FL Studio

XXL (full) Version of FL Studio 8.0

Application Details:

Version: 8.0
License: Retail
Votes: 4
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.34

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What works

Demo mode works fine.  Most of the synths and effects work with a little bit of work.  BUT...



What does not

once minimized it cant be maximized again.

once it is Registered as full version (XXL), meaning merging the FL reg code with the win registry, it stops working. 

quits with:


err:seh:setup_exception_record stack overflow error ...

(bug #12279)

 you can do a work around by compiling wine with gcc-4.1 instead of gcc-4.2.

This stops FL Studio from crashing once registered, but, although it starts with the regfile merged with

the win registry, it will always complain that the reg files is out dated and remain in demo mode.


What was not tested

Everything except demo mode and installation

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

edit: ok, i rated it bronze as the installation works, and the program itself, the only problem is the activation mechanism.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowMac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard"Dec 31 20091.1.34Yes Yes Garbagean anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 17 20091.1.22Yes Yes Bronzezweistecken 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 14 20091.1.19Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Mar 23 20091.1.17Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 05 20081.1.4Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO Asio Driver

get the recent wineasio source from sourceforge:

get the Steinberg ASIO SDK:

unpack both.

Copy "asio.h" from the Asio SDK folder "common" into the wineasio folder.

You will need the wine source and the jack source for compiling:  (if not in one of your repos)

Compile wineasio (./configure make make install)

do: $ regsvr32 wineasio.dll

Now you have an ASIO driver running in wine that sends the audio signals to jack.  Best would be to install qjackctrl or something similar.

Before launching FL (or any other audio program using ASIO) make sure you have configured the jack server, and it is running.  Also make sure the only audio driver selected in winecfg is ALSA.

In FL you can then select in Options>Audio>Audiodevice>wineASIO

If it freezes when selecting wineasio, just kill FL and restart it, the wineasio driver should stay defaulted/selected.

this setup only works in 32bit oses, if youre running 64bit, you should search for wineasio-x-0.3 or something.  There are .debs and .rpms of a 64bit version of wineasio (called wineasio-x) somewhere in the web.  Google is your friend.   then you have to start jack, the jackbridge, then FL to get it running once installed.

HOWTO Using Pulse Audio

If you'd like sound to work under PulseAudio (PA), you have to run programs with the "prefix" of [padsp], which launches programs under the PA server.

If it doesn't work with just the prefix, launch winecfg under PA

  padsp winecfg

Under the audio tab, you should have only checked the OSS drivers.

HOWTO Performace Tweak (allocate Power from GUI to sound ;)

Performance issues are mainly with the GUI since it makes extensive use of GDI which is slow in Wine.

This can be worked around somewhat by decreasing the CPU usage to the GUI, making the sound more responsive , but on the flip side making the GUI less responsive.

To do this, open up the System Process List, then right-click on FL.exe and set priority to 19.

HOWTO Midi Substitution

FL Studio can use the PC keyboard as a crude substitute MIDI keyboard.

check/uncheck under menu Options->Typing keyboard to piano

However in Gnome if you have keyboard repeating turned on

see menu System->Preferences->Keyboard->General->Repeat Keys

then these repeats are being sent and a typical sound generator/VST will "stutter" which is really just multiple MIDI keypresses/notes, so turning key repeats off in Gnome is a workaround for this problem.

NOTE: Using the FL Studio Help

Just tried Wine git 1.1.1-55 and for the first time I see the images rendered in the FL Help window.

Still no window minimize-restore-close buttons, but if I go to the Window Menu (upper left corner) and uncheck

"Always On Top"

I can make it go behind the main FL window. It stays open until FL is closed. In spite of the limitations I think the Help is now quite useable.



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