In this episode of Music Production Made Simple Podcast (which is a FL Studio podcast all about learning how to make beats), we talk about should you upgrade to FL Studio 21, should you upgrade to Windows 11, as well as some info about the M-Audio Oxygen Pro, and the best computer for music production upgrade process.
FL Studio 20 vs. FL Studio 21
FL Studio 21 is the newest version as of writing.
The main updated features of FL Studio 21 are its new Browser, updates to Audio Clips (fade-in/fade-out, and increasing/decreasing gain), and themes.
As I’m writing, I have not upgraded to FL Studio 21, but I have seen FL Studio 21.1 Beta is launched.. so I will be upgrading soon as FL Studio 21 is starting to become mature.
By the way, FL Studio 21.1 introduces a brand-new plugin called Hyper Chorus!
FL Studio 21 on Windows 11 or Windows 10?
If you use Windows 10 with FL Studio, I’d personally suggest staying AS IS.
With talks of Windows 12 on the rise.. patience I think will be rewarded here if you’re looking to purchase a new music production computer for FL Studio.
Windows 10 has an end of support date of: October 14, 2025.
At the time of writing, that is quite a far ways away..
If you want to buy a new music production computer for FL Studio, the current state of computer parts at the moment is a little odd.. CPUs are very fast, but are running quite hot..
They’ve done this to squeeze out performance, but I don’t like the idea of the CPU running that hot (and making my room hotter!)
I’m hoping in the next couple releases Intel focuses on making CPUs more efficient, meaning running less wattage for similar performance.
Also, with DDR5 still be very new, I’m hoping new products in the future will improve on RAM timings, and prices drop a little more.
M-Audio Oxygen Pro – Transport Bug
My recommendation at the moment is to stay on FL Studio 20.9.2 for the best compatibility with the M-Audio Oxygen Pro MIDI Keyboard.
You can view my M-Audio Oxygen Pro page to stay updated on new releases and compatability.
Feel free to contact me with questions.