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FL Studio 21.1
Released: 8 August 2023
Colored waveforms - General settings option to color code frequency content in audio waveforms. This applies to the Browser, Playlist, Sampler Channel etc.
MIDI Control - New 'External sync' mode & improved MIDI master clock stability. This allows FL Studio to sync to an external MIDI Clock so that it plays in time to an external MIDI clock source.
Automated updates - Option to automatically download FL Studio updates and apply them at the next restart.
Snap to Scale - Piano roll option to snap notes to the selected scale on placement or movement. See the note icon on the toolbar.
Menu > Tools > Script - Scripts are Python based that allows custom manipulation of Piano roll data. There are several pre-made scripts or you can write your own. Scripting also includes automatic user interface creation. See the Piano roll scripting forum to share and discuss Scripts.
Themes - Change the mood of your favorite DAW. Look under General Settings > Miscellaneous > Theme.
Project Folders - Option under the 'Projects > General Settings' that opens a 'New project' window, optionally shown, when a new project is created or saved. This allows all project data to be saved in a unique per-project folder with sub-folders for Recorded, Rendered and Sliced audio.
File Settings - Added an option to auto save every minute (Afrojack request).
Language support - Spanish, French (coming soon) & German, in addition to English and Chinese.
Put undone recordings in the recycle bin' - On by default. Otherwise they will be deleted on undo.
Invert pencil buttons - Swaps the behavior of a pen's secondary button with the primary button.
Alternate Undo - Now on by default when installing on a new computer.
Export - Rendered files are automatically selected in the System file Browser when opening the destination folder.
File (menu) - There is a new 'More' sub-menu showing up to 50 recent items.
File Support - Apple .m4a Audio format now load.
Metronome - Separate options for the Preview and Metronome Mixer track in Audio Settings.
New from template - Menu updates when templates are added and removed.
Plugin Manager - Some non-compliant plugin search paths are no longer allowed.
Settings window - The window has been redesigned to allow multi-language text which may require more space. Also allows adjust the height of the settings window so it fits on screens with a low vertical resolution.
Startup - If the startup project crashes the default project will be used at next startup (when load last project is set) to prevent crash-loops. The Splash Screen is hidden when an audio device shows an error so the message can be read.
Support - Crash logs now show the Windows version.
Text entry - Typing a long and short space character is now done with (Alt+Ctrl+Space) and (Alt+Shift+Space).
Touch Controller - Visualize note activity on the touch controller coming from the selected Channel when note data is being played from the Piano roll.
Type in value - More information about current value is shown when selected.
Typing to Piano - The octave for the typing keyboard can now be changed with (Alt+Number-Pad 2-6).
CPU - Improved CPU usage associated with Mixer processing improvements.
View > Tests - Run tests asynchronously
Debug log - Show names of updated Browser folders in the debug log.
Tags - Click on TAGS (at the bottom) to open more options.
Favoriting - Click the star on mouse-over of content.
Search - Boolean search queries ("Big Kick" vs Big Kick). Folder icon in search field to restrict found items to the current folder only. 'Type to filter' menu option to decide if typing a letter filters or selects items. Selects the first folder when searching in views with multiple columns. Search results show folders with a matching name. Show the full path as the hint for filtered items.
Locate file - Right-Click option on a file to highlight it in the System file Browser.
Tags - You can (Right-Click) to remove tags.
Tabs - (Right-Click) Tabs to enable option to individually remembered Tab sizes.
Multi-selection - Multiple selection of items including: (Shift+Click) and (Alt/command+Ctrl+Click).
Content Formats - .fxp, .fxb and .vstpreset files are now tagged as plugin 'presets'. .mid MIDI files are tagged as 'score'.
Tabs - New (Right-Click) Tab options to move Browser Tabs Left/Right. 'Clone this tab' option.
Library Tab - Added online content for free and paid download. Content will be automatically available to plugins that can use it. Audio demos - Content library items can now have in-line audio demos.
Audio Preview - Starting Playback from the mouse-cursor position now possible via (Right+Click) OR (Shift+Click) and mouse-over for fine positioning. Browser Menu option 'Full sample preview'. Sample preview panel shows Sample Rate, Bit Depth and Stereo meta-data.
Option - 'Show icons and text on tabs'.
Browser - Added a 'Frozen' option for tabs. When 'Frozen' the Browser stops saving the state (which folders are collapsed or not). The 'Collapse structure' button acts as 'restore to frozen state'.
View - Automatically scrolls the Piano roll while transposing notes.
Mouse wheel precision - Increased precision when editing note voice properties with the mouse wheel.
Piano roll - The selected Channel is opened when (Double-Clicking) on an empty Pattern Clip.
Convolver - Impulse samples no longer have length limit.
Audio Editors (Scripting) - Convolver, Edison & Slicex; Python replaces PaxCompiler. Existing scripts have been converted to Python. Scripting now works on macOS in addition to Windows.
Editors (synced playback) - Relocate the Play head to any position in the Playlist, Piano roll and Event editor.
