RATING: 3 out of 5 glowing acorns. FL Studio gets points for flexibility (customization), effects, and instruments. It however loses points in the user friendliness department, and doesn't get my "extra good" extra point.
FL STUDIO - In the days I originally tried FL Studio, it was still being called Fruity Loops, and made me think of sugary cereal. I still call it Fruity Loops, and it still makes me think of sugary cereal.
Fruity Loops is a great program that got me and my sister Natasha into programming music, even though we only ever used the demo. The free demo is fully functioned for the most part, but lacks the ability to open saved projects (but you can save them in case you buy the full version later). The versions we used were in the days before FL Studio was even a DAW, and was exclusively a music making program. They later added audio editing and recording functions. So while I have never used the audio end of FL, I did enjoy making music and it had a great array of instrument voices.
Some people think you can only make rap beats in this program, I'd like to point out a punk rock happy birthday song I made for my sister Tamara's 13th birthday (the vocals were recorded and edited in Audacity I believe). Which wasn't all that good in retrospect ha ha. But below you can find an example of some music my sister Natasha made in FL Studio that is much better!
Example: "Spacey" by Natasha Green of GreenStreams Studio
So while I don't have a thorough experience of any modern version of FL Studio, it's worth looking at. In My experience with the older versions the major pros were a huge library of quality instrument voices.
The cons were that the piano role (midi note editor) tools were too specific and made it annoying to have to switch back and forth to simply select all the notes instead of drawing notes. I've seen a lot of other DAWs handle their tools a lot better than this. Another con at the time was a really awkward convoluted method for working with recorded audio. However this may have been improved since the last version I used (version 10, although I mostly used 7 though 9).
What I still sorta use FL Studio For...
I used it mainly for making music that I could bring into other programs to record vocals to, or for scores in audio dramas or short films. However I don't do this anymore. My sister Natasha has occasionally used FL Studio to make some music in her rare-spare time, but we are both partial to using Cubase to make our MIDI music these days.
Over all FL Studio may be worth it to you to download FL Studio's demo if you are looking at a programmer or beat making-centric DAW! It just doesn't seem to be the DAW of my choice right now, but it still seems like a good one.
PS: I'd enjoy hearing from those who have use FL Studio in the comment below as well! (As well as those who have never used it). :) God bless!