Should I get Ableton or FL Studio? Pros and Cons

 

Should I get Ableton or FL Studio? Pros and Cons 

should i get ableton or fl studio?

Should I get Ableton or FL Studio? Pros and Cons 

Should i get ableton or fl studio?

     As a beginner, trying to figure out the best DAW i.e(Digital Audio Workstation) to use, can be quite tough. Since you are not in a position to single out merits or downfalls of a each programs. When it comes to choosing a great DAW there No such thing as a best daw, it all depends on the producer and their techniques to obtaining results that he/she desires.

 

With that said ,both ableton and Fl studio are all full-fledged programs designed for quality production. When you are skilled musician it comes to which daw gives you more flexibility and functionality to produce great music.

 

 

 

Should I get Ableton or FL Studio? Pros and Cons 

 

 

     I have used both fl studio and ableton programs.Over time i have been accustomed to stick to fl studio  for my own personal reasons. Firstly, fl studio has been in the market longer than Ableton. So it has served musicians for a fairly longer period.

Long gone are the nostalgic days in which it was known as Fruity Loops.I remember the very first day i got a copy of Fruity Loops 3 from my cousin…i couldn’t put my headphones down till late at night. Since then,  Fl studio has evolved and grown to a fully functional DAW competing among many others in the market.  

 

Should I get Ableton or FL Studio? Pros and Cons 

  Fl studio is fairly easy to learn as a beginner. Since the G.U.I (Graphic user Interface) is a pattern based i.e is better positioned and well designed. So the user is able to have a steady learning curve as you continue to hone in your skills with time.

 

Should i get ableton or fl studio?

   

 

  1. Usage and functionality (Pros and Cons)

To be honest…you will not learn it within a day or two, but i guarantee you with continued usage/practice you will begin acquiring music production skills over time.

 

Firstly, Fl studio has very elaborate functions such as browser, piano roll, playlists, mixer e.t.c. However,this can be a bit tedious when it comes to page navigation’s and processes. Ableton Live has a more straight forward page design thus, more  intuitive and saves time  for beginner.

Secondly, fl studio has a built-in user manual/ tutorials which are under the help section Top right.They showcase in-depth steps in music production.From sound design,mixing,mastering and recording.

 

Fl studio also comes with free unlimited future updates once you make a purchase on any version. So once a new version is unveiled you don’t need to buy, all you need is log in to your user account and download the latest version for free.

 

The downside to fl studio is the frequent bugs associated to the mac versions of the program.However, i believe image line released fl studio 20 back in May 2018. This version addresses all these bugs and errors that people used to complain.

 

     

 

  • Functionality

Downside to Ableton live is it only supports 64 bit version and requires a J.bridge plugin in order to get that to work on 32-bit. On the other hand Fl studio supports both 32–64 bit no bridge needed.

 

Both programs support Automation of effects on the instruments but ableton live’s automation is more intuitive. All effects are build on each individual track. While in fl studio you have to create and paste each individual instances on the playlist. However,in  fl studio you can have more options on automation than ableton.

Fl studio can boast of ability to self oscillate with the plugins automation. So both Ableton and Fl Studio kind of  tie on automation.

Ableton vs Fl studio -mixing guide

 

 

Both programs also support stock plugins. However, Fl studio has more built in plugins that come with the version you purchase  compared to ableton.

 

 

Should i get ableton or fl studio?

 

Both daws have Asio drivers but they fail miserably when it comes to latency issues especially fl studio. Since it focuses it’s Cpu usage on the latency compensation. If you use hardware it will compensate on this issues.

Also ableton has a more straight forward lay-out .You don’t have to go through many navigation in terms of assigning different instruments on the mixer tracks.

Ableton has a less complicated way in Midi arrangement than fl studio .This is because you have to go through a lot of navigation options.

Ableton is better when it comes to live mixes on set, that’s why Dj’s prefer it for live sets. This is due to it’s  ability to use many live instruments such as samplers,live mixers, beat pads.This is an added advantage not only for Dj’s, but Music producers that are ‘hands on’  and  versatile when it comes to making music using hardware equipment.