Formula Controller (and other formula locations) - Added new operators and functions to formulas:
New operators: fmod - 2 Operands (Floating & Modulo), 2 Operants (shl & shr), Bit operators (shift left & shift right).
New functions: Fold(x) - Wave folding operation (x = input signal Threshold and gain are always 1.0). Warp(x, y) (Warps signal "x" around to warp point "y"). Map(x, y, z) (Maps the value x into range [y,z]. Equivalent to x * (z - y) + y).
Mixer - The window no longer automatically opens when a new audio or instrument track is created.
Installation - Users can no longer save files to the FL Studio install location. The FL Studio installer will no longer associate the program with .flp files in Beta builds to prevent accidental saving to Beta.
21.0.3 (Maintenance Update)
Released: 12 April 2023
Browser - Added a shortcut to send a file to the selected Channel (Ctrl + Alt + Click / Cmd + Option + Click).
Browser - Default plugin Tags can now be disabled in the Browser Menu.
Browser - New 'Installed' content badge for items in the Library tab.
Browser - New 'Refresh' icon / button appears in the search window when Projects change.
Browser - Pattern groups from the Picker Panel show in the Current Project section.
Browser - Tab list can now scroll when there are too many tabs to show.
Channel Settings - Master Pitch wheel now increments per 100 semitones when the mouse wheel is used.
Files - Project files can be dropped on the Channel Rack to open them.
FL Studio Desktop - The HTML background option now uses the embedded Edge browser (on Windows).
FLEX - Packs can now be dropped from the Browser on the Channel Rack window to open a new FLEX instance.
MIDI Settings - The Controller Type list in the MIDI settings window now shows scripts first.
News Panel - Items show the date they were published.
Playlist - Audio Clip Fades. Old projects now load with automatic crossfades turned off.
Playlist - Deleting all grouped clips in the Picker Panel doesn't remove group if it's empty.
Plugins - New detached plugin windows are now opened on the same screen as the FL Studio window.
Project Info - Now includes the number of Playlist Arrangements in the project.
MIDI Scripting: - Added the following:
Function to get information to identify a device.
Function to start and stop playback.
Function to clone patterns.
Function to get the index of the "active" effect plugin.
Function to retrieve the MIDI channel for a linked control.
support for global channel indexes within the plugins module.
Function to open the editor window for effect plugins.
Function to set the target mixer track for a channel.
Functions to control step input mode.
Allow MIDI devices with the same name to use different scripts.
New function - channels.showGraphEditor now also accepts a channel group index parameter.
New function - Added a function to let a script show some notifications.
Function - The "res" parameter in incEventValue is now optional.
FL Studio 20.9.1
Released: 22 February 2022
Quantize song jumps - Playlist Menu option to time Playhead relocation to the selected quantization option. From 1 Beat to 8 Bars.
Audio Clip Menu - Hold (Shift) when using 'Make unique as sample' to bypass the save location pop-up.
Show peak meters on instrument tracks - The 'Playlist Menu > View > Show levels on instrument tracks' displays peak meter activity on Instruments tracks rather than the solid 'block' activity indicator.
Browser - The Undo history in the Browser no longer opens automatically while undoing.
Mixer - New 'View > Always show external input levels' option to the mixer. Useful when monitoring is set to 'When armed' or 'Off'.
FLEX - Shows a message in the 'Free' and 'Store' tabs if there's no internet connection.
Show rectangles for parts of the Channel Rack & allow simultaneous highlight rectangles.
Notify when Undo changes the state of Stepsequencer steps.
Detection by hardware ID is now case insensitive. Because no-one got time for trouble caused by that!
FL Studio 20.9
Released: 15th December 2021.
Apple Silicon Support - FL Studio can now open Intel VST and AU plugins while running in native Apple Silicon native mode via a process-bridge. NOTE: Some DirectWave sample format import functions have not been fully refactored.
Playlist - On track controls: Input, Recording location, Monitoring and Arming. There is a new Playlist menu option to show/hide the controls 'View > Show controls on audio tracks'.
Recording Location - Choose from 6 locations in the input signal path, including the Direct Input from your audio interface. Selecting an external input will set the recording location to 'External input only' that avoids recording internal audio. Useful when making multiple takes on the same Playlist Audio Track / Mixer Insert.
New Monitor options (Off, When armed and On) - From the Playlist, (Right-Click) Playlist Track header, Audio Tracks > Track Mode > Select audio input option to select an Audio Input. The default value for 'Monitor external input' is 'When armed'.
Loop Recording - Improved stability with small loops.
Mixer Tracks - Now possible to arm a Mixer track that doesn't have an external audio input selected.
Automation Clip Editor - New Automation Editor. Includes a target list and the ability to manage, edit and locate link targets. There is also Multiple selection of points in all Envelope Editors (including plugins).
Event Editor > Automation Clip - A new conversion algorithm more accurately represents the original Event Data, with fewer Control Points and curve approximation.
