Arpeggio is one of the most common elements in electronic music. Especially in trance. In this tutorial I will show you two ways you can create arpeggio. First one is the manual way which you can use in whatever DAW and the second one is by using some of the special functions built-in FL Studio.
Okay. First the manual way. We are going to create a typical trance arpeggio here so first set the tempo to around 135bpm. Click the pics to see them bigger.
Next, load your favourite VST synth. I’ll be using TAL-NoiseMaker in this example and I’m using the preset “LD Dirty Snow AS”.
Okay, open the Piano Roll -view. This is where you start to build your arpeggio sequence.
Set the Main Snap -settings to 1/2.
Start building your arpeggio pattern.
I came up with the following arpeggio sequence. You can listen it by clicking the play button under the image.
Decrease the note lengths to make the arpeggio sequence sound more staccato. Also tweak the ADSR settings of your synthesizer for some interesting character changes.
Next I’ll show you how you can use one of the FL Studio’s built-in functions to create arpeggio very easily. Again load your favourite VST synth. I’ll be using TAL-NoiseMaker again and “LD Dirty Snow AS” -preset.
Once they’re loaded, click the Channel Settings -buttong to bring up the Channel Settings -box and from there click the FUNC -tab.
Click the Chord -box to open up the pop-up list of arpeggiator mode choices.
Select your arpeggiator mode. It can operate in two modes: classic arpeggiator which will create arpeggio effects based on any chords contained in the instrument sequence. Second mode is predefined chord template. We’ll test the classic mode by selecting “Auto”. It will then automatically arpeggiate every note you play or put into Piano Roll.
Now, select the arpeggiator direction by clicking the icons shown in the pic below. The choices are Off (default; turns off the arpeggiator), Up, Down, Up-Down, Up-Down (twice the lowest and highest notes), Random (selects random notes from the range and chord specified). We’ll test the Up -direction.
Okay, now you can play notes and chords via your MIDI keyboard and they will be arpeggiated or you can create a chord pattern using Piano Roll like I did shown in the pic below. Click the play button below the pic to hear how it sounds.
Also remember that the sounds you are using with the arpeggiator makes a big difference how it will sound. Some will sound great and almost grave for arpeggio, others won’t work at all with it. You just have to test and tweak. 🙂
Finally, here’s a video where I utilize the FL Studio’s Function Channel Arpeggiator.