FL Studio Coming Natively To OS X

fl-studio-os-xImage-Line has officially announced that it is working on a native version of FL Studio for OS X.

The company had previously tested the waters with a ‘wrapped’ version of OS X – basically the Windows version running in a crossover wrapper that allows it to run on Mac. Now they are moving forward with building a native version.

Here’s what they have to say about FL Studio for OS X: Continue reading

The 10 Best DAWs In the World

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Which DAW is best has always been a hotly contested topic.

Some would argue that there is no ‘best DAW’ – that it depends too much on each user’s requirements. And some would argue that the ‘best DAW’ is the one that you know inside and out, so you can make music without barriers.

We asked Synthtopia readers their choice for the best desktop DAW in the world. And the response was massive – there were 14,076 votes cast in Synthtopia’s 2014 DAW pollContinue reading

Loopy: Masterpiece Edition Sneak Preview – Import and Track Settings

Michael Tyson, the developer of Loopy and Audiobus, is working on a new ‘Masterpiece Edition’ of Loopy that promises to take it into DAW territory.

He is blogging the development of the new edition on Tumblr, and looking for input on his design plans from Loopy users.  Continue reading

Bitwig Studio Gets First Major Update

bitwig-1.1Bitwig has released Bitwig Studio 1.1, the first major upgrade since the release of the new DAW for Linux, Mac & Windows earlier this year.

Bitwig Studio 1.1 delivers controller integration; latency compensation for plug-ins and hardware; the option to create elaborate sidechains and presets with multi-in/out VST technology; new routing options and more.

Here’s what’s new in Bitwig Studio 1.1: Continue reading

Image-Line Intros FL Studio 12, Now In Beta

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Image-Line has announced FL Studio 12  – an update to its popular Windows DAW. Version 12, now in beta testing, totally reworks the user interface and adds user-requested features.

If you already own FL Studio, you will get free access to the FL Studio 12 Beta and to FL Studio 12 release.

Here’s a video intro to the update: Continue reading

GarageBand Updated For Yosemite, Brings Back AU Control

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Apple quietly rolled out an update to GarageBand for OS X, earlier this week, that adds support for OS X Yosemite and brings back control over audio effect plugins.

GarageBand 10 is seen by many as an improvement in usability, but a major step backwards in functionality from the previous version. The update restores some functionality, but many may still prefer the earlier version.  Continue reading

Open Mic: What Is The Role For Mobile Devices For Musicians?

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We just posted our 2014 Best Desktop DAW poll – and for the first time, mobile DAWs are getting sophisticated enough that we needed to distinguish between desktop and mobile DAWs.

WaveMachine Labs Auria turns an iPad into a 48-channel audio recording system. Steinberg’s Cubasis lets you record up to 24 tracks simultaneously. And new apps, like Korg Gadget, offer complete virtual studios.

But, while mobile music apps are getting very powerful, most electronic musicians still think that desktop operating systems are best for music making.

Which leads to our question for you….. Continue reading