To be honest, I’m not sure what this sound is specifically… Some may call it bass, some may say it’s more like a lead, but it’s definitely something you can hear in many Electro House tracks. I got the inspiration for this while listening some sample cd’s and after experimenting with FL Studio this is what I came up with:
Is this something in a style of Mode Selektor, Daft Punk, etc? You tell me. I can’t say exactly as I haven’t listened to these guys so much 🙂
Anyway, if you’re interested to replicate the sound, here’s how you do it, step-by-step:
1. Set the project tempo to 128 bpm (housy) and load 3xOsc.
2. Select saw as the oscillator shape for each three oscillators and set the coarse tune to -24 semitones for each.
3. Assign the 3xOsc to a free mixer track, drop the volume level a bit as things may get loud later on and add Soundgoodizer to it’s effect slot and leave it to it’s default settings:
4. Add Fruity Flanger to the second slot and load a preset ‘Feel This’. This’ll spread the sound a little and adds more life to it.
5. Load Fruity WaveShaper (for dirtyfying the sound) to the third slot and set it like this:
6. Drop Fruity Parametric EQ 2 to the fourth slot and boost the 260Hz and below using Low Shelf filter by 12dB (to bring up the lower frequencies), boost the 3.1kHz area via Peaking Filter by 10dB with a Bandwidth of 80% (to add some bite) and 13kHz area and above via High Shelf Filter by 7-8dB (for air and sparkle).
7. Go to the Playlist, add a new pattern (press F4), open the 3xOsc Piano Roll -view and add following notes:
Check the audio:
Next, let’s create some pitch slides.
8. Open the 3xOsc Channel Settings -panel, set the Pitch Knob Range to 6 semitones and right click the Channel Pitch -knob and choose ‘Create automation clip’ from the menu.
9. Head to the Playlist and draw a following envelope:
10. Now, copy & paste the note pattern few times as well as the automation clip, make each automation clip unique (by right clicking on the left top corner of the clip and choosing ‘Make unique’ from the menu) and draw more envelopes:
This is how it sounds so far:
Next, let’s make it pump via sidechain compression!
11. Add some kick drum sample to a new Sampler Channel, add a new pattern to the Playlist and create a steady 4-to-the-floor beat. Assign the kick to a free mixer track. Head to the Mixer, select the kick drum mixer track to make it active and click on the Send -switch on the 3xOsc mixer track and choose ‘Sidechain to this track’.
12. Drop a Fruity Limiter to the 3xOsc mixer track, and set Target: Compressor, Sidechain Input Number to 1, Threshold to -38dB, Ratio to 4.7:1, Attack to 0ms and Release to 116ms though feel free to experiment with the Ratio, Threshold and Release to create a pumping effect of your own, especially play with the Ratio and Release. Also, the type of kick drum sample you’re using to trigger the sidechain effect makes a difference how it will sound. You can also use the kick drum just to trigger the sidechain compression while keeping it muted (you do that by selecting the kick drum mixer track and clicking the Send -switch on the Master track). This is handy if you want to use another type of kick drum as the actual kick of your song, but dont want to use it for sidechaining (like I’m doing in this tutorial).
Alrighty. We are done, and this is the end results:
And here it is with a beat, mastered and everything:
To experiment further, try different notes in the sequence. Also, go wild with the pitch automation envelopes and test out different Pitch Knob Range -settings for even more radical pitch slide changes.
Check the video tutorial below and download the FL Studio project file: