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Dirty South Fl Studio 8 Tutorial (Feature Article)

Posted by Ms.Tris Beats On May - 29 - 2008

I want to have some fun this evening and do a basic Dirty South Style Beat Tutorial. I’m not doing this to go over the top with all the brass and progressions…. I’m doing a basic beat for tutorial purposes. It may help new producers or anyone whos new to Fl Studio….

I am using Fl Studio version 8. I have saved a template for my default start up containing a kick, hat,snare, and clap. I load that up and make a
basic drum pattern.

I am using a 16/4 Grid because its easier for me to do breaks when I work with 8 bar patterns. In Dirty South Beats you’ll notice the Hi Hats are usually twice the tempo of the actual beat. This can easily be achieved in Fl Studio. I started this tutorial at 143 Bpms, which will sound like 71.5 once we spread the kick and snare as pictured above. I right click the hat channel and select “Fill each 2 steps”, place a kick on the 1, 7, and 13, next I add a snare on 9, and 25 active steps/squares. Next I repeat the same pattern again to fill my 16/4 Grid. Now I have the “overused” basic pattern for a Dirty South Beat…..

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I have a foundation for a quick melody line. Here is where I begin to tweak my kick using * NFX’s tip…

I’m not extremely worried about the mix at this point, but I know starting with a great kick is essential in Hip Hop production. I’ve added a little compression using the Fl compressor, and a little reverb to the clap.

I loaded a Slayer Generator, and switched the screen to pattern mode. I copied the drum pattern to extend it to 8 bars. I added some Fx to make a unique sound, and I layed down a basic melody to get things started.

basic pattern extended with melody 1

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So I have a basic pattern,melody, and my kick is still sounding good. I used the Fl “chorus .wav”, mangled that with fx and added it in as an extra percussion sound.

basic pattern,melody and fx perc

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Now it’s time to introduce a new sound so we can add movement to the beat. I loaded up a vst synth, added fx, and made a simple flanged bass line.

basic pattern,melody, fx perc, and fx (flanged) bassline

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I add a new sound, and start playing around with a melody for the Hook. I add the new instrument exactly where the hook comes in after 16 bars. It’s nothing fancy, just a catchy tune that’s easy to remember,hum or whistle. I also add some new percussion, and a snare roll. At this point the “foundation” of the beat is solid. I have a rhythm, a melody, a bassline, and a second melody for the hook…

basic pattern,melody, fx perc,fx (flanged) bassline, an idea for the hook

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You’ll notice I haven’t quantized or fixed every note perfectly yet. I usually do the fine tuning last, so I can get the ideas out 1st. Now it’s time to arrange the beat, add more percs, add some snare rolls, and add variation to the drums to break the monotony of the rhythm.

I listened to the beat and decided to move the hook idea to the second half of the verses, and I created something new for the Hook. My beat is now 1/2 done…I have my:
basic pattern, main melody, fx perc, fx (flanged) bassline, a second melody, an idea for the hook, and some variation and movement through out the song. I extend the idea to full song length and listen.

Dirty South Beat Before The Final Mix

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What do you think? Soldier Boy could rap on it huh.. 🙂
Now it’s time to fine tune my notes in the piano roll, add some sound effects, and Mix the beat to the best of my ability. (If I was sending this to a professional engineer, I would leave the beat as is and export the files so he/she can mix it)
Some people mix inside Fl Studio and get great quality. For years this is what I did, and my mix was just o.k. . After sitting down with a few engineers, I’ve learned that it’s best to mix the beat in software made for mixing. I like tweak a little in Fl Studio, and export each separate track into Sonar for the final mix. I’ll post the final mix soon, and tell how I mixed it.

So there you have it… Fl Studio getting Dirty Dirty…boom ba boom boom — boom bap..Feel free to ask questions or leave comments..
Pz Til Later..and Happy Beat Making

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121 Responses to “Dirty South Fl Studio 8 Tutorial (Feature Article)”

  1. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey LynnyVain ..Im glad the tutorial helped! Come back often..I’m always finding new things on Fl Studio…Ty for taking the time to comment..pz

  2. GFL says:

    Sup Fam?
    Good Tutorial.

  3. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey GFL thanks for visiting and commenting! Much more to come stop by often..take care..

  4. -LiL MaC- says:

    heeey ms.tris dis is lil mac from south africa and listen iv just recently started using fl studio 8 and i wanna know when you do that metronome sound with the hats in the dirty south beat how does it get faster towards the end of the loop and by the way your beats sound super hottt!!!

