Image-Line Takes Mobile Workflow to the Next Level with FL Studio Mobile Import to Desktop

Image-Line is one of the first companies to make some real progress towards the idea of integrated workflow between mobile and desktop DAWs with the release of their new FL Studio Mobile app.

First off let me say that they’ve done a nice job jamming the essence of FL Studio into my iPhone 4. If you know FL Studio you’ll grok it pretty quickly. Scope-wise it’s very close to the notion of NanoStudio. Unlike NanoStudio, the instruments are purely sample-based rather than a mix of samples and synthesis. This ends up being a plus though when it comes to importing your work back into FL Studio as this allows you to work with sonic palettes you are used to without attempting to load instruments that would crush the mobile device’s CPU.

Image-Line’s strategy (so far) is to use a smattering of samples from the synths that come with FL Studio including PoiZone, Sawer, Sytrus, Toxic, Morphine, Harmless, DX10, Ogun. Realistic instrument and drum samples found in FPC are also included.

Export/Import Concept

FL Studio Mobile allows you to export .MID, .WAV, and the new .FLM (Fruity Mobile Format). FLM files can be imported into FL Studio Desktop edition provided 1) You register the mobile app 2) you upgrade to FL Studio 10.0.5. I have a link at the end of the post with more details on how to register and upgrade.

Once you are up on 10.0.5, you can copy the samples used in the mobile edition to the desktop edition. Importing a .FLM into the desktop edition will create a project and automatically create corresponding tracks and mixer routings. Each track automatically is assigned the proper instrument to load the samples. For example, drum samples may be loaded into an instance of FPC. For synth tracks, DirectWave is loaded with appropriate samples automatically loaded into splits and layers. It’s pretty damn cool!

Export/Import Walk-Through

I’ve taken time to document the process. Below you can see a screenshot from my iPhone of a little track I started working on. Note track 2 is using samples from Sawer Cutting Lead.


From the projects tab I save “Export test” as a project.


Next I connect my phone my Windows sytem using the USB cable and fire up iTunes, click on the phone, then Apps, then scroll down and select FL Studio. I then select “Export test.flm” and click “Save to…” and save to my hard drive.


Then I open FL Studio and open “Export test.flm” and – bam – the set loads (click the screenshot below to see the image full-sized).


In my case the set sounds almost identical although I’ve read on Image-Line’s forum there might be times when things don’t sound 100% the same – still – fantastic!

Wish List

Hats off to Image-Line for taking mobile workflow to the next level. It would be interesting to see if they could further enhance this concept by offering a second form of import. One where samples would still be used on the mobile-side but meta-data would be added to the .FLM such that the desktop edition could load the actual corresponding plugin and patch. Also the ability to load your own samples and synch would be fantastic as well. Also, in addition to syncing through iTunes it would be great to sync .flm files through the cloud – like through dropbox.

I Hope Other Developers are Watching

This is a great effort by Image-Line and I’m hoping companies like Ableton are watching. I’d love to see an .als could sync system with a mobile variant of Live. It seems to me Ableton could port Simpler and Impulse and have full native device bi-directional synch with mobile devices since these instruments are already sample-base.

I'm already using FL Studio a little more as a result of using Mobile. Now that Image-Line has upped the ante, DAW makers are going to be forced to create mobile variants just to ensure entanglement with their desktop versions.


Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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$49 Yard Sale on Image-Line Plugins Till August 31st

Image line is having a yard sale. The following plugins are $49 till August 31st. Bold indicates plugins I used in my last two albums. Hyperlink links to a Modulate This post/category for the product.

  • Drumaxx
  • Maximus
  • Sakura
  • Morphine
  • Toxic Biohazard
  • PoiZone
  • Slicex
  • Sawer
  • Gross Beat
  • Sytrus
    • DirectWave
    • Hardcore
    • Harmless
    • Ogun
    • Vocodex
    • Juice Pack (I like the Multiband compressor, WaveCandy oscilloscope, and the notes VST)
    • Edison Wav editor

    Watch embedded promo video

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    Mark Mosher
    Electronic Musician, Boulder CO


    Microsoft Campaign “PC Hookup” Shot At University of Colorado in Boulder With FL Studio and Toxic Bio Hazard Cameos

    Even though these days I mostly use Ableton Live, I still keep up with free FL Studio updates and do use it from time to time. Like Ableton, FL’s workflow sometimes yields very interesting results for me.

    FL Studio fans might find this YouTube video of interest as there are cameo appearances of FL Studio and Image Line’s virtual Synthesizer Toxic Biohazard. It’s a Microsoft YouTube promotion called PC Hook-up. Watch on YouTube.

    I also find the video interesting because it was shot in my back yard on campus at  the University of Colorado in Boulder.


    Mark Mosher

    Image Line Music Plugin yard sale – 40% off Deckadance, Sytrus, Toxic Biohazard, Morhpine, Poizone…


    Every few years, Image Line (the makers of FL Studio) has a "yardsale" and offers huge discounts on plugins. The last time they had a sale this big was 2 years ago. Save 40% off the following items. Note, if you’ve never purchased from image line before you can save an additional 10% off with by clicking here.

    • Sytrus $179 $109 (-$70) 
    • DirectWave $99 $59 (-$40) 
    • Toxic BioHazard $99 $59 (-$40) 
    • Poizone 2 $79 $49 (-$30) 
    • JuicePack $99 $59 (-$40) 
    • EZGenerator $129 $79 (-$50) 
    • Morphine $159 $95 (-$60) 
    • Maximus $189 $119 (-$70)
      Deckadance Club Ed. $179 $109 (-$60) 
    • Varazdin Orchestral $169 $99 (-$60)

    The sale runs until September 15th. Visit the Image Line Store to learn more.

    Mark Mosher