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FL Studio Is the Most Buzzed-About Music Software…

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If you need help deciding which music software to dive into, this may help.

Digital Music Doctor, a company that creates pro audio video courses, has released their “Music Software Popularity Index”. They measure in terms of online buzz, not sales. The data is pulled from internet search activity and engagement on social networks (not from likes and follows). Read more about how the data is pulled here.

Buzz in the fourth quarter of 2013 is shown in yellow, compared to the software’s annual average in green.

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  1. Randow

    This is a really silly premise. I think FL Studio is that thing that teenagers use and download for free?


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    1. Lynch

      Yupp. It’s what most of the teenage kids who can’t afford to purchase a decent DAW use.

      Ableton and Pro Tools make perfect sense. One is the primary choice for electronic home-producers, and the other is industry standard in professional recording studios.


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      1. FL Studio is Here

        Ever heard of Avicii, Afrojack, rmin van Buuren, Deadmau5, Brian Transeru, Porter Robinson, Feed Me, Madeon, Bass Hunter, Ephixa, Savant, Seven Lions, Cazzette, Boi1-DA, The Flashbulb (Benn Jordan), Sarom Soundz, Jay Frog, Tritonal, Maor Levi, Tom Swoon, Dot Rotten, Ummet Ozcan, Tristiam, Bare, Camo & Krooked.. plus 100′s of other professional artists and producers are all using FL Studio. You guys are simply ignorant.


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      2. Louis Valencia

        Pro tools is rarely used in digital production. FL studio is widely under estimated by people who don’t know how to produce music.

        Fl studio hasn’t been known to include high quality native vst’s. This is true. Reason has excellent native vst’s and so does logic. But none of that really matters, because even though their vst’s are good, they are not as good as third party software companies such as Native Instruments or Arturia. Anything that can be made in ableton or logic can be made in Fl studio. The most important thing is optimizing your work flow for some people ableton does that. For me Fl studio does. Some people like to have their effects and plug-in options restrained to a bar under their timeline. I like to be able to switch between full screen piano rolls and my instrument rack, as well as a visual mixer that resembles a real life mixer. That is why I prefer to studio.

        http://Www.soundcloud.com/reanim8


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        1. Nina Ulloa

          do you mean Pro Tools is rarely used in electronic production? because it’s definitely used outside of it. i think FL is widely underestimated by people who DO know how to produce music. i find that many producers assume FL is shitty / for people who don’t know what they’re doing.


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    2. FL Studio is Here

      Ever heard of Avicii, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5, Brian Transeru, Porter Robinson, Feed Me, Madeon, Bass Hunter, Ephixa, Savant, Seven Lions, Cazzette, Boi1-DA, The Flashbulb (Benn Jordan), Sarom Soundz, Jay Frog, Tritonal, Maor Levi, Tom Swoon, Dot Rotten, Ummet Ozcan, Tristiam, Bare, Camo & Krooked.. plus 100′s of other professional artists and producers are all using FL Studio. You are showing your ignorance. BTW this was also made in FL Studio – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo1HRc_BseA


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      1. Max

        plus Mike Oldfield


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    3. Bradley Peters

      Hahaha oh wow. Seriously? As someone who has used both Logic, Ableton and FL Studio, FL Studio is by far the better of all of them (mind you my opinion is bias). First off Logic is a mess. It makes the simplest tasks unnecessarily complicated which wastes time and kills the creativity buzz. The amount of manipulation in FL Studio’s piano roll is better than ANY OTHER DAW. The routing features and native plug ins are beyond exceptional and Maximus is probably the greatest thing ever conceived. You get life time free updates meaning you pay for it once. Image-Line offers great deals to its customers and they’re incredibly loyal and their customer support is exceptional, unlike Apple which primes itself and charging a 40% mark up on the exact same specs of its competing opposition (and Mac users think they’re better HA!) At the end of the day you use what ever works for you. I’ve composed, mixed and mastered tracks in FL Studio that stump Logic in quality. I constantly hear Logic users complain about updates crashing their programs and making certain vst plug ins malfunction. FL Studio has stepped up its game hard over the last few years.


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  2. ben

    FL is the best, fuck the rest!

