Ableton vs FL Studio: How to Pick the Right DAW for You (2023)

If you’re new to electronic music production, Ableton Live and FL Studio are two of the most popular DAWs – the beating heart of the producer’s studio.

These two are great options (we use both in EDM Foundations), and as someone who has used them extensively over the years, in this guide I’ll help you decide which is better for you. We’ll cover:

For clarity, we’ve broken this article down into five parts.

  1. Features
  2. Workflow
  3. Compatibility
  4. SupportandResources
  5. Price

Remember, there is no universal best DAW, only the one that’s right for you. So, let’s break them down! 👇

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Ableton vs FL Studio: Features

Ahh, every music producer’s favourite part. The features.The part that makes music production fun and enjoyable for most people.

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This is very important to consider if you are looking at committing to a DAW, because depending on your goals and workflow, different feature sets can make a big difference.

FL Studio: Feature Packed

VersionGoodFor
Fruity EditionWriting Loops and Melodies
Producer EditionFully-fledged software with full export capability
Signature EditionFull software plus extra plugins
All Plugins BundleAll plugins included made by Image-Line

If you like options and don’t get overwhelmed by confusing interfaces, FL Studio is the clear winner here.

Want a mixer and step-sequencer on one monitor and arrangement on another? Easy. Want 20 different virtual instruments included? Done. Want FL Studio to make you breakfast? It’s most likely possible.

The main difference that sets FL Studio and Ableton Live apart is that not all sounds are bound to an individual mixer channel. It automatically assigns them in version 20, but you can still mix and match so that multiple sounds and instruments can be sent to the same mixer channel.

The same goes for the timeline. You can assign each sound to a track in the timeline, or you can put patterns wherever the heck you want.

One other major difference between the features of FL and Ableton is the plugins. Both include an array of instruments of effects, but FL definitely wins in the quantity game, especially with the ‘All Plugins Bundle’.

Harmor, for example, is an insanely powerful synth that has got years of development behind it, and Ableton is only just starting to catch up.

There are also so many damn effects in FL Studio, and it breaks them down nicely into categories when you go to load them in. You’ve got like 5 different distortions, multiple EQs, and other random FX. Go nuts.

With endless routing options, effects, and sounds, you might be thinking ‘I’ve made my decision now!’ But slow down. Sometimes, less is more.

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Simple, Streamlined and Able(ton)

VersionGoodFor
IntroBasic productions and looping, live performance
StandardFull production and live performance capability
SuiteFull production capability with extra instruments and sounds

Excuse the awful pun, but Live is a solid option if you get overwhelmed with options.

Yes, there aren’t 100 ways to do the same thing, but what’s there is quality, not fussy with sugary interfaces and just works.

On the left, you’ll find the browser, like in FL. It’s resizable, but only to a certain degree, and it stays there. Everything is broken down into clear sections, unlike the FL Studio long-rainbow madness.

The detail view is where the plugins and effects, audio and MIDI editor can be switched between. Unfortunately, you can’t have multiple at the same time, but if you like focusing on one thing at a time, it’s great.

And if you need things bigger or smaller, there is always zoom in the Look/Feel preferences.

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In the plugins/devices department, you get an array of very-capable synths like Operator, Analog and the newer Wavetable (a very legit Serum competitor).

While they are confined to the native interface, Wavetable has quite a nice interface with expandable windows, and for some, the native interface makes the sound design process quite fluid.

Additionally, the Audio Effects in Ableton are really damn good, with some great analog-inspired devices like Echo, Glue Compressor, and Amp.

Although FL wins at quantity, if you want more curated devices, Ableton takes the cake.

It still also has great features, which you can check out in our video below:

(Video) ABLETON VS FL STUDIO - Let's Settle This!

Lastly, one thing that Live can do very well that FL can’t do to save its life is live performance.

The session view is an amazing tool for live jamming, musical performance and even DJing.

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The Winner

For the number of features, FL Studio is the clear winner.

They jam-pack their software with so much that you’ll never run out of things to explore, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on your workflow.

