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.
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.
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. :)
What was not tested
Extensive use of the program like every VSTi, knob and switch.
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! :)
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Dec 04 2009||1.1.33||Yes||Yes||Platinum||an anonymous user|
|Show||Fedora 10 x86_64||Apr 05 2009||1.1.15||Yes||Yes||Platinum||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Dec 23 2006||0.9.28.||Yes||Yes||Silver||Sebastian|
|Current||Ubuntu 6.10 "Edgy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Dec 08 2006||0.9.27.||Yes||Yes||Garbage||Sebastian|
|Show||Ubuntu 6.06 "Dapper" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 12 2006||0.9.17.||Yes||Yes||Garbage||an anonymous user|