Automation Clips & Envelopes - (Shift+Right-Click) to add Control Points at the current value of the Envelope. Works in the Playlist, Automation Clip Editor and Plugin Envelopes (e.g. Sytrus, Harmor etc). NOTE: If Snap is on, use (Alt+Shift+Right-Click)
Channel Rack & Channels:
Layer Channels - Added a 'Sequential' playback mode (round-robin style).
Channel Rack Selectors - For a selected Channel, changed from (Single-click) to (Double-click) to select all Channels.
Channel Settings - (Right+Click) 'Type in value' Channel Pitch bend Range control now allows semi-tone values.
Peak Meters for Audio Tracks - Optional Peak Metering for Audio Tracks. Enable or Disable from the Playlist 'Menu > View > Show levels on audio tracks'.
Selection & Multi-selection - Playlist tracks are now selectable. (Ctrl+Up/Down Arrows) selects a track. (Ctrl+Alt+Up/Down Arrow) extends the selection.
Clone Tracks (Right-Click) - Use the Track Header Menu to duplicate existing Playlist track/s, with the option to Clone Patterns, Audio Clips, Automation, Effects (in linked Mixer tracks) and Grouped Playlist Tracks.
Multi-load - Dropping an Instrument preset on multi-selected Playlist tracks will add an instance of the plugin to all selected Tacks. If Tracks are in Instrument Track mode - Dropping an Effect preset on one of a multi-selection of Instrument Tracks will add the Effect to all selected tracks in the group.
Make unique Clips - Now shows a warning when you make a Playlist selection and use 'Make unique' where a large number of Clips are selected. Are you sure? [Y][N].
Merge Clips - Now works for all selected clip types.
Grid contrast - Playlist & Piano roll, 'View > Grid contrast > High', 'Medium' or 'Low'.
Sampler Channel & Audio Clips - New 'Stretch Pro' mode with Formant control. Keep on disk - Now works on macOS for long samples.
SoundFont Player - New 64 bit and macOS compatible SoundFont Player plugin (replaces Fruity SoundFont Player).
FLEX - Dump score to Piano roll feature, for patches with included scores (Pitch panel).
FPC - 'Use current layout' that prevents the current note layout changing when you select a new preset. On by default.
Slicer - 'Fill gaps' and 'Alternate fill gaps' now work in 64 Bit Windows and on macOS.
NewTime - New Shift Markers. Groove and Shift controls now color coordinated with corresponding Markers.
Patcher - User interface - The Map Tab is now a static workspace with Scroll Bars. (Middle-Click) now selects the map for panning, replacing Plugin Picker. Use (F8) or the Toolbar. New user-sizeable grid for control snapping. Added Minimap to aid navigation when zoomed in. See shortcuts and gestures. Workflow - Hold (Alt) when dropping a plugin preset to create an unconnected module. Hold (Alt) key when dropping a plugin preset to add it without any connections. Plugins added from the menu are now placed at the mouse click location.
Improved Undo - Added 'General Settings > Undo history > Alternate undo mode' where (Ctrl+Z) will step backward through the change-list. Most changes made in FL Studio can now be undone and redone. Notable undo improvements: Instrument Channel and Effect preset loading. Replacing Audio files in Channels. Grouped mixer tracks, Input select monitoring and Latency. Envelope changes. Adding, editing and removing Target Links and significantly improved undo for Audio Recordings (removed in the order they were created).
Support for context aware values - Automation Clips where targets are also context aware. (Right+Click) 'Type in value' windows for 7 Band EQ, Beepmap, Blood Overdrive, BooBass, Delay 2, Fast Dist, FL Keys, Flangus, FLEX, Fruit Kick, Fruity Send and Tuner, Granulizer, Harmless, Ogun, Panomatic, Stereo Enhancer, Squeeze FX, Wave Shaper, X-Y Controller and XYZ Controller now are context aware. Add Hz, dB, % etc when typing in values to specify the format.
Typing to Piano keyboard - Added a more octaves, root-note selection and new key signatures. Those designated '+ Chords' include chords on the number-keys.
Wrapper - Allow saving .vstpreset files for VST3 plugins.
Sample Length - FL Studio now supports > 2GB samples when recording, saving, loading and editing using 64 bit lengths instead of 32 bit. This represents a recording time of more than 6 years at 44.1 kHz (32 Bit float). Which will run out first; the electricity, disk space or your patience?
General Settings - Choose Sharp or Flat naming for black notes, where displayed. When changing Languages warnings are now shown in multiple languages, if necessary.
Licensing & Unlock - Download license updates without email and password (after an initial unlock). Persistent token. New Logout option to return FL Studio to Trial Mode.
Global Links Dialog - 'Generic links' renamed to 'Global links' throughout the program. Because that is what they are!
News Panel - Clicking the News now shows a (right-side) feature-rich pop-out panel rather than just a drop-down list.
Controller & MIDI Scripting - FL Studio now sends a device identification message when a new MIDI devices are detected. New MIDI Scripting features and functions:
Way to show and hide 'miDisplayRect'/'crDisplayRect' without a time-out
Added '6' (VER_ArchAndBuild) as a valid parameter value to getVersion function.
