Ah Image Line, it’s as if only yesterday I discovered the 9th version they created. I was only in high school then and now they’re back and bigger than ever with the release of FL Studio 12. This, to me, is still the best starting point for any bedroom producer as you can literally start making your song from the first click. Later I’ll be bringing an in depth FL Studio 12 review but for now I thought I’d talk about the things I personally loved about this music making software.
The Free Trial
For as long as I can remember, there has always been a free trial available from their website. Immediately upon opening the program you were presented with the basics to get the ball room with a sequencer that even a child could use. After 30 minutes of tinkering I already had enough boom-bap in my beat to feel excited about the idea of continuously being able to do this. My only problem was the inability to save (something that exists today) but what can you expect from a demo. For any body interested the Fl Studio trial version is available here.
Once you’ve gained enough experience I highly recommend upgrading to the full package but for the full experience you definitely need to get FL Studio 12 Producer Edition. The possibilities are endless and i found myself limited only by my own knowledge. The more I learnt about my craft the more use I got out of this software as it has many of the plugins and capabilities of some the leading industry programs out there. The more my skill demanded, the more it seemed to supply.
Even with all that, there is still a lot out there that doesn’t come standard. You’ll find yourself gathering samples and loops from all corners of the internet, and I guarantee there’s the right plugin for your project (if you don’t already have it. Although it’s no longer my main DAW, I still look back fondly at the time I spent with this program as mindlessly created chords and patterns to stick together in, what I would proudly call, a dope ass beat! So for those of you interested in getting your feet there’s no better place to start than with Image Line and FL Studio 12.
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