    Ableton = minimal techno bullshit
    Pro Tools = gay hiphop
    Cubase = old dirty guys


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    1. BitchesLoveMe

      …says the kid who doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about and assumes that DAWs are each limited to one particular style of production.


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    2. Amazing

      Literally the most ridiculous comment I’ve ever read on this site.

      And that’s saying a lot.


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    3. eegads!

      the ONLY folks i hear of using FL are the ones who….make ‘beats’.


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    4. Nick

      Somebody should read a book


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    5. Esol Esek

      sorry, chump.

      Ableton Live is amazing for ANY kind of music, especially since the release of 9 and the updates in the Max for live plugins. I’d still recommend buying some plug-ins (U-He’s are amazing) on the synth side (they now compete with old analog keyboards). The new Convolution Reverb in Max is great.

      Live is actually quick and effective for multi-track recording of a drumkit and band, but then know-it-alls have trouble gathering great players together to rehearse and record.


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  3. Mark

    Fruity Loops is the worst sounding of them all but thats what the Kids bang on…


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    1. ben

      fl sounds not better or bader than any other daw.


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      1. Nick

        Bader ?? Are you kidding me !


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        1. Jhim

          LOL you made my day xD


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      2. ?

        Ben’s Recommendation – Do not comment anymore.


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    2. Anonymous

      You are full of it


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    3. FL Studio is Here

      Ever heard of Avicii, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5, Brian Transeru, Porter Robinson, Feed Me, Madeon, Bass Hunter, Ephixa, Savant, Seven Lions, Cazzette, Boi1-DA, The Flashbulb (Benn Jordan), Sarom Soundz, Jay Frog, Tritonal, Maor Levi, Tom Swoon, Dot Rotten, Ummet Ozcan, Tristiam, Bare, Camo & Krooked.. plus 100′s of other professional artists and producers are all using FL Studio. You are showing your ignorance. BTW this was also made in FL Studio – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo1HRc_BseA


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    4. Louis Valencia

      You’re really ignorant. Any professional producer uses third party vst’s. Fl studio should just be used for putting the song together, not the actual sound design.


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  4. Producer

    Because we should definitely decide what DAW to purchase based on internet search activity rather than features and performance…

    I’ve never heard of a professional recording studio that uses Fl Studio.


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    1. ben

      who cares what “professional recording studios” are using? most of the use cracks.


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    2. Nina Ulloa

      if you’re looking at this list for ideas on what to get you’re probably not a professional recording studio…


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      1. Producer

        Good point. But there’s still no reason readers – professional or not – should use “Most Buzzed-About” as an indication of what to buy. Why not skip the chart and instead provide an informed take on the merits of different software options? If you don’t have the background to provide that take, find a contributor who does.


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    3. FL Studio is Here

      FL Studio is not designed as the center of an audio recording studio. But it certainly is used by professionals – Ever heard of Avicii, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5, Brian Transeru, Porter Robinson, Feed Me, Madeon, Bass Hunter, Ephixa, Savant, Seven Lions, Cazzette, Boi1-DA, The Flashbulb (Benn Jordan), Sarom Soundz, Jay Frog, Tritonal, Maor Levi, Tom Swoon, Dot Rotten, Ummet Ozcan, Tristiam, Bare, Camo & Krooked.. plus 100′s of other professional artists and producers are all using FL Studio.


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      1. Armando

        FL Studio is a complete daw. you can mix and master everything in FL. the same way you can record photos to a final to track you can do in FL Studio using the edison . a lot of people assume that it is child’s play. if you’re a professional then you know that it’s not. professionals study something before they make an opinion. just because you work in the music industry doesn’t make you professional. it makes you lucky. enjoy it. but don’t tell everybody what they’re using sucks because they’re not using ProTools logic or Ableton. reason will replace Pro Tools for recording, FL Studio is logic for PC. it will be on Mac soon. and it will become the new logic. you can use it as a full daw or you can use it as a VST and any other daw. you can rewire reason to FL Studio . I don’t know many software daww that do that. you couldn’t rewire reason into Ableton and use FL Studio as a VST. I don’t think anyone out there realizes the power in that. so everyone who says that FL Studio is child’s play. be a little more intelligent and do some research try the software.


