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FL Studio

Version 6.0


New audio thread 'Priority' and 'Safe overloads' features have been added to FL6 to make the program more stable in the face of high CPU loads. New minimalist look. New menu system. New 'one-click recording' option for new users in the Tools Menu. Edited events are now stored in a most recently used list. Drag/drop now works on detached playlist. Left-click and drag from most wave-displays to the channel window or other plugins is now possible. Speed improvements. Knob animation is now smoother. Middle mouse button opens items in browser, mouse wheel works in some new places, etc. Added support for more hardware controllers including sustain pedals. Support for multimedia keyboards. Default sample loading change. LAME DLL (MP3 codec) now loaded dynamically. New 'Link all parameters' dialog that allows you to step through all automatable parameters and link them to hardware controllers.

New Plugins
Direct Wave, Fruity Envelope Controller, Wasp XT, Updated Wasp, EQUO, Fruity Delay Bank, Fruity Multiband Compressor, Fruity Reeverb 2, Fruity Squeeze, Chrome, Sytrus 2.

Updated Piano Roll, Play List, Mixer, MIDI, etc.

Application Details:

Version: 6.0
License:
URL: http://www.flstudio.com
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.33

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Test Results

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What works

Installation works perfectly. Bug 4863 has been fixed, so no more blackened visuals! As dave brought up, if you hide the step sequencer you can insert tracks, synths etc and open project songs normally. After opening the project you can unhide the step sequencer.

What does not

The Wasp plugin does not work (says it cannot be found). This issue has not changed at all since my last review(July 12), I just forgot to post it. I noticed that between 0.9.26 and 0.9.27 a regression has caused FL Studio to freeze in certain situations (yay.. more lockups). I'm not sure what causes it exactly but it seems to happen in larger project like the default "New Stuff" project. The output is: err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection section 0x7effcf04 "loader.c: loader_section" wait timed out in thread 001c, blocked by 0009, retrying (60 sec) I, of course have no idea what this means. ;P Most audio files still don't play, like 3 of the 4 audio channels that appear by default when you run FL Studio. I think this is a problem with wine not being able to run the codecs that FL Studio uses. Touching just about any knob still sets it to 100%, or 0% if you move the mouse the other way even slightly. This I'm pretty sure is a DINPUT problem(bug #1410) that hopefully will be fixed sometime soon. :) Opening the "About" dialog somewhat works, you get several popups and the menu pops up, but then the whole program crashes with an: Unhandled page fault on read access to 0x00000048 at address 0x0000:0x01db5a6a (thread 0009) Launching the Help Contents doesn't crash the program anymore, it just doesn't work: fixme:htmlhelp:HtmlHelpW Not all HH cases handled correctly Opening any project or inserting any track or synth with the step sequencer up causes an: Unhandled exception 0x80000003 at address 0x0000:0x7ee78ff0 (thread 0009) Maximizing the playlist or pianoroll still does not refresh correctly. (you can minimize and maximize the entire program with kwin and it'll refresh, this does not work with beryl) Redraws(moving windows) are extremely slow and cause 100% cpu usage spikes. For this reason I recommend running Beryl/Compiz with AIGLX or NVIDIA (not XGL, too buggy with Wine) as this will speed up menus and popup boxes in the program since they are not redrawn against whatever is behind them. :)

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What was not tested

Extensive use of the program like every VSTi, knob and switch.

Hardware tested

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Additional Comments

The *ONE* program that keeps me from ditching windows for good, hopefully it will become more usable in the future. Great work wine devs, keep it up! :)

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 04 20091.1.33Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowFedora 10 x86_64Apr 05 20091.1.15Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 7.04 "Feisty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 23 20060.9.28.Yes Yes SilverSebastian 
CurrentUbuntu 6.10 "Edgy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 08 20060.9.27.Yes Yes GarbageSebastian 
ShowUbuntu 6.06 "Dapper" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 12 20060.9.17.Yes Yes Garbagean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO
This is a how-to on getting FL Studio to run in Wine. It won't run perfectly(not yet anyway), and there are some quirks and flaws but it is usable. :)

I'll keep this how-to updated as wine progresses and changes.


Changes in Wine 0.9.31

"Help" now starts up and displays some content.

Changes in Wine 0.9.30

No changes noticed.

Changes in Wine 0.9.29

Mouse now works correctly without the "Use Tablet PC" option.

"Channels->Add one->More..." Now shows up correctly in KDE's window manager and won't freeze FLS.



Note

If you have FL Studio installed on your Windows partition I recommend you keep it seperate from the one you're about to install in Linux and just copy over your Project Files later.


