How To Create Electro House Style Bass With 3xOsc

How to Create Electro House Style Bass With 3xOsc

3xOsc is actually quite useful synth plugin despite the fact that it is very simple and easy to use.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create electro house type of bass using 3xOsc. I will also cover how to create that pitch glide effect you can commonly hear in electro house style music.

Here’s an audio clip showing what kind of bass (and beat) you will learn to do:

Ok. First thing to do is to load 3xOsc and use the following settings:

3xOsc Settings1

Assign the 3xOsc to a free mixer track and add the following effects to it’s fx slot (in a following order):

  • Soundgoodizer for making things sound… well… good
  • Fruity Fast Dist for adding a little edge to the sound
  • Fruity Reeverb 2 for a slight sense of space

Here are the settings for each effect. First the Soundgoodizer (you can see the exact settings in the .flp project file I’m sharing at the end of this tutorial):

Soundgoodizer Settings

Fruity Fast Dist:

Fruity Fast Dist Settings

Fruity Reeverb 2:

Fruity Reeverb 2 Settings

The bass sounds a bit too ‘nasal’ so use the mixer track eq and slightly attenuate (-3.0 – -4.0 dB) frequencies around 1300 Hz with a width of 0.20:

3xOsc Mixer Track EQ Settings

Add a new pattern to the Playlist, open the Piano Roll -view of 3xOsc and create a following pattern of notes:

Bassline Full

This is how the bassline sounds:

Next, let’s create that pitch glide effect.

Open the 3xOsc and click on the Instrument properties, select Pitch as the Envelope/LFO target and make the envelope look like as follows:

3xOsc Pitch Envelope

Create an automation clip for the pitch modulation amount controller (this is the controller what you use to glide the pitch):

Create Automation Clip For The Pitch Modulation Controller

The automation clip will be automatically created to the Playlist. Go to the Playlist and edit the pitch modulation amount envelope to look like this:

Edit The Pitch Modulation Automation Envelope

This is how the bassline sounds now:

Allright, next we’ll add in the drums. First the kick drum.

Drop a kick drum sample to a Sampler channel. Assign the sample to an empty mixer track, add and empty pattern to the Playlist and create a simple four-to-the-floor drum pattern. Also, set the 3xOsc volume level in balance with the kick drum. In this example, I’ve set the 3xOsc volume level to -13.7dB and kick drum to 0.0dB. I also boosted the low and high frequencies of the kick drum using the mixer track eq:

Add Kick Drum

Now, let’s make the bassline to ‘pump’ with the kick drum. To be able to achieve this effect, we need to use sidechain compression. We sidechain the kick drum to 3xOsc. So in the Mixer -view, click on the kick drum mixer track to make it active and right click that little up arrow -icon in the 3xOsc mixer track and choose “Sidechain to this track”:

Sidechain Kick Drum To 3xOsc

Go to 3xOsc mixer track and load a Fruity Limiter to it’s fx slot and use the following settings:

Compressor Settings

Check the audio clip – it’s that pumping sound:

Next, add a snare to empty Sampler channel, assign it to a free mixer track and set the levels in balance with the kick drum. I also added Fruity Parametric EQ 2 to the snare mixer track to roll off any low frequencies – just to make sure it doesn’t mess with the kick drum. Also, create a simpel pattern with snare – look at below:

Snare Settings

And last but not least, add a closed hihat to empty Sampler channel, assign it to free mixer track as well, set the volume levels in balances with the kick drum and snare and create a simple hihat pattern:

Closed Hihat

Now, by copy/paste/making unique, add a bit of variation to the drum pattern (you’ll see the drum pattern variations in the project file) and you’ll end up into this:

Electro House Sequence Ready

This is how the whole thing sounds (I also added Maximus to the master channel to give a bit of a punch to the whole mix – you can see the settings what I used by checking the project file):

That’s it.

Here’s a video tutorial as well:

Download The FL Studio Project File For Electro House Bass Tutorial.

(Credits to Valentin198ification and his FL Studio – Bass (3x Osc) Electro House, Minimal House -video where this tutorial is based on – I hope you don’t mind, buddy!)


