Creating Organic Beats in FL Studio
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Creating Organic Beats in FL Studio

Create a full composition from a SINGLE NOTE that we record together!
4.9 (4 ratings)
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Created by Riley Weller
Last updated 4/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Create a powerful composition out of ONE SINGLE RECORDED NOTE !
  • Have a solid music folder structure to use for the long-term
  • Edit the recorded note to achieve a high quality instrument to use
  • Route audio around the mixer with complexity + effects
  • Think in terms of frequency space, designing sounds which stand out!
  • Mold/shape multiple instruments from one single recorded note
  • How to use distortion to add fullness + extra frequencies
  • The benefits that sends have to a producer's workflow
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  • Everything is explained step by step in this course. So your FL Studio knowledge can be very limited, and still understand everything that is going on!
  • A microphone + instrument to record your note (I've also provided my recorded notes inside the course resources if you'd like to use them!)

Organic Beats will teach you how to take a single note, which we record together, and create a full composition out of!

Nowadays, a lot of producers are trying to achieve that 'EDM sound'.  Well, not this course!  Organic Beats is a very unique music course.

With my teaching style, I always fill you in on off-topic goodies to keep you educated and aware of why I am applying certain techniques.  [You will understand what is going on even if you have limited audio production knowledge.]

I love how this beat turned out! [Just watch the promo video to hear the end result!]


Course Process:

We start this course off by actually recording a piano and guitar note together!

We move into editing this note, showing my personal preferences to achieve the best quality in your recording.

I then show how to sculpt and mold this sound for optimal use!  When playing by itself, the note isn't too usable, but after applying the techniques shown in Section 4 'Sculpting Our Sound', this sound becomes a deeply emotional element.

We then get into building our beat, all while you are shown how to mold, shape, and carve space for each new instrument we create.

You even learn complex mixer routing, which is beautifully labelled, and gives an amazing workflow!

I've also included a bonus video getting you started arranging your song for that professional sound.  [Arrangement is just as much a factor as the actual composition!]

Who is the target audience?
  • Aspiring music producers eager to further their creativity and productions
  • Producers who want to get away from current trends, and be original!
  • Beatmakers looking for that video to help them create high quality beats
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
Course Intro
5 Lectures 12:40

Watch and see a whole overview of the course!  You are introduced to our single recorded note, hearing the multiple instruments created from just the single note.  You are then shown the full composition we create all from the single recorded note.  (Pretty amazing, hey?)

In these following videos, you are shown step by step how to achieve this same sound.  There is also an additional bonus video regarding arrangement and song structure.  You are shown tips to give your track that professional polished sound.

Preview 01:48

By no means do you need third-party plugins to take this course.  You will see, however, that the workflow of third-party plugins is sometimes worth the money.  This video will show you the alternative stock FL Studio plugins you can use!

Tools + Plugins Used

The sound kit used in this video is created by Xclusive-Audio.  They are makers of PREMIUM samples, I'd highly recommend their 'Organic Drum Kit', which is the sound kit used in this video.

You can view the external resources for more info on the coupon for the sound kit.

Sound Kit Used

I wanted to further show you real-world examples where I have personally used this technique in my own productions!  As mentioned, I release beat tapes for people to download for free called FREE BEATS By GratuiTous, and in this video we take a peek at how I created the song called 'Love Shall Prevail'.

Preview 03:00

I also wanted to show you another track off my FREE BEATS By GratuiTous Vol. 6 called 'Showers of Love'.  In the previous video, I didn't manipulate the individual note to create new instrument sounds.  I just created different progressions/melodies for different parts of the song.

But in this video, you get a taste of how I created a full composition out of a single recorded note, which you are shown in-depth in our future videos!

Preview 05:56
Record Single Note
3 Lectures 05:00

We discuss our process to record our single note, which will be used to create multiple instruments towards a full composition!  We quickly discuss mono vs. stereo recording, as well as getting the cleanest sounding bass in our note.  (Also mentioning how to properly label our note in case we want to use VSTs, and for long-term use.)

Preview 02:01

You are given a super quick overview of the piano.  Each octave has 12 notes (this includes white and black keys), which repeats over and over on the piano.  You are then shown how to actually record the note to give different timbres/flavors come beatmaking time!  (It's all about flexibility!)

Record Our Piano Note

I have recorded a guitar just in case I didn't like the piano sound.  As you'll find out in later videos, I went with the guitar sound :)

The guitar sound usually tends to sound cleanest, giving the cleanest bass, as well as warm fullness for chords/melodies.  (I've found piano notes I've had to process quite a bit more to get the result I want.)

Record Our Guitar Note
Structure Youself + Import Audio
4 Lectures 08:25

You are shown how to structure yourself for the long-term as a music producer with a solid music production folder set up.  (See course notes for a download to the music folder template we create in this video.  Also included in the folder is the notes I've recorded in this video, if you'd like to use them yourself!)

I also mentioned one of my other courses.  It's called A Specific Music Production Folder - I have included a link as an external resource to the course inside this lecture on Udemy.

Create Music Folder

I love the way I set up my FL Browser, so I thought going out of my way to show you how I personally set mine up will give you that clean, minimal look that I enjoy every time I use FL Studio. :)

FL Studio Browser Set Up

This is an important craft to know; editing notes for long-term use!  We import the audio of our recorded notes into FL Studio's Edison where you are shown how to create markers, and fine-tune the sound before exporting the note for use.

We also discuss forcing to mono and my own personal preferences of editing the note when it comes to using FL Studio's IN/OUT knobs.