That being said, Ableton Live still has killer, high-quality features that makes it a more than capable DAW.

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Ableton vs FL Studio: Workflow

Workflow is incredibly important for being able to use your software in a practical way that delivers results. There isn’t much point to using a DAW if you can’t output music with it. Workflow is what takes you from A to B.

FL Studio: 10 Ways To Do One Thing

Following on from the features, we can kinda assume that more features usually means a less clear workflow. That tends to hold true in FL Studio, especially for beginners.

To really grasp FL Studio, it requires a lot more time investment into understanding the software and how to make it work for you, which can be great.

It’s the beauty of having flexibility – you can adapt it to your workflow.

Even though Ableton might be easier to understand from the get-go, FL may suit your needs better in the long-term, just with a little extra effort to figure things out.

This is why FL Studio suits some people so well, because they can adapt it specifically to what they need, and this is even truer if you use multiple monitors in your setup.

Yes, Ableton has multi-monitor support, but with much less flexibility.

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That being said, if FL Studio has one thing it’s better at than Ableton Live, it’s the piano roll.

It’s way less clunky, has way more MIDI editing tools and is easier to fit into the interface with the floating window.

Whereas in Ableton, the piano roll has to fit into the clip editor down the bottom. It’s expandable but less so than in FL Studio.

Ableton Is Fast

If you want a fast, clear and creative workflow, Ableton wins.

While the device view might annoy some people who like bigger interfaces, the ability to bounce audio within tracks (Edison is mostly a nightmare in FL), saving things to racks and clips and using the session view for jamming, makes it worthwhile.

As per the features, the streamlined options makes things a lot easier to find. Here are a few highlights:

  • FX Chains are visual and don’t require opening plugins
  • You can create collections of your favourite samples/racks/whatever without copying the original file
  • Racks are very intuitive and can be saved for ease
  • Duplicating is easy and you don’t have to switch tools
  • Freezing and flattening audio is easy
  • Resampling can be done by setting input to Resampling, rather than exporting the whole track

That’s just a few things, but check it out for yourself. Coming from FL Studio, this was a game-changer for me.

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The Winner

For workflow speed, Ableton Live definitely wins this round.

While workflow is subjective and changes between producers, Ableton’s clear interface and intuitive tools definitely make it a breeze, especially working with audio. If you like workflow options, FL might be the better option.

You can get the same results with both DAWs, but how you get there also matters.

Ableton vs FL Studio: Compatibility

There’s no point in using a piece of software if it doesn’t work on your setup. So to avoid you getting excited about the wrong DAW, make sure to read this section.

FL Studio’s Mac Woes

Note: This is for the most recent version, FL Studio 20. Check here for full compatibility info.

VersionCompatible?
macOS (64bit)YES
macOS (32bit)NO
Windows (32bit)YES
Windows (64bit)
YES
LinuxNO

FL Studio has worked on Windows very well for a long time. It had a very fluid interface with very nice graphics (and still does, even more so).

Historically, FL Studio was pretty adamant that there wouldn’t be a Mac version of FL Studio, mostly due to the coding language’s incompatibility. Well, they’ve done a 180 and now they have one. It works. Mostly.

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As the Mac version has grown from a sloppy, Windows-crossover edition into a fully-fledged piece of standalone software, there have definitely been undeniable growing pains. But they’ve come a long way.

Most features have been ported over (with some glitches included), but there is no 32bit version of FL Studio for Mac, and your 32bit Audio Units won’t work, even if your 32bit VSTs do.

Let’s be honest though, you probably should be using a 64bit system, if you can.

If you’re on a Mac though, there’s always 32 Lives.

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And as with most software, no native

compatibility

on Linux, but you can use an emulator if you want.

Lastly, FL has gotten better on the CPU over the years. The vector interface is super nice and isn’t too much of a burden on the graphics card.

But the fancy GUIs can eat up system resources pretty fast, but that can happen anywhere if you are using third-party plugins.

Ableton: Great Compatibility, Infrequent Updates

VersionCompatible?
macOS (64bit)YES
macOS (32bit)NO
Windows (32bit)NO
Windows (64bit)
YES
LinuxNO

Note: This is for the most recent version, Ableton Live 11. Check here for full compatibility info.

