FL Studio 12 – what’s new and better


FL Studio 12 was officially released in April 2015 .  Here’s what has improved in Image Line’s latest offering.

Having had a little play with FL Studio 12, here are some thoughts and the main improvements over previous versions.

Firstly, it has a reworked user interface that is now vector-based, allowing smooth scaling to any screen size or resolution you use.  It looks a lot better.  It will also  happily scale up to monitors offering up to 8K in resolution with no loss in quality.  There is better plugin compatibility and stability for 32-bit and 64-bit VST plug-ins.  Something I’ve had issues with previously.  It can also scan unlimited locations for plugins now.

Multi-touch control has been extended and also added to the mixer, which itself has been re-designed.  You can for example re-size elements to adjust for the size of your fingers.  There’s lots of ways to use FL Studio 12 with touch screen monitors.  You could have the mixer on a touch screen and use it much like a hardware controller.  Awesome!

There are also various layout options for the DAW to suit a variety of workflows.

So here’s a rundown of the main improvements and ones that I like in particular:

  • Fully reworked, scalable user interface.
  • Multi-touch extended to the Mixer.  This is a godsend, and saves me a lot of clicks!
  • Browser improvements.  Category tabs and delete content within it.  You can right-click and delete content straight from it.
  • Channel Menu.  Channel Options move from the Toolbar Menus to the Channel rack.
  • Channel settings integrated into the Plugin Wrapper
  • Pattern Menu moved from the Channel rack to Toolbar Menu and Pattern Selector.
  • Piano roll updated.  Auto-zoom can be deselected from the Settings > General > Auto zoom when in Piano Roll
  • Playlist.  Multiple drag and drop of audio files from Windows Explorer
  • VST Plugins installation and compatibility improved



FL Studio Fruity Edition – €89.00
FL Studio Producer Edition – €189.00
FL Studio Signature Bundle – €289.00
FL Studio + ALL Plugins Bundle – €680.67

Existing FL Studio users of course get a free upgrade (it gives free upgrades for life).

Buy FL Studio 12 online