Synthesizer Sound Design Tip: Use Randomization

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Synthesizer Sound Design Tip Use Randomization

When you wan’t to create your own sounds and presets with your favourite VST synth, but don’t know where to start, FL Studio offers one very handy function for making your creativity to work: Randomize.

Randomize is a function in Fruity Wrapper (Fruity Wrapper is a software interface/layer between instrument/effect plugins and FL Studio) that will give random values to the plugin parameters everytime it’s selected. It’s like ‘throwing a dice’ with all the synth controllers. Eventually, you’ll end up with some really interesting sounds.

I use randomization when I’m out of sound design ideas. It’ll mess up the settings nicely to give a fresh start for something completely new. Then I’ll jus tweak the parameteres a bit further though sometimes the Randomize will bring results that will work as is.

Randomize is ESPECIALLY useful for creating some weird fx.

Here’s a couple of sound examples that are made with Fruity Wasp XT and Randomize function. Only a very little further tweaking is implemented after the randomization (btw, Wasp XT is actually a quite versatile synth so you might want to play around with it a bit):

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Ok. Here’s how you use the randomization: just right click on the arrow icons at the right upper corner of the plugin and choose Randomize from the plugin presets menu (click the image to see it bigger):

Randomize Plugin Parameters

If you’re not happy with the results, Randomize again.. and again.. and again.. and when you find something you’re almost happy with, fine tune it by tweaking the paramaters a bit further.

Hopefully this’ll kickstart your journey into sound design!

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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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Jon W
Jon W
5 years 3 months ago

Ahhh so that’s what the randomize preset thing does!!

I always figured it had something to do with the preset display or something……..LOL!

Thanks a lot Petri 🙂 This should keep me busy for awhile!

Skyhunter
Skyhunter
5 years 2 months ago

Woah, you have totally inspired me to mess around with Wasp. I was a 3xosc fanboy but this is great too

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5 years 1 month ago

Ha! good advice.

When I get tweaking I’m always careering towards grey goo. I stop sometimes and go, ‘that’s just not music anymore…..sounds broken” hehe

Just to throw-in some more ideas for more tuts……..arps; main synth controls/features; quantising (and other such fiddling in PR and PL, grooves, splitting…); the various trancey drum patterns (the gallop, and whatever they’re all called). I’m greedy? They’re such good tutorials though 😉

Like I said earlier, I am working through them, so if it’s already been covered I should find it. ta

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