How To Make Glitch Sounds Using FL Studio’s Edison

How To Make Glitch Sounds Using FL Studio's EdisonIn this tutorial I will show you an idea/method how you can make your own glitch sounds in FL Studio using Edison.

Here’s an audio example:

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(Tutorial for the beat I used in this audio example will follow soon)

Ok. Let’s get on to making those glitch sounds.

First, open the Mixer and drop two instances of Edison’s into any empty mixer track. First Edison will be used for producing the glitch sounds and the second will be used for recording them to audio.

Loading The EdisonsOpen the Browser and drop ANY sample material to the first instance of Edison (I’m using free single hit drum samples taken from Loopmasters “Ableton AS 100” -pack. Download link to the free pack is at the bottom of this article).

Loading The SampleNow, in the second instance of Edison, enable the recording by clicking on the Record button and make sure the ‘On Input’ is enabled (should be enabled by default).

Enable Recording In EdisonIn the first instance of Edison, make a short selection somewhere in the sample, hit the ‘Loop’ button and start changing the length of the selection at live by holding your left mouse button and ‘scratching’ from left to right. Everything will be recorded to audio (Also: watch your ears, things may get pretty loud). After you’re satisfied with the end results, hit the stop button on both Edisons.

Record The Selection Movement

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Now, in the second instance of Edison, place the playback position marker after the recorded audio (double click to place it) and in the first instance of Edison, make another selection on some other place in the sample and record again. Also, try out different samples for more variation.

Make Another Selection And Record AgainMoreover, try adding effects to the fx chain (after first instance of Edison) for even more complex sounds – Love Philter for example. Check what the preset ‘LP into HP with panning’ does.

Add Love Philter To The FX Chain

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Now, there’s various ways to use the recorded material. For example, you can manually select bits and pieces, then drag & drop them to Step Sequencer (use the drag tool in Edison to drag & drop the selections to Step Sequencer).

Drag And Drop Selections To Step SequencerAnd start making a sequence:

Glitch Sequence In Step Sequencer

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Another method is to dump the whole recording to Slicex and let it slice it automatically.

First, clean up the recording a bit by deleting all the silence parts and similar sounding/looking parts to keep the audio as varied as possible. Doing this prevents silence parts (and unnecessary repetition of similar sounds) ending up into Slicex slices.

Clean Up The RecordingDumping audio material from Edison to Slicex is easy: first (in the Edison), select all. Next, open the Slicex and use the drag tool to drop it to Slicex. Slicex will automatically slice it for you and you can proceed to Piano Roll and create your sequence (In the Slicex, switch off the ‘Auto-dump’ if you don’t want Slicex to dump the slices to Piano Roll automatically).

Dumping Recording To Slicex

Glitch Sequence In Piano Roll

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Also, if you want to tune your glitch sequence to a certain key, you can record it to audio using Edison’s loop recording mode and use Newtone to pitch shift it. To do this, proceed as follows: First, assign the Slicex to a free Mixer track (assuming you are using Slicex of course). In the Mixer – While the Slicex Mixer track is selected – press SHIFT+E. This loads Edison in the first empty FX slot ready to record with ‘Slave playback to host’ and Record ‘On play’ enabled. Press play from the FL’s main Transport panel and Edison will start recording the glitch sequence material into audio loop(s).

Loop Recording Glitch Sequence To AudioThe audio material between the ‘Song jump’ markers is the loop.

LoopAt this point, you might want to disable the ‘Slave playback to host’ mode in Edison. Otherwise, Edison will play the recorded audio material alongside with the stuff you have in your Playlist everytime you play back your project.

Disable Slave Playback To HostNow, open the Newtone (Newtone is a pitch-correction and time manipulation editor. It’s actually an ‘effect’ so you need to drop it to an effect slot to open it) and drag and drop the loop into it from Edison (in the Edison, select a section between ‘Song jump’ markers – TIP: use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard to select a different takes. Each left/Right-click will jump to the next/previous section and drag the selection to Newtone).

Drop Audio Material From Edison To NewtoneDrag the blocks/samples/notes (or whatever they are) to the key(s) you want their pitch to be in (and to quickly fine tune the pitch, right-click the notes and they will snap to the nearest semitone).

Pitch Correcting With Newtone

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Lastly, use the ‘Send to playlist’ button to dump the sequence to Playlist (as a audio).

Dump Audio From Newtone To PlaylistThat’s about it. Use different samples for more interesting glitches – try vocals for example.

And have fun! 8-)

Watch the video version of this tutorial below and download the free sample pack.

Download Set Of Free Drum Samples From the Loopmasters Ableton AS100 Pack

About Petri Suhonen

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.

Comments

  1. Freakin Awesome!!!! I’m going to have to try this now.

  2. Varun Shrilal says:

    Hey nice tutorial!

    Anyway I was just wondering if you could do a tutorial on how to rewire FL Studio on to Ableton or perhaps redirect me to a guide that you’re aware of that showcases that. I haven’t found a decent guide that explains it properly yet.

    Thanks

  3. thanks for the awesome tutorials. I’ve been following these for a year or so and they’ve all been crucial to me getting better and understanding FL’s tools. Thank you!

  4. man u r awesome..

    can’t wait to get the tut on that beat sequence..

    thank you so much..

    :o )

  5. kory says:

    thank you muchly for the tutorial. i am new to fl studio (and a newb to mixing software in general) and this was one of the first tutorials ive watched. keep em coming, it was very helpful

  6. awesome tips man !! thank you

  7. covert gryn says:

    men dis is it right here just da mean electronic feeling i was lookin for ……..btw dat MOUSE DANCE …….hahahahahahha luv it…..

  8. Great Post….!!

  9. kuki says:

    man you are dope!

  10. This is really cool!!!!

  11. Nice one, going to pass this on to a few of our clients… They are always asking how to get these sounds!

  12. i have some very cool ideas to make tutorials on, but i cant make any videos, so i’ll get to the point:
    i like to open up a synth, preferably a soundscape synth like NI razor, or maybe ogun, (maybe add some effects) and open an instance of edison, hit record and loop a note the whole time, while randomly tweaking every parameter and knob, it makes really awesome, but very scary sounds, especially when dropping a randomized dblue glitch VST on it.
    i also have a project with some amazing (progressive) house synths made in 3xOsc that i would love to share.

    Jestron

  13. Share those synths man! Also would you be willing to work with me on a project? Free at first, but if we do well there will be dough… Basically I want to prove fruity as the most powerful music and sound design tool in the world. Ableton is cool but it relies so much on additional content, while fruity really empowers on to create from scratch. Just listen to some of the stuff I made with fruity on soundcloud. Search kosmikfead. All that stuff is already old and almost all those artists signed thanx to that work. Anyway best of luck and awesomeness to you bro.

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