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FL Studio Alternatives

Written by Dr-Hack



FL Studio is a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) starting from $99 and going up till $899. Lets explore FL Studio alternatives which give all features being given by FL Studio 12 but are Free / Open Source

A reliable FL Studio alternative which allows you to create professional quality sounds and tracks without the requirement of buying professional hardware while getting the same results. Fl Studio comes with a whole set of comprehensive tools that enable you to mix and match tunes, record some great music and even put your own remix by editing songs. Looking for a place to find such features in an alternative to FL Studio? Well, you’ve stumbled at the right place as we list out worthy substitutes that can give a good competition to FL Studio.

1 – Reaper:

Reaper (Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording) is placed at Number 1 even it shows a price is because you can use the trial version with full features for eternity as it shows a reminder popup to buy which you can cancel (just like WinRar). With Reaper, you can easily record MIDI and audio bits from various inputs together as well as splice your recordings as you desire. The handy program even jumps in proffering a treasure chest of MIDI and audio processing effects and even plays well with other third-party ones too. You can see a Video Tutorial of Reaper to get a better idea

Each item comes with knobs for snap points, fades, take FX and volume so you don’t have to toggle between different tools. A few other features read as Free Item Positioning, sophisticated branching undo system and native VST plug-in bridging and firewall. Reaper is works on Windows and Mac OS.

2 – Audacity:

Audacity is undoubtedly one of the best Open Source and Free DAW software which can beat FL Studio in many factors. This open-source program like FL Studio enables you to edit, mix and record sounds just the way you want. Audacity covers editing files that come guised in different formats such as AIFF, Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and Wav. With audacity you can also record live music, adjust the pitch and speed of the recording bit and even form a creative piece by merging together a variety of tunes.

As the developers further add, Audacity supports import/export of different file formats and even lets you transform all your vintage records and tapes, into a digital format. Similar to the aforementioned FL Studio Alternative, this software is also a cross-platform delight that complies with Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X PCs.

3 – Traverso DAW:

Traverso DAW allows you to capture sound of your local band or even a single voice without relying on something too complex. Traverso DAW is another ideal alternative of FL Studio, the audio recording and editing software caters to the professional sort as well as novices who prefer doing their recordings at home . Sporting a clean, easy-to-learn interface, it claims to be highly scalable and even comes with an Album Mixer that allows you to infuse your choice of songs with tons of effects.

The program plays well with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. Currently the latest built version is traverso 0.49.3.tar.gz but their website is giving database errors , although they have a detailed guide how to compile your Traverso DAW

4 – Avid Pro Tools:

Avid Pro Tools is very similar alternative of FL Studio.Avid Pro Tools claims to be ‘the new standard for audio production.’ The latest version of the digital audio workstation enters the virtual terrain bringing along features such as high-powered audio and video engines as well as expanded metering, 64-bit architecture and direct HD video workflows.

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Added offline bounce attribute for speeding up the final mix or stem deliveries and a low-latency input buffer for easily monitoring record inputs directly on native systems. Its just 2 years old and has a strong grip on the industry, provides Mac OS X and Windows compatible software. Avid Pro Tools is indeed a fully loaded program thus its price tag of $700 for the full version and a starting price of $29/month is heavy aswell. Avid Pro Tools is not a free alternative to Fl Studio as the other programs we have shared.

5 AudioTool

AudioTool is one of the only DAW which works totally on the cloud, that is right. AudioTool is an alternative to FL Studio but the only difference is that AudioTool works from within your browser which means it will work on any device which has a browser to browse the internet.

All of the Audiotool devices can freely be added to the app’s desktop where cables can be manually dragged from input to output mirroring the workflow of early electronic musicians. This approach gives full freedom when it comes to the routing, splitting or merging of the different synthesizers outputs.Use its LFOs capabilities to be synced via note values and you will even get this rhythmic background pattern you have been searching for all the time. Its massive filter section lets you tweak its 3 OSCs to its limits and the added audio input extends its sound capabilities furthermore. If you are not convinced yet how about checking out this comparison video

6 LMMS – Lets Make Music

LMMS (Lets Make Music) is another DAW alternative of FL Studio which is Free and Open source and beats FL Studio by a stretch while being a cross platform software which is updated frequently on Linux, Windows and Mac OS.

LMMS allows users to Compose music on Windows, Linux and Apple OS. Sequence, compose, mix and automate songs in one simple interface with note playback via MIDI or typing keyboard. Consolidate instrument tracks using Beat+Bassline Editor while Fine tuning patterns, notes, chords and melodies using Piano Roll Editor with a Full user-defined track-based automation and computer-controlled automation sources. Import of MIDI files and Hydrogen project files is also supported.

With a built-in 32-bit / 64-bit (bridge) VST instrument support. Embedded ZynAddSubFx: Polyphonic, mutlitimbral, microtonal, multi-voice additive, subtractive and pad synthesis all in one powerful plugin. Comes with various game simulation effects and 2 built-in oscillator-based synthesizers

Other FL Studio Alternatives DAW

The list above shows the most close alternatives to FL Studio and most of them are open source but that is not all, list below shows all FL Studio Alternatives found on the internet if for some reason you do not like the ones mentioned above:

  • OSS
  • Ardour
  • Rosegarden
  • Qtractor
  • Open Octave
  • Buzz
  • cSound
  • Pure Data
  • SuperCollider
  • ChucK

FruityLoops renamed to FL Studio, the digital audio workstation in the spotlight here blessed the music lovers with 4 editions to please different audiences. However, its services were only extended to Windows PC users and had a price tage. If you own a Linux or Mac OS X system and wish to create melodies of your own or mix few old ones, you’ll be able to find an abundance of FL Studio alternative right here. There’s also a couple of surprises in store for those who rely on Windows OS but are looking for a free substitute or different features. So which DAW have you decided to mix your audio with?



About the author

Dr-Hack

Owner and founder of Hackology Internet Security Portal and BlackAngel. These days teach hacking so others can stay safe. Apart from hacking, a Movie Fanatic.Also run a tech Blog, small projects like encrypted paste etc and various PoC and research articles

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