 

2. Audio rendering & Quality

Moreover,ableton and Fl studio support audio recording and rendering capabilities. Fl studio has a slight advantage on its ability of time stretching on a track recording using Edison plugin. Ableton has an acid-loops codec embedded in the software to  fascilitate in audio rendering.

In terms of Audio rendering both Daws render high quality audio output. One downfall to Fl studio is it bounces down each individual track in stereo format instead of mono.Which is a pain in the butt for engineers in terms of track arrangement during post mixing.

 

Ableton is capable of exporting  single tracks and groups with return and master effects applied.

 

Another draw back to FL studio , any effects applied to master bus are not reflected while bouncing down audio.  

 

So Ableton has more flexibility on rendering so, it wins over fl studio on that.

 

 

3. Pricing 

Both DAWS come at a considerable price depending on level of upgrade or functionality that you opt for.

Ableton 10  currently offers three editions namely. Intro , Standard and Suite. They share common features, but standard and suite have additional features such as Instruments , packs and effects. The standard edition goes for  $449 and Suite goes for $749 once you convert from euros

 

 

Should i get ableton or fl studio?

When it comes to fl studio,the initial package could prove to be most important decision. As far as owning your edition music software. Since once you buy any package ,then all future upgrades version come absolutely free for that package.

 

 

Should i get ableton or fl studio?

 

 

4. Extra Features

Fl studio has mobile studio application that supports most capabilities included in the main software. This is an advantage to so many Fl users worldwide. It is convenient to put down music/song writing ideas at the touch of a smart phone. 

 

Should i get ableton or fl studio

 

FL studio has a far superior piano roll mode compared to ableton, with much more intuitive controls. The natural question you probably may be asking is  what does a superior piano roll got to do with anything? FL studio being an electronic Daw has more functions and tools embedded on the piano roll racks. This functions make it easier for the user to navigate his or her way through the music writing process.

Fl studios Edison can export WAV in 24 Bit version,while in the past it only supported 16 bit and 32 bit versions only.

Ableton live on the other hand has new capabilities to extend wavetable’s oscillator section by importing your own wavetables in your device.

Ability to choose different types of automation shapes, stretch and skew automation and enter precise values with your numerical keyboard.

Improvement in scrolling and Zooming –  New Ableton 10.1 makes it easier to switch between detailed views and bigger editing panels.This makes it faster in editing any music work or tweaking minute details.  Also enhanced pinch zooming on compatible computers and  resizable arrangement Overview window.

 

If for any reason you cannot  decide in terms which DAW to choose, get demo versions for both. <<Ableton>> << Fl studio>>

For further evaluation check these great videos for further information  below.

 

                                     

 

 

 

 

 

                                       

 

 

If you enjoyed this article on Should I get Ableton or FL Studio Comparison Pros and Cons? please leave a comment or share with a friend. If you have more questions kindly contact me

[email protected]

 

“……Both ableton and Fl studio are all full-fledged programs designed to give quality production. When you are skilled musician it comes down to which one gives you more flexibility and functionality to produce great music..”

Sources

  1. https://www.quora.com
  2. https://imageline.com
  3. https://www.ableton.com/en/shop/live/
  4. Selling music online .BLOGS
  5. https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/live-10-1-is-here/
  6. https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ableton-vs-fl-studio/
  7. My head
  8. https://www.musicradar.com/how-to/11-new-features-in-fl-studio-20-that-you-need-to-know-about

 

Share this Post

189 Comments

  1. Spot on with this write-up, I actually feel this website needsmuch more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read more, thanks for the information!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Michale

  2. Thanks for the article. Great.

  3. I value the article.Thanks Again. Awesome.

  4. wow, awesome blog post.Much thanks again. Cool.

  5. Thank you ever so for you article.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

  6. Major thanks for the article post.Much thanks again. Will read on…

  7. I really liked your article.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

  8. Really enjoyed this blog. Keep writing.

  9. This is one awesome blog article.Really thank you! Fantastic.

  10. A big thank you for your blog post.Really thank you! Cool.

  11. I appreciate you sharing this article post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  12. I think this is a real great article post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  13. Hi my loved one! I wish to say that this post is amazing, great written and come with almost all important infos. I would like to see more posts like this .

