Fruity Loops, now known as FL Studio, is a nifty little (well the old versions were little...the latest version is over 200 MB :) music sequencer. Can't play the drums?, violin? trumpet, saxophone? OK you get the drift..Fruity Loops can play them all for you, literally!In a nutshell Fruity Loops enables you to place prerecorded music samples of instruments, vocals, sound effects or any part of a recorded tune in the sequence of your choice within a time line. Then you can simply play it back in any order or fashion you want and also add smart effects to the playback.At first fruity loops will seem scary to a new user, there are so many features and options. As you would expect at looking at a DJ turntable which has so many buttons and sliders, Fruity Loops is no different, but once you get the hang of it (Fruity Loops includes decent documentation) you will be creating awesome music in no time.Fruity Loops was born in 1997 by its original creator Didier Dambrin. Fruity Loops Version 1.0 was literally a drum machine :) It then underwent a series of upgrades before it became FL Studio, an all powerful, feature rich music sequencer where you can literally produce the sound of an orchestra!
I have chosen Cakewalk by Bandlab to be the best FL Studio alternative for windows users. Cakewalk was a full DAW brought to us by the company Sonar, however; it was recently purchased and brought back as a free option by Bandlab.
While many DAWs can have somewhat of a learning curve, LMMS can be very confusing in the beginning and may take some time to get used to. That being said, there are plenty of freely available tutorials online. Some users report the program is a bit buggy when used on Windows, although this will hopefully be fixed with future updates.
It is easy to record, move around and cut and paste tracks, create beats and loops and is free with any Mac or iPad and iPhone. While Garageband may not have the tools needed for professional audio production, it is certainly a powerful tool that is only likely to get better in years to come. 2b1af7f3a8