2 Adding Instruments and Creating Melodies

Colin Warn
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EDM Ghost Producer, Instructor of over 20,000+ Students
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Lecture description

Learn how to add instruments and create melodies, even with no music theory experience.

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Make Your First Track Like The Chainsmokers (in FL Studio!)

Learn how to use FL Studio 20 by making a track like the Chainsmokers, start to finish, no experience needed.

03:33:32 of on-demand video • Updated January 2019

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  • How to get your tracks on iTunes and Spotify
  • How to create drum loops in FL Studio
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  • How to make reversed sound effects
  • How to make "Zhu - Faded"-style vocals
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English [Auto] Not that we have a basic drum pattern. Let's go ahead and add in some instruments spice things up a bit in addition to giving it some melody. So to add instruments in studio very easy if you go to add left click find a whole slew of different options to choose from. Tauriel we'll be using one or two for this one for this specific video. Go ahead and add in for instance is a 3 X oscillator which is a basic sense because it's all studio Nafi you know if I'm typing playing the keyboard I can play little melodies. So go ahead and add in three more instances of this like love cooking and click and one more for good measure. Now we've done that we already don't need the snare pattern so and this is also a good opportunity to show you this little trick if you want to delete any of these for a reason let's say if you created five or in our case we all root the snare. Right click to Dilley. OK. Now we have our instruments up. Now we have our instruments up. Go ahead start composing the melodies for our track. We can go ahead and open up here to roll up before we do that. As some of the melodies create for the track we're a little bit way little bit too complicated for a beginner. We're going to go ahead and drag in a couple of them and then I'm going to show you how you would make one start to finish just a really basic one and then just you guys look at the more complicated ones and direct you to resources where you can learn how to make these more quarterly Watson notes stacked melodies. So if we go now get to our Fuller. Here we are how to make a track like that chain smokers go into pre-sets and muddy one track in our Li or chords to the first and the second directs oscillator. In addition to that. So you know as we have some presets up here for these instruments we'll go left click drag these in up top. So I have our lead second layer and then the lead layer that will be composing on top of. And again it looks like we have an extra one here. Right click we click OK. There we go. So now if I want to go ahead and try to disable the sounds he knows we have these green ones over here. This mutes or an able given sound so I just wanna hear these two by themselves. All of these have hit the spacebar and you can hear the squares playing the melodies that we just dragged in. I dragged in the melodies. Let's go ahead and show you how you can make your own from start to finish. As we have this little lead here that I put a top line on. So to create a melody go in right click on the left click on piano roll free of neutral you'll see how these little goes nuts in the background may not see this on your program. Don't worry about it. Your interest in learning about. Now it's got a resource. I to this video. You can go ahead check out untyped you onto this. It's not super crucial for this tutorial so you can go ahead make the melody. So the draw notes in very easy just like we did over here. Left click to add and then right click through boo. So just go ahead add in now here now we have a little node for the Malby pack in one way. And now because if I play it right now I just play the note by itself sounds kind of cool but seems a little bit weird wonky seems like it's holding up for a while. So if I left click on this and I left click and hold and I can stretch it longer or I can make it shorter. So we're going to go ahead and Matt kind of match the melodic spacing here with this note. So I left click and again just like the notes over here with the lead for a reason to make a mistake. It's case but you haven't made a mistake so far. So you switch it you can hold the all if you want to fine tune. Trim the note lengths All right. And now I don't have to redraw this melody over here again. That's when I can copy paste it. So if you want to copy multiple notes at the same time. Super easy if you can hold the control button down. You left click and hold select multiple notes the given time. Now with all these notes selected if you hold shift and your left click and hold duplicate album that's already here. Right click to select 7 at the spacebar. I think I might change these last notes so well you. Of course long as we have this wha wha wha wha. Now a quick note for those somewhere. I'm sure I almost got certainly got lost in terms of how I knew which notes to place where which ones sound and melodic. This always all of a study goes into the