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Image-Line Takes Mobile Workflow to the Next Level with FL Studio Mobile Import to Desktop

Image-Line is one of the first companies to make some real progress towards the idea of integrated workflow between mobile and desktop DAWs with the release of their new FL Studio Mobile app.

First off let me say that they’ve done a nice job jamming the essence of FL Studio into my iPhone 4. If you know FL Studio you’ll grok it pretty quickly. Scope-wise it’s very close to the notion of NanoStudio. Unlike NanoStudio, the instruments are purely sample-based rather than a mix of samples and synthesis. This ends up being a plus though when it comes to importing your work back into FL Studio as this allows you to work with sonic palettes you are used to without attempting to load instruments that would crush the mobile device’s CPU.

Image-Line’s strategy (so far) is to use a smattering of samples from the synths that come with FL Studio including PoiZone, Sawer, Sytrus, Toxic, Morphine, Harmless, DX10, Ogun. Realistic instrument and drum samples found in FPC are also included.

Export/Import Concept

FL Studio Mobile allows you to export .MID, .WAV, and the new .FLM (Fruity Mobile Format). FLM files can be imported into FL Studio Desktop edition provided 1) You register the mobile app 2) you upgrade to FL Studio 10.0.5. I have a link at the end of the post with more details on how to register and upgrade.

Once you are up on 10.0.5, you can copy the samples used in the mobile edition to the desktop edition. Importing a .FLM into the desktop edition will create a project and automatically create corresponding tracks and mixer routings. Each track automatically is assigned the proper instrument to load the samples. For example, drum samples may be loaded into an instance of FPC. For synth tracks, DirectWave is loaded with appropriate samples automatically loaded into splits and layers. It’s pretty damn cool!

Export/Import Walk-Through

I’ve taken time to document the process. Below you can see a screenshot from my iPhone of a little track I started working on. Note track 2 is using samples from Sawer Cutting Lead.


From the projects tab I save “Export test” as a project.


Next I connect my phone my Windows sytem using the USB cable and fire up iTunes, click on the phone, then Apps, then scroll down and select FL Studio. I then select “Export test.flm” and click “Save to…” and save to my hard drive.


Then I open FL Studio and open “Export test.flm” and – bam – the set loads (click the screenshot below to see the image full-sized).


In my case the set sounds almost identical although I’ve read on Image-Line’s forum there might be times when things don’t sound 100% the same – still – fantastic!

Wish List

Hats off to Image-Line for taking mobile workflow to the next level. It would be interesting to see if they could further enhance this concept by offering a second form of import. One where samples would still be used on the mobile-side but meta-data would be added to the .FLM such that the desktop edition could load the actual corresponding plugin and patch. Also the ability to load your own samples and synch would be fantastic as well. Also, in addition to syncing through iTunes it would be great to sync .flm files through the cloud – like through dropbox.

I Hope Other Developers are Watching

This is a great effort by Image-Line and I’m hoping companies like Ableton are watching. I’d love to see an .als could sync system with a mobile variant of Live. It seems to me Ableton could port Simpler and Impulse and have full native device bi-directional synch with mobile devices since these instruments are already sample-base.

I'm already using FL Studio a little more as a result of using Mobile. Now that Image-Line has upped the ante, DAW makers are going to be forced to create mobile variants just to ensure entanglement with their desktop versions.


Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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Microsoft Campaign “PC Hookup” Shot At University of Colorado in Boulder With FL Studio and Toxic Bio Hazard Cameos

Even though these days I mostly use Ableton Live, I still keep up with free FL Studio updates and do use it from time to time. Like Ableton, FL’s workflow sometimes yields very interesting results for me.

FL Studio fans might find this YouTube video of interest as there are cameo appearances of FL Studio and Image Line’s virtual Synthesizer Toxic Biohazard. It’s a Microsoft YouTube promotion called PC Hook-up. Watch on YouTube.

I also find the video interesting because it was shot in my back yard on campus at  the University of Colorado in Boulder.


Mark Mosher

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Image Line Music Plugin yard sale – 40% off Deckadance, Sytrus, Toxic Biohazard, Morhpine, Poizone…


Every few years, Image Line (the makers of FL Studio) has a "yardsale" and offers huge discounts on plugins. The last time they had a sale this big was 2 years ago. Save 40% off the following items. Note, if you’ve never purchased from image line before you can save an additional 10% off with by clicking here.

  • Sytrus $179 $109 (-$70) 
  • DirectWave $99 $59 (-$40) 
  • Toxic BioHazard $99 $59 (-$40) 
  • Poizone 2 $79 $49 (-$30) 
  • JuicePack $99 $59 (-$40) 
  • EZGenerator $129 $79 (-$50) 
  • Morphine $159 $95 (-$60) 
  • Maximus $189 $119 (-$70)
    Deckadance Club Ed. $179 $109 (-$60) 
  • Varazdin Orchestral $169 $99 (-$60)

The sale runs until September 15th. Visit the Image Line Store to learn more.

