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HARDSTYLE KICK TUTORIAL | How to Make a Hardstyle Kick Tail Sample in FL Studio (for Layering)

In this lesson you’ll learn how to make a hardstyle kick sample in FL Studio suitable for layering. This will be a clean hardstyle kick tail sample, which you’d need multiple to be able to make a hardstyle kick layering.

“Layering ready” hardstyle kick sample

As shown in the previous lesson How to Make a Hardstyle Kick Layering with Samples, different clean hardstyle kick tail samples were created and then used for a kick layering. It’s a very important lesson and part of the essential basics. That’s why I encourage you to check it out.

But for this lesson, let’s take a look at how to make a “layering-ready” hardstyle kick sample.

Hardstyle kick tail samples

The kick samples used in the previous lessons were made a long while back. Back in the day I used a chaotic Patcher template (Patcher is an FL Studio plugin), but this is totally unnecessary and way too complicated. So, I decided to redesign one of the tails to keep it simple. The result is very similar and just as useful.

How to make a hardstyle kick sample

There’s no straight answer to this question, but there are a few guidelines:

  • Use an a-symmetric distortion plugin and clip the signal.
  • Use an equalizer to boost the mid frequencies and play with removing some low frequencies. Don’t forget to add some high frequencies as well.
  • Optionally, use some reverb.
  • Repeat this process a couple of times. But be more aggressive in the beginning and more gentle to the end.

These type of tails already sound very hardstyle -ish, but their purpose is for a hardstyle kick layering. Just check the previous lesson and everything becomes clear.


For the individual tail samples, the following plugins were used:

  • EKS-9
  • FabFilter Pro Q
  • Fruity Waveshaper
  • iZotope Trash
  • Fruity Love Philter
  • Fruity Reeverb 2
  • Fruity Fast Dist

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