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I know how to use FLStudio very well. It has been my only DAW for years. I get the vibe from the music community that it is unprofessional; that professionals use Live or Pro Tools. Are there reasons to use those over FLStudio, or reasons to avoid FLStudio in the first place?

Edit: It should be noted, the only recording I do is vocals. I use VSTs for instruments.

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Profissionality is in your brain, not in your DAW. –  Pristine Kavalostka May 9 '13 at 21:19
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See this related question - it's about the video production's vibe that Sony Vegas in "unprofessional" compared to Avid (who make ProTools) and Final Cut.

Let's start with this: FLStudio it's a tool with which you're familiar. That's a huge plus in terms of learning curve for getting things done.

With DAWs, the output is comparable. ProTools can't make better ones or zeros than any other package. There are going to be inherent differences in the audio codecs depending on which one ships with whose products.

The tool, in and of itself, it not the issue. Professionalism comes from a.) the recording quality and b.) the skill of the engineer. Record with a crappy mic that's not been properly placed in a room that's not properly soundproofed, and Bob Katz himself couldn't fix it. Conversely, mic it right and choose the right place to record, and if you know your tool, you can create awesome recordings.

Should you switch? That's up to you, but here are some things to consider: 1.) Can you accomplish everything you need to record and output great audio with FLStudio? 2.) Will you ever have a need to exchange files with someone else...e.g., will you ever need to send your stubs to a mastering studio? And is the output you send them compatible with, most likely, ProTools or Live? 3.) How important is it that it's compatible with other studios' equipment? 4.) Can FLStudio output redbook compliant CD image files? 5.) How important is it that you have an image of professionalism? Will you lose business because of your software? or will you retain business, regardless of software because of your mad audio skillz?

If you know how to make great audio, that's where the professionalism comes from. Not the software. Yes, there may be solid business reasons to invest in one package or another, mostly revolving around the extent to which you'll share files to collaborate. Secondary will be for marketing purposes...but honestly, with some great demos, you can overcome the second quite handily.

Software is nothing more than a tool. If I can make true cuts in a piece of wood with a Craftsman saw, it doesn't matter that the saw isn't Black and Decker. If it does what you need and you're happy with the results, phtphptpht to the naysayers. :)

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+1 Great answer! I recorded my first 2 CD's using Creative Wave Studio that came with my sound card. They still sound great. –  Friend Of George Jun 15 '12 at 16:02
    
Well covered, kudos to dwwilson66. –  filzilla Jun 15 '12 at 17:53
    
I just realized the similarity between this and the linked answer. Well done :) –  Warrior Bob Jun 15 '12 at 22:43
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There's a general thing to know: a DAW itself does not have any impact on sound exept a reasonable style of amp ratio between L and R (read something about panning law to get familiar with it). The things that do make impact are the quality of VSTs and such - there are differences indeed. Back in the days the FL ones were not state of the art (afaik without ever was working with it). But nowadays things have changed dramatically. It reveals as more of a GUI-depending decision for most people, although there are some expensive high quality plugins anyway.

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FLS is not a "studio software" like Nuendo or PT. Actually its more a software made for people who makes music while PT and Nuendo are more some softs for people who plugs some wires etc...

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you mean, like, phone switchboard operators? –  egasimus Jun 16 '12 at 16:55
    
I do understand what his point is supposed to be, the word he is looking for is Sequencer or Tracker and not 'softs for people who plugs some wires etc'. Just a reminder, FL Studio is not modular - so the whole 'plug some wires' is not the best analogy. While FL Studio might be usually used for electronic music it has all features necessary to make it a DAW. –  Johnny Bigoode Jun 18 '12 at 15:35
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