Mark Mosher

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Image Line Posts Video Tutorials on Slicex


Slicex is a new beat slicing tool introduced FL Studio 8. As you can see from the screenshot above, there are a lot of controls. Image Line has posted 5 new videos on their site to help you shorten the learning curve.

Mark Mosher

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FL Studio Video Tutorial: Using the Keyboard Editor to Modify Pitch, Drag Notes, and add Portamento

Watch this video on YouTube:

This video tutorial covers how to go sequence with the Keyboard Editor and covers creating notes with different pitches, moving notes, and using portamento.

If you are new to FL Studio, you can save 10% with this link.

Mark Mosher

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FL Studio 8 Now Available – Get 10% Off


Image Line just released FL Studio 8.  While I don’t use it as my primary DAW, I do use the killer step sequencer for programming loops from time to time. Image Line’s policy of free updates (yes, free) has made it a "no-brainer" for me to stay current. I’ve just downloaded version 8 and can report that it runs fine on Vista and opens my old projects back just fine.

New user pricing depends on which edition of FL Studio you choose (see links at bottom of post). Use this Modulate This link and save 10% all Image Line Products.

So what’s new in FL Studio 8?

  • Flsynthmaker FL Synthmaker – create & share your own FL instruments.
  • One-click-recording using Edison wave editor plugin.
  • Slicex, a new drumloop slicer & re-arranging tool.
  • Soundgoodizer is a ‘maximizer-enhancer’ plugin based on the Maximus sound-process engine.
  • Fruity Limiter for maximizing & compressing final mixes or individual tracks.Slicex_ezg_1
  • Wave Candy is an audio analysis and visualization tool with Oscilloscope, Spectrum Analyzer and Peak Meter.
  • An update to Directwave
  • Slip editing and resizing tool has been added to the Playlist for all clip types.
  • More…

More info:

Mark Mosher

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Link for 10% off Image Line’s New Toxic Biohazard VST Synth


Image Line, the makers of Fl Studio have released Toxic Biohazard, the 4th generation of their Toxic line of software synths. The synth runs on Windows XP/Vista as a VST or on Mac OSX 10.4 (Tiger) or OSX 10.5 (Leopard) as a VST or AU.

For new users, this synth will set you back $99 (use this link to save 10%). Existing users can upgrade for free.

What’s new?

  • Improved sound quality
  • "Physical Envelopes" that allow you to model how sounds in real world decay & resonate etc…
  • Integrated effects such as tube-like distortion, to warm stereo delay, reverb, flanger, and phaser.
  • A hybrid synth engine combining FM and subtractive synthesis
  • A complete rebuilt FM engine adding warmth
  • Alias-free oscillators with low CPU consumptom
  • An integrated simple sequencer (64 steps, which can be divided into two independent, 32 step modules to allow double-polyphonic patterns. Using our own "Smart Sequencer" technology, when a chord is played, the module defines that chord, and tunes the pattern accordingly.)

Visit to learn more, download a free demo, and listen to samples songs created with Toxic Biohazard. Image Line has also published a nice set of video tutorials on Toxic Biohazard here.

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Video Tutorial: Creating A Pattern with the Step Sequencer in FL Studio

This video tutorial will help those new to FL Studio quickly get their mind around step sequencing. It covers how to create a basic pattern using FL Studio’s Step Sequencer. The tutorial also discusses the Channel Window. You can also see the video here

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Video Tutorial: How to Use the Vocoder in FL Studio

Step-by-step video tutorial showing you how to use the Fruity Vocoder in FL Studio. This tutorial is for advanced users. You can also see the video here

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FL Studio 7 Tip: Improve Performance on Dual-core and Multithreaded Processors


FL Studio 7 supports performance improvements for dual-core, multi-core, and multithreaded processors. Turn on multi-threaded generator processing via the menu OPTIONS-> General settings, and click the button indicated in the diagram above.

What does this do? Here is what the help file has to say about this feature:

"Multithreaded generator processing – If you have a multi-core or multithreading processor this option will distribute the CPU load of compatible generators across the cores improving performance. "

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30 New Free Drum Kits for FL Studio FPC


Image-Line has released 30 free new drum kit’s for FL Studio’s FPC drum synth. As shown in above illustration, use the built-in download manager to access the kits.

According to Image Line:
“The “real” drums were recorded in as non-invasive a way as possible. No EQ, no compression, nothing but a drum and a microphone (or two). This was done so that the end user could modify the sound of each drum to his or her liking. They were recorded using the best mic for each specific drum. So the range of microphones used were pretty big. AKG C1000’s, Octava MK-012’s, and Shure PG81’s were used as overheads. AKG D112, Shure Beta 52 and Sennheiser MD421MKII’s were used for Kicks and Low toms. Sennheiser MD421MKII’s, Shure Beta 98DS’s, Sure SM57’s and Sennheiser e604’s were used on toms. A Shure SM57, Rode NT1a, and a and a Shure Beta98DS.”

