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Audio Editing & Production

A guide to Audacity, GarageBand and FL Studio, three free Digital Audio Workstations.


FL Studio is a much larger file than other options discussed on this guide, with the installer being a download of ~900 MB, and the installed program requiring about 2 GB of storage space. The installer covers both 32- and 64-bit systems and comes packaged with the ASIO4ALL audio driver, which streamlines and solves many tech and setup problems before they occur. 

Purchasing and installing the various premium (paid) versions of FL studio requires creating an Image-Line account, which is FL Studio's parent company. Once created, product registration and validation occurs within the account. 

During the installation process, FL Studio will ask where to install the program. A later step will prompt the user where to install the VST folder. VST, or Virtual Studio Technology, is commonly referred to as plugins. Plugins are tools used in recording programs to alter audio (as with effects) or virtual instruments, or in this case, running a whole program as a plugin inside of another recording software. Many plugins are available for free online, and can be added to this folder for use in FL studio or any other compatible software. 

Click below to download FL studio, set up an account, access free VST downloads, or learn more about how to set up the software.


The free version of FL studio does not support audio input from an interface or microphone. Connecting a MIDI controller to input MIDI date is supported. This is accomplished by opening FL Studio and choosing MIDI Settings from the Options menu. Click the Enable Button and select your device from the dropdown labeled Generic Controller.

The settings tab has additional options for Audio, File Storage, and Display. For more settings information, watch the video below.