management
FL Studio 10 will now recognize 64-bit plugins and open them in ‘bridged mode’, running its memory allocation in a seperate process, thereby giving you more overhead in your project. Also you can toggle a keep on disk option for Audio Clips and Sample Channels that will save some significant memory in the process.
In the audio settings ‘Mix in bufferswitch’ and ‘Triple buffer’ can be switched on and off which might increase performance for some sound cards.
Export To Score Sheet
A handy function for live performers and orchestral score composers is that you can export your midi data instantly to a fancy score sheet.
Improved piano roll, mixer, navigation
Furthermore Image Line revamped the piano roll and mixer and added countless workflow and navigation improvements and nifty new functionality like new zoom controls,
magic lasso selection tool, browser auto hide function, playlist markers for innovative live performing and the Playlist transport is finally in sync with the Piano Roll!
It’s clear that Image Line is in touch with their user base and takes notes to the competitor’s developments in the DAW-market in order to keep up. You might get overwhelmed by all the new goodies and workflow changes that have been added in the previous beta-versions, but now more than ever has a musician the possibility to really go his own way within one software-solution, find a workflow and customize his or her’s own sound without resorting to third party plugins too much. There’s no excuse anymore to not go out and make some great music with all the music software options available. Keep an eye out on this blog for the release of FL Studio 10, we will keep you updated on all the new features.