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If you're a musician, aspiring beatmaster, or just really love dinking around with a digital keyboard, I have great news: FL Studio Mobile is finally here for Android. Device compatibility seems decent, but I don't have too many tablets around to check with - I do know it's compatible with the Nexus 7, and a fair number of recent Android phones (oddly, not the HTC One).

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For the rest of you, yes, you read the title correctly - FL Studio Mobile costs $20. And there's a reason for that: it's probably the most robust mobile music project and synthesizer / beat creation app this side of Garage Band for iOS, and as far as I am aware, nothing on Android currently comes remotely close to this. The big sell is really to those who use the desktop version - FL Studio, which has been around for over fifteen years. Impressive.

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The mobile version allows you to work alongside the desktop version with a high degree of cross-compatibility - all the included instruments have FL Studio desktop counterparts, so they work natively in both the mobile and desktop versions of the software.

133 instruments are included in FL Studio Mobile, including a virtual piano-keyboard and drum pads, should you want to lay your beat down the old-fashioned way. There are a ton of features here, and I'm not going to pretend to understand most of them, so if you're interested in this app, you probably already know what you're getting into. A full feature list is available on Image Line's website, here.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

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    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Thanks for the video link.

      • yahyoh

        You're welcome :)

  • heat361

    It looks great, not sure if I should shell out $20 for it though...

  • Martin Nutbeem

    Expensive but if it's half as pokey as the full version it's probably worth it, if making music is your thing. It's definitely going on my wishlist...

  • Loren Cogar

    The problem with music production apps on Android is the high audio latency. I have not tried a music app since Jelly Bean and I know there were some improvements but i wonder how much. I wish there were a bigger trial period so I could test before I buy. Any plans on doing an app review of this androidpolice?

    • heat361

      Audio latency has been fixed I see no issue with audio latency with android 4.2.2

      • http://www.facebook.com/babywarez Gerardo Sarabia Molina

        I can confirm that, no latency issue on my Nexus 10 running Android 4.2.2. FL Studio Mobile is great!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1569417452 Tyler Watthanaphand

        Still has lag. See this video around 2 min in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fB1fjMgNxQI

  • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

    I used to produce hip hop with a buddy using FL Studio. He's now a rapper / producer, I'll recommend this to him for sure.

  • Josh Flowers

    Caustic has been my favorite music-making app (with 6 racks), anyone bought this and can compare?

    • http://www.facebook.com/clive.winningley1 Clive Winningley

      Caustic rips th

  • Sootie

    Looks so awesome but I bet I cant make anything good with it.... (it will probably still get my $20)

  • GigiAUT

    To buy, or not to buy. I've always wanted FL Studio to use when I'm away from home but is it worth it?

  • Bradley Berthold

    Are you kidding me Apps like Caustic kick this apps ass

  • http://www.facebook.com/clive.winningley1 Clive Winningley

    Latency on Android is not a problem now. I would not advise anyone purchase this as its definitely not worth the money. Try Caustic. There's a free demo version to play around with, it has many many more features including MIDI compatibility via USB-OTG. Fruity can do one. Let's have an app please Ableton :P

  • http://twitter.com/Just_Reboot It Sometimes Works

    I can't wait... for this to go on sale.