We’re thrilled to announce that Splice Studio now supports Image-Line’s FL Studio 20.
One of the largest improvements Image-Line brought with this latest installment of their popular DAW is Mac OS support (for versions 10.11 and beyond). In celebration of this, we’ve updated our desktop app to now allow for FL Studio 20 users on both Windows and Mac to take full advantage of Splice Studio, our cloud-based platform that makes backing up your projects and private collaboration easier and more powerful than ever before. If you’re an existing Splice user, simply download the latest desktop app to get started.
What’s more, all you need to do is sign up for a free Splice account to unlock all of the incredible features that Studio has to offer. Back up your projects automatically and instantaneously, collaborate with unprecedented ease and security, organize your saves with notes and timeline-based comments, and release your finalized or work-in-progress track for the Splice community to discover. If you’re interested in exploring some of these features in more detail, we’ve written up a whole separate post that gives you a more thorough tour of Studio.
With that in mind, let’s explore seven other great features that FL Studio 20 has to offer aside from Mac OS support:
1. Multiple arrangements
This is a great feature not supported by many other DAWs. In FL Studio 20, you’re able to switch between different arrangements. Can’t decide whether to start with drums or keys? It’s now easy to try both – you can add new empty arrangements, clone existing ones, and even merge arrangements. This is personally one of my new favorite features, and I can’t wait for more DAWs to adopt this feature.
2. Consolidating tracks
This feature will definitely save your CPU when working with a lot of plugins. Right click on a track and click “Consolidate – From Song Start.” This will render the track as an audio bounce on the playlist. This is also great for your creative workflow – once your track is consolidated, you can throw the audio into a sampler or Edison and continue to sound design. Lastly, consolidating can be a good way to ‘lock down’ your tracks. Every producer knows it’s too easy to keep revisiting and adjusting components of your track as you keep listening. Sometimes, the best move is to stop making changes, and consolidating will help you finalize your work.
3. More playlist tracks
While FL Studio 12 supported up to 199 playlist tracks, you can now use up to 500 playlist tracks in Fl Studio 20. This is great news for producers who tend to use separate tracks for everything as well as producers who love automation clips. And who doesn’t love automation clips?
4. Plugin delay compensation
This one could be considered more of a bug fix, but let’s celebrate it nonetheless. In Fl Studio 12, there were latency issues with certain plugins, especially when using sub mixes. These issues have now been addressed, allowing users more flexibility with parallel processing and complex audio routing.
5. Automatically grouped recording takes
This feature is amazing when working with vocalists or instrumentalists. Fl Studio 20 now separates and groups tracks as you do takes. All you need to do is set up a looped region and begin recording. The DAW will then create a new track below the previous take each time the region loops back on itself.
6. The VFX Level Scaler
This is a new plugin that allows users to scale note properties in real time as received from the piano roll. This can be especially useful for finding inspiration on an uninspiring MIDI pattern. The VFX Level Scaler is also a valuable tool for live performance on any MIDI device.
7. Dump Score Log – 2 , 5, 10, 20 or 30 minutes
This feature is one of my favorites, and especially useful if you use a MIDI keyboard to experiment with ideas. Imagine you’re playing around with a chord progression, get up and leave to make coffee, and come back 20 minutes later. You can go to Tools – Dump Score Log To Selected Pattern -> Last 30 minutes. This will input anything played within the last 30 minutes. Ableton 10 just came out with Capture, and it only does 30 seconds or so – Fl Studio 20 is definitely pushing the envelope here.
We hope you enjoyed our announcement and overview of some key FL Studio 20 updates. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.
August 29, 2018