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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 Hey..yes I will soon, maybe in a couple weeks. I was planning to do a Reason one before another Fl Studio..it should still help you out though, just apply the techniques in Fl studio…Have a nice Holiday weekend

  2. Kaine says:

    Beat is crazy!!! I’m just starting but …How did u mix the beat in the other software? compression …eq…reverb?

  3. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey Kaine Thanks for reading and commenting, and I appreciate the love on the beat.This is a very good question..I will make a full post about this by the end of the week!~ Thanks again and do check back for your answer….pz til later

  4. Lil Lon says:

    The Beat Is Hot… Do U Have An Live Tutorials So I Can Look At Them To See How U Work… I Am Growin’ As A Producer… I’m Lookin’ Forward To Learning A Lot Of New Things… Get At Me…. A.S.A.P.

  5. Ms.Tris says:

    What’s up to you Lil Lon, you’ve got some hot music on your myspace!~ As the blog grows I may go live..Live takes a lot longer to edit. Right now I am producing and blogging, so it’s easier to do the written tutorials. Stay tuned though, I’ve got plenty in store…. Thanks for taking time to comment..Pz til later

  6. DJ blackbelt says:

    Bunk. As hell.

  7. Geno says:

    I am not new to beat making but i sound like a beginner…

    this tutorial was a lot of help, thx.

    i was wondering if u had a myspace so i could maybe contact you and listen to some of your beats ??

  8. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey Geno..Thanks for coming through and commenting.There are a few beats here,and my myspace is: http://www.myspace.com/mstrisbeats2 and more beats- some old, some new on soundclick: http://www.soundclick.com/mstris

  9. Trenton says:

    wats poppin ms tris

    your video helped out alot thanks it was a pretty good beat but wat made it out this world is that breakdown in the snares it blew it away well im kinda on and off at beatmaking and i need some serious help how n where 2 start my email is xx_inmy5oul_xx@yahoo if u can write me or get at me somehow i would appreciate it thanks

  10. Ms.Tris says:

    What’s up Trenton, thanks for the love on the tutorial and the comment. I’d be glad to help you either through live help or email. I’m not on much over the weekend, so we can get started early next week. Check back often for new post, I’ve begun to let readers know when I’m be available for live help…. pz til later

  11. kidd says:

    Ms. Tris

    Good job, I like that.
    Now i’m from Namibia, Africa (the country where angelina jolie first gave birth in). I’m a true novice with beat making FL Studio to say, good about me is I can do better with trial and error.
    Now I was wondering if you could maybe send the project (flp file) you worked on with tha Dirty South Tutorial for me to play around with, if thats not much to ask. The credit is all yours baby u r good (dnt mind the grammer, its called namlish -Namibian English)

  12. kidd says:

    I just checked at the time zone and I’m six hours ahead of you, so we might not have time for a “live chat”.

    namlife Sharp!

  13. Ms.Tris says:

    Hello to you Kidd… I will keep this is mind for a future tutorial. I did this one in steps and exported the wav files as I made it. That means the flp is not a complete file. This is a very good option to keep in mind. Check back because I will do this soon…Thanks for commenting and visiting all the way from Africa… it means a lot

    Pz Til later

  14. kidd says:

    I appreciate your prompt response, I’ll keep posted for the next tutorial. though I’m still strugling with ths one, probably I’ll get it right.

    Namlyf

  15. Ms.Tris says:

    Don’t worry we’ll get you squared away..What are you having trouble with on this one??

  16. kidd says:

    I don’t know how load the Slayer Generator.

  17. Ms.Tris says:

    Oh okay..on your main menu at the top, go to ” channel” then scroll to “add one” and move your mouse over to “Fl Slayer” and “left” click your mouse on it.. it will load into a channel

  18. kidd says:

    I loaded a Slayer Generator, how do you switch the screen to pattern mode, extend it to 8 bars and add some Fx?

