Image Line just released FL Studio 8. While I don't use it as my primary DAW, I do use the killer step sequencer for programming loops from time to time. Image Line's policy of free updates (yes, free) has made it a "no-brainer" for me to stay current. I've just downloaded version 8 and can report that it runs fine on Vista and opens my old projects back just fine.
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So what's new in FL Studio 8?
- FL Synthmaker - create & share your own FL instruments.
- One-click-recording using Edison wave editor plugin.
- Slicex, a new drumloop slicer & re-arranging tool.
- Soundgoodizer is a 'maximizer-enhancer' plugin based on the Maximus sound-process engine.
- Fruity Limiter for maximizing & compressing final mixes or individual tracks.
- Wave Candy is an audio analysis and visualization tool with Oscilloscope, Spectrum Analyzer and Peak Meter.
- An update to Directwave
- Slip editing and resizing tool has been added to the Playlist for all clip types.