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RAWSTYLE LEAD TUTORIAL | How to Make Rawstyle Lead FL Studio | Raw Hardstyle Lead Sylenth1 Rawstyle

In this lesson you will discover how to make a rawstyle lead in FL Studio with Sylenth1. This is the sequel to my Rawstyle Melody Tutorial lesson.

How to make a rawstyle lead

To make a rawstyle lead, you typically need one lead for the main melody and one lead for the chords. So, in the video I used 2 Sylenth1 leads:

  • 1 for the main melody.
  • 1 for the chords.

Please check out the Rawstyle Melody Tutorial where you will learn how to make a rawstyle melody. For this lesson, we only talk about the leads.

Sylenth1 rawstyle lead – main melody

First, let’s talk about the main melody lead. In the video you can simply take a look at all the Sylenth1 settings. Sylenth1 is the plugin used to create the main lead.

The Sylenth1 settings create a typical detuned saw sound. This sound is then routed to the mixer to give it certain effects.

The mixer effects only consist of equalizer, reverb and distortion plugins. So, it’s just a bit of equalizing the sound and adding a little bit of distortion and reverb. These are all the settings for the main melody.

Sylenth1 rawstyle lead – chords

Now, let’s talk about the chords synth. Again, only one instance of Sylenth1 is used to create the chords lead. In the video you can take a look at all the settings.

The Sylenth1 settings create a typical supersaw sound. When you play the right chords, you can make it sound pretty dark. A little trick is to use an extra oscillator to add an extra lower octave. This makes your chords sound heavier and more serious.

To shape the sound further, it’s routed to the mixer for some effects. Just like with the main melody lead, you only need an equalizer, reverb and may be a little bit of distortion or limiter.

Lead limiting

It’s often a good idea to add a limiter on your master track. This prevents the overall signal to shoot above the 0 dB limit. It usually doesn’t really affect the sound. You don’t necessarily hear any difference.

Making your rawstyle mix

When you want to listen to both leads in action, just watch the video. It sounds pretty epic already and as you could see, not that hard to make.

You can learn in more detail how to make your mixes sound like this. Just grab a copy of my EDM Mixing Guide on Amazon.


In this lesson, the following plugins were used:

  • Sylenth1
  • Fruity Parametric EQ 2
  • Fruity Reeverb 2
  • Fruity Waveshaper

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