Thanks for Reading,
Mark Mosher
Boulder, CO

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M-Audio Trigger Finger Tutorial & Enigma Preset for FL Studio FPC


None of the default Trigger Finger mappings work with FL Studio's FPC. I've created a preset that works with FPC using the Enigma Editor.  In this article I'll show you how to download my Enigma bank then copy the preset for FPC into one of your Enigma banks.

The article is rather long, read on, and feel free to comment with your own tips…

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Image Line software has released FL studio 7 – get 10% off


Image Line software has released FL studio 7. The update is free for existing customers (for those not familiar with Image Line’s lifetime free updates, visit this link). New users can get 10% off of FL Studio by using this link

New features include: 

  • Pattern Clips – a new method for creating audio, MIDI, and automation clips in the playlist. 
  • The Edison Audio Editor – an extremely powerful and fully integrated audio editor and recording tool replacing the wave editor. Edison loads into an effect slot (in any mixer track) and will then record or play audio from that position.


  • Love Philter – Love Philter consists of eight identical filter units, each able to be feed to the next one in the chain. It can create complex delay, gating and filtering effects.


  • Parametric EQ2 – an advanced 7-band parametric equalizer plugin with spectral analysis.


  • Smart disable mode added for Generators/Instrument plugins (it was previously only for Effects plugins). 
  • Multithreading – Some generators can now be threaded for CPU gain on dual cores. 
  • Mono source recording. 
  • Support for Apple AIFF loops 
  • Bug fixes updates to existing plug-ins 

For more details and a demo version visit Note all FL Studio demo versions are fully featured allowing you to create new songs and export them to WAV or MP3. However, save project is disabled. 

In upcoming posts I will discuss some of the new features and plug-ins in more detail.

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How to Import Sounds Into FPC and Build Your Own Presets

FPC (FL Pad Controller) is multi-layer drum machine that has been part of FL Studio since version 5. In this article I’ll show you the basics of how to import sounds into FPC pads then save the kit as a preset. I won’t go into the complexities of programming kits in this article – perhaps in a future article – but this should be enough to get you going. Click image thumbnails to see a larger views of screen shots.


The easiest way to import sounds into an FPC pad is to simply drag samples from the browser on to an FPC Pad. That’s all there is to it. Now when you trigger the pad, you’ll hear the new sample.

Fpc_drop2To build more interesting and realistic sounds, you can also assign up to 4 samples to a pad using layers. With layers you can layer samples so multiple samples trigger when you hit the pad, or you can create velocity cross-fades so that different samples play with different velocities. To do this, Click the "Layer Properties" tab on the FPC, then drag samples to the desired layer.


Repeat this process with all the pads. When you are all done, use the menu on the FPC, select "Save preset as…" and specify a name for your preset. When you want to load your kit, it now appears in the preset list from the menu system or the browser.

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New Patches included with Sytrus 2.3 Upgrade

Just a follow up to my last post. I took the time to document the new
patches that came with Sytrus 2.3. See my list below. Very cool
additions for sure.

Again, preview Sytrus here, click here to buy and  get 10%.


Action 2
Action 3
Hypersaw 3
Phased 2


Dream Bell

Crash Cymbl
Hi hat


Acoustic steel
Electric 5


Scythe 2


Short synth:
Basci subtracting 7
Celestial 2
Guitar Harmonics
Hyper Resonant 3
Mooginsh 3
Moogish 4

Synth string:
Asian string
Hypersaw 2
Phased string
Total brokeness 2

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Image Line’s Software Synth Sytrus 2.3 Has Released – Get 10% Off!


One of my favorite software synths Sytrus has been updated. The update is free for registered users. For everyone else, click here to get 10% off Sytrus or any other image line product.

For those of you not familiar with Sytrus, image line describes it as
"a powerful and versatile synthesizer featuring six customizable
operators for FM (Frequency Modulation) and RM (Ring Modulation)
synthesis, plucked string synthesis, 3 filter modules, an effects
module with chorus, three delay lines and unique programmable unison
mode."  The synth can be used inside of FL Studio, or as a VST/DXi inside of your host.

Words don’t do it justice, so check out the very cool Flash-based microsite to hear it first hand. Note you can also get a free demo version of this synth when you download FL Studio. Note, this is a full fledged VST

Here is what’s new in 2.3:

– New Cherry phaser filter.
–  New edit options in the harmonics editor.
– LFOs have a "bipolar LFO tension" option now.
– The shape loader now loads AIFF samples.
–  New envelope point modes: "stairs" and "smoothed stairs".

It also looks like they’ve added some new patches as well.