It will be surely be a hit as it is getting tooted as the first serious music making app for Android.
NOOOOOOO that is wrong!!!
So wrong on so many different levels.
It does not compete with the good applications that is already here.
It does complement as you will see after this small review.
Actually if you take the good music applications that exist for Android there really is not much overlap every application has its own distinct flavor and to be clear this is the case with FL Studio too.
So to make it easy will just make a list of the Pros first-
First of all it is very easy to learn, still recommend to watch the tutorials as there is some small tricks that would be missed otherwise but would say that if you are not a total stranger to music applications and computers you would know it pretty good in an hour.
Sound wise it does sound good and the sounds that comes with FL Studio complement each-other well and think that it will take time before you have exhausted the usability of these sounds especially if you take advantage of the the pretty nice sounding effects.
It is also easy to try out the different sound both before you load them up and after you already have notes recorded, so it is easy to switch to the sound fitting for what you are working on.
It is a really nice workflow to this application if you want to record things live, for which you can use both keyboard or pads. The latency was not a problem for me but then again if that is a problem for you it is always possible to correct things with Quantification or by hand later with the addition that you can in the Piano roll sequencer adjust the notes exactly as you like it, they don't snap to the grid unless you want to, which is for me a undervalued function and does not really exist for many applications, the possibility to easily create your own groove as you want.
The keyboard is nice because it is responsive and you can have velocity control already in the recording playing it higher or lower on the keys, it is also possible to have two keyboards stacked for different octaves so you can play a pretty big range of notes at the same time... Also you can use a step-sequencer for making beats which is really easy for beat creation as well as it is really easy to adjust pitch and velocity for each drum/percussion. And the percussion track also have swing function, (first thought that it was individually for each drum which would have been impressive..). The last way to create patterns is to use Pads for recording and something that is funky is the possibility first to expand up to 25 pads and to use them for recording not only percussion but also the other instruments.
Something nice to is the possibility to use the accelerometer built into your device for the filter, so you can swing the device around and get all swirly sounding.
The filter can be automated recording it directly on x-y controller and recorded live but not for each separate track-, which brings us to-
You cannot have separate effects for each track-
you choose the effects that you want to use and then you choose for each effect if it is going to affect only the instrument tracks with fx chosen or all of them, and on the instrument track you can choose effect on or off, well in the end you have three choices depending on have you set it up and the only thing that is possible to automate is the filter and like mentioned earlier that is only affecting the tracks you have chosen to be affected and it is only one track for that automation.
It would definitively not hurt to be able to choose effects for each track and to have a little bit more flexibility when it comes to automation!
The second critique is that you don't have more sounds to choose from, you can't sample or import other sounds, so what you get is what you get and none of the sounds are really tweakable, as there is a very limited automation and no synthesizer to F##k around with.
UPDATE: Now allows for sample import... 17/07/2013
And maybe one of the bigger flaws is the piano roll sequencer- amazingly it does not have click on/off notes it is totally anti workflow and don't know what they were thinking when they implemented the scheme of first clicking on one button to create a note then clicking done then click button to create a second note and so on until you have the notes in the sequencer window and then it does not stop there as you also have to move the notes and this is not simple either- because you have to click the note and a "move" button then move it and repeat until you have the notes where you want it, also to delete notes could have been more straightforward Really don't understand why they could not implement a simple click the note in place and then click it off!
That they are aware of this flaw is obvious as in the tutorial videos they posted there is not any mention of the piano roll sequencer! The midi editing in the piano roll is what attracts a lot of people to FL studio PC in the first place...(as for many it is rated superior than in other DAW's).
Then there is still bugs- how big the development team is I don't know but I do know that money got spent and a lot of people have been involved that is clear and that it took two years, it just should not be buggy like it is-
First up one of the biggest point of this application is that it is fully integrated with the PC version- nooooooot for Android (at least not yet)- tried to import a file today and it says that my version of the application is too old and that it has to be upgraded to a newer version, yes this is obviously meaning the latest version of the Iphone/Ipad version this should not have to happen (Yes the PC version that I have is the latest one), also other small bug crept up on me, two times the screen blacked out and had to restart the tablet and the fx on and off for the separate channels was not clickable directly for the channel so had to restart the application to get it to work properly again.
Know that it is the first version, but it is not that they rushed the product onto the market is it?
Well for sure these bugs will be straightened out...
So before the conclusion want to mention that it will be up to speed regarding the version of the Iphone/Ipad version which means that it will also will be able to do the following things sometime in the future, maybe in the next two years ( Ha ha )-
- Audio tracks and wave editor
- Sampling to create custom kits from audio files
- Load .instr files created with FL Studio or FL Studio Mobile iOS
- Background audio (playback while the app runs in the background)
- SoundCloud upload
- In-app shop
It is really good looking and apart from some bugs it does have a really nice workflow to it,
especially if you have some musical/instrumental knowledge and want to sketch out thing by recording different ideas on keyboard or pad- also the step sequencer is the same as in FL Studio PC- so for programming beats it is really easy and nice- but if you are not very good at playing instruments and you want to program melodies and suchlike be prepared for frustration, it is possible of course but for that type of music making I would go for something else...
Also when the integration with FL Studio PC works and you already are using it and you want to use your Android device for music making it is kind of a must have- Just wish that it worked now so it was possible to see it in action...
If and when the upgrades come like the possibilities to create your own instrument, recording and to use audio tracks it will be really nice.
When it comes to my personal use it will be used sometimes for composing as you can export midi and wav files, can also see myself using it for some of the sound to use with some effects etc to import later into other applications. But it is the the second most expensive app on the market (the first one being a sampled organ) and personally think that you would get more bang for your bucks buying three other apps and use in combination like- SunVox, Caustic, Nanoloop, G-Stomper, Supreme Mpa, or even maybe Reactable, and have more options to create complete pieces of music- and depending what inspires you more some of these applications mentioned are more complete than FL Studio mobile for making fully realized productions. Also will admit that kind of got mentioned earlier that if you are for recording musical ideas directly and without fuzz FL Studio Mobile is superior.
Well there will be more writing in the future of FL Studio Mobile but for now my daughter of three years are calling for my attention and she wants to play Kulalas- that is what she calls it when we play with the application Kosm- ( that is for free and you should get it.)
UPDATE- 22/04/2013- the updates of FLStudio have already begun addressing some if the grievances...
FL Studio Mobile