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Which version to get - Fruity vs. Producer

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So I'm definitely going to be purchasing FL Studio. I've been thinking about this for months, and I think I've gone as far as I can without shelling out for some decent software.

But I have a question: looking at the different versions, I'm not sure if I want the Fruity Edition or the Producer Edition. Which should I get?

I'm leaning toward Producer, since I'll always be able to "grow into it." But old habits die hard, and I'm still ridiculously cheap. So I'm also wondering if I could get away with buying Fruity. Just how advantageous are the advantages, and can equivalent features be gotten for free with different software? Would I be able to upgrade later if I change my mind, rather than paying full price for the next version up?

Your thoughts are welcome.

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I made the mistake of starting out on the Fruity version when I first bought FL Studio, back at version 6. While you can indeed simply upgrade, I'd recommend just spending all the money right now--the Fruity version is, in my opinion, a crippled version of FL. Do yourself a favor and buy the Producer version! :)

Worth the extra price for clip-based producing and Slicex alone, IMO.

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Getting Fruity means you have no Slicex, audio recording, Edison wav editor, MIDI or Audio clips in playlist, envelope automation, (not as important stuff now: ) SynthMaker (if you're into that sort of thing), Vocodex, and Convolver (for "high quality" reverb effects).

English: You're screwing over your workflow if you don't get producer.

Even electronica music uses audio clips (maybe you freeze tracks or process recordings of other samples online) and without clips you're basically confining yourself to a simpler but more obsolete, less flexible, and outdated form of writing in FL Studio.

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So I forgot to ask: does it matter whether I get the boxed version or the download version?

Download Version: No $50 Image-Line Cash Voucher

Boxed Version: No lifetime free updates (buy each version of FL Studio or buy Lifetime Free Updates with your $50 voucher)

I would go with download, I'm not entirely sure, but you can check Image-Line's FL Studio Homepage to compare box to download.

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Looks like Download would be cheaper and, and correct me if I'm wrong, but the only thing I would miss out on would be the box itself.

Pretty much.

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It's definitely worth it to go with Producer off the bat, you won't get a satisfactory experience with anything less. Whether to go with XL is your choice, but go with producer at least.

I'd also recommend download version, it's worth it for the unlimited updates.

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On 2/18/2011 at 3:01 AM, PRYZM said:

Download Version: No $50 Image-Line Cash Voucher

Boxed Version: No lifetime free updates (buy each version of FL Studio or buy Lifetime Free Updates with your $50 voucher)

I would go with download, I'm not entirely sure, but you can check Image-Line's FL Studio Homepage to compare box to download.

This is incorrect, the boxed version just gives you a key to register on your account and a cool usb drive with the files for installing. But you still get lifetime free upgrades, since the license will work with all versions. I bought it boxed myself just because the box looked cool, so if you want that voucher it's not a bad idea, but shipping does take time compared to downloading.

44 minutes ago, User2607 said:

Can i download free plugins on Producer Edition? Just for Begin sure before buying.

Yes, you can download and install any vst you want in FL Studio producer edition, which is also listed on the official website btw.

Here is a link to the official site with a comparison of what is included in which version: https://www.image-line.com/flstudio-feature-comparison/

As a last note I completely agree with the others in avoiding the fruity edition of FL Studio, audio clips are essential for music production and so is recording for a lot of genres. If you want something cheaper that is fully featured, check out Reaper, though it isn't as good for producing electronic music, it has everything you'd need and is better for recording at the very least. Might be an option to consider. Good luck.

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15 hours ago, Zubaru said:

This is incorrect, the boxed version just gives you a key to register on your account and a cool usb drive with the files for installing. But you still get lifetime free upgrades, since the license will work with all versions. I bought it boxed myself just because the box looked cool, so if you want that voucher it's not a bad idea, but shipping does take time compared to downloading.

 

That answer was from 8 years ago.

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