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Up until Live 10, Ableton supported 32bit systems. Now they have canned it, which makes sense, but still might cause issues for some people. If that’s you, make sure to grab a copy of Live 9 instead.

Although they seemed to have ramped up the updates in the last couple of years, any long-term Ableton user will tell you it isn’t unheard of to not get a major update for a few years.

Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is relative. Plus, most of the time their minor updates will do the trick when it comes to glitches or software errors.

Also, all of your Audio Units and VSTs will work with Live just fine. They actually divide them into really nice folders so it’s pretty simple to find what you’re looking for, especially for Audio Units.

You do need to go into the preferences and enable Audio Units though.

As of Live 10.1, VST3 is now supported too!

Ableton is pretty good on CPU and system resources, as it is designed for live performance because you don’t want to be getting dropouts in that setting.

Like any DAW, it can be heavy on the CPU if you are using third-party plugins, but the native ones are very well-optimised.

The Winner?

In this section, it seems to be a tie.

Although FL Studio includes a 32bit version for Windows and supports both 32bit and 64bit VST on Windows, it’s still not quite there with reliability on Mac, which means they miss out on a large portion of their potential audience.

It is getting better though, which means that long term, FL Studio may be the better option.

In terms of plugin compatibility, FL wins that little bit more, because they’ve support VST3 a lot longer than Ableton has, and they now support Audio Units and VST, which they previously didn’t. FL is taking big strides.

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Ableton vs FL Studio: Resources and Support

Learning a DAW is a massive effort, and it’s not easy. In fact, music production, in general, isn’t easy. But having resources helps.

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Here’s what happens when I type in FL Studio and Ableton into Google Trends.

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Quantity of Resources: FL Studio

If you want lots of videos, articles and support, FL Studio is your best option.

Simply due to the popularity of the DAW within the electronic music world, it’s got the history and support of a lot of users. It’s also been out longer than Ableton Live.

Most tutorials on YouTube for electronic music and hip-hop are done in FL Studio. So searching how to do something will usually give you a tutorial in FL Studio, like how to recreate a certain sound, or make a certain genre.

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The customer support that Image-Line provides is nice, although there is no direct number, unfortunately.

Apart from learning, there aren’t as many native resources for actual production (like presets and sounds) available in comparison to Ableton, mostly due to Ableton’s superior rack format of grouping instruments and FX together.

But you can save effect chains and instruments as presets, so there is still definitely stuff out there.

Most audio formats are compatible with FL, and

soundfonts

can be loaded into the Fruity Soundfont Player, if you’re still into those.

Quality of Resources: Ableton Live

Ableton might have fewer resources, but what it does have is high-quality resources, especially in the way of YouTube tutorials.

The Ableton team has a great YouTube channel with examples and guides to help you. Plus, 90% of our courses are done with Ableton Live.

They also have a great, comprehensive yet simple manual available for free. In fact, it’s probably one of the best manuals available for any product or service I’ve seen – period.

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Ableton customer support is also pretty nice, although I haven’t needed to use it much, to be honest. Once again, there is no direct phone line, unfortunately.

In addition to educational resources, Ableton has great racks, clips, and project files available for purchase or download across the web.

The instrument, audio effect, and MIDI racks make sound design a lot easier to learn and sounds a lot simpler to replicate.

Of course, samples aren’t DAW-specific, but Ableton supports most file formats and even non-native formats like soundfonts and EXS24 for Logic Pro.

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The Winner

FL Studio wins this one for resources.

Mainly due to the popularity and age of the DAW. But it’s close, and you can’t really go wrong with either. In reality, both have enough resources for you to learn the DAW from a beginner level all the way to the advanced level.

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Ableton vs FL Studio: Price

You might be asking, why did you leave pricing to last?

Before looking at the price, know that the DAW you choose is a long-term investment.

(Video) Ableton, Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, FL Studio: Choosing the right DAW with Pro Tools expert David Franz

You might be tempted to make the decision on price alone, but consider what suits your workflow style.

