Image Line - FL Studio 6 released (fruityloops)

Image Line has released FL Studio 6 (actually v6.0.3), a major upgrade which features several enhancements and eight new plug-ins.

What is New in FL Studio 6

This is a list of the important new features in FL Studio 6. For a complete list of new features (and bugfixes) in this and older FL Studio releases, please check WhatsNew.doc in the FL Studio root folder.

If you have created projects in earlier releases of FL Studio (and FruityLoops), please be sure to check the Compatibility with Older Projects page.
New Features in FL Studio 6.00
FL Engine/Interface

* New minimalist look.
* New menu system.
* New 'one-click recording' option for new users in the Tools Menu.
* Edited events are now stored in a most recently used list in the Browser>Current project>Automation>Pattern 1,2...N.
* Drag/drop now works on detached playlist.
* Left-click and drag from most wave-displays to the channel window or other plugins is now possible.
* Speed improvements.
* Knob animation is now smoother (better anti-aliasing for those who can notice).
* Misc little enhancements: middle mouse button opens items in browser, mouse wheel works in some new places, etc.
* Added support for more hardware controllers including sustain pedals. Device List.
* Ultrasmooth visual feedback now off by default and sets a higher smoothness, and also now applies to fruity plugins (F10 > General Settings).
* Support for multimedia keyboards (play/pause/stop/prev/next/browser keys, etc) - These will start/stop/pause FL Studio etc.
* Default sample loading change: long audio files are not kept on disk by default anymore.
* LAME DLL (MP3 codec) now loaded dynamically (to avoid problems when FL is used as a plugin).
* Added auto-map all ASIO inputs (just like outputs), to monitor all inputs.
* New 'Link all parameters' dialog that allows you to step through all automatable parameters and link them to hardware controllers (See the Wrapper and Mixer menus).

New Plugins

* Instrument: Direct Wave - Advanced Sampler plugin.
* Generator: Fruity Envelope Controller - Automation plugin.
* Generator: Wasp XT - Updated Wasp, new interface and additional modulation.
* FX: EQUO - Automatable equalizer plugin.
* FX: Fruity Delay Bank - Advanced Delay/Filter plugin.
* FX: Fruity Multiband Compressor - Variable 3 Band Compressor.
* FX: Fruity Reeverb 2 - Enhanced reverb plugin.
* FX: Fruity Squeeze - Distortion/Bit-reduction plugin.
* Visualization: Chrome - Video synthesizer, controlled from the Piano Roll.


* Sytrus: arpeggiator function now built into envelopes, audio file to envelope analyzer, envelope vertical flipping.
* Sytrus: can now drag/drop single-cycle shapes onto harmonics editor, or channel button.
* Sytrus: waveforms can now be saved to (32bit) WAV files.
* Sytrus: enhanced waveform editing tools.
* Sytrus: added 4 new filter types.
* Sytrus: can now lock harmonics individually.
* Sytrus: can now drag waveforms (click big waveform or ctrl+click small one) onto other synthesizers.

Piano Roll

* All control/automation events can now be edited in the Piano Roll, see item 4 - Target Control.
* Piano roll now offers 16 note colors (that can act as separate MIDI channels).
* New scale-detecting helper in piano roll (check hint bar when on).
* Piano roll helpers also mark notes that have names (useful with Fruity Slicer).
* New glue tool in piano roll, to glue contiguous notes.
* Alt+click in piano roll/playlist/event editor bypasses the current snap (very handy).
* Shift+left/right or Alt+left/right shifts (nudges) selected notes in piano roll/playlist.
* Ctrl+mouse wheel to center-zoom at the mouse position in event editors, piano roll & playlist.
* Can now edit note properties to change a note into a slide.
* Double-right-click piano roll & playlist brings the options menu.
* New note helper mode (Piano Roll menu) - display note length in the 'Note Properties' view.
* Note properties (velocity, panning, filter-cutoff etc) can be adjusted by mouse wheel. ( Alt+Mouse Wheel) Hold the cursor over a note (upper Piano Roll), press Alt and move the mouse wheel.
* Horizontal note position can be adjusted by mouse wheel. ( Shift+Mouse Wheel) Hold the cursor over a note (upper Piano Roll), press Shift and move the mouse wheel.
* Note start time can be adjusted independent of note end. Select the CapsLock key, left-click the note on the left edge and move your mouse.

Play List

* Patterns may now be sliced.
* Live mode: song relocation is bar-synchronized.
* Keypad - Alt+/* and Ctrl+Alt+/* to jump to/select next/previous song markers.
* MIDI controller keyboard notes can now be used to jump between time-markers during playback (F10, MIDI settings).
* Playlist pattern lane gets a popup menu, and selected patterns can be renamed all at once.
* Added option to split (explode) a pattern by channel.
* Shift+piano roll/playlist cut tool now selects a column.
* Alt+click in piano roll/playlist/event editor bypasses the current snap (very handy).
* Shift+left/right or Alt+left/right shifts (nudges) selected notes in piano roll/playlist.
* Ctrl+mouse wheel to center-zoom at the mouse position in event editors, piano roll & playlist.
* Shift+mouse wheel to scroll playlist, shift+right click for playback tool in piano roll, and various similar little enhancements.
* Double-right-click piano roll & playlist brings the options menu.


* Revamped Mixer with enhanced free track routing (all tracks can now be sends).
* Plugin Delay Compensation (PDC). The new mixer has sample-accurate, per-track, PDC.


* Browser revamped visually, with various enhancements.
* Browser smart search feature, allowing searches for things like 'sytrus', 'simsynth' or 'bongo'.
* Browser updated to remember its last state, visual drag/drop.
* Snapshot open-states can now be saved in one of 4 slots.
* Auto mode will open the directory to the presets/samples/files associated with the object in focus in FL Studio.
* If files already exist, dropping them on the browser will open the directory where they reside.
* Browser now monitors FL's data folder to refresh itself.
* Browser can show all file types and extensions.


* Multiple MIDI input devices are now accepted.
* MIDI clock sync can now be sent to multiple MIDI devices.
* Added CC standard names to popup in MIDI remote control box.
* Support for MIDI hold & sostenuto with result directly in piano roll.
* Can now jump to song markers using MIDI input, and create them on the fly.
* Wrappers publish 128 extra parameters for CC's, so that you can control a VSTi without using a MIDI out channel in most cases.
* FL can now send MTC as well as MIDI clock for output synchronization.
* Option to save audio & MIDI clipboard data to files (see tools menu).

Changes and Additions

* Can now drag individual slices from the Fruity Slicer onto channels (or the explorer), and copy them to the Windows audio clipboard.
* Better support for the Korg MS20 controller: cable in/out are mapped to CC to work as switches.
* Enhancement for tablet PC's: most forms states are saved per screen resolution (handy when switching from landscape to portrait mode).
* Enhancement for tablet PC's: stylus mode that allows easier tweaking of knobs as well as several little usability improvements for pencil use.
* App includes a 128x128 icon size for application bars (ObjectDock, etc).
* 'Typing keyboard to piano' feature now works when the program focus is on the browser window. Quick-jump characters now only work in the browser window when the 'typing keyboard' option (Options > Switches > Typing keyboard to piano) is off.
* Improved stability/safety for ASIO devices.
* Less flicker when resizing some windows (unless detached).