  19. Ms.Tris says:

    @ Kidd …at the top of Fl Studio: Select “View” then playlist.
    You’ll see the screen as pictured in the last picture above. Next to your play button you see ” Pat” and “Song” you can switch back and forth by pushing them. Once you ” draw ” in a pattern use the “paint brush” tool to paint more patterns across.

    You add effects to the mixer channels..
    check out the second picture in this tutorial to assign the slayer to its own mixer channel
    FlStudio Patterns Playlist and Song Mode

  20. BCrust says:

    I got Fl Studio 8 and don’t know squat about it. I can’t even make the most basic drum beat. I got some questions. How does Fl Studio 8 compare with Adobe Audition? Here’s what I want to do with it. I play guitar and I want to make some jam tracks that I can play along with. Probably Blues since I like Blues lead guitar. Is it possible to do this?

  21. DEEJAY TRICI-O says:

    HOLA SOY UN DJ DE CHILE SUD AMERICA Y ESTOY EMPESANDO EN ESTO DEL CRUNK , DIRTY SOUTH , ETC .MANEJO LO BASICO DE FRUITY LOOPS COMO REVERB ,CHORUS,VST,PLUGINS Y DEMAS ACCESORIOS TENGO BASTANTES LIBRERIAS INSTRUMENTOS Y SAMPLERS.PERO REALMENTE NO LOGRO HACER UN SONIDO DIRTY .QUE SEA SIMILAR AL DIRTY O CRUNK VERDADERO .

    MI PREGUNTA NO ES TANTO UNA PREGUNTA SINO UN FAVOR
    SERIA MUCHO PEDIR QUE ME ENVIARAS ESTE MISMO TUTORIAL PERO EN ARCHIVO FLP A MI CORREO
    TE LO AGRADECERIA DEMASIADO
    Y SI TIENES OTROS TUTORIALES DE ESTILO SOUTH
    O HUSTLER YA QUE SOY UN FUN DE TODO LO QUE ES ESTILO SWISHA HOUSE PAUL WALL Y ESE ESTILO DE MUSICA Y QUIERO HACER ESA MUSICA
    TE LO AGRADECERIA MUCHO SI ME LO PUEDES ENVIAR AMI CORREO SOLO LO BASICO

    MAS QUE NADA LOS LOOPS DE LAS BATERIAS Y COMO ENCAJAR LOS SONIDOS EN EL TIEMPO CORRECTO

    MI CORREO ES xxxxxxxxxx@HOTMAIL.COM

    ESTARIA DEMASIADO AGRADECIDO
    Y APENAS GRAVE TE ENVIO MI MUSICA PARA QUE VEAS LO QUE LOGRO CON TU AYUDA

    DESDE ANTES MUCHAS GRACIAS POR TU TIEMPO
    SALUDOS DESDE CHILE
    OJALA GOOGLE TRADUSCA MIS PALABRAS SINO
    DIFICIL QUE COMPRENDAS

    THANKS FOR ALL¡¡

    PEACE AND RESPECT FROM CHILE

  22. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey BCrust…This is a good question..I will write a post later this week about it..check back around Wednesday..Thanks for reading and commenting..pz til later

  23. Ms.Tris says:

    Hola DISC JOCKEY TRICIO Utilicé un traductor en línea, así que soy esperando yo entiendo su pregunta. Pienso que usted pidió el archivo de Fruityloops. Haré más clases particulares que incluyan los archivos muy pronto. Tengo uno aquí en el sitio, pero no es un golpe del sur sucio. Aquí está el acoplamiento:

    fl-studio-patterns-playlist-and-song-mode-part2

    Le enviaré mi email address, e intentaré ayudarle tanto como puedo. Usted me ha recordado aprender más español. I’ el ll todavía esté utilizando un traductor en línea, pero pienso I’ el ll pueda ayudar. Cuando hago la clase particular del sur sucia de la jerarquía incluiré el archivo del flp, y le dejo saber cuando post-it de I. Gracias por tardar tiempo para comentar…

  24. Trenton says:

    hey ms tris
    its trenton again well i saw you were willing to help ok easiest way is for you to contact me at xxxx@yahoo.com or give me your email and i will contact you first

  25. Ms.Tris says:

    Gotcha I’ll send my email addy now…hit me up with your questions and I will get back asap…stay up pz til later

  26. Tramayn says:

    Hey was wondering if you could help me use FL studio 8!! new to the software

  27. Tramayn says:

    Love what you did with that beat!!