Function to dump the score log and to clean the log.
Function 'mixer.isTrackMuteLock' returns True if the Mute for track at 'index' is locked.
Function to get the id of the focused window.
Function to Perform Quick Quantize Start Times function.
Function to query "docked" status of a mixer track.
Function to query the number of presets in a plugin.
Function to retrieve note names published by plugins.
Function to scroll the mixer window by specifying the first visible channel.
Function to show which tracks in the mixer are active.
Get Channel/Track volume in dB.
Hardware refresh flag when the channel rack filter changes.
Option for 'ui.ScrollWindow' to scroll horizontally where possible.
Optional pot pickup functionality for direct script access.
Parameter to 'miDisplayRect' to indicate what tracks the rectangle applies to.
'Scroll to view' flag for 'miDisplayRectangle'
'Scroll to view' flag for 'ui.crDisplayRect'
Track selection functions in the playlist module.
Way to display a red box around channels selected for editing.
Improved detection of linked inputs and outputs through the hardware ID string
Frequency Shifter - Special effect to create metallic, dissonant, ring modulation and phasing effects. Included free with Producer Edition and up.
3x Osc - New, optional, high quality anti-aliasing to oscillators (HQ switch).
ZGameEditor Visualizer - New video scrubbing/jumping option for the 'Video Controller effect. Add multiple instances of the same Web-Cam to the plugin. New 'Luminance average' internal controller for each buffer available on the (Right+Click) Link to controller option. New 'Peakmap' effect by Dubswitcher.
Mixer - Increased brightness of volume (dB) label on Mixer Tracks. Track (Right-Click) & Mixer Menu options to reset routing for selected Mixer track(s) to default. Mixer Menu > Recording - Added an option 'Apply track level and mute when recording' so these can be ignored when recording 'Post' effects in the mixer.
Maximus & Limiter - Added a menu option to disable the -0.2 dB safety margin.
Burn to MIDI - Additional reset options for Swing and Arpeggiator pop-up after selecting Burning MIDI.
Toolbar - Added a toolbar button to change set language. This will appear by default when the language is changed from the default.
Edison - Apply visualization options without closing the menu when (Right+Click) is used. Renamed 'Disable undo for large samples' menu to 'Enable undo for large samples'.
Piano roll - Added an option to preview notes as they are mouse clicked into the piano roll during playback. The Note Properties dialog is now always shown on the same screen as the Piano roll.
MIDI Settings - Added 'Pickup' functionality for controls linked to external controllers (option in General settings).
Playlist - Renamed 'Consolidate track(s) > Full song' to 'From song start' to match export options.
Control Surface - Added a 'Show labels' option to show or hide control labels.
Patcher - Added (Ctrl+C) and (Ctrl+V) for copy and paste on inactive parameter popups.
MIDI Scripting - Added: Option to get user defined name to the GetPluginName function. function mixer.isTrackMuteLock, getTrackStereoSep and setTrackStereoSep functions to mixer module, function to get color of keys for a specific plugin (only FPC for now), Hardware_Refresh_ControlValues flag for OnRefresh event.
FL Studio 20.8.3
Released: 23rd March 2021.
Save dialogs - The Windows version uses the modern open and save dialogs everywhere.
File size warning - Improved the project size warning dialog to be clearer about file types and their sizes.
MIDI scripting - Added: Next and Previous preset selection functions in plugin module. device.getLinkedValueString function. device.getLinkedParamName function, device.getLinkedValueString function. Some plugins can now show values for their parameters as text feedback to MIDI controllers with displays. Plugins include the Keyboard Controller, DX10, DrumSynth Live, Fruit Kick and Plucked!.
Transport Controls - (Right-Click) the Pat/Song Switches to open the Channel Rack or the Playlist respectively.
Mixer - Increased the maximum width of the Mixer so all tracks can be shown without having to scroll. Assuming your monitor/s are wide enough.
Touch keyboard - The maximum width of the Touch Keyboard now depends on the key size.
Diagnostic - Includes information about the number and resolution of computer screens in use.
MIDI scripting - Allow selection of next and previous plugin presets. channels.selectOneChannel now scrolls to the selected Channel. New functions: Screen functions: removeTextLine and addMeter. getLastPeakVol returns last peak value. Channels function getActivityLevel to show Channel activity. Patterns function burnLoop. Optional parameter to channels.showCSForm to allow closing a window.
New in FL Studio 20.8
Released: 14th December 2020.
Frequency Splitter - Split and process audio into 2 or three bands using Linear Phase or Low Latency filters from -6 dB to 96 dB Octave. Visualize frequencies with a Frequency Histogram, Heatmap or dual display.
Fruity Parametric EQ 2 - New Frequency Histogram display, Linear Phase mode with artifact free high slew-rate modulation capability, Band
Mute switches, Solo bands, improved Finite Impulse Response (FIR) down sampling filter and updated UI including Phase Rotation display, Mid/Side/L/R frequency visualization monitoring.