    1. Thanks for the feedback

  14. Very good post.Much thanks again.

  15. A round of applause for your article post.Really thank you! Fantastic.

  16. I went over this site and I believe you have a lot of wonderful information, saved to my bookmarks (:.

    1. I appreciate the feedback

  17. Muchos Gracias for your blog article.Really looking forward to read more.

  18. As soon as I discovered this website I went on reddit to share some of the love with them.

  19. A big thank you for your blog. Really Cool.

  20. Im thankful for the article.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  21. This is one awesome blog article.Much thanks again.

  22. Enjoyed every bit of your blog article. Will read on…

  23. Great article. Really Cool.

  24. Great blog article.Really thank you! Really Great.

  25. This is one awesome article.Really looking forward to read more.

  26. I loved your blog.Thanks Again. Will read on…

  27. Looking forward to reading more. Great article post.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

    1. Thank you, i will

  28. Say, you got a nice blog post. Really Cool.

  29. Very informative blog. Want more.

  30. Fantastic article.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

  31. Im grateful for the blog post.Much thanks again. Will read on…

  32. I value the blog.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  33. Thanks-a-mundo for the blog article.Much thanks again. Want more.

  34. Hey, thanks for the article post.Really looking forward to read more.

  35. A big thank you for your blog post.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

  36. Really appreciate you sharing this blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  37. Say, you got a nice blog.Much thanks again.

  38. Thank yoᥙ foг the post. І ᴡill definitеly return.

  39. This article will assist the internet visitors for building up new webpage or even a blog from start to end.

    1. Thanks your feedback and interest is what fuels us to keep writing

  40. Say, you got a nice blog. Fantastic.

  41. Hi my friend! I wish to say that this post is amazing, great written and include almost all important infos. IВЎВ¦d like to see more posts like this .

    1. Well appreciated!

  42. Really appreciate you sharing this article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  43. Merely wanna input that you have a very nice web site , I love the pattern it actually stands out.

    1. Thanks for the feedback,i appreciate it!

  44. I cannot thank you enough for the blog. Cool.

  45. Wow, great blog article.Really thank you! Keep writing.

    1. Much appreciated

  46. Im grateful for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  47. Great blog post.Thanks Again. Cool.

  48. Fantastic article post. Keep writing.

    1. Thank you,more posts coming this year

  49. You welcome

  50. Looking forward to reading more. Great post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  51. wow, awesome post.Really thank you! Fantastic.

    1. Great, thanks!

  52. Hey, thanks for the article.Thanks Again. Want more.

    1. Great more coming up

  53. Say, you got a nice blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

    1. You welcome

  54. Thanks a lot for the article.Really thank you! Really Great.

  55. I appreciate you sharing this post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  56. Im thankful for the article. Really Cool.

  57. I really liked your article. Really Great.

  58. “4 Songs for the Club” Is a 4 song CD-EP from B-Rock, For Dj’s and Bars and Dance clubs ..”Dance”Features Rockman doing the electronic Vocals on the Chorus. A hand clapping song to get people on tha dance floor ….”Mix It With Tha Water”. Features B-Rocks Team member Pif .. Tha song is an urban street tale with a great Trap Beat….”I Like It Straight” is Bound to be a New Club/ Bar Anthem for the DJ’s to get the crowds up on their feet and to get another drink..LOL…and “Crack Them bottle (Get Fucked Up)” well that’s a story that all party goers live on the weekend! … 4 Dance Hits 4 tha Club.. a great EP for any DJ to have

  59. A big thank you for your article post.

  60. Very informative post.Thanks Again. Want more.

  61. Thank you for your article.Really thank you! Great.

  62. Major thanks for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  63. I really like and appreciate your blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

  64. I am so grateful for your article post.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

    1. I appreciate that!

  65. Im obliged for the article post.Much thanks again. Want more.

  66. Thanks so much for the post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

    1. Thanks!! check out our latest december post

  67. A big thank you for your post. Really Cool.

    1. You re welcome

  68. Im grateful for the post. Want more.

    1. More coming in 2020,thanks

  69. Im thankful for the post.Thanks Again. Will read on…

  70. F*ckin’ remarkable things here. I am very glad to see your post. Thanks a lot and i am looking forward to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?