Originally I tried out FL Studio because it was cheaper.

Ableton: Expensive and Worth Every Penny

VersionPrice(USD)
Intro$99
Standard$499
Suite$799

While the opening price of Ableton is comparable to Ableton, the ‘main’ version (Ableton Standard) is a lot more expensive.

Over double, in fact.

Now if you’re on a budget, Ableton Standard might be out of the question for you, solely based on that.

But make sure to try the demo first, you might be inclined to start on Intro and work your way up from there.

The Suite version is cheaper for the full-featured version with all devices (in comparison to the FL Studio All Plugins Bundle), but one thing you don’t get is free lifetime updates.

Of course, minor updates you will get, but for major version updates, you’ll be forking out

FL Studio: Cheaper, Great Value and Feature-Packed

VersionPrice(USD)
Fruity Edition$99
Producer Edition$199
Signature Bundle$299
All Plugins Bundle$899

It doesn’t make sense, but FL Studio is insanely good value for money, especially for the Producer Edition. $199 for a pro-level piece of software is a bargain.

Although the All Plugins Bundle is just that bit more in comparison to Ableton Live Suite, in all other areas FL wins on price.

But that’s not even the best part.

Free lifetime updates. Yep, that’s right. Forever. Ableton can’t even compare to that. Plus, FL seems to have slightly more consistent updates.

Remember though, price isn’t everything.

The Winner

The obvious winner in this section is FL Studio by a country mile.

$199 USD for a full version (Producer Edition) is pretty much nothing compared to $499 USD for Ableton Standard.

That being said, if you are the kind of producer who wants to splash on the extra plugins/devices, then Suite is $100 less than the top-tier version of FL Studio.

The Verdict?

So who wins overall?

Trick question.

At the start, I said that there is no ‘best DAW’ and that still holds true. Both have pros and cons and require you to make the final decision.

That being said, if I had to choose one for each kind of producer, I would choose FLStudiofortheproducerwholikestocustomizeeverything, and I’d choose AbletonLivefortheproducerwholikesafastworkflow.

The next thing you should do is download a demo of one, or both. That way you can test these things for yourself and make a final decision.

The last thing you want to do is commit without experience.

Remember, there are other DAWs you might want to consider too.

What Now?

Well, if you are inspired to grab a demo or go off testing these bad boys, go for it.

But you’ll also need more than just a DAW – you’ll need samples, sounds and helpful guides.

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Also, choosing a DAW is probably one of the most important decisions you will make in your production journey, so choose carefully.

Switching later down the track is possible, but it’s more difficult and is avoidable.

If you need more info on other DAWs, check out our complete DAW guide. Or, this article from our friend Rob at Musician on a Mission. Or, if you’re on a budget, check out some free DAWs.

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Lastly, what did we miss about Ableton or FL Studio? Let us know in the comments or by dropping me a line at [emailprotected].

FAQs

Is Ableton or FL Studio easier to use? ›

The debate over which DAW is better for mixing is heated. Some people say FL is easier to mix with, some people say Ableton is. But honestly I think that's just a personal preference. At the end of the day you can create incredible mixes in either program.

How do I know what DAW to use? ›

Knowing the type of music you are going to be recording and mixing is an important factor in deciding which DAW will work best for you. While programs like Avid's Pro Tools are the professional industry standard, it is software that is better suited for those who plan to record live audio – like a band in a studio.

Does Ableton have better sound quality than FL Studio? ›

Working with audio in Ableton is much better in my opinion, due to a few key factors. For example, recording into the software is less of a headache, seeing that it's pretty easy to set up. It honestly just works more fluidly than when trying to record in FL Studio.

Is FL Studio a good DAW for beginners? ›

For someone like you who is beginner Fl studio is a good choice because it has a simple and friendly workflow, great mixer, amazing step sequencer and piano roll and so on, but keep in your mind not to consider it like computer game such as some producers who are criticizing it in an unfair manner just like when they ...