The How-To


Ok, so too start off make sure you have the latest Wine(as of now it's version 0.9.31). You can get the latest Wine packages for the most common distros here: http://winehq.org/site/download

Once you have Wine installed start your favorite terminal emulator(Konsole,GTerm)or press ALT+F2 and type in: winecfg
This will start up the wine config utility. Open the Audio tab and check the "OSS Driver" box. For "Hardware Accelaration" I find FL Studio works best with "Full" but it might work better for others with different sounds cards with "Emulation". Now open the Graphics tab and check "Allow the window manager to control the windows". (this step shouldn't be needed anymore since window management is now set on by default)

Download the latest version of FL Studio(6.0.8) and save it in your Home folder. Now open your favorite terminal program (Konsole,GTerm,etc) and type in: wine flstudio608_install.exe

Now the install will start. To make it easier to follow this how-to chose the default install locations.

After you're done the installation you'll have to edit a text file and copy over a codec file to be able to play most of the sound files that come with FL Studio.
The default install location of FL Studio is the fake C drive. This fake C drive is located in the .wine folder in you Home folder. Open your Home directory. The .wine folder is hidden so enable viewing hidden files with your file manager (View->Show hidden files in KDE, Rightclick->Show Hidden files in GNOME).

Now navigate to the FLStudio folder and into where the codec is: .wine/drive_c/Program Files/Image-Line/FL Studio 6/System/Installers/VorbisACM
In this folder there will be a bunch of files. Copy the vorbis.acm file to: .wine/drive_c/windows/system

Now go back into the windows folder (.wine/drive_c/windows) and edit the system.ini file with your favorite text editor.
Add this under the drivers32 section: MSACM.vorbis=vorbis.acm

Now you'll have to get a dll from your real Windows(XP or 2000 should work) installation because the Wasp and DrumSynth plugins(and others) need it to run.
The dll is mfc42.dll and it'll be in Windows/System32 in your Windows installation.
Copy the mfc42.dll file to .wine/drive_c/windows/system32

Now to import your FL Studio key to run FL Studio in Full Express/Fruity/Producer/whatever you paid for mode. (not needed to run in demo mode)
Download your FL Studio Registry key: FLStudioLogin
Save it in your Home folder. Now press ALT+F2(or start your terminal program) and type in: regedit
This'll start the wine registry editor. Click Registry->Import Registry File, and then select your reg file.

Ok, so that's all the tweaking that has to be done with Wine, the rest will be in FL Studio. :)

You should have an FL Studio icon on your desktop, but if you don't you'll start FL Studio from the terminal, and you can make a desktop icon yourself later.
Ok, so start FL Studio with the desktop icon or in a terminal program like this: wine "~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Image-Line/FL Studio 6/FL" (with the quotes)

FL Studio will crash the first time it runs, this is one of the known issues. Run FL Studio again and it'll start up normally with the default 4 audio channels.

Experiment with buffer length in Options->Audio Settings.
You'll notice the Buffer Underrun counter will be counting like crazy, this is normal since it's not able to count the underruns accurately in Wine. :P
Polling and Hardware Buffers options don't seem to have any effect on performance.

That's it, just read through the Know Issues to avoid them if possible and enjoy FL Studio in Linux. :)


Known Issues


Fl Studio will crash when any channel or project is opened while the Step Sequencer is up, so hide the Step Sequencer when adding a new channel or opening a project.


Moving a window in FL Studio is extremely slow and will spike the cpu usage to 100%. This is because Wine is very inefficient with this part of the windows API at the moment(bug #421 I believe).


FL Studio playback will stutter and freeze for a second if you do anything anything else that uses the cpu. This is because Wine is unable to prioritize cpu usage to a section of the wine sound driver, and this causes stutters and buffer underruns(bug #1631).


If you get a notice saying something like "Cannot open DSound device" when starting FL Studio then log out and in and the problem should be gone.


Maximizing a window inside FL Studio(like the pianoroll) is not refreshed correctly, minimize and maximize the entire program to refresh it.
DO NOT use FL Studio's minimize button, you won't be able to maximize again if you do. Use the taskbar to minimize and maximize FL Studio.


Audio latiencies should not be a problem since realtime kernels can be used and JACK substitutes ASIO, but until Wine can prioritize cpu usage to avoid buffer underruns this problem can't be solved.


The ReWired plugin does not work.


Using .rex files does not work.


Any hardware synths or keyboards probably won't work with FL Studio, however MIDI hardware might work. A user mentioned their midi keyboard works, thanks for the comment. :)


Anything beyond stereo(5.1,7.1) will not work, this is a limitation of the current Wine sound driver.


"Help" starts, but isn't very usable. Use a native CHM viewer(KchmViewer,GnoCHM) to view the help files.
They're located in: FL Studio 6/Help

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