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    4. Max

      Mike Oldfield


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  5. Andy

    FL Studio one of the most using digital music composing software. Infact very rarely used by professionals, targeted to only beginners and enthusiastic musica lovers.


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  6. calvin james smoove

    I OWN licenses to cubase ableton live and fl studio. When you have a finished product you wouldn’t be able to tell how it was produced. The whole audio quality is a myth, since audio engineering is a science please respond with scientifically sound rebuttals


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  7. Bruce Burbank

    Nobody cares how you made the song. All they care about is the end result.

    The thing with DAWs these days is that they all do pretty much the same thing. The big difference between them is usually in the architecture- how sounds and instruments are organized, where stuff and settings are accessible. Those things have much more to do with ease of use than how your mixdown sounds.

    Anybody can pretty much achieve the same thing in Logic as in Fruity Loops as in ProTools as in Reaper as in Audition or any of the others. It’s just a matter of which one is laid out most logically for you.

    As for me, I’m logging most my time in Presonus Studio One (composition, stereo mixing) and Digital Performer (surround sound mixing) and Soundtrack Pro (mastering) these days. Most my friends use Renoise or Cubase or Abelton.


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    1. Max

      right!


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    2. calogero

      yes!!


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  8. KevinC

    Studio One for da win.


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  9. Minneapolis Musician

    What is the significance of this chart?


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    1. KevinC

      That more people searched for cracked copies of FL online then any other daw.


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      1. musicmachineshop

        Bingo!


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  10. DG

    That’s how Nuendo became popular some years ago in the “home studio” circles. It was easily cracked and distributed by warez groups, who loaded it with viruses and scripts.

    A post production suite became massively popular among people who couldn’t even set up a high pass filter.

    Ask one of them if they know Reaper, a nice and very affordable DAW. They will have to search for the word, they are clueless.


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  11. wow how pro

    Good luck trying to properly set up a master channel in FL that conforms to audio specs.


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  12. RK

    I actually released for several labels and have been into music production for 15 years now. Nor does FL sound worse, nor do the others sound better. The same waveform sounds 100% the same when you compare the output. I actually use Cubase and FL inside Cubase. FL’s major advantage: Working with loops & fast creation of beats. FL’s mainly my sampler and groovebox inside Cubase, while I use Cubase to address all my external hardware


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  13. Jordan Owens

    I use Reaper.

    Feel free to bash me now for being that rebel that uses some trash that doesn’t even make the list.

    Yayyyy.

    Mediocre recordings brought to you by Sour Mash Recording Industries, LLC

    President, Smri

    @smrimusic
    @jordanowens45


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  14. mark

    Well, I agree that protools is the choice for professionals, but.most of you are thinking inside the box. Most professiobals use protools to edit BUT analogue to mix. The sound is outside the box people. Only analogue post production will give you the best, high grade sound. Let the real debate begin.and Ben, don’t bother commenting. Its obvious you don’t have a damn clue what yoyre talking about.


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    1. mdti

      I know a guy who can master much better with his digital software than the studio with its loads of high end analog stuff. The former is also a dj who plays in various venues around the world, while the latter is always in his studio. Depends on talent and experience I suppose.


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  15. mdti

    (for info, I use Studio One and wouldn’t use anything else, as well as a few analog synths).


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  16. soniquarium muzika

    DAW’s are a matter of choice. Sasha once gave me advice while on tour. He told me to pick one DAW and learn it from inside and out. It so happen to be that we were on the Abelton Live tour with a bunch of US and he had just wrote Airdarwndagger using LIVE. It is the out board gear and the VST that you use to create unique sounds that put you on the map. The DAW is a personal choice.
    But the reality, that most do not want to hear, is SALES! That’s right, does not matter what DAW you use, if your tracks are not selling…then your just a basement producer who is having fun.


