Make Beats in FL Studio for Free! (No Piracy)

Make Beats in FL Studio for Free! (No Piracy)

If you are a person wanting to begin an exhausting but nevertheless rewarding career in beat making or music production in general, you are probably looking for ways to start. And among the many things you need to start making beats, DAW is the first one..

Now, everything would be nice and easy if DAWs weren’t so damn expensive. That makes many people who would like to try making music give up before they even started. But what if I can tell you that it doesn’t need to be like that? What if I tell you that you can actually use FL Studio completely for free without pirating it?

Now this isn’t some mind-blowing trick and if you are a seasoned producer reading this, you probably know about this. However, in case you would like to try out the amazing hobby of making beats without paying anything, then this article is for you!

Disclaimer: Ethical Use Only!

Before we delve into the details, let me emphasize that this guide is not intended to exploit any loopholes or promote illegal activities. Instead, its purpose is to assist individuals interested in pursuing a career in beatmaking by providing legitimate alternatives to acquire FL Studio.

I must confess, I once used a cracked (pirated) version of FL Studio myself. However, I now use the legal version, and I can assure you that you don’t have to resort to piracy to hone your beatmaking skills before investing hundreds of dollars in the software. You can utilize the free demo version instead.

FL Studio Demo version is more powerful than you think

While the term “demo” might be off-putting, the FL Studio demo version offers powerful features that enable you to create remarkable music without spending a dime. Let’s explore how you can make the most of it!

Before we go on, here are the features of a FL Studio demo version:

  • Fully functional – You get access to a wide range of plugins available in the Signature Bundle, allowing you to experiment with various sounds, presets, and plugins to discover your unique style;
  • Time unlimited – You can use the software freely until you close your project. However, you won’t be able to reopen it without a license;
  • Save FL Studio Projects – You can save your projects indefinitely, but to access them later or if you’ve used plugins not included in your purchased bundle, you will need to buy those plugins separately;
  • Export WAV, MP3, FLAC, MIDI and Video – This is where the true potential lies. You can utilize these export options to use FL Studio like a pro, all without the need for a cracked version!

How to properly utilize FL Studio Demo version?

Before I tell you how you use it, first I need to tell you the limits of the Demo version of FL. As mentioned before in this article, you can use the software as much as you like as long as you close the project. Then, after you try to open it again, it asks you to purchase the FL and you cannot access your project unless you do so. It is not deleted, it is not time limited, but the purchase is necessary in order to continue your project. But there is a way that you can use this to your advantage.

Now, let’s move on to the juicy part. Utilizing FL Studio Demo will not be as easy as a paid version, but you can manage just fine after reading this guide, even if you are a beginner.

Here are the steps:

  • Make the beat;
  • Export all tracks SEPARATELY;
  • Open these exported tracks in a new project file;
  • Keep making the beat and finish it before you close it again.

Saving MiDi Files

So, let’s imagine you made a melody with a plugin and you MiDi (melody) looks like this:

How to use FL Studio for Free - MiDi Notes

Now, you can normally do with it whatever you want, even if you are using the demo version of the software. However, as soon as you close the project file, you wouldn’t be able to access it again and therefore, technically, lose it (unless you buy the software).

So here is a little trick:

  • Go to File > Export as MiDi File;
  • Go to your plugin that you used to create the melody and then remember the preset;
  • Anytime you open a new project, you can import that same MiDi file and use the same melody you created in the file before;
  • Open the plugin and the preset you used, and continue with the beat.
How to effectively use FL Studio Demo version - Exporting MiDi Files

This is what a MiDi file should look like:

How MiDi files actually look like.

You can import it into a project anytime you want. Just remember where you exported it. Also, what you need to keep in mind is that, unlike audio, MiDi files do not contain any sounds. They are just melody patterns that you can use on any VST (plugin) you want and only after they are applied to a plugin can they play these notes.

Saving Audio Files

Just like you can save MiDi, you can also save separate audio tracks.

Here is how you can do it:

  • Go to File > Export > Export this track as Wav;
  • Only select the track that you want to export as an audio, so that you have it separate from other elements;
  • Select all automation clips, in case it applies an effect on the track you want to export. If it doesn’t, it wouldn’t cause any problems anyway;
  • Export it.

Here is how it is done:

How to export an Audio Track in FL Studio.

Right-click on the green dot that is close to the track labels (See “Main Lead” and a green dot in the bottom-right corner) and then click on every automation clip in the playlist (if you have at least one).

You can always use the tracks/files you exported individually and keep using the free FL Studio Demo version to make beats as if you have the pro version of the software.

What are the benefits of using FL Studio Demo version this way?

This method has its limits, however the Image-Line crew really did an awesome job in allowing us to explore the software to its full potential without paying for it immediately. This may be the best if not the only legal way you can fully utilize the free version of Fruity Loops.

Here are the reasons why I recommend this method:

  • You don’t have to pirate it and get into legal issues. To be honest, it is unlikely that you will run into legal issues even if you use the pirated version of the FL, however if you plan on posting your beat making process online and someone sees that you are using the cracked FL, you might get an email from the Image-Line company themselves and may be forced to undergo some processes you don’t want to. Curtiss King, an independent music producer, actually went through this and it wasn’t pleasant;
  • You can use files you exported as many times as you want, which means you can close the project and open another one, import the tracks, and finish the mix on the second attempt. That way, you don’t have to rush finishing your track in the same day and this really leaves you with the room for experimenting and learning.

You can try this with third-party VSTs as well!

The best thing of all is that you can also try this method with demo version third-party plugins you have installed. You can install any plugin you want and use it as a demo. Then, you export your track into an audio file and you have that audio ready to use in any way you want.

That way, not only are you able to use the whole FL Studio DAW, but you can also try out making beats with some third-party plugins that cost as much as FL Studio itself (and in many cases much more!). If you utilize this method properly, you can quickly learn the process and find your own signature sound in no time!

Remember, this method is both legal and effective, allowing you to embrace your passion for beat making without too many barriers.