  5. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey Lil Mac..thanks for the love on the beats.!
    You will have to do this in piano roll view. There are several ways to do the hihat roll. I will try to explain from memory…

    The easiest is to right click and add your hi hats every two steps while on the sequence sreen.. Then send that hi hat pattern to piano roll. Once in Piano roll view, you can change the grid to1/4 step and make your hihat notes smaller using the curser. Once you have made them smaller add more hi hat notes to fill in the last 8 spaces.
    Let me know if this helps..pz til later

  6. digrejzo says:

    Dayuuum Ghurl 🙂

    I’m into more harder stuff like death/thrash metal, but I have to say I freaking loved this beat. Being new to the whole FL8 world, I will be glad to thoroughly read this 😛

    By the way, is there any DVD/website for beginners working in FL Studio 8? If so, please give me a shout.

    Cheers from Serbia

  7. LC says:

    Hey whats up Ms. Tris? Really happy when i found your blog. Just what i had been looking for, you really demystify some of the hardest aspects of music production that i have encountered. Keep up the good work!

  8. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey LC! Wow I really appreciate the feed back on the site..keep coming back..I have a lot more info in store. Let me know if you have any specific questions..they actually help keep the site going. Take Care.. pz

  9. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey Digrejzo..Thanks for commenting.. I try to listen to as much music as possible to stay well rounded. I must check out some thrash metal..I know the guitars are great in that genre.

    Here is my favorite Fl Studio site ( other than 🙂 )


    Let NFX know MsTrisMusic sent you .. take care

  10. BlapLip says:


    U rock it miss lady; music, education, sharing….get a passport and travel…if u haven’t already; make-em say MsTrisProd on the joint when u go national. KDN = KillDramaNow


  11. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey BlapLip… I do appreciate the Love. Thanks much. That’s a great idea a passport and travel… woo hoo sounds exciting! Truly something to think about indeed.

    So far I have had some emcees who say ” MsTris Beats” in the lyrics or at the beginning .. I also have 2 cool little tags I add.. “Ms. Tris Beats.. You Know They’re HOT! ” or Ms Tris Beats… She’s Always Bringing Heat For The Streets 🙂
    Take care and come back often

  12. Metal Kitchen says:

    Dear MsTris,

    I’ve only just had a quick look at one of your tutorials (dirty south beat), and I must say you are providing an amazing (and free!) service by answering all of these questions. I actually can’t believe how patient and thorough you are, as well as respectful and appreciative of your viewer’s questions. I am not a FL user myself, (Logic/Live) but will undoubtedly ask you a specific question about production in general someday. Until then, thank you for your hard work and positive vibes that make this site so unique!

  13. @Metal Kitchen what a wonderful comment! thank you much for that. I haven’t been able to post as much, but I am surely back at it strong. Whenever you have your question hit me up and I will respond asap..thanks for reading..take care

  14. -LIL TYE TYE- says:

    hey MsTris i am really into crunk and southern rap and i have been trying to record a few tracks but when i do it it just doesn’t sound right do you think you could just go through the steps of recording a rap on a beat. thanxxx


  15. Hey @ Lil Tye Tye …man that would be tough to pin point exactly how you should record a rap over a beat. It is also a good idea for a tutorial down the line. I could give some pointers, maybe I’ll make a post about it sometime this spring. I can give a specific date, but I will keep your request in mind and try to help you out soon.. take care..pz

  16. -LIL TYE TYE- says:

    Thanx Mstris ill wait and see,oh and da beats are tight. and dat stress dollars song is hot too,im a huge fan and hope u can be blessed by god .PEACE

  17. Hey Lil Tye Tye! thanks about the song, we’ll be doing more work together soon.. Also one way for you to learn is to listen to your fav rappers. Check how they use the lyrics over the beat, where they put emphasis on lines etc. Also google rap lyrics and check out how songs you like were written, this will give you a rough idea of how many words make a bar. One of the best ways to learn anything about music is from listening and reading lyrics to tracks already recorded.
    take care..pz

  18. Hey, i’ve been reading this blog for a while and have a question, maybe you can help… it’s how do i add your feed to my rss reader as i want to follow you. Thanks.

  19. Hey P tarifleri! Thanks much for the reminder!!… My Site was down a few days a couple months ago. I’m still adding all my widgets and codes.. and rss was a very important one to left out.. you can now subscribe by email, and rss feed in the right sidebar.. thanks again! 🙂

  20. Otis Surrey says:

    I have an idea for a website that will i believe rival with twitter and myspace but it would take someone with really good web design skills to put it all together. Where would i even begin looking or get started?.

  21. Hey at Otis..let me look into a few things and I’ll email you some info

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