ImageLine’s FL Studio for desktop computers has been a Windows-exclusive for donkey’s years. But the company knows the macOS market is significant and figures Mac users have unsatisfied demand for its music-making software. Releasing a macOS version has been high on its priority list and is only a matter of time and effort.
In the interim, Image-Line announced that the core FL Studio Mac application is now completed and published a beta version of the software for download. It’s only available as a 64-bit application, corresponding to Apple’s development policies.
While having FL Studio run natively on macOS is a wonderful thing, the release comes with a bunch of caveats. ImageLine maintains the beta version exists strictly for development and testing purposes, discouraging producers from attempting critical project work. Furthermore, most of the bundled plug-ins don’t work yet, and neither do Rewire, FL Studio as VST, Audio Unit support, and Scripting. Bear this in mind before you proceed with the download.
Once installed, the FL Studio beta will work in demo-mode. If you own the DAW, you can register it with your existing Image-Line account from the Help > About window.
Image-Line isn’t giving out an official ETA for release of the full macOS version yet. If anything substantial comes up, we’ll keep you posted.