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Which Version of FL Studio Should You Buy

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I recommend the FL Studio Signature Edition. Learn more by watching the video below!

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So, you’ve found out about FL Studio, and now you’re wondering what is the best version of FL Studio to buy, or what edition of FL Studio you should get.

Well, the good news is their pricing model is super easy to understand.

If you don’t like reading, I personally use and recommend the Signature Edition of FL Studio.

FL Studio
Producer Edition

See Price
  • Full Version of FL Studio
  • Perfect for Making ALL Music.
  • Not as many plugins..
Awesome

FL Studio
Signature Edition

See Price
  • Full Version of FL Studio
  • Perfect for Making ALL Music
  • Very Useful EXTRA Plugins
What I Use

I will receive a commission if you purchase through my link.  Thank-you!

What are the Differences Between FL Studio Versions:

So FL Studio actually has FOUR EDITIONS:

But.. there’s actually only TWO VERSIONS of FL Studio!

The Fruity and Producer version.

So this means once you reach the Producer Edition you actually have the FULL VERSION of FL Studio. Going to Signature or All Plugins Bundle just offers you more “plugins”, which I explain below.

Fun Fact: The free FL Studio trial version is actually the Producer version of FL Studio WITH the All Plugins Bundle edition! This means the Producer Edition is the full version of FL Studio, then any higher edition you go from their comparison table just includes extra plugins.

Before we cover each edition below, I think it’s important you watch my video below about FL Studio. It will help you get started, because I know it’s VERY overwhelming deciding what’s the best approach to making beats on your computer.

Is FL Studio the Best DAW?

You may like to read my article: What is FL Studio? It will help you decide if FL Studio is the best DAW for making beats. I think FL Studio is great, it’s priced affordably, and it gives LIFETIME FREE UPDATES!

The Trial Version of FL Studio (Free Version of FL Studio.)

Starting with the FREE edition of FL Studio.

To confirm, the trial version is the full version of FL Studio, which restricts you from re-opening saved projects.

So if you made that awesome beat, you can save it, but not open it to work on it later. (It’s nice knowing that because you can keep your projects, and look back on them in a couple years and see how you’ve progressed!)

Fruity Edition of FL Studio

Image-Line, the makers of FL Studio, tell us this about the Fruity Edition:

(Fruity) Has limited FL Studio features. Is aimed at those people who need Piano roll for sequencing functions but does not have Audio Recording, Slicex, or Edison. For a list of all features included in this edition, see the feature comparison page here.

View Their Comparison Table [Affiliate Link]

So in other words, the Fruity Edition allows you to make beats.. but not record audio.

This is why I say to choose either the Producer or Signature edition.

So now what’s the difference between the Producer edition (which is the full version of FL Studio) to the Signature edition?

Producer Edition of FL Studio

The producer edition is the FULL VERSION of FL Studio.

This is PERFECT for someone wanting all FL Studio has to offer. It allows you to make beats, receive your LIFETIME FREE UPDATES, and has TONS of essential tools you need as a producer.

You can compare the two editions just below.

FL Studio
Producer Edition

See Price
  • Full Version of FL Studio
  • Perfect for Making ALL Music.
  • Not as many plugins..
Awesome

FL Studio
Signature Edition

See Price
  • Full Version of FL Studio
  • Perfect for Making ALL Music
  • Very Useful EXTRA Plugins
What I Use

I will receive a commission if you purchase through my link.  Thank-you!

Now.. this brings up an interesting discussion because the question is, do you NEED the plugins FL Studio includes? Should you upgrade and buy third-party tools which are usually better made than stock stuff?

This is why I suggest the Signature Edition of FL Studio. (And it’s what I purchased when I started with FL Studio almost 10 years ago!)

Signature Edition vs. All Plugins Bundle Edition of FL Studio

Spoiler alert, the Signature edition is the perfect balance between base-model FULL VERSION of FL Studio (Producer Version) and the All Plugins Bundle Edition.

I just want to state some important points:

FL Studio is the best DAW for making beats in my opinion because they give you LIFETIME FREE UPDATES. I think I started on version 8 or 9! (Most other DAWs make you pay an upgrade fee!)

You can use FL Studio on multiple computers with no additional fee, provided YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE USING that license. (Respect that, they give you lifetime free updates!!!)

Now it all comes down to, well okay then.. “Do I get the Signature Edition, or the All Plugins Bundle Edition” that they have on their comparison table page.

The first thing for you to understand about music production, especially if you’re new, is what plugins are!

Plugins are add-ons to a program that allow you to do different things.

Sometimes.. these plugins can be our instruments, or they can be effects. They make things much easier, or allow for advanced features.

This video explains what a VST is. There are stock/native plugins, or third-party VSTs you can purchase.

In any industry, the stock plugins are usually bare bones. They’re good, they’ll get the job done well, but the third-party tools out there are usually better in terms of features, and ease of use.

But the plugins which you upgrade to in the Signature Edition of FL Studio, I feel, is definitely worth the money.

In terms of upgrading to the All Plugins Bundle.. I personally do not recommend this to my audience.

So Why Not the All Plugins Bundle

Being 100% transparent with you guys.

In your early years, the FL Studio stock tools will be PERFECT for at least your first 2-3 years. Then when you look at the other tools out there, you’ll see that, yeah.. maybe it is a little easier to accomplish that task, or.. it gives you a little bit more control, or saves you a bit more time.

But.. as you start to progress, I feel that many of the tools are a bit dated, or sometimes a bit cumbersome compared to a third-party alternative. (If you’ve used a plugin like FabFilter, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.)

For example, here’s a video I did about the best FabFilter plugins to buy for FL Studio.. don’t they look really cool? Their workflow is by far the best I’ve ever experience in this music production world!

You can learn more about FabFilter plugins here.

What Version of FL Studio to Buy?

So my suggestion is to get the FL Studio Signature Edition, which is definitely worth the upgrade.

Once you start progressing as a producer, and if you still want to take this seriously, THEN upgrade to some third-party plugins which will really help you achieve a better workflow.

That’s what I did – those FabFilter plugins I linked to above are what I’ve used since around 2014.. and it’s really hard going back to a stock EQ plugin!!

Remember, there are only two versions of FL Studio – Fruity and Producer – once you get to the Producer, you’re already at the full version of FL Studio. Now if you choose the Signature edition, you are just adding more plugins onto that producer edition. Make sense?

See the current pricing of FL Studio Signature Edition.

Thanks so much for reaching and visiting my blog! I’m an FL Studio Trainer by the way who’s been teaching FL Studio for over 10 years (since 2011!)

Do You Want to Learn FL Studio?

I’ll leave some links for how to best get started with FL Studio:

Oh yes, I also offer FL Studio Books, too!

You can view my own music, or contact me directly if you have questions.

My website is FULL of FL Studio tutorials, courses, and various beatmaking training.

GratuiTous

GratuiTous

GratuiTous is an artist and producer for the name of Jesus. He has many FL Studio Courses, and many BEAT TAPES and ALBUMS! In 2020 he became a Recognized FL Studio Trainer, and was previously an electrician for 10 years in Canada! Learn more..

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