FL Studio Performance Mode in development

FL Studio has long been a favourite application for music production, but a new Performance Mode feature that's currently in development could make it more likely to appear in the live arena, too.

Currently in Alpha testing, FL Studio developer Image-Line explains the Performance Mode by saying that "It works by dynamically adding clips to the Playlist as you trigger them; in this way it's also a real-time arrangement process. All three clip types (Audio, Automation and Pattern) can be triggered."

Image-Line goes on to give details of how the Performance Mode will work with different types of controller:

Keyboards: there are 12 Clips assignable to each Playlist Track (one octave of a MIDI controller per track)
Novation Launchpad and Mouse:
Unlimited Clips assignable to each Playlist track.
Other pad-based controllers:
Limited only by the number of MIDI note assignable pads

Could this new feature turn FL Studio into a performance application to rival Ableton's Live? Time will tell.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.