Maximus - New Frequency Histogram display and Linear Phase filter mode.
FLEX - New Browser with three layout modes for improved visual discovery. Added and arpeggiator switch. For some presets allows turning their Arpeggiator(s) off. This will turn orange when the option is available.
Transistor Bass - Added V3 TB303 cutoff range based on our best science! Our mostest accurate emulation of a real TB303 ever.
ZGE Visualizer - Drag and drop content on the Main Editor window to create Videos and Image layers. (Right-Click) option to 'Save still image' to a custom size from the Main Workspace. Dragging and dropping image or video files on the plugin creates a Layer. Optionally, video is now preloaded to memory for improved performance and synchronization. NVIDIA accelerated CODEC now used to MP4 video generation (Windows only).
Video Player - Reduced CPU usage during video playback. Video is now preloaded to memory for improved performance and synchronization.
Language Support - Support for additional display languages: Chinese. More languages to come soon, see the forum here.
Glitch free plugin loading - FL Studio audio is less likely to be interrupted while loading plugins. NOTE: If a plugin introduces processing latency, then audio glitches can't be avoided.
Initialized Controls - Added a (Right-Click) option 'Delete initial value' to remove initialized values from initialized/automated controls.
Automation Clips - Increased precision for control and parameter automation. Added a Channel Rack & Picker Panel (Right-Click) Automation Clip 'Clone with links' to clone Automation Clips with their original links.
File size warning - Set the maximum size a FL Studio (.flp) project will save, before warning you about the size of the file.
Wrapper MIDI Support - There are now 16 'MIDI Channel Aftertouch' parameters at the end of the 'Browser > Current project > Generators parameter list', for all 3rd party plugins (VST, VST3, AU).
Wrapper > Troubleshooting - Separated problem solving options from the Processing tab and added 'Fast idle' option to increase the frame rate for some plugin editor windows.
Edison Desnoise (macOS) - Improved denoising algorithm to match Windows. New Smoothing control.
Toolbar (Right-Click) - Choose flat buttons because flat is the new phat.
MIDI Scripting - New plugin Channel Rack / Mixer function 'setParamValue' that controls the position of a plugin in the Channel Rack or Mixer FX stack.
Options requiring restart - FL Studio will automatically restart (with dialog) instead of just closing when using option that require restart such as Scaling, Language or User Data location. Yay!
Diagnostic - Now includes the most recent crash logs in its report.
New in FL Studio 20.7.3
Released: 26 October 2020.
Toolbar peak meter - Now indicates potential clipping even when the audio driver doesn't require it.
Playlist - Includes several workflow enhancements:
Make unique Clips - The Edit > Make unique option now applies to all Clip types and selected Clips.
Audio Clip source changes - The Start Point and Trim Edits are now preserved by holding (Shift) when using the 'Clip Menu > Select source channel' function.
Consolidating Playlist tracks - The Tools > Export all Playlist track groups option groups audio for Parent and all Sub-Tracks into a single WAV file, reducing the number of (potentially) unnecessary rendered tracks
Menus - All check (selectable) items now support Right-Click to check or uncheck them without closing the menu.
Channel Rack - Indicator shows when a drag-and-drop Plugin is to be inserted between Channels.
Revised unlock system - Changes have been made to make it clearer how to unlock FL Studio from Trial. A new Unlock Panel better shows the options.
Projects - FL Studio now shows a file-size warning when saving a project with large Edison instances.
Work with Pitch Bend range - channels.Channels_SetChannelPitchm, channels.Channels_SetChannelPitch.
Get Channel and Mixer plugin information - plugins.isValid(), plugins.getPluginName(), plugins.getParamCount(), plugins.getParamName(), plugins.getParamValue(), plugins.getParamValueString().
Command line export - Added batch export to .zip file to the command line options. Allow single file instead of a folder for MIDI export.
AKAI FIRE (pad colors) - Improved coloring of scales when using different root notes.
New in FL Studio 20.7.2
Released: 18 August 2020.
FL Studio Controls - Most controls in FL Studio now show their value when the mouse is hovered over them (like in native plugins).
Channel Rack - Option to disable Auto Switch Channel Group behavior. 'Auto switch channel group' allows users to deselect it to prevent auto-switching of Channel Groups. When selected, the original FL Studio behavior is exhibited (annoying 99% of users).
MIDI import - Hold (Shift) to suppress the import dialog showing OR hold (Alt) to force show it when dragging and dropping MIDI files onto the Channel Rack.
FLEX - Patch display and selector now available on the Wrapper. Loaded patches now scroll to a visible location when reopening projects.
AU Support - Internal presets of AudioUnit plugins are now supported.
MIDI Scripting -
Added new function selectedChannel that returns the 'index' of the first selected channel.
Added function getFocusedPluginName to retrieve the original name for the focused plugin.
Moved ProcessRECEvent to 'general' module.
Added ui.HideWindow to hide the Window specified by index.
