In this lesson you’ll learn how to make a trance kick in FL Studio with 3x Osc. This trance kick tutorial is made with FL Studio stock plugins ONLY.
Download this trance kick for free
The trance kick in the video is a free download. You might still be able to download the sample from the description box on YouTube. But it’s a better idea to just download my free Hardstyle Sample Pack. It’s not just 1 trance kick, but a load of high quality samples for you to use.
Trance kick layering
What’s most important in this lesson is the way you can go about making a trance kick. It’s a very good practice to use at least 2 different layers.
- One for the low frequencies and tail part.
- And one for the high/mid frequencies and punch (attack) part.
You can also use more layers, but this should be enough. Keep it as simple as possible.
The lower layer
As far as the lower layer goes, it’s really easy to make. Just pick a clean sine wave, enable the volume envelope to shape its length, and optionally enable the pitch envelope to give it some “oompff”.
The higher layer
The higher layer can be a bit more tricky though. In general, you want it to be snappy and punchy, so you should shape your sound accordingly. Using a short volume envelope and give it a fast attack.
When you route it to the mixer, you can add effects to get a more aggressive punch sound. This can be a short chain of effects or a long chain of effects, but typically, a distortion and equalizer should be used.
Make it sound right
To make it sound right, simply go back and forth between the effects and settings. Simply change things and listen to what happens. When a change sounds better, keep it!
Just make sure your punch has enough high frequencies while the lower frequencies are removed. The high-ish attack of this layer will punch through in the mix.
Again: it’s about the method
The method in this lesson is pretty straightforward, but in practice it can be a little harder. To make it sound right, you have to keep tweaking and listening. Also, sometimes it’s better to just start over and move on to a new project.
To be brutally honest, this trance kick can use a little bit of improvement. I’m not entirely happy with the result yet. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t exactly sound the way I want it to sound.
These things happen. It doesn’t have to be perfect. By simply doing it, you’ll learn it. Sometimes it just works out better than other times.
You can also learn a simple method for making a trance lead by visiting my How to Make a Trance Lead in FL Studio lesson.
For this lesson, the following FL Studio stock plugins were used:
- 3x Osc
- Fruity Parametric EQ 2
- Fruity Waveshaper
- Fruity Compressor
- Fruity Phaser
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