What DAW does Kanye use? ›

Today in the 21st Century it's just more convenient to also use digital tools and not only analog hardware to produce music. So after Kanye West creates his beats with his analog gear he is using the Digital Audio Workstation called Pro Tools for the processing.

Should I get Ableton or FL? ›

The Winner. For workflow speed, Ableton Live definitely wins this round. While workflow is subjective and changes between producers, Ableton's clear interface and intuitive tools definitely make it a breeze, especially working with audio. If you like workflow options, FL might be the better option.

What is the #1 DAW? ›

Best DAWs FAQ

The #1 DAW in my view is PreSonus Studio One Professional. It has the most comprehensive range of tools to tackle everything from home recording, singer-songwriters and bedroom dance producers through to composers, arrangers, music producers and recording bands.

What is the most beginner friendly DAW? ›

  • DAWs for beginners Q&A.
  • Best DAWs for Beginners. Apple GarageBand. Bandlab. Roland Zenbeats. PreSonus Studio One Artist. Bitwig Studio. Steinberg Cubase Elements. Reason Studio.
1 Sept 2022

What DAW do most artists use? ›

Pro Tools. If you want the industry-standard DAW, get Pro Tools. It's a solid option for those who want to go into professional studio environments and especially those who are into mixing and mastering. One thing to consider with Pro Tools is that it's not really designed with electronic music as the focus.

Do professionals use FL Studio? ›

FL Studio is used by many professionals in the music industry, and it is one of the most popular choices for music production. If you are looking for a high-quality and versatile digital audio recording system, then FL Studio is an excellent option.

Do professionals use Ableton? ›

Ableton is the industry standard for many professional musicians and DJs. It has the potential to turn an idea into an award-winning piece of music. Ableton Live is the DAW of choice for many of the top DJs and producers around the world.

What DAW did avicii use? ›

Avicii travels with a MacBook Pro, but runs Windows on it with Boot Camp since he produces using FL Studio.

Do rappers use FL Studio? ›

A more universal gateway software platform there is not. Artists such as Tyler, The Creator, Skrillex, and the late Avicii have all stated FL Studio as crucial during the beginning stages of their production journeys.

What are the disadvantages of FL Studio? ›

FL Studio has a confusing routing, for example to use return tracks for reverbs, you will have to click numerous buttons to get that done. FL Studio has a somewhat steep learning curve, which can demotivate beginners. FL Studio's auto-saving feature is a bit late, which can ruin your project if you rely on it.

How long would it take to learn FL Studio? ›

Getting the basics down depends on how frequently you'll be using it, how much you practice, and if you are completing a course in the software. But a very rough estimation is that it could take between five weeks and over five years to learn FL Studio.

What DAW does Billie Eilish use? ›

As for the DAWs used, Billie prefers using Apple's Logic Pro X as her digital audio workstation software for producing music. Logix Pro X is another big hitter in the pop music production industry. Coincidentally, these are also the two that Finneas also likes to use.

What DAW is Travis Scott using? ›

So, what DAW does Travis Scott use? He, basically, uses three DAWs: FL Studio 11, Pro Tools, and Logic Pro X. You can find several pictures and videos online of Scott using these DAWs while creating his music in the studio.

What DAW is better than FL Studio? ›

Ableton Live

If you are looking for a DAW that will give you access to the tools and sounds of the pros and are into live performance, look no further than Ableton live as an FL Studio Alternative.

Is Ableton good for beginners? ›

Ableton Live is one of the most popular DAWs for producing music. It's a favorite among producers of hip-hop and electronic music for its unique approach to loop-based composition. If you're just getting started with beatmaking or songwriting, Ableton Live is one of the best DAWs to learn.

Does Ableton and FL Studio sound different? ›

Many swear that FL Studio 20 is more bass-heavy, with an almost saturated tone. Some will argue that Ableton Live has a recognizable, pristine sound. It's also said that Logic has a more 'flat' response, so some producers regularly compose in Live and then mix in Logic.

Which DAW is used by Drake? ›

That said, 40 has a preference when it comes to DAWs that he uses to produce Drake's music, and they are: Avid Pro Tools. Ableton Live. Steinberg Cubase Pro & Steinberg WaveLab.

