Since we launched FL Studio 64 Bitwe've had a lot of questions from customers asking if they should switch from FL Studio 32 to 64 Bit. In this video we look at the differences and similarities between these two versions and hopefully make the decision a little clearer.
Access up to 512 GB RAM and 8 TB virtual address space, depending on your Windows version.
32 Bit bridged and 64 Bit native VST plugin support.
Project compatibility between 32 and 64 Bit versions.
FL Studio available as a 64 Bit VST plugin for use in 64 Bit VST hosts.
64 Bit Rewire client.
The following features & plugins rely on 3rd party code that is not available in 64 Bit at this time - Buzz Adapter, Edison 'Clean Audio' function*, FL Slayer, Fruity Soundfont Player*, Synthmaker/Flowstone*, Wasp/Wasp XT.
Should I use FL Studio 32 or 64 Bit? - We recommend you load projects made in FL Studio 32 Bit and 64 Bit in their respective native versions. Loading a 32 Bit project in FL Studio 64 Bit (and vice versa) can result in many bridged VST plugins. Bridging uses more CPU and can reduce stability of FL Studio when plugins behave badly (please report it to Techsupport). If you want to switch to FL Studio 64 Bit then you should also update your 3rd party VST library to 64 Bit. If you still use lots of 32 Bit plugins, perhaps 64 Bit versions are not available, then we recommend you stay with FL Studio 32 Bit. Remember, you can use both FL Studio 32 and 64 Bit depending on your needs.
What's the difference between FL Studio 32 and 64 Bit? – The maximum memory 32 Bit applications can access is limited to 4 GB while Windows currently sets the 64 Bit limit to 512 GB of RAM and 8 TB of memory address space per application. However, FL Studio 32 Bit includes several memory management tools that allow users to bypass the 32 Bit 4 GB limitation by loading samples and VST plugins in separate processes that don’t add to FL Studios memory count.
Why is this so complicated? - It's actually not so complex. If you switch to FL Studio 64 Bit then you should also update your VST library to 64 Bit. If you are working on older projects made in FL Studio 32 Bit, it’s probably a good idea to use the 32 Bit version of FL Studio. Generally, try to minimise the number of bridged plugins regardless of the FL Studio version.
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