FL Studio | How to Install & Unlock

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In this tutorial we’ll look at how to install and register FL Studio. This procedure also

covers updating with your Lifetime Free Updates. So the first step is to head over to flstudio.com.

On the home page you will find a download link. The same installer is used for the demo

and purchased versions of FL Studio. If you own it you just need to unlock it as I will

show in a moment. It also means if you’re using the demo, and then purchase FL Studio,

you don’t need to install it again, just unlock it with your Image-Line account.

Next, select one of the download options and click to download. We get over 30,000 downloads

a day and so provide several download options to keep download speeds fast. OK take note

of where the installer is saved. There is a single installer for both FL Studio 32 and

64 Bit. You will get 2 icons to run either, after installation.

After downloading double-click the install file to start the installation. Windows Security

will throw up some warnings, just click ok or yes to these and proceed. Just select the

defaults. One area for attention is the Plugin database. You can choose for it to be categorised

or a flat - alphabetical list. For now I will go with the default.

The installation folder will usually be FL Studio followed by the version number. You

can change this location or folder name to make multiple parallel installations. For

example FL Studio 12 and FL Studio 11 will automatically install to their own folders,

so you can run them side-by-side. If you are updating from 12 to 12.1 then the update will

install over the top of the existing folder. Don’t worry you won’t lose any personal

files. FL Studio only overwrites its own data.

These are the default VST plugin locations, so go with the defaults here too. When the

installation is complete, you will see two FL Studio icons, one for 32 and one for 64

Bit. I’ll open the 64 Bit version.

The first thing is to go to the Options > Audio Settings and make sure the Audio Driver is

set to FL Studio ASIO. Or if you have issues with that you can try ASIO4ALL. ASIO is a

high performance audio driver that will lower CPU usage and latency. Latency is the delay

between playing a note and hearing the sound.

I’ll select FL Studio ASIO. Click here to open it. I have it here set to 1024 samples.

A good place to start. The two options below allow you to select Audio Inputs and Outputs.

You only need to set these if you are having trouble getting sound in or our of FL Studio.