Image Line Acquires Toxic III Hybrid Synth; Mac Version Coming

First, long-time Windows developer Cakewalk went cross-platform with their soft synth line. Now, FL Studio (Fruity Loops) creators Image Line are developing a Mac plug-in: KVR reports they’ve acquired hybrid FM/subtractive synth Toxic III and are planning a Mac port. As our resident Windows expert Adrian Anders puts it, “I guess hell is starting to get a little bit colder, if you get my drift.” Toxic III [Image Line] Before you get your hopes up, though, I don’t think this necessarily means you’ll see a port of Image Line’s flagship FL Studio, nice as that might be. Plug-ins are far …

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What’s New in FL Studio “Fruity Loops” 6 for Windows

Image-Line’s FL Studio is a huge underground “cult” hit for digital music making. It’s Windows-only, and it seems to get more love from the European press than the US writers for some reason (maybe because Image-Line is stingy with free press copies). But it’s got some great pattern-based features for those of you who like making quick-and-dirty dance music, as well as an elegant set of synths that could appeal to just about anyone. Here’s what new in the long-awaited FL Studio 6:

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FL Studio 5 Arrives (Win)

Integrated synthesis and sequencing software FL Studio 5 has received a major new upgrade. Unlike most competitive products, FL Studio has lifetime free upgrades, so this is free for existing users. Lots of new features, many of which are related to time stretching and beat slicing (for some, this could even make FL Studio competitive with programs like Ableton Live and Propellerhead Reason): "Elastique" time-stretching and pitch-shifting in audio tracks and tempo-synced stretch previews Improved Fruity Slicer, with stretching and REX loops support Tempo tapping Basic loop recording Tempo Detector tool aligns project tempos to songs The upgrade also features …

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