The Cheapest Way to Buy FL Studio

The Cheapest Way to Buy FL Studio

The best deals and discounts to buy Image Line FL Studio - cheap and legal

Christof Baer
Christof Baer
last updated this article on 
April 11, 2022
 and first floated it on 
May 16, 2021

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How to try FL Studio for free and buy up to 33% off

FL Studio by Imagine Line is one of the most popular DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) for music producers and beat makers. Unlike other DAWs, like Ableton Live or Steinberg Cubase, FL Studio comes with free lifetime updates included in the purchase price, but the software is not cheap to buy in the first place.

That's why we researched the cheapest ways to buy FL Studio. So if you don't want to download an illegal crack and decide to buy, this musicmanta guide can help you get the FL Studio for the best deal.

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Step by Step guide buying FL Studio at the lowest price

We researched all options we could find, and listed them in order. To help guide you to the best option, just follow the decision tre

Step 1 Trial Version: Try FL Studio for free forever

Unbelievably, you can use FL Studio for free forever. The catch? You cannot save any files.

Check out how to download the FL Studio trial version, and its limitations.

Step 2 Student Version: Students save up to 33%

Are you a student or teacher?

Then use the educational offer to save up to 33% off the full FL Studio price.

Step 3 Sale: Save typically 20% in the FL Studio sale

When is the next FL Studio sale?

We predict the next FL Studio sale in November 2022, when you could save 20% in the next FL Studio sales.

Step 4 Cheapest Retailer: Save up to 15%

Are you OK to do some research on the cheapest reseller?

We have done some work for you already. Our research showed you can save up to 15%, compared to the Image Line FL Studio Shop, from an official authorised FL Studio retailer.

Step 5 Cheaper Version: Buy a cheaper FL Studio edition first

Don't want to or can't do any of the above?

Then I recommend you buy a cheaper edition first, and then you can upgrade later in a sale for a big discount.

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1. FL Studio Trial - Free forever (but no file opening)

Before any potential purchase of expensive software, such as FL Studio, we recommend you try first. But not every manufacturer offers this (such as Native Instruments), or functionality can be severely limited through intermittent white noise or the inability to save anything.

FL Studio however offers a generous free, time unlimited trial*. You can even save your projects, and export projects to WAV or MP3, but you cannot open any projects.

The trial version is equivalent to the Producer Edition, and comes with all FL Studio plugins. The trial is available for Windows and macOS, so just head to the download page* and install it.

2. FL Studio Student/Education Version - up to 33% off

The top of the range FL Studio Signature Bundle* is available as a special Academic Bundle, matching all its features. You can only buy the Academic Bundle from third party sellers, not directly from Image Line. FL Studio prices seem to vary by country, with the best discounts offered in the US, at the time of writing:

(FL Studio prices for the Academic bundle were last checked on 11 April 2022.)

Eligibility

Both students and teachers qualify for the FL Studio Academic Bundle.

Application Process

You can only buy the FL Studio Academic Bundle through an official FL Studio reseller.

  • Documents showing you are a student or teacher will only be verified as part of the purchase process.
  • The documents required depend on the reseller. Normally this includes a valid student or faculty ID card, or an employment contract with a school.

Limitations

  1. If your Student status changes, you will need to upgrade to a full license for an additional upgrade fee of $49.
  2. You are not allowed to commercialise (sell, rent) music you make in an academic version of FL Studio.

Further Details

Take a look at the FL Studio Q&A on student discounts for further information.

Our Ultimate Guide to Student Discounts lists top brands offering up to 66% discounts, including AVID Protools, Ableton Live, Native Instruments Reaktor, Output, Antares Auto-Tune and many more
FL Studio comes in four editions, including the most popular Producer Edition

3. FL Studio Sales - next sale predicted is Black Friday 2022*

Image Line does not announce future sales, and rarely gives any discount off the FL Studio price. However, Black Friday is different. Our research shows the FL Studio price was significantly reduced in November.