Scripts can now indicate that the event is unhandled but requires no further processing.
Playlist - Preserve Trim Edits with the 'Clip Menu > Select source channel' function by holding (Shift), The Clip's start and end positions are preserved when a new Clip source is selected. Helpful when comp-editing alternative instrumental or vocal takes.
ZGE Visualizer - 'Remove unused' button added to Image tab. Added ZGE logo to the plugin editor window.
FL Studio 20.7.1 Update
Released: 29 June 2020.
NewTime and Newtone - Added Tempo display and Tempo sync button to Toolbar. Added 'Use project time on load' option
Tools (menu) > Macros - Remove all Edison instances.
FLEX - Added Ctrl + Up and Down keyboard shortcuts to directly load previous and next presets.
ZGE Visualizer - Added more parameters to 'Mobius Object' effect. Drop wave files with markers to import list of video cues. Reduced video memory usage and increased performance for complex presets. Dropping a sliced Audio File on the Video Cue section will auto-add cues. Clicking on a video cue in the video cue list will now trigger the cue. Fully transparent layers are now skipped to save CPU.
Speech synth - Focus the speech dialog text edit when the window is shown.
Mixer - Show a warning message when a mixer track route is deleted and a plugin was sending to it.
DirectWave - Improved plugin loading time when the editor window is not visible.
MIDI Scripting - Added auto-detection of python devices. Added 'widPlugin' option to 'ui.GetFocused' function. Added function to get receiver port number. Added 'mixer.isTrackMuted' and 'mixer.muteTrack'. Added optional parameters for 'device.midiOutMessage'. Added optional parameters to 'transport.setSongPos', Added optional value parameter for 'ui up/left/down/right' functions. Added pattern selection functions, Added 'ui.setFocused' function, MIDI sync indicator doesn't turn orange when event is handled. Scripts can now set a defined state for some functions.
Help > About panel- Show 'All plugins bundle' in About window.
Note envelopes - VFX Envelope for Patcher, allows you to continuously modify note properties Velocity (volume), Pitch and Pan. Plus Mod X and Mod Y per note when plugins are hosted in Patcher.
Create music videos - The hugely popular ZGameEdior Visualizer video generator has been updated many new and exciting visualizations and an overhauled video creation wizard. Select from a range of exciting video templates and drag to move text & other layers via the preview window.
SoundCloud export - Audio Export now includes 'Upload to cloud' option to render song to your SoundCloud account. Check SoundCloud's 'For Creators' page to connect with fellow creators or reach future fans wherever they’re listening.
Stepsequencer Euclidean rhythms - Advanced Fill Tool to explore Euclidean rhythms and new ways to get creative and break habitual beat making.
Internal MIDI capture - Burn MIDI to (Channel Button Right-click Menu) option records notes from the Channel's Arpeggiator, note effects or plugins that generate MIDI.
Audio Clips - The Audio Clip (menu) > 'Make unique as sample' popup now has 'Don't show this again' option.
FL Studio Mobile - Now has multi-output capability. From the FL Studio Mobile Rack choose the FL Studio Mixer destinations.
FLEX - Added modulation speed for the reverb-time. Added indication of available updates for installed packs (orange notice in info-bar). Now shows a message when a preset can't be opened.
Vocodex - Added option to use draft mode when rendering.
MIDI Out transport filter - New 'Transport flush options' menu to manage the data/commands FL Studio sends when transport buttons are clicked (Play or Stop). The menu is located lower right on the plugin.
ZGameEditor Visualizer - New effects (Youlean: Retro Road, Time Bar, Time Stamp, Image Rotation, Waveform, Drop Shadow). Options: Added color parameter to effects. Projection effect 'Transparent' option. Option to save still image of the visuals. Option to display background pattern in preview mode. Enhancements: NDI video streaming support. FLAC audio output is now supported for MP4 files. Uncompressed export now includes Alpha channel. Improved support for unicode characters. Improved preset loading speed (most presets should load 2x faster). Cables show dependencies between layers. Parameter values are now stored with higher precision (more than 3 BP).
Manage startup project - General Settings option to start with an empty project, Default template or Last used project. The 'Theme' selector from General settings has been replaced with a 'Silent startup' check box. When opening a project any missing packs are shown in the missing data window in FL Studio.
CPU management - The Wrapper processing includes an 'Allow smart disable' option to bypass 'Smart disable' for specific plugins that is
remembered for future instances of the plugin.
Default colors - Color Selectors now include 'Default color' setting for the Playlist, Piano roll, Event Editor and all other components. See the lowest cell on the left column marked 'D'.
Convolver & Slicex - Removed KB input buttons from window. Function now accessed from the Typing Keyboard Priority control on the Wrapper title bar.
Manage dialog popups - General Settings 'Manage warning messages' option for popup dialogs that display the 'don't show this in the future' option.
Help Menu - You can now open the What's New text file from the .
Auto-update license - If your license is about to expire FL Studio will show a message including a button to update it that opens the 'HELP > About' window to enter your account login details to unlock FL Studio.