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  1. Very nice!!!
    Liked the bassline too!!

    I might have to add on to this FLP if you don’t mind!

  2. can you post a tutorial about full on?
    showing how to construct drums, when and where to use pads, leads, arpeggios.
    and a tuto to reverse cymbal with crash.
    thank you.

  3. yes post psytrance full on tutorial of white noise/electro sun style

  4. Almazonly on

    Man, You definitely have to benefit from ya sharing. A planty of Thousands are ready to buy your book with all your tutorials and videos indide the DVD via Amazon. Please think about this. Gather all Mastering and mixing Tricks together in one DVD. I am ready to buy it even now. You are amazing ! I love your way of teaching us, but what about explanations ? You have a voice right ? =) but may be it causes some kind of noises, so even without saying anything but showing it as you do is pretty clear for all. Good luck, waiting for new videos ? P.S. You guys not so many, another awesome dude is NFX. I learn from both of you.

    • Hmm.. not a bad idea 🙂 Even though I feel I dont quite qualify for creating a official book/DVD – I would need a lot more in-depth knowledge on audio production… after all I’m just a self-taught hobbyist. Also, my ‘voiceovers’ over the videos would be horrible due to my bad english accent lol.. though I would propably hire someone to do that.

      Anyway, it’s a good idea and who knows, maybe in the near future.. ?

  5. Amazing tutorial, so easy to follow. Probably one of the best FL resource sites!

  6. Hi, first of all thanks for all the amazing tutorials, they are really appreciated.
    But my question is how do you create a pitch glide effect with a vst plugin like TAL noisemaker, I can’t figure it out and what I do try never seems to work like the effect I get when I create bass with the 3Osc.
    Thanks for any help

    • Thank yo Duncan! For TAL-NoiseMaker you can do the pitch glide effect like this:

      1. Turn up the Pitch slider under the Control -section of the TAL

      2. In the TAL’s Channel settings, set the pitch knob range to 1 and use the Channel pitch controller for gliding

  7. Yo Petri! again man, you’ve done it! I just finished this tutorial since I recently got interested in Electro-House Music. This little tricks sure will come in handy on my future productions. Thanks again dude, you’re freaking AWESOME, by the way…”Almazonly” idea of a book/DVD tutorials is not too bad of an idea my friend, not too bad…

  8. Tnx mate for Education…

    Please say how to make a trance KICK with eq and comp and …
    please .tnxxxxxxxx :XXXXX

  9. Once again a great tutorial! Tons of them here =). By the way, are the drumsamples royalty-free? That snare is right on the spot!!

  10. ??? 1/2 step doesn’t work… Plzz help… Snap setting don’t work. The cells don’t change… What is the problem? What i have to do? please help!!!

    • 08/01/2012 at 20:03
      Hey Tomas, what FL version are you using? By cells do you mean the grid in the Piano Roll? Despite the fact it wont change, can you still create a very short notes there? With 1/2 step snap settings you should be able to add 32 notes per bar.

  11. Edhy Contreras on

    hola que tal antes que nada pues buenas noches ya que estoy en el estado de mexico y ahora las 11.21 jeej bueno oye cheke tus videos y realmente vale la pena checarlos pero pues nose si me pudieras ayudar ya que pues e visto inifinidades de tutoriales y como si se me quedan algunas cosas pero siento que no aprendo lo que quiero decirte esq eu ya puedo acer un beat ecualizar los kicks claps, hit entre otros y se mas omenos usar el fruity limiter porlo mismo de unos videos tutoriales pero si me gustaria que me dijieras como o cual es lo mas basico si es primero saber ecualizar o saber acer una compresion esas es mi dudad si me puedieras ayudar seria exelente mmmm…..quisiera saber qu ees lo principal de todo gracias y espero mmmm tu respuesta at:edhy contreras
    a posdata mmm te quise agregar pero no me deja el face ahi aver que onda despues jejej gracias y siga ready

  12. Tnx a lot Petri You have A great tutorials here . I’ m beginer and i learn from your’s tutorials

  13. When I click in “Create automation clip” and tried to modify it, nothing happens :s the modulation sound the same in the song, I’m so confused about this….anyone can help me?

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