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:[audio:http://howtomakeelectronicmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/audio/Carl-Douglas-Kung-Fu-Fighting.mp3]
So here we go.
1. Open the Edison and drag and drop the song file into it
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.
Here’s the sample:[audio:http://howtomakeelectronicmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/audio/Oo-Vowel.mp3]
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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:
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):
9. Under the LFO -section (still under the CUT -subtab), tweak the knobs as follows (this will modulate the filter cutoff even further):
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:
All done! This is how the pads sound like:[audio:http://howtomakeelectronicmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/audio/Karl-Douglas-Vocal-Pads.mp3]
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.
And finally, check the video: