FL Studio 12.5 public beta now available, new Picker Panel, virtual MIDI controllers & more

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Image-Line has announced a public beta of FL Studio 12.5, the latest version of its music production software for Windows.

Image Line FL Studio 12.5 beta

See what’s in testing below. This is a great time to get involved and shape the future of FL Studio. Let the developers know how you would like these new features to fit into your workflow …

Changes in FL Studio 12.5 beta

  • Picker Panel (Alt+P) – A Pattern, Audio and Automation Clip manager / browser that lists all Pattern, Audio and Automation Clips in the project. Useful features include: Select unused Clips. Select Clips in Playlist. Rename/Color multiple clips. Render Pattern Clips to Audio Clips (Right-Click Clips > Render as audio clip, hold (Alt) to bypass Mixer Insert FX.
  • Virtual MIDI Controllers – Resizable, customizable vectorial Keyboard and Drumpads. Play the selected Channel, just like an external MIDI controller.
  • Automation Clips – New (Right-click) control points ‘Type in value…’ feature.
  • FPC – Resizable vectorial UI. Pads can now have custom colors and icons. New layout options (single/double pads). Per-pad automatable pitch.
  • Harmor – Vectorial UI.
  • Patcher – Threaded processing of hosted plugins/modules. ‘More…’ option in plugin insertion menus. (Right-click) node and select ‘Insert plugin…’ to connect a plugin to a node. Load DirectWave when .dwp file is dropped. (Middle-click) plugin title bar to rename.(Middle-click) connection filter checkboxes to disable the two others. ‘Tree display’ option in Control Surface tab Preset Menu. (Left-Click) to switch filter groups On/Off. (Middle-Mouse Click) to Solo/Unsolo a filter group.
  • Edison – Shows the length of selections (top-right in the Editor window).
  • DirectWave – Resizable vectorial UI. New filters (MiniSynth & Vox) plus High Quality Rendering (Option) to enable near audio-rate modulation of all DirectWave parameters.
  • Channel Sampling Robot – (Right-click) any Channel and select ‘Create DirectWave instrument’ to turn any Channel, Patcher or Layer into a DirectWave bank/patch.
  • Transistor Bass – New ‘303 Square waveform’ switch and ‘Gate Length’ control.
  • Control Creator – Updated and now accessible from Patcher > Control Surface and the Tools menu.
  • Control Surface – Controls can now be auto-aligned. Select two or more controls and Right-click > Align for options.
  • Piano roll – ‘Menu > View > Mini piano roll preview’ shows an overview of notes in the scroll-bar. Highlight root key according to scale. New ‘Menu > View > Keyboard style > Dark’ keyboard mode. Use (Ctrl+Mouse-wheel) on Channel Selector to select empty Channels.
  • Playlist – ‘Menu > View > Mini playlist preview’ shows an overview of Clips in the scroll-bar.
  • MIDI Out – New ‘Note’ Knob output mode. Automate sending note on and off. A note value of 0 = Note OFF.
  • VIEW > Close all plugin windows (Alt+F12) – Closes only plugin windows.
  • Hide the plugin wrapper menu by default – See ‘General Settings > Miscellaneous > Hide plugin window toolbar by default’.
  • Additional changes & Bugfixes – Many! See the What’s New.

The public beta is now available from the Looptalk forum. Mac users can test the 12.5 features in the 0.9R Alpha.

More information: Image-Line / FL Studio

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