Edit Recording Notes in Edison

This is on the same level as backing up your files.  It's one of those things where some people care, and some people don't! LoL ! ;)

Anyways, in the video I show you to label your note with the microphone you've used to record your note, as well as the instrument, and key played.

This way, you'll know the type of microphone you used at a later date, as well as the key in case you'd like to blend in some digital VSTs!

Label Our Note for Long-Term Use
Sculpting Our Sound
4 Lectures 16:11

As discussed in Section 2, where we actually recorded our note, testing for a clean bass line is super important to get a high quality sound!

This is the reason I recorded both a piano and guitar, as the guitar was going to be my backup.

Even though I didn't really show you much of the piano sounds, I decided to go for the guitar to get the best quality for this course, and show you how powerful a single note to record a full composition can be.

If you'd like to try the piano out for yourself, just check the course resources where I've left the music folder with my recorded/edited notes from the video!

Preview 02:25

This is the fundamentals to get the best result from your single note.  I'd highly recommend watching this video a couple times I've you are newer to audio production.

Setting up your ADSR the way I have explained is crucial to getting that beautiful, controlled sound.  Remember, once you apply effects onto your note, that will enhance it's power tremendously!

Set Up Note

Since using the same note for all our instruments (main melody, guitar, lead, filler, stabs, etc.), it's super possible to have frequency masking/clashing.

What this means is some notes will not stand out because other frequencies have already filled their space, or they could be cancelling out.

A way to avoid this, as discussed, is to think in terms of your whole frequency spectrum.  If you play some instruments on lower octaves, and some one higher octaves, you'll be able to achieve powerful instruments that cut through your mix much easier!

Frequency Masking

This is an advanced topic, and a turning point in a producer's journey!

Sends not only allow us to save CPU power, but they allow for a very quick workflow and consistency in your track.

If you use two sounds with the same reverb, it can kind of create a type of symmetry/unison to your track.

But this does not mean you can't put a reverb/delay on an individual instrument!  This all comes down to creative choice.  But now you'll know the option is available to you, and now you'll know how to set up a powerful mixer in FL Studio!

Sends - Parallel vs. Series Processing
Building Our Beat
8 Lectures 41:19

I've discussed how I've laid out this course in terms of drum loop/melodies.

I premade them so you don't have to watch me build the drum loop, and record/edit MIDI notes.  (Trust me, it only saved us time, and allowed me to focus on the meat of this course!)

You do however get a quick walk-through into my mindset as I produced the drum loop in the next video.

Beat Building Process

We discuss my mindset as I created the drum loop.  I explain why I've layered drums, nudged snares, had multiple hat loops, and created duplicate patterns with a few changed notes.

The Drum Loop

This is the first time you'll actually hear the recorded note in action.  With the right ADSR settings on the Volume Envelope, it may sound a bit dry.  But don't you worry, once those effects are added on, it sounds like instant ecstasy.

Main Melody

Because I have chosen the guitar note for our bassline, just raw, the bassline sounded pretty amazing with our main melody guitar!

However, I did a bit of processing to the bassline just to show you what I'd do to get a bassline sitting right and tight!

An important point is how I adjusted the ADSR of the Volume Envelope a bit different than the main guitar.


This lead ended up pretty cool - By going into the wrench settings of the recorded note in FL Studio, and apply some polyphony, it instantly changed its sound from the main melody, which sounds like an original guitar.

Don't be afraid to try the arpeggio setting with some chords on another instrument!


For this filler, I tried to achieve more of a guitar chug sound.  I did this by adjusting our ADSR Volume Envelope to make the sound very short.  We then applied heavy effects to get a bit closer to our sound.

What really topped this sound off was when I used the lead's parallel track!  I really found it made the sound fit where I wanted in the track.


When creating this MIDI loops prior to recording the video, I found the stabs to be my favorite loop; it was what completed the beat, and made me waiting for it to come back in when it wasn't playing!

Just more processing was applied in this video to get the sound we wanted.  You'll have to watch to find out! :D


After editing this video, I realized I missed such an important point I wanted to share with you, so I made this additional video.  Don't forget to use those IN/OUT knobs :)

Preview 01:55
Song Structure + Arrangement [BONUS]
1 Lecture 11:11


I through this video in just because we've already come so far.  Why not show you some tips to polish off your track on a professional level showing you how to structure an intro, build excitement up to a chorus, and play around with verse structure.

I really hope this one inspires you!

Song Structure
Closing + Recap
1 Lecture 00:58

Hey.. thanks SO MUCH for your support by taking this course.  Please check the external resources if you'd like to take any of my other courses!

Topics I wanted to get across to you in this video, since it was a recap!:

  • MAKE SURE TO TEST YOUR BASS!!! - Make sure it sounds nice and tight!  (Also test your upper notes by playing some keys/chords.  Just make sure you like the note before proceeding to building more instruments off the note!)
  • THINK ABOUT THE FULL FREQUENCY SPECTRUM! - Since it's only a single note we're using, you gotta play down low, up high, and in the mids.  This will only make your life easier, help you to achieve different sounds, and make them cut through your mix much easier!

Thanks again!

# GratuiTous

Closing + Recap
About the Instructor
Riley Weller
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[Producer/Recording Artist]

Riley Weller, other known as GratuiTous, has been actively involved in the music industry since 2011.  He has worked with a GRAMMY nominated artist, and is known for providing super rich content to the readers of his website.

People love Riley's teaching approach because of the simplicity in explaining hard terminology, and powerful examples which reveal how these techniques can be used in real-world practice.