How To Create Electro… Lead? Bass?

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How To Create Electro Lead Bass

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:

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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.

Project Tempo And 3xOsc

2. Select saw as the oscillator shape for each three oscillators and set the coarse tune to -24 semitones for each.

3xOsc Oscillator And Tuning Settings

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:

3xOsc Mixer Stuff

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.

Flanger For The 3xOsc

5. Load Fruity WaveShaper (for dirtyfying the sound) to the third slot and set it like this:

Fruity WaveShaper For The 3xOsc

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).

EQ Settings For The 3xOsc

7. Go to the Playlist, add a new pattern (press F4), open the 3xOsc Piano Roll -view and add following notes:

Electro Sequence

Check the audio:

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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.

Automate Channel Pitch

9. Head to the Playlist and draw a following envelope:

Channel Pitch Automation Envelope

Check:

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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:

More Channel Pitch Automation Envelopes

This is how it sounds so far:

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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’.

Sidechain For Ducking Effect

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).

Compressor Settings For The 3xOsc

Alrighty. We are done, and this is the end results:

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And here it is with a beat, mastered and everything:

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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.

Have fun!

Check the video tutorial below and download the FL Studio project file:

Download Electro Bass Lead FL Studio Project File

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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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Max Golovanov
Hi, Petri! First of all MANY THX for this tutorial, man! I’ve just caught myself on idea to produce something epic after passing this lesson! 😉 Regarding styles – it’s something similar to: Dada Life / Bloody Beetroots / Crookers / Porter Robinson / Spencer & Hill / & even Tiesto to name a few! 😉 Styles: Electro Punk / Electro House / Trouse Regarding ‘Is it bass or lead?’ question I can say that mostly all modern Electro House tracks are build with 2 parts – hard (meat) & soft. Hard part is a single unit of both –… Read more »
Adam Cooper

Yes, the sound is very similar to that of ‘Warp’ by the Bloody Beetroots and Steve Aoki. Very cool 🙂

Max Golovanov

BTW, does anybody know what happens to Fruity WaveShaper when you build a vertical line in the middle of the horizontal axis (in bipolar mode).

When I’m trying to draw it WaveShaper starts to growl like crazy in spite of play button of FL Studio is not activated.

Weird thing…

Slick_Ultra

I had a similar problem, nothing else would play when waveshaper was activated. Turns out I’d left the initial point at the bottom of the graphic (so that the first line in the shape went vertically right from the bottom of the window to the top.) I corrected this and everything worked again.

David

Great tutorial! Waveshaper seems very usable. I will try it out =)

bananaspy

Seems like you would eat up all your headroom with that EQ. It may be fine if the instrument is playing by itself, but once you start adding other instruments to the mix, you’re going to experience clipping almost immediately.

Chris

Awesome tutorial. I wish I would’ve seen something like this a long time ago. If I had I wouldn’t have spent so much money on so many vst synthesizers. You can do a lot with a little if you have the knowledge.

fastwalker

“How to make electro” and or any other music that sounds “good”

1. start by uninstalling FL Studio (trust me I used it for years)
2. find a better DAW!
3. get the Native Instruments Massive VSTi
3. watch this video and dont spend money on VSTs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mvpTUrpmgo

pete

dont listen to this guy porter Robinson uses fl it works fine its easy to use people just like to find excuses when they cant make music trust me i have tons of flps that are def good email petedimaulo33186@gmail.com if you wanna hear a track i made on fl

Anukai

seriously if you have to use the “SoundGoodizer” on anything to get it to sound rite..
you are doing something wrong.. sorry

Jonah

Whenever I copy the “Channel Pitch Envelope” I cannot click the make unique button its hi-lighted grey and un-clickable. Could you please tell me how to solve this?

Brian

Hey! Love this site and love these tutorials. Any tips on what you used to make that kick drum in the main beat? I can’t seem to get a good tight punchy kick. Tried layering stuff but i don’t think i have good enough samples to start. I program my own beats and would rather not use loops. Any tips?!

shamielv

Thank you thank you thank you!!! Your tuts have really given me an eye-opener as to the way music is made. I have a new-found respect for what goes into production and mastering of tracks that we all love so much!!!

Thank you once again!!!

Jonathan Figueroa

Wicked awesome!!!! YOU NEED TO PUT YOUR STUFF OUT THERE!!! Better than Deadmau5!!!

Victor

Hello Petri!

Thanks for another great tutorial!!

I just have one problem! have sent you this on another tutorial that you made.
When I make an automation clip on the pitch knob it doesent turn anything from 0-50%, but
when it reached 50% it turns all the way from -600 cents to +600.

Do you know what could be the problem? please help me!
Thanks again!

FABIAN

Hi, Great tutorial! I can’t seem to see the notes you used in the piano roll. The pic is too pixelated when I zoom. Could you tell me which notes you used?

Thanks!

Jake

Hey i get a really strange almost galloping clicking sound at the end of the sound, its not especially loud and its not clipping from my buffer size or any of that. Not really sure what’s going on?

http://soundcloud.com/jakemercadante/clicking

that’s a sample of what i’m talking about.

thanks.

rosco pache

Hey Petri! I am brand new to producing, I bought a Edirol PCR-800 keyboard controller yesterday and I have no idea where to begin. any tips would be great, I’ve messed around in FL studios for about 30 mins and been trying to scrounge up any information I can find but I feel so lost. I dont know anything about VST’s or how to play loops if I dont want to make my own sounds and what not. Any tips for someone brand new at the starting line?

danny

Hey petri im currently using fruity loops and when i reach the step with automation i become a bit lost considering i cant use automation clips. Got any alternatives?

ClimaxBeat

All I can say is that this is one of the sickest sounds I have ever heard anyone produce, and the fact you are willing to show young enthusiasts like me how to replicate it is very charitable and kind of you! I am currently working on a project using that sound, and it’s turning out great! Thanks a ton!

spectrik

I downloaded the project file but it didn’t work because it was created using a more recent version of FL Studio (10.0.8), I’m on (10.0.2). I know this is going to sound like a stupid question but, how do I update to the latest version without buying it?

Jiminy

I am really new at using FL. All I see is a patterns play list and not the Track 1, 2, 3, … whatever the window you got there in the tutorial. Oh, thanks so much for the tutorial by the way! It’s really easy to understand for a beginner like me.

Edwin

Hi, just wondering if this tutorial would work with Massive instead of the 3xOsc?

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