  71. Thanks so much for the post.Much thanks again. Will read on…

  72. Really informative article post.Much thanks again. Will read on…

  73. Thank you ever so for you post.

    1. You are welcome

  74. I cannot thank you enough for the blog article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

    1. i appreciate that!

  75. Looking forward to reading more. Great blog article.Thanks Again. Great.

    1. Your welcome for more

  76. Really informative blog article. Will read on…

    1. I appreciate that

  77. My spouse and i ended up being now thrilled that Emmanuel could round up his investigation via the ideas he obtained out of the site. It’s not at all simplistic to just choose to be giving freely tips that many the others could have been selling. Therefore we fully grasp we need the website owner to give thanks to for that. The entire illustrations you have made, the easy website menu, the relationships you will help to instill – it’s got many amazing, and it is letting our son in addition to our family recognize that that idea is brilliant, and that’s quite fundamental. Thanks for the whole lot!

    1. I’m glad it helped your son, thanks stay tuned for more

  78. Enjoyed every bit of your article post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  79. wow, awesome article.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.

  80. A big thank you for your blog post.Much thanks again. Awesome.

    1. Thats great

  81. Appreciate you sharing, great blog article.Really thank you! Awesome.

  82. I really like and appreciate your blog. Want more.

    1. Thanks,check the latest post

  83. Very good blog post.Really thank you!

    1. Appreciated!

  84. I think this is a real great post.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

  85. Wow, great post.Thanks Again. Great.

  86. Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic post.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

    1. I appreciate the feedback

  87. Really appreciate you sharing this post. Will read on…

  88. Im obliged for the blog.Much thanks again.

  89. I am so grateful for your article post.Really thank you! Will read on…

  90. Thank you for your article post. Cool.

  91. Fantastic blog.Really thank you! Really Cool.

  92. Muchos Gracias for your article.Really thank you! Will read on…

    1. Thank you Kinox

  93. Enjoyed every bit of your blog article.Thanks Again. Will read on…

  94. wow, awesome blog.Much thanks again. Awesome.

  95. wow, awesome article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  96. Thanks for the article post. Keep writing.

  97. Enjoyed every bit of your blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  98. Very neat article.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

    1. Thanks for the feedback Murder

  99. Great, thanks for sharing this article post.Really thank you! Want more.

  100. Major thanks for the article post.Much thanks again. Cool.

  101. I loved your article post.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  102. Thanks so much for the blog post.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

    1. Ok your welcome

  103. Wow, great post.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

  104. Really appreciate you sharing this blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

    1. Thank you for the feedback and definitely come back for more

  105. Hey, thanks for the blog article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

    1. I really appreciate it

  106. Thanks a lot for the blog post. Will read on…

    1. Your welcome Miss Date

  107. Say, you got a nice blog article.Much thanks again.

    1. Appreciated

  108. I think this is a real great article post.Thanks Again. Want more.

    1. I appreciate your feedback,more posts coming up

  109. I truly appreciate this article. Cool.

    1. Thank you!

  110. Thanks a lot for the article post.Much thanks again. Want more.

    1. Thanks too i more articles coming up!

  111. Major thankies for the article.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

    1. Thanks for the feedback

  112. Very informative article post.Really thank you! Much obliged.

    1. You are welcome

  113. A round of applause for your post.Thanks Again.

    1. Wow..I Appreciate that!

  114. I really enjoy the blog post.Thanks Again. Will read on…

    1. I appreciate your time & feedback

  115. Thanks for the post.Really thank you! Want more.

    1. Much Welcome more coming up

  116. I loved your article post.Thanks Again.

    1. You are welcome🔥!

  117. Теперь буду знать

    1. Cool👍!

  118. Very interesting info!Perfect just what I was searching for!

    1. Thank you, are you a producer?

Leave a Reply