The beloved DAW finally gets the Mac treatment in its newest update. How does it compare to its Windows counterpart? We take a look.
For those of us that are into producing, we know all of the signature names when it comes to DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstations). It’s where we jot down all of our musical ideas, emotions and spurs of creativity in between. Depending on the type of computer you’re using, your availability to a certain DAW’s could be limited. For example, if you’re a Windows user, Logic Pro X isn’t an option for you. On the flip side, Mac users couldn’t use FL Studio (unless they wanted to use it via Bootcamp). Fortunately, a recent update to the latter software has fixed its compatibility problem.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their software, Image Line gave FL Studio an update that should excite producers everywhere. In their latest update, (named FL Studio 20) they have made FL Studio fully Mac compatible. No more special downloads or use on another computer. To be specific, any Mac user that has Mac Os 10.11 or higher can now use FL Studio as a 64 bit application. It also supports both VST and AU Plugins. So what else did Image Line update with FL Studio 20? Let’s take a look.
THE NEW STUFF
First off, let’s go through some of the new features that Image Line has added to FL Studio 20.
–Playlist arrangement: With this feature, you can clone and create multiple versions of a playlist. How is this useful? Here’s one example. Let’s say you have a track just about done but you’re not sure if you want a couple of instruments in the mix. If you create another arrangement of that track, you can take those specific instruments out without having to constantly mute/un-mute them from the mix.
–Time Signatures: You can now create different time signatures for different patterns and playlists throughout a project file. For example, you can write a beat in 4/4 time and have a melody in a different part of the song in 3/4 time.
–Rendering clips: Let’s say you have a piano part that’s done and you want to bounce it to use as a stem. You can now consolidate the clip as an audio file and make it easier to use as a stem or file.
–Audio Recording: The function for recording audio directly in the DAW has vastly improved.
And that’s just the beginning. For all of the updates, check out the video below.
So how’s the workflow on a Mac?
Honestly, I haven’t found much of a difference. In terms of regular workflow, the biggest difference I have found was using my trackpad. No disrespect to most PC’s out there but my past computers never had a mouse/trackpad that compared to my current Mac.
I have noticed that it was easier to maneuver around the DAW with a typical Mac trackpad than any PC I have ever used. Having said that, I know there’s a few kick ass PC’s out there that can hold their own with Apple’s track pads. At the end of the day, it does feel just a bit smoother to use FL on a Mac compared to a PC.
Another advantage to using a Mac for FL Studio is its compatibility with midi controllers. Since no drivers were required to install my Launchpad, I could simply plug it in and use it with no issues.
Finally, the last thing I noticed regarding the FL workflow on the Mac was the installation itself. As somebody who already owned the DAW for a number of years, I had the ability to go into my Image Line account and download the DAW with no issues. I commend Image Line for sticking to their word with free lifetime updates and purchases. When you buy a product from Image Line, it’s yours for life.
Fortunately for us former PC users, downloading the DAW on Mac was as easy as downloading the installer and activating our license through a demo version of the DAW. It couldn’t have been easier.
For all of your producers that haven’t used the DAW in years or have always wanted to try the DAW, I highly recommend giving FL Studio 20 a spin on a Mac. The compatibility is a game changer for those who never tried the DAW. If you’re interested in purchasing the DAW, you can find Image Line’s link below.
What do you guys think? For some of you that have been using FL Studio 20 on a Mac, have you noticed any major changes?
H/T: Image Line