  • Black Friday 2021FL Studio All Plugins Edition 20% off* - $399 down from $499 (2nd November 2021 to 30th November 2021).  Included in the price were $300 worth of Plugins and Samples (KSHMR Essentials FX, Urban Puncher FX + 5 Producer Loops Sample Packs).
  • Black Friday 2020: FL Studio All Plugins Edition reduced to $399, from its higher price of $899, for about one month (2nd November 2020 to 30th November 2020).
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4. Research the cheapest FL Studio retailer: up to 15% discount

Some retailers choose to sell FL Studio at a lower price than the FabFilter shop and other retailers. This may take a bit of time to research, but the savings are worth it - and we did some research for you.

At the time of writing, we found Thomann* to be the cheapest official FL Studio reseller. The most popular version, FL Studio Producer Edition, was sold at up to 15% discount when you buy in US Dollars and are based in the United States, for example. Discounts vary in other countries.

Here are the best selling FL Studio and Image Line plugins, with live prices from Thomann*. If this doesn't show your local currency, you can change this on the website.

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5. FL Studio - buy the cheapest edition for you

FL Studio offers a range of editions*, priced from $99 up to $499. We recommend you compare the features carefully, and first buy the cheapest edition right for your needs, and then upgrade later in a sale for a big discount.

  1. FL Studio Fruity Edition Price: $99 | €89 | £76: 82 instruments and effects. No audio recording or editors.
  2. FL Studio Producer Edition Price $199 | €189 | £153: 86 instruments and effects.
  3. FL Studio Signature Edition Price $299 | €289 | £230: 92 instruments and effects.
  4. FL Studio All Plug Ins Edition Price $499 | €489 | £429: 102 instruments and effects.

Check out the full comparison of features for each FL Studio edition and their prices* on the FL Studio website.

Buying FL Studio: Questions and Answers

Does FL Studio ever go on sale? How can I get FL Studio discounts?

We predict 20% of during Black Friday 2022. Why? In recent years, FL Studio has always been on sale during Black Friday. The last sale started in November 2021 until 6th January 2022, when FL Studio All Plugins Edition was reduced by 20% (or $100) from $499 to $399. We think FL Studio will repeat this for 2022.

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How can I find the FL Studio cheapest price?

Students can save 33% and everybody can save 15% by buying at the cheapest FL Studio retailer. Just follow the musicmanta step by step guide to find the cheapest price for you.

Does FL Studio offer a student discount or educational license to students and teachers?

Yes, you can get 50% discount off the full FL Studio price as a student or teacher. You can only buy the FL Studio Academic Bundle through a reseller. The Student ID will be verified as part of the purchase process. The documents required vary by reseller. Normally this includes: a valid student or faculty ID card, or an employment contract with a school.

Can I sell or transfer my FL Studio license or buy a used FL Studio license?

No. Image Line prohibits the license transfer of FL Studio in their End User License Agreement.

Is FL Studio free?

No, not the fully functional version. You can download and try FL Studio for free*, but there is a serious limitation. You cannot open any save projects again.

You can however render any projects as MP3 or WAV files. So if you want to produce a quick beat in one session and render it, you can. You can save it, but not re-open it again until you buy the full license.

Is FL Studio worth it? Is FL Studio good?

We recommend you try for yourself with a free trial. If you like it, use the musicmanta guide to find the cheapest way to buy. We also recommend you try all other DAWs you can, such as Ableton Live. In the end, you have to decide for yourself.

A few factors that speak for FL Studio:

Which FL studio version is best to buy?

It depends on your needs. We recommend you try the full edition with all plugins first, but work out carefully which features you actually need and use most. Most people start with the Producer edition, as the Fruity edition is limited with no audio editor or clips supported.

Here are all editions available:

  1. FL Studio Fruity Edition Price $99 | €89 | £76: 82 instruments and effects. No audio recording or editors.
  2. FL Studio Producer Edition Price $199 | €189 | £153: 86 instruments and effects.
  3. FL Studio Signature Edition Price $299 | €289 | £230: 92 instruments and effects.
  4. FL Studio All Plug Ins Edition Price $499 | €489 | £352.64: 102 instruments and effects.

Check out the full comparison of features for each FL Studio edition* on the FL Studio website.

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