Fruity Loops

A free alternative?

Hey all, I haven’t visited this place in quite a while…

I’m a vocalist primarily and I have spent a lot of time in the past trying to record songs with guitar parts and bass etc, but because I’m not incredibly experienced with audio recording, and because I don’t have the time to become experienced, all my recordings have been less than average.
On top of that, I’m not a great guitarist, so I’ve been very limited.
I have a good voice, and that is really what I want to be showing-off for demo’s.

So I’d like to be able to arrange a computer generated song using a program, and then maybe add little bits of uncomplicated guitar work here and there. Then I would add my vocals to it.

That’s what I want to do, and I have used Fruity Loops in the past to do this or something similar.
I have just downloaded the demo version, but I can’t afford to upgrade to a fully working version, I don’t really have any money at the moment.

So what options do I have? Are there any older versions of FL that have been released as shareware?
Are there any other free programs that will do what I want?
Or do I just have to accept that I’m going to need alot of money to even start?

I hope you guys can help me :cool:

Really, given what these programs do, we’re not really talking about a lot of money. Bet you could scrape it together in a week or two. No one around you needs some odd jobs done? Is that sort of thing an option?

BTW, if you own n-Track you have what you need already.

Tuareg and Tunafish by Bram Bos are cheap and will fill your needs. Google 'em.

Try ACID Express, it is a fully functional free loop composer. The program is available at

Plenty of free loops can be found by searching the web for “free acid loops”. Each week a pack of free loops are posted at

Try ebay to raise some cash. All of my recent toys have been funded by selling stuff on ebay. It’s surprising what you can find laying around the house that will go well…

The entry level FL is $49 IIRC.

Or you could keep using fruity loops in “demo mode”. It allows you to mixdown (export) your project to wav, however you cant save your project layout. Gets the job done if you just want to create a quick backing track and then import it into n-track. Can be a big problem though if you want to go back and change something later on, or worse, the program crashes before you are finished :angry:

I forgot: get the Computer Music magazine - they have a sequencer and VSTi that will do what you want, for the cost of the mag. :)

Yep. Computer Muzys I think they call it. It’s kind of convoluted and weird… but it does work and it’s cheap.