New in FL Studio 20.5.1
Released: 17 October 2019.
This was a maintenance update to fix issues reported with the FL Studio 20.5 release. But all hope is not lost for excitement, new features include:
Plugin Manager - Now shows a prompt when the user wants to close the window during a plugin scan.
User data - When changing the user data location
FL Studio will offer to copy data from the old to the new location
FLEX - Clicking the Pack name will focus the selected preset in the right-list. The 'Online packs' section split into 'For Download' (for free and purchased packs) and 'Store' (for
unpurchased packs). Improved errors when downloads fail. Various bugfixes (solving Access Violations/Crashes).
ZGameEditor Visualizer - Added color parameter to effects. New effects (Alps, Boaty Goes Caving, Fluidity, Frozen Wasteland, Neptune Racing, Space Jewels, Spherical, Polyhedra, WetInkSpiral, Xyptonjtroz). Added 'Select all' buttons to images and meshes list. New Add Images (source) options including presets (whole ZGameEditor projects)
URL (Stream online videos) and Online Media (images and videos from pexels.com).
New in FL Studio 20.2 to 20.4
There was no FL Studio 20.2 20.3 or 20.4. Let's give a moment of silence for versions that never were.
New in FL Studio 20.1.2
Released: 20 February 2019.
Automation - Initialized controls are now shown in their own folder in the 'Current project' section of the Browser.
Plugins - Deleting plugins now asks for confirmation (as there's no undo).
Playlist - 'Group with above track' will auto-color the track when the parent is an Instrument or Audio track.
Playlist - Adding an Instrument or Audio track no longer switches from Pattern to Song mode.
Channels - 'Unassign from instrument track' / 'Assign to new instrument track' Channel Right-click option.
Missing plugins and samples - New window when opening a project file providing more information.
Ogun - New Ogun presets added
that were previously only available through Download Manager.
Harmor - New 'Olbaid' presets added to Harmor.
Wave Candy - Automatic mode change when the window size changes is now disabled by default.
Playlist Track Mode - Organize projects and speed workflow by grouping Instrument Channels to Playlist Tracks and Mixer tracks. This includes default Patterns for Instruments. Changes to the name
color and or icon of any member in the group will ripple throughout the group. To create a group
Right-Click Playlist Track headers and choose Instrument or Audio track mode. Alternatively drop instrument and effects plugins or audio files on Playlist Track headers.
Improved Audio Recording - Link Playlist Tracks to Mixer Track inputs
so audio is recorded to the selected Playlist Track. Follow up recordings are added as sub-tracks of the parent Playlist Track. Armed Input Mixer Tracks show orange faders to better display their state.
Pre/Post Effects Recording - Click the Input Menu icon to choose Pre or Post effects recording. Pre-FX recordings are routed back to the Input Mixer track. Post-FX are routed to the same Track as the Input Mixer track is routed to.
Channel Rack & Stepsequencer
Stepsequencer looping - Channels
in the same Pattern
with shorter lengths will loop to make up the difference. This restores looping behavior last seen in FL Studio 11. The feature Includes new advanced options
to allow control of per-Channel looping and loop-length for poly rhythmic patterns.
Stepsequencer - The maximum step-count has been increased from 64 to 512.
Akai FL Studio FIRE - Stepsequencer looping workflow enhancements (Set Channel loop-length & burn to MIDI).
New in FL Studio 20.0.4
Released: 7 September 2018.
New features and changes include:
Improvements to CPU usage - In complex projects where mixer tracks are routed to others
and threaded processing is on
you will notice significant improvements to CPU usage.
Patcher - More improvements to CPU usage.
Transpose patterns and channels in semitones - There is a 'Transpose' pop-up for selected Channels from the Channel Rack Options Menu
Patterns - in the Picker Panel (Right-Click menu) or from the Pattern Menu.
Mixer - Added 'Delete' item to the effect slot menu in the mixer.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of FL Studio we jumped straight from FL Studio 12 to FL Studio 20.
What's New Video
Mac support - FL Studio is now available as a 64 Bit native macOS Application. Includes Audio Unit (AU) and VST plugin support. AU plugins will scan
along with VST plugins
using the Plugin Manager.
Time signatures - See the sections for the Playlist & Piano roll. The default Time Signature is set in the Project General Settings and Time Signature changes with Time Markers. Right-Click Time Markers and select 'Time signature'. Use (Shift+Alt+T) to set time-signatures from the playhead position or over the selected time-range. Use the on Pattern Clip Menu 'Use current time signature' to set a Time Signature based on Playlist position.
Consolidate Clips (~ Freezing) - Bounce selected Audio and Pattern Clips to a single Audio Clip via:
Playlist Arrangements - An 'Arrangement' is the layout of Audio
Automation and Pattern Clips in the Playlist as you added them. Use the drop-down Arrangements menu to manage multiple Playlist versions of the project (working ideas
Plugin Delay Compensation - Automatic PDC now work for all normal use-cases including for Mixer sends. Manual and Auto-PDC can now co-exist. Manual PDC is applied as an offset to Auto PDC. Updates include:
Audio recording - New audio input delay control on the INPUT menu
to fix latency issues with individual audio inputs.
