FL Studio Mobile is a portable digital audio workstation (DAW) that turns your Android device into a mobile music studio. Although it lacks the full functionality of the desktop version of FL Studio, you can still create multitrack songs, apply effects and automation, import your own audio, and much more.
A music studio on the go
As popular as music creation apps like GarageBand are, they often lack the features of a dedicated DAW like Logic or FL Studio. Some mobile music software, such as BandLab, comes close, but if you’re serious about producing songs on the go, FL Studio Mobile could be the app you’re searching for.
FL Studio itself is a reputable desktop DAW with a ton of functionality. It’s also expensive, especially if you buy the complete version. FL Studio Mobile offers a pocket-sized alternative that still packs a punch, feature-wise, for a fraction of the desktop version’s cost.
FL Studio Mobile features
The app comes preloaded with a range of virtual instruments, including GMS (Groove Machine Synth), Drum Sampler, Transistor Bass, SuperSaw, and MiniSynth. Each of these also comes with a wide selection of sounds to tweak and modify however you see fit.
There’s an official store you can access from the app, but there’s no real need to use it as it’s easy to add your own samples/audio and import them into a song.
Effects-wise, the app includes over 15 plugins, from distortion to bandpass filters and compressors to equalizers. You’re free to mix, match and tweak the settings for these too.
The FL Mobile secret weapon
The app also comes with DirectWave capabilities. This is a virtual synthesizer that lets you compile sounds (and attached effects) from other software (e.g., FL Studio) to use in the mobile app. This way, you can continue working between DAWs without the need to install expensive software.
There’s definitely a learning curve, but its steepness depends on your familiarity with music creation software. FL Studio Mobile’s playlist can be zoomed in and out, and new audio tracks can be added with a couple of clicks. Almost every control can be automated, too, allowing even greater flexibility.
Should you download it?
Yes. It has a massive amount of features for a reasonable price.