How To Make A Squeaky, Whiny, 303’ish Sound With 3xOsc

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How To Make A Squeaky, Whiny, 303'ish Sound With 3xOsc

In this tutorial I will show you how to make a squeaky, whiny, a bit of 303’ish sound using 3xOsc and slide-notes. This is a sound that should fit in to all kinds of dance music.

Here’s an audio example:

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Ok. Source of this sound is 3xOsc so go ahead and load it and select saw wave for each three oscillators and tune them down to -24 semitones.

3xOsc Saw

Assign the 3xOsc to a free mixer track and load Fruity Flanger to the 3xOsc effect slot. (Flanger is going to be used for adding a little swirling movement and a kind of ‘spatial depth’ to the sound.) Set the Fruity Flanger like shown in the pic below (refer to the FL Studio manual for in-depth explanation what each parameter does. TIP: press F1 when FL is open):

Fruity Flanger For Squeaky

Done. As you can hear there’s now that slow, swirly movement in it and it also sounds like it’s coming from a ‘can’ or something. (That’s what I meant about the ‘spatial depth’.) Usually, ‘canny’ sound is not so pretty, but in this example sound, it seems to be suitable (IMO).

Next, a bit of a distortion with Fruity Fast Dist (at this point you may also want to drop the volume level a little), so drop it next to the 3xOsc effect slot and choose B as the distortion type and turn the Pre amp to two o’clock:

Fruity Fast Dist For Squeaky

Next, load Fruity Parametric EQ 2 (PEQ2 is used here for boosting the upper mid range – for the bite). Boost the 2.8khz range by 10+dB with a bandwidth of 64%.

PEQ2 For Boosting The Squeaky

Ok. The sound is ready. Next step is to head to the Piano Roll and make it whine with the help of slide-notes so go ahead and open the Piano Roll view of the 3xOsc

You can see the slide-note selection button below the toolbar:

Slide-Notes

When you select a slide-note, the notes you add to the Piano roll becomes ‘slide-notes’. This makes the normal notes, above or below the slide-note, to slide to the pitch of the slide-note. The slide-time equals the duration of the slide-note.

Sliding Notes

Here’s the sequence I used in the example (you can also download the sequence as a score file at the end of this tutorial):

Whiny Squeaky Sequence

Now, if you want, you can enable the filter envelope in the 3xOsc for some filter action.

Setting Up The Filter Envelope

Use the AMT -knob to open/close the filter.

That’s pretty much it. Try tweaking the Fruity Flanger parameters to add a different kind of flavor to the sound.

The end.

Watch the video version below:

Download Squeaky Whiny FL Studio Project File (.flp) (Requires FL Studio 10.0.9 or later to open properly)

Download Squeaky Whiny Score (.fsc)

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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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12 Comments on "How To Make A Squeaky, Whiny, 303’ish Sound With 3xOsc"

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Nicholas
3 years 11 months ago

I’ve been wanting to know how to create this sound for at least a year, and then this comes along.
I love you.

ntrval
3 years 11 months ago

hi Petri,

so are you posting some of these tutorials to the FL Studio forum? I ran into this article:

Tutorial: How To Make A Squeaky, Whiny, 303’ish Sound

http://forum.image-line.com/viewtopic.php?f=1000&t=99340&p=723753#p723753

thanks,
Dave

Root Canal
3 years 11 months ago

Thank you !!!
I will try to use this in my Gangnam style remix !!
thanks a ton lovely sound !!

Paul
Paul
3 years 10 months ago

Another awesome tut, haha it kinda sounds like a dirty dutch lead men awesomeness!

Ross
Ross
3 years 8 months ago

I dunno why, but for some reason my slide notes are not making any sound in a pattern or in the song. If I play them on the keyboard, they work fine and they even slide correctly. This only happens if I make them slide notes. Is there something wrong with my slide or piano roll or what?

Martin Akula
Martin Akula
3 years 8 months ago

awsome stuff man love the way u play with sound 10/10 tutorials!

Griizzliy
Griizzliy
3 years 5 months ago

hey guys no matter what i do i can make it sound good, i mean i got al the right soudsn but its just dossnt soudn as good as this (its the melodi)

feel free to pm me on youtube – GriizzliyLeGod
i would love some help!!
im a new producer, ive only been making music in like 2 months i think : )
not really sure.

-Griizzliy

Sajid
2 years 3 months ago

Hi petri, myself Sajid , i need to know to how Dance genre lead tunes and drop bass, coz im very interested in it, would you help me please……

KUNLE
KUNLE
2 years 11 days ago

I DNT KNW HOW TO RECORD PLZZZ I NEED HELP

Lucky
Lucky
1 year 7 months ago

Wooow thanx for ur tutorials, pls touch on vocals using newtone pls

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