What DAW does Dr Dre use? ›

Akai MPC 3000

Dre says "I love using the MPC3000.

Which DAW has best sound quality? ›

  1. Ableton Live. An inspiring DAW with a next-level workflow. ...
  2. Image-Line FL Studio. A unique DAW that's kickstarted many electronic music producers' careers. ...
  3. Apple Logic Pro. Amazing value and great performance on the Mac. ...
  4. Steinberg Cubase. ...
  5. PreSonus Studio One. ...
  6. Cockos Reaper 6. ...
  7. Reason Studios Reason. ...
  8. Bitwig Studio.
19 Oct 2022

What DAW do most rappers use? ›

Here's the list of the best DAWs for hip hop:
  1. Ableton Live. Ableton Live is an industry-leading digital audio workstation that's perfect for electronic-based music and live performances. ...
  2. FL Studio. ...
  3. Bitwig Studio. ...
  4. Cubase 12. ...
  5. Reason Studios Reason 12. ...
  6. Magix Samplitude Music Studio. ...
  7. Logic Pro X.
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What DAW does everyone use? ›

From our research, we concluded that most professional studios still use Avid Pro Tools as their DAW of choice, being used by producers on 65% of the top 100 albums from the past 10 years.

What DAW do most EDM producers use? ›

FL Studio (Windows/Mac)

Image-Line FL Studio has been around for around 20 years now and is the DAW of choice for many electronic dance producers. The elements that make FL Studio a heavy hitter are its piano roll and sequencing functions.

What DAW Does Taylor Swift Use? ›

Taylor Swift, Björk, Brian Eno, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Shawn Mendes, and Ed Sheeran have all been known to use Logic Pro. That's the beauty of using a DAW to produce music – it's accessible to all genres.

What DAW does rock bands use? ›

Choosing The Best DAW For Metal Or rock Music

Cockos Reaper. PreSonus Studio One. Apple Logic Pro X. Steinberg Cubase.

What DAW is used by professionals? ›

It can record up to 256 tracks, making it a great DAW for live recording. Pro Tools is also recognized as the industry standard, meaning that if you're going to be working with a professional studio, or collaborating with someone, it comes in handy knowing how to use Pro Tools.

Which famous musicians use FL Studio? ›

FL Studio has been used by numerous highly visible hip hop and EDM producers, including Porter Robinson, Alan Walker, Madeon, Soulja Boy, Southside, Martin Garrix, Avicii, Imanbek and Deadmau5.

Is there anything better than FL Studio? ›

Cubase – Best Paid Alternative Overall. Ableton Live – Best Alternative To FL Studio For Live Performance. Reaper – Best Budget Alternative. LMMS – Best Free Alternative.

Is Buying FL Studio permanent? ›

You will get your edition of FL Studio, and the plugins included at the time of purchase, updated free for the life of the product/s. We may add new core features free to your FL Studio version and plugins for free too (example). So there's always plenty of new stuff to enjoy.

Does Skrillex use Ableton? ›

Another DAW that Skrillex uses is Pro Tools by Avid, which is an all-around good software, but for Skrillex, Ableton is the go-to.

Do rappers use Ableton? ›

One of the more notable hip-hop producers who uses Ableton is T-minus. And Ableton's varied sampling capabilities have also made it a favorite of experimental producers. These include Knxwledge, Four Tet, and Flying Lotus. It also attracts pop and alternative musicians like Panda Bear, Grimes and Imogen Heap.

Is Ableton better for vocals? ›

Ableton is very good for recording vocals. To record vocals actually the DAW isn't necessarily the most important part. Any professional DAW is capable of recording vocals. The key to recording high quality vocals would be to have a great microphone as well as a good audio interface.

What DAW did Tony Fox use? ›

The program Toby Fox used to make the music of Undertale was FL Studio. According to music tags in the beta version of Stronger Monsters from his website and the tracks he made for Temmie Chang's RPG, he uses FL Studio 10.