area that's known as music theory. Can get some great outside resources they can use to learn. But for you guys who want the kind of the shortcut I used when I got started initially for learning. OK. What notes work with what mail or what. What notes work for which key and all that. One trick you can use when I really like using. If you go up to built into f all to help you go to helper's you go to scale highlighting. So first obviously you need to know a little bit about scales and what's made or which minor little bit about them. Once you know just look the basic OK how they're constructed. Again check out the additional resources you can go over here. Go to scale highlighting so we are make a. I think this track in G minor. So we can go to Aeolian which is another way of saying minor Don't ask me. Like Greek weird music theory phenomenon. I've also looked alien. We select E.. Now if you notice you look in the background you see all these white notes are white highlighted areas these black highlight areas. This tells us OK these are notes for the given key you've selected these notes you can use the black ones are the ones you can't use. Actually looking at it again looks like I selected the wrong one. This is actually G sharp minor. Again check out the music theory resources. Now if you notice all the notes I've been placing in here they are all in key because they're are all following and these white spaces so if I were to let's say take this set up here place over here. So even though it may not sound super catchy it still sounds in tune where I notice if I track these notes into the black areas or the darker areas and if I actually just somewhat side really atonal if I put them back into the white areas. So those are some of the greatest melody still and key. So again this is the little mental shortcut you can use to help you. Even if you just have like a really very very rough understanding what music theory is or how it's structured use this helper tool and figure out what note Kieran was is and probably a minor as that's all just white notes. Super easy. Use this tool. Really Help is start out with again. Remember Be sure to supplement the short cut with actually learning real music theory so you don't need to work to kind of use these handicap to make melodies over time not to add a final instrument in. Add in a third party synth that we added here will drag it up and will first let you take a moment to acknowledge the fact that there are many knobs many knobs you don't understand. Now that we've acknowledged this fact we're going to show you a cool trick to use or even if you don't understand the numbers you can actually choose a bunch of different sounds and still get a pretty good effect. And even the pros will do this trick so far with a keyboard you have this brace so I'm going to spell Brostrom preset. And FYI for a reason we don't like this. OK I can get a different sound but don't have to make it myself you know tweak all these knobs. God I don't even know where to start. No worries. If you like these two blocks can cycle through what are called presets which are pre-built in sound. They can just cycle through them premade and don't feel better at this because even the pros do it. I do this almost every day. Most guys will just you know will find a sound like maybe tweak a little bit. We'll have enough understanding of sound as if we want to give it a different feel or tweak it. But most the time we don't make these sounds from scratch we just pull presets. So it's one thing to feel. Don't feel guilty about doing this so we've done that we'll go over never get to the tongue who injuria of them and they've got some really interesting names here. Why get this sound now we're going to drag in our pace Mity Slive can check the n knowledge together. Condition is going to be just and do some basic adjusting the volume really quick and do one quick fine tuned thing. Yes and follow me along here. I'm going to go to the amplifier to the R knob and would turn this down. What this is doing is when the sound is likely to go off to see a huge In Depth sound designed to Tauriel here. Just a quick gloss over. Maybe just start getting these concepts in is when you hit a key. You have these four knobs that control what happens to the volume of the sound over time. So when you look over the key this OB stands for release and this controls is OK how quickly does the sound go from what's called the sustain or kind of the even out point of it too. Going to just absolutely quiet or changing the knob. So if I were to say change it all with zero chops off right away if I turn all the way up it goes on forever and ever and you never get sick of it. So again check out some of the additional resources attached to this video to learn more about these different knobs Now which of these are down to like 6 or 7 or 7 8 o'clock ish. LOL I have have so we have pretty awesome loop going here so far. Guys are noticing after sounds. It sounds like to you guys. Actually it sounds like after what's called about 4 bars or after the first section of it the kick patterns and all that kind of cutting out. So in order to alleviate that we'll start messing around with the pilots dragging these in separate bathmat into own channels. So I'll go ahead and do that in the next video.