FL Studio

FL Studio Mac OS X Beta 12.2

Professional music editing suite now ported to Mac


FL Studio (previously Fruity Loops) is a powerful music editing studio that has finally arrived on Mac. Note that this is not a native version for Mac though - FL Studio has been wrapped by the developers with Windows emulator Crossover to port it onto Mac. While this means some of the functionality is limited, it's still the closest thing to having the awesome audio editing power of FL Studio on your Mac. Since this is still a beta, expect some bugs too.
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PROS

  • Brings FL Studio to your Mac
  • Powerful music editing features
  • Lots of plugins
  • Supports multiple MIDI imputs
  • Most of the functionality of the Windows version

CONS

  • Ported to Mac - not a native version
  • May not be compatible with all VST plugins

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FL Studio (previously Fruity Loops) is a powerful music editing studio that has finally arrived on Mac. Note that this is not a native version for Mac though - FL Studio has been wrapped by the developers with Windows emulator Crossover to port it onto Mac. While this means some of the functionality is limited, it's still the closest thing to having the awesome audio editing power of FL Studio on your Mac. Since this is still a beta, expect some bugs too.

The closest thing to having FL Studio on Mac

FL Studio is squarely aimed at professionals although this Beta is strictly in a testing stage to await further feedback from Mac testers as to whether it's worth releasing a fully functional stable version (you can leave feedback in the FL Studio Forum). Most of the plugins that work on the Windows version work on this wrapped version of FL Studio for Mac. This includes connecting MIDI devices, Flowstone and Performance Mode which all work as if it were a native app for Mac. However, the developers cannot guarantee third party VST compatibility.

Feels just like using FL Studio on Windows

FL Studio functions pretty much the same as the Windows version but you'll need an unlock key to enjoy full usage of it. If you've already got a license key for FL Studio on Windows, you'll need to download FL Studio for Mac plus also the FLregkey.Reg key from the Studio Line website. If you run the installer without the key, you'll only be able to run FL Studio for Mac in Demo mode.

There's also a certain amount of optimization configuration you'll need to do on Mac before you can get going. Full details of this are in this tutorial video:

The developers stress that no guarantees can be given for compatibility with 3rd party VST plugins. Some may work fine, others won't and if you really need certain plugins, your best bet is still to use Boot Camp and install the Windows version.

A great effort at bringing FL Studio to Mac

If you've been stuck with Logic Pro X or Ableton Live because there was no FL Studio for Mac, then this FL Studio crossover version is a very interesting project.

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FL Studio Mac OS X Beta 12.2

— User reviews — about FL Studio

  • philip.basalyga

    by philip.basalyga

    "It would be nice to let people know that the Beta has expired and this down"

    It would be nice to let people know that the Beta has expired and this download is nothing now... More.

    reviewed on January 3, 2015

  • houseislife

    by houseislife

    "HOUSE MUSIC MAKER"

    its great for anyone who wants to produce house of any kind not really for live instruments . More.

    reviewed on November 4, 2014