How To Turn A Piece Of Sample Into Pad Instrument

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How To Turn A Piece Of Sample Into Pad Instrument

Almost anykind of sample material can be turned into useful instrument. It’s only a matter of spotting right kind of sounds from the source audio and knowing how to use couple of tools.

In this tutorial I will show you how to turn a short piece of vocal sample taken from Carl Douglas ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ into a pad instrument – using FL Studio of course.

Here’s a short piece of the song in case you dont know it:

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So here we go.

1. Open the Edison and drag and drop the song file into it

Drop A Song Into The Edison

2. Zoom in to the section where the sound you want to turn into instrument is located (single instrument notes or vocal vowels tend to work betterthan chords). In this example, I will be using the ‘ooo’ vowel that is very beginning of the song.

Make a selection and press CTRL+DEL to crop it.

Make A Selection And Trim

Here’s the sample:

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3. Select a section you want to loop. In this example sound, I found making a selection that covers about 4/5 of the whole sample gives pretty ok sounding loop.

Finding a nice and smooth loop section is a trial & error so you just need to experiment with different spots and selection lengths for the best results.

Make A Selection For The Loop Points

4. Press CTRL+L to open up the Loop Tuner -tool (Loop Tuner is a tool for removing clicks & pops from a loop, it is meant for smoothing a section that has already been selected for looping). For the type of sample I’m using, I’ll set the Crossfade Length to 5%, Crossfade Tension to halfway, Period Snap to 16x and all the Blur settings to zero and then click Accept.

Experiment with different Loop Tuner settings – tweak especially the Crossfade Length, Period Snap and Blur Order. Try to make the looping sound as smooth as possible. Also, refer to the FL Studio Manual (press F1) for more throughout explanation what each controller will do.

Loop Tuner Settings

5. Zoom out fully and select the whole sample by pressing CTRL+A and by using the ‘drag/copy sample/ selection’ -button drag the selection to an empty Sampler -channel in the Step Sequencer.

Drag The Selection To The Sampler Channel

6. Open the Sampler -channel and in the SMP -tab under the ‘Loop’ -section, enable ‘Use loop points’. Also turn on ‘Normalize’ under the ‘Precomputed effects’.

Sampler Channel Sample Properties

7. Open the INS -tab, go to the VOL -subtab and enable the volume envelope by clicking that little box under the PAN -box. If you want to make a pad type of instrument, slow attack and release time is the key so edit the envelope to look something like this:

Volume Envelope Settings

8. Click on the CUT -subtab. We are going to enable the envelope for the filter cutoff modulation – just to add a little ‘life’ to the pad instrument.
Edit it to look like in the pic below (or experiment):

Filter Envelope Settings

9. Under the LFO -section (still under the CUT -subtab), tweak the knobs as follows (this will modulate the filter cutoff even further):

LFO Settings

10. Assign the Sampler -channel to a free mixer track and drop a Fruity Delay and Reverb to it’s fx slot and set them as follows:

Add Fx To The Instrument

All done! This is how the pads sound like:

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There you have it: a nice pad instrument thanks to Carl Douglas 🙂 I hope this’ll gave you an idea how to create your own instruments from samples.

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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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Fourth Chime
Fourth Chime
5 years 1 month ago

Hello Petri
Just writing to say how much I appreciate your site and the great tutorials you produce.

Keep up the good work

Tomislav
5 years 1 month ago

nice tutorial, very cool and original! :]

deepak
deepak
5 years 1 month ago

dat was helpful mate can u make a tutorial on slice x and edision????plzzz

vítor
vítor
5 years 26 days ago

man, imo, you could blur the sample selection in edison before, then, loop it. it’ll sound smoother, and not so clicky

Max Golovanov
5 years 4 days ago

Amazing stuff, Petri!

Never known that pads can be created in such a simple & natural way – of course I know how to make pads with Ogun’s Pad Harmonic Tool & Sytrus but this is another (shorter) way to the same door 😉

THX for tutorial, man!

CK
4 years 7 months ago

This is amazing O:

Thank you <3

mac
mac
3 years 8 months ago

absolutely amazing..

ur a great teacher petri..

thanks…

crisby
crisby
3 years 4 months ago

man, you’re the greatest teacher i ever had. keep up your good work. i can’t wait for the next tutorial. i learnt so much in a very short time. thanks thanks thanks

DJ P.G.
DJ P.G.
2 years 3 months ago

Hey thanx Petri for everthing

Only One Question/Topic I Think We All
Need Help About And That’s About
The Main Part Of Electronic music EDM,Dubstep,Electro House Etc etc
Its Called the DROP/CLIMAX/ or how I like to call it the “OMG”
Part Of Electro Please Answer Thanx

Gonzo
Gonzo
2 years 2 months ago

Awesome tutorials !

Did everything as explained but my sample starts at the beginning although I activated the loop points in the sampler.

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