Image-Line FL Studio

Version21(as of 12/1/2023)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Rating:3.1  |  72 Votes

Main Features

  • Arrange, edit, and mix audio tracks
  • Import existing audio or record or create new audio
  • Extensible via a library of plug-ins
  • Available in several editions, with various price points and features

Software Overview

Screenshot of Image-Line FL Studio 21
Screenshot of Image-Line FL Studio 21

Image-Line FL Studio is a digital audio workstation (DAW) for Windows and macOS. Professional music engineers and producers use FL Studio to record, compose, edit, and mix music.

FL Studio can import pre-recorded audio saved in a variety of formats, including .WAV, .MIDI, and .OGG. After importing, recording, or manually creating audio sequences, users can arrange, edit, and mix those sequences to create a finalized song. Some of the audio-editing tools FL Studio contains include:

  • Pitch correction
  • Pitch shifting
  • Time stretching
  • Beat detection
  • Harmonization
  • Audio warping

Those who want to add instruments, effects, or features to FL Studio can do so using a variety of plug-ins available directly from Image-Line's website. Mobile users can also check out FL Studio's mobile versions. (The desktop version of FL Studio can open projects created by the mobile version, but the reverse is not true.)


FL Studio is a high-quality, popular DAW used by many music engineers and producers. Thanks to its affordability and ease of use, FL Studio's basic edition is especially popular among novice engineers and producers. Thus, if you're just starting out in music mixing and production, you may want to give FL Studio's basic edition a try.

Primary File Type

flp icon.FLPFL Studio Project

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.FLPFL Studio Project
.AIFFAudio Interchange File Format
.FLACFree Lossless Audio Codec File
.FLMFL Studio Mobile Project
.FSTFL Studio State File
.MIDIMIDI Music Data
.MP3MP3 Audio
.OGGOgg Vorbis Audio
.SF2SoundFont 2 Sound Bank
.ZGRBeatSlicer Groove File
.ZIPZipped File
Updated 12/1/2023