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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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Comments (42)
  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. 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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  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. 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. 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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  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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  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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