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  17. FL Studio is Here

    Ever heard of Avicii, Afrojack, rmin van Buuren, Deadmau5, Brian Transeru, Porter Robinson, Feed Me, Madeon, Bass Hunter, Ephixa, Savant, Seven Lions, Cazzette, Boi1-DA, The Flashbulb (Benn Jordan), Sarom Soundz, Jay Frog, Tritonal, Maor Levi, Tom Swoon, Dot Rotten, Ummet Ozcan, Tristiam, Bare, Camo & Krooked.. plus 100’s of other professional artists and producers are all using FL Studio. You guys are simply ignorant.


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    1. Mosely Surreus

      DAWs ARE a matter of choice and I think you are doing a great job of convincing the would-be producer to choose something other than FL Studio. Stop being obnoxious and stop pasting that from wikipedia. Everybody on this thread who needs to believe that their choice of DAW is the best needs to STFU and get back to making music or their day job. Btw… I use FL Studio and I like it… a lot. One more thing regarding “ease of use”… ask yourself who’s producing the music, you or the software? FL Studio may be a good option for beginners (was for me), but I’ve never heard an argument against FL Studio based on it being too easy to use (though it’s pretty easy to make a WACK beat w/ the step sequencer). I’m pretty sure there are people on this thread who know way more about using their DAW then they know about music composition, signal processing, and so on. DETACH YOUR EGOS FROM YOUR DEVICES!!!


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      1. Аркадий

        While it is bordering on spam, I think he is trying to make a point that there are a lot of professional users of FL Studio using it in professional settings. There seems to be a lot of bias and bigotry toward FL Studio in the posts above (without any basis in fact). Seems musicians are an insecure bunch and despite all claiming to be individual artists they want to all validate themselves by using the same tools that someone famous is using. FL Studio is as capable a DAW as any others on the list and at any time a good handful of songs in any top 50 were probably produced using it.


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  18. madetro

    To be honest, there are no differences between DAWs anymore because it all depends on the artist and how well they know the software, which is why FL is so popular among beginner’s, but that’s not to say that only beginner’s use FL Studio. If your music sound rubbish when using one DAW, using a different DAW won’t improve your music, it all depends on how well you know your software because once you do, you can do anything you want with it. A DAW doesn’t exist for a single genre either, and also, the main reason why FL doesn’t seem appealing to most people is because of it’s old name ‘Fruity Loops’ – forget that name, people! The reason why it was changed was more than just the silly ring to it – it was meant to show that even FL can stand up to your so called ‘superior DAWs’ (Ableton, etc)


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  19. Simon

    I’ve used a lot of programs starting from beginning of digital recording till date. All DAWs have pron and cons. FL is great (my son introduced it to me and I later became the one that convinces him to embrace the software) For a clear sound, determine your sample rate, don’t over use effects, minimize all volumes (just do good balancing), and maximize during mastering. I’ve used it on a song of an album where all other songs were done with pro tools, and nobody can tell the difference. You can as well run Cubase, etc., slaving FL as a vsti to let you do more flexible audio tracks recording and control, because there are sweet functions in FL that you will surely prefer as you keep trying various software.


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  20. EQ

    I am missing some important remarks here.
    Personally i do not like the FL interface, but having said that, it’s workflow seem to work out for a lot of EDM centric productions. It’s just fast!

    Together with some unique (randomization) functions, this makes it very appealing to especially the younger (=future) generation of producers.


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  21. Mr_jam

    well, I have tried Sonar, Cubase, and FL…and I like FL the most and I am using it until now. Then I have these friends which are also into music productions which uses Ableton and the other one is Pro Tools. What i notice is…the DAW that you really understand inside out how to use is the best music software for you. I even tried using Magix Music Maker and it is as well capable of producing descent music. It just really depends on the one using it. But speaking of FL Studio, it’s Piano Roll and Mixer is superb. You cannot also underrate the ease of use of this software…if you understand how to use it. Sorry for my english, I am not a native english speaker. :) Cheers to all music producers out there!


