Newest Review: ... to make your own loops and even full tracks (if you have the day to spare). This was important for me because it allowed me to expl... more
Member Name: SEoD
Date: 21/02/01, updated on 21/02/01 (266 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, fun, (relatively) cheap, nice interface
Disadvantages: Takes some processor juice
Somebody's keen, as version 3 isn't even shipping as I write this, but the previous versions were grrrreat!
Fruity Loops started out pretty basic, but it's getting more and more useful features as the versions go by.
Basically it's a sample sequencing tool, allowing you to make up a pattern like on a groovebox, but with your own samples (usually wav files). But it doesn't end there - you can have different patterns overlayed and organized nicely in the Loop window.
Newer versions also support DirectX plugins, VST plugins, SimSynth sounds, MP3 encoding, Loop packaging (zipping up all your files for sending to someone), and new in version 3 - VST instruments.
Heh. and that's before you even look at the MIDI side of the program. Or the graphical editing of realtime tweakable knobs for your plugins etc.
There really is too much to go into, but try it and you'll be hooked.