Icon colors - Automatic (Orange)
Manual (Blue) or not set (gray).
Mixer menu - Plugin Delay Compensation > Reset manual latency on all tracks - Option to reset all manually set latency values to zero.
Metronome - Now latency compensated.
Mixer FX Slots - Latency compensated Wet/Dry mix knob. Processing delay is now compensated when mixing the Wet/Dry signals from an effect for each FX slot.
Continuous adjustment - Roll the Mouse-wheel over the time icon or latency display (Mouse-wheel) = 10 ms steps
(Ctrl+Mouse-wheel) = 1 ms steps
(Ctrl+Alt+Mouse-wheel) = 1 sample steps. Mouse-wheel works in three places: Track Input latency icon (FX panel)
Track Output latency selector (FX panel)
Track Output latency icon (Mixer Tracks).
Wrapper Offset - The latency shown in the Wrapper Info can be set and saved per plugin. Use to compensate plugins that consistently report an incorrect latency.
Audio recording - Realtime display of audio data as it is captured. Multiple takes are grouped when recording.
Playlist menu - View > Resize all tracks. Choose from 33% to 200%.
Time Markers - Punch in/out Time Markers so you can start/stop recording using Time Markers.
Hide grouped tracks - New option 'Playlist Menu > View > Hide collapsed grouped tracks'. When used
a small arrow on the right-side of the Track header
can be clicked to open and close the hidden tracks.
Playlist preview - 'Playlist Menu > View > Mini playlist preview' is selected by default.
Drumsynth Live - Added track names to the Send control's popup menu. Send works for any mixer track without prior linking.
Fruity Convolver (Update) - Added a PDC control ()
just above the Editor window
to set an impulse's latency so PDC is correctly applied. Related
there are two new Linear Phase EQ presets
'Linear phase EQ (Long compensated) and (Short compensated)' that make use of this feature.
Harmor - Visual feedback panel scaling oct/Hz scaling saved with the plugin settings.
ZGameEditor Visualizer (Update) - Layers can be collapsed. Buffered layers are more obvious. Text position and size can now be specified in decimals. Copy/paste layer to and from clipboard. New project 'Wizard' presets. Increased responsiveness to 'Linear' peak effect. Color button on HTML tab to paste color to test. New effects
New 'SplinePeaks'. Youlean: 'Blur'
'Bloom' and 'Color correction'. Improved quality for FFT based presets.
General settings - 'High visibility' option that makes switches and selected icons more obvious. Shows the hover rectangles around (most) switch buttons/icons. Scrollbars show hover color (white). Useful for those with color/vision deficiencies.
Render dialog - New options to 'Save loop' and 'Playlist markers'. Renamed 'Save Acidized' to 'Save tempo information'. Renamed 'Save slice markers' to 'Save note markers'.
Piano roll - The root note is more visible with keyboard 'scale highlighting' set.
MIDI Import - Two new options. Import time signatures - Add time signatures from the MIDI file to the Pattern / Piano roll. Import zero velocity notes - Treat notes with a velocity of zero as 'Note ON' instead of the default 'Note Off' messages.
Browser - The Drag-and-drop location of samples previews when dragging from the Browser to the Playlist.
File Settings - 'Shared data folder' has been renamed 'User data folder'. User data folder is automatically searched for samples (doesn't have to be in the search path list)
In-App Purchases - When saving using projects with trial plugins
or FL Studio upgrade features
it's now possible to buy plugins & upgrades from within FL Studio.
Installation - Option to unlock with a FLRegkey.Reg file from the 'Help > About' window
Plugin manager - Plugins can be dragged from the Manager list to FL Studio to load them.
Tap tempo - Sync option for tempo tap is now off by default.
Toolbar - All tool panels 1-unit high to allow for a more streamlined tool-bar for those who want it. Transport Panel - Has now been divided into 2 1-unit high panels. Transport and Recording Options panels. More later...
Unicode Text - Most FL plugins now support unicode characters when exchanging filenames and other text with FL Studio
User data changes - All your data
including Projects and Backup folders are now saved to a 'FL Studio' sub folder in the system User data folders under ...\Users\[your computer account]\Documents\Image-Line\FL Studio. If you keep this folder backed up
you should never lose any project related data or settings ever again! If you want to move this folder elsewhere
change the User data folder location in the File settings. If you see an 'Old projects' folder in the Browser
this points to the original FL Studio project location in the installation folder. We recommend moving your projects out of this folder to the new external data location.
Channel Rack - Menu > Channel name alignment. Names can now be left justified or centered.
Score logger - Tools menu > Dump score log to selected pattern. Additional time options - 2, 5, 10, 20 or 30 min.
View > 'Test' - Options menu to run predefined tests for development and tech support.
About Panel - Option to show password while typing (no more mistakes!).