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  22. ben

    fl is boss b


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  23. Renegade

    Certainly this discussion is pointless, studio standard DAW like Pro-Tools handle complex and heavy recording sessions very well and has wider device compatibility also. Being an industry standard won’t mean that all other DAWs are hyped or useless. Once in the hands of a pro (in his/her mastered DAW) , no one will be able to tell the difference or the the software used to produce it. So, stop blabbering and stick with the one you feel more comfortable with. Haters are going to hate. (I don’t know why these studio and home music producing people put up such a naive argument, only newbies do it, I’ve never heard a pro say a thing like that)


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  24. tommy

    A real artist doesn’t cry about the shit he use..Fl Studio,Pro Tools,Cubase whatever DAW you use,it all comes back to your talent,the DAW is just a tool,guys..Talent is born between your ears,not between your legs


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  25. Jack

    Wow!!!
    What an awesome debating. I’m very impressed to be here.
    Trying to achieve my first hip hop Album using Fl Studio because of its simplicity, I was comparing the final Result of my Songs with those that use to run on the Radio and couldn’t see a big difference. Also, I could produce very good sounding Beats from it that I even could imagine.
    But I’ll take a time to learn Cubase myself to see nearly what people are talking about. I can imagine that combining it with Cubase might be the best thing to do.


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  26. lilharrell

    FL studio seen ok I’m just a newcomer to music but I like to make beat so is FL studio a good program


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  27. ste willy

    i love fl studio its great, who cares what DAWs people use ?? this is playground talk sort it out peoples and go make some banging hardstyle and shut it!!


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  28. Armando

    FL Studio is a complete daw. you can mix and master everything in FL. the same way you can record photos to a final to track you can do in FL Studio using the edison . a lot of people assume that it is child’s play. if you’re a professional then you know that it’s not. professionals study something before they make an opinion. just because you work in the music industry doesn’t make you professional. it makes you lucky. enjoy it. but don’t tell everybody what they’re using sucks because they’re not using ProTools logic or Ableton. reason will replace Pro Tools for recording, FL Studio is logic for PC. it will be on Mac soon. and it will become the new logic. you can use it as a full daw or you can use it as a VST and any other daw. you can rewire reason to FL Studio . I don’t know many software daww that do that. you couldn’t rewire reason into Ableton and use FL Studio as a VST. I don’t think anyone out there realizes the power in that. so everyone who says that FL Studio is child’s play. be a little more intelligent and do some research try the software.


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  29. fls user since the begining!

    I have been using Fruity loops since version 2! IMAGELINE SOFTWARE IS AWESOME! THEY THINK OF EVERYTHING!!!! NOTHING HAS ALLLL THE SAME OPTIONS! MAYBE YOUNGER KIDS USE IT BECAUSE ITS AWESOME AND NOT SOLD OLD LOOKING.


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  30. Dustin

    I use FL Studio to put together my songs. I usually make cinematic scores with it and Komplete 9 Ultimate VSTs. I only use a small number of plugins available in FL Studio.


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  31. Brunnwind

    Happy Cubase 7 user here. Simply love its clean layout, market-leading midi handling and the workflow that comes with it. I share users opinions of it being a full-blown allrounder that lets you compose, design, produce, mix and master absolutely everything from serious classical pieces to sophisticated electronic works. HOWEVER… DAWs are not all equal. Whoever claims that is a clueless idiot. Sorry.
    DAWs have strengths and weaknesses, as well as target customers.

    FL Studio’s sample manipulation resp. spectral functions are currently unmatched and can’t be recreated with any other software except custom Max 4 Life modules or Kyma, if you’re willing to spend 4000 $.

    Some music made by a professional sound designer who actually knows how to use FL:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJmA3OHxTOo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ390LISsOI

    I encourage all the self-proclaimed professionals to recreate this sound design with Pro Tools. Good luck.


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    1. majastman

      I used fl studio, now i use reason. Also i used reaper. Lots of info i got from pro tools tutorials. So if you know what you’re doing you can use any DAW, but some of them a better for mixing, some of them for producing…


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  32. Just music

    The DAW one is using doesn’t matter.
    It is true that most of the professional studios are using protools, but remember that every professional sound engineer has learned on Protools, or Cubase etc… Not Fl Studio, which is a young software, that has progressively rises to the concurrence’s level.
    I believe you can do professional sound on Fl Studio, as on every DAW actually, as soon as you use external vst’s and plug ins.


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  33. tommy

    Use what ever works for you. The true artist doesn’t complain,he/she just makes music :)


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