In this quick tutorial I will show you how to create a warm and soothing bell sound using 3xOsc. It is easy to create, yet very usable sound and works well in a chill-out or ambient style of music (though not limited to only those genres). If you don’t have FL Studio and 3xOsc, you can use any synth which has a sine wave generator to create this sound.
Here’s a sound preview:[audio:http://howtomakeelectronicmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/audio/Bell-Sound-Example.mp3]
Ok. First thing to do is to load 3xOsc to your FL Studio project and choose Sine Wave as the shape for the Oscillator 1. Also, we need only ONE oscillator so disable the Osc 2 & Osc 3 by turning their volume levels to 0%.
Go to the Instrument Properties (INS) -tab and from there to VOL -subtab (volume envelope) and click on the ‘Use envelope’ -button to enable it and edit the envelope curve to look like this (short Attack time, quite low Sustain level and semi-long Release time is the key here):
Next, click on the TNS -button (Tension) to edit the envelope line shapes a bit. We’ll lower the tension level of Decay to add more sharper ‘drop’ from the Decay to Sustain. This’ll make the bell sound more sharper. Also lower the tension level between Sustain and Release to not let the long Release to be too ‘dominant’ or not to let it ‘ring’ too loudly… kinda hard to explain with my English, but I hope you understand what I mean:
And lastly, we’ll add that spacious depth and color to the sound via Fruity Reeverb. So, assign the 3xOsc to a free mixer track and drop a Fruity Reeverb to it’s effect slot and set it like this: Color to Warmer (all the way to right – to make the reverb sound less metallic), Decay to 7 sec (long Decay time is the key here to make the bell sound huge and atmospheric), HighDamping to OFF and Reverb level to 24% :
Done! Have fun with it and make some great music! 🙂
Watch the video below and download the FL Studio 10 project file: