FL Studio 12.9 BETA 1 intros Time Signatures, reworked PDC & more

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Image Line has announced a first beta version of the next major release of its FL Studio music production software.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbDbza0VKoA

Version 12.9 includes Time Signatures, completely reworked Automatic Plugin Delay Compensation, more Mixer Tracks and lots more.

Changes in FL Studio v12.9 Beta 1

  • Automatic PDC – Automatic PDC should now work for all normal use-cases (please report issues). We still need to fix these cases: Multi-out plugins, Multiple generators feeding a single Mixer track, each with different latencies and the wet/dry mix knob on FX slots. These should be resolved in coming betas.
    • Automatic PDC now works with Generators.
    • APDC applies to inter-track routing and side-chains.
    • Manual and Auto-PDC can now co-exist. Manual PDC is applied as an offset to Auto PDC.
    • Manual PDC – Negative values – delay the selected track, positive values – delay all other tracks.
    • There’s a new audio input delay control on the INPUT menu to fix latency issues with individual audio inputs.
    • PDC icons now light orange when a track reports latency, not when it’s delayed (as before). This will help you to quickly identify PDC inducing plugins.
  • DirectWave – A Zone’s loop type will now apply to all selected Zones.
  • Fruity Reeverb – Is now a 64 Bit FL plugin.
  • GUI – The ‘Song/Pat’ switch is a placeholder. The main purpose at the moment is to show you are using the FL Studio Beta. We are converting all tool panels to 1-unit high. This will allow for a more streamlined tool-bar and more flexible arrangements. More later …
  • Help – FL now uses the online version of the help file. You can download an offline version here (although FL 12.9 won’t open this by default).
  • Mixer – Increased to 125 Mixer tracks. More will be added later.
  • Patcher – Reduced memory usage.
  • Playlist – Improved visibility of Clip borders in Solid view mode.
  • Time Signature Support – Playlist, Piano roll, Project Settings and Time Markers. Right-click Time-markers and select ‘Time signature’. Shift+Alt+T to set time-signatures over a selected time-range. Use the on Pattern Clip Menu ‘Use current time signature’ to set a time-signature based on Playlist position.
  • Plugin manager – Locating plugins is faster, in some cases.
  • Sampler Channels – Legacy precomputed effects are back. New: Playback – ‘Start offset’ (automatable), will get a position visualization in the next update. Precomputed – ‘Sample start’, and ‘Length’ effects.
  • Tap tempo – Sync option for tempo tap is now off by default.
  • Unicode Text – Most FL plugins now support unicode characters when exchanging filenames and other text with FL Studio.
  • ZGE Visualizer – Layers can be collapsed. Buffered layers are more obvious now. New ‘SplinePeaks’ effect.

The beta is available for Windows and Mac from the Looptalk forum.

More information: Image Line / FL Studio 12.9 Beta 1

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