What DAW does Daft Punk use? ›

What DAWs Did Daft Punk Use? The two DAWs Daft Punk claimed to use are Ableton Live and Avid Pro Tools.

What DAW does David Guetta? ›

For all stages of creation, Guetta works in Ableton Live, his DAW of choice, and illustrates the process once again with reference to 'Don't Leave Me Alone'.

Can I sell music made with FL Studio? ›

You can sell songs made in FL Studio. FL Studio is a professional DAW which is capable of creating professional sounding music. Creating professional music does require a lot of skill, so in order to achieve this professional level of music, study and practice are needed.

What DAW does Hitboy use? ›

Hit-Boy uses FL Studio and custom music plug-ins to make his beats.

What RAM do you need for FL Studio? ›

From FL Studio 20 you'd at least need 4 GBs of RAM. However it is recommended to pack a bit more RAM into your system. As the increase of RAM will increase the power you have within the DAW.

Is FL Studio worth it for beginners? ›

FL Studio is a best-in-class DAW, with full-featured, professional-grade native plugins. The sum of the functionality, pricing and user interface results in a really great DAW for beginners and pros alike, delivering everything that every other DAW brings but with its own unique workflow.

What is FL Studio best used for? ›

FL Studio is an all-in-one music production software that allows musicians and producers to create, mix, and master music to the most professional standards. Using FL Studio's Playlist dashboard, users can manage all track elements and properly sequence each track for mastering using drag-and-drop capabilities.

Do I have to buy FL Studio again if I get a new computer? ›

Can I install FL Studio on more than one PC (if I own a License)? If you continue to own and control the original computer, it is not necessary to uninstall or deregister our software until you dispose of the device.

Which is easier to learn FL Studio or Ableton? ›

Some people say FL is easier to mix with, some people say Ableton is. But honestly I think that's just a personal preference. At the end of the day you can create incredible mixes in either program. They both come with a ton of great plugins, so you can't really go wrong.

Does FL Studio expire? ›

Does FL Studio expire? If it expires, FL Studio will run in Demo Mode until you update with a new FREE license downloaded from your Image-Line Account.

Is FL Studio hard to master? ›

To start off with FL Studio isn't hard. To get some of the basics down of any DAW is actually pretty easy. However if you want to compose music on a professional level, learning FL Studio can become hard. There are so many options and things to take into account.

What is the easiest DAW to use? ›

  1. Apple GarageBand. Logic's little brother and the best beginner DAW overall. ...
  2. Ableton Live 11 Intro. ...
  3. Image Line FL Studio Fruity Edition. ...
  4. Steinberg Cubase Elements 11. ...
  5. Bitwig Studio 16-track. ...
  6. Presonus Studio One 5 Artist. ...
  7. Cockos Reaper 6. ...
  8. Acoustica Mixcraft 9 Recording Studio.
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Is there anything easier than FL Studio? ›

For free options, LMMS is the closest thing to FL Studio in terms of look and performance. For paid options, I would suggest Cubase as it's packed with great software, is relatively easy to use, and is capable of doing anything you would do with it.

Do any professionals use FL Studio? ›

Do professional producers use FL Studio? There are professional producers that use FL Studio. There are actually a lot of producers that use FL Studio. It's a professional digital audio workstation and falls in the same category as other major DAWs like Ableton Logic Pro and Cubase for instance.

Is Ableton a professional DAW? ›

The best DAW for electronic producers: Ableton Live 11

Ableton Live started as a loop-based live performance program and has since evolved into a complete DAW and the most popular choice for electronic dance music producers of all genres on both Mac and Windows.

What are some weaknesses of FL Studio? ›

FL Studio has a confusing routing, for example to use return tracks for reverbs, you will have to click numerous buttons to get that done. FL Studio has a somewhat steep learning curve, which can demotivate beginners. FL Studio's auto-saving feature is a bit late, which can ruin your project if you rely on it.

How long does FL Studio take to learn? ›

Getting the basics down depends on how frequently you'll be using it, how much you practice, and if you are completing a course in the software. But a very rough estimation is that it could take between five weeks and over five years to learn FL Studio.

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