How To Create Arpeggio


How To Create Arpeggio

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.

Set The Tempo To 135bpm

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”.

Load Your Favourite VST Synth

Okay, open the Piano Roll -view. This is where you start to build your arpeggio sequence.

Open Piano Roll

Set the Main Snap -settings to 1/2.

Snap Settings

Start building your arpeggio pattern.

Add Notes

I came up with the following arpeggio sequence. You can listen it by clicking the play button under the image.

Arpeggio Sequence

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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.

Open The Channel Settings

Click the Chord -box to open up the pop-up list of arpeggiator mode choices.

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.

Select Arpeggiator Mode

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.

Select Arpeggiator 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.

Arpeggiated Chord Pattern

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That’s it. I also recommend checking out these cool free VST MIDI arpeggiator plugins: Arto Vaarala’s Kirnu and Wok SimpArp.

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.


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Petri Suhonen is an electronic music hobbyist. He has been producing music with computers over a decade on such styles as trance, downtempo, ambient & experimental electronic using FL Studio.

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Jon W
5 years 6 months ago

This is so helpful!!
I’ve seriously tested atleast 100 different synths and leads!

But now I don’t know which one to choose 😀 haha.
Thanks alot!

5 years 3 months ago

this was of great use, but my question is.., in the sytrus synth selection menu, say, we use acid 8.
well i have not arpeggiated it yet, but its seems to have its own progression of some sort, really just a rhythmic pattern, where and how do i control this?

4 years 8 months ago

I have heard that ‘Kirnu’ is one of the better arpeggiators going around, but I cannot work out how to use it :/ Do you think that you could possibly do a short tutorial about how to use it?

Max Golovanov
4 years 5 months ago

THX for tutorial, Petri!

Just thought it would be a great idea to ask a favour of you to make a tutorial related to creating of Arpeggios and immediately found it on your SUPER site! THX!!!!

ian s.
ian s.
4 years 2 months ago

thanks man! i’m glad there are great people around who just want to help others in creating their own music. keep up the good job,

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2 years 8 months ago


Jash Rana
Jash Rana
1 year 7 months ago

Hey Petri, I just want to ask you a question!! You have got so much knowledge and talent about EDMs, so why don’t you become a well-known EDM producer and DJ ???? (Just curiousness)

6 months 5 days ago

because hes not original? because he makes music 1000000000 of other people are already making? trance is long dead, house is about to follow. even dubstep is beginning to die. nowadays to be a successful electronic artist you need to be 100% original in every aspect, maybe even create your own genre and work on it. labelling yourself as a trance/house/anything artist is digging your own grave

Just a guy
Just a guy
6 months 3 days ago

Dubstep is dead but house is still up there, trance, well debatable however I think that most people use samples and illegally downloaded presets, and have no musical skills except maybe on the arrangements so making something “original” or “new” would be hard to do for most people, but if you can do it wish you the best and hope to here your tunes! 🙂