  28. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey Tramayn Thanks for your comments..I can help you..search here for Fl Studio there is a lot covered. Hit me up through the contact page for specific questions and I’ll respond by email..Pz til later..

  29. You Should Consider Contacting Weezy F. Baby. I’m Very Well Please With What You Can Do. No Homo

  30. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey ..lol yeah if I could beats to Weezy F. Baby …I’d be smilin because I always loved Weezy, every since Weezy was really” lil” with the Hot Boyz.. 🙂 thanks for the comment…

  31. Armin says:

    Hi nice tutorial…. Was easy understanding :)….. i wonder if you could help me at yahoo or MSN messenger chat with FL studio… live help would be needed….

    Many thanks:)

  32. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey Armin..sure that is not a problem I will send you an email so we can set up a good time…

  33. craig says:

    hey, i happened to wonder onto this site, and im glad i did! This is a great tutorial, easy to follow and helped alot! thanks to you i am doing some great beats. 🙂

  34. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey Craig.. I really appreciate this comment… Thanks a bunch for taking time to leave it, and I am happy the site is helping you..stay tuned much more to come 🙂

  35. koinz says:

    AYo ! I jus wanna know ,wat the normal sound levels of a dope professional beat are ? e.g Kick = 70% and so on…cause i have a problem with my sound levels after rendering thebeat to mp3…..South Africa

  36. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey Koinz! this is a very good question and something I was really determined to find out over the past few months.. I will do a post on this by the end of the week..check back and thanks for commenting!` …

  37. DaiAkuma says:

    Hey Ms.Tris,

    with greetings from germany i can tell you that this track is a REALLY really nice one!! Gawd Dayum!! 😮

    I listened to the first audio file in this tut and the first thought I had wuz “nah! nothing special!” But your version before the final mix, is damn hot!!

    maybe you could listen to some tracks of mine and gimme a feddback ’bout’em?

    😀

  38. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey DaiAkuma ..Thanks for commenting and the love on the beat… I love listening to new material..drop a link to your myspace…I’ll hit you as soon as possible

  39. Alexander says:

    Hi i come all the way from iceland( small island in europe) and i think it’s really nice of you to take time to help other people out.

  40. DaiAkuma says:

    Hi Ms.Tris,

    I must confess I don’t actually have my own tracks on myspace yet 🙁
    But I do have an account there, so I’ll see if I can spare some time and load a few of my (rather simple) tracks (and snippets) up =)

    …furthermore you got my email address 😉

  41. Ms.Tris says:

    Hello Alexander..your comment touched my heart.. I was looking at the globe to your right>>> and I was amazed at how many visitors came from other countries…

    I am happy to have the means to help,and I understand as musicians we all go through different stages. Then again , at different times we all go through the same stages,struggles and triumphs…

    This is one way I can give back, because along my journey I have been helped by many as well…

    Let me know if you’d like to see any specific post…I will do a write up if my knowledge is sufficient..and if I don’t know I’ll try to find someone who does ..

    Thanks for commenting Pz (= peace)to you in Iceland Alexander..

  42. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey DaiaKuma… I’ll email you the addy where you can send a few mp3s..I’ll then take a listen and send you feedback, if you’d like..

  43. getdeep says:

    folk that beat is hard, I can see your lightyears ahead of me. I appreciate the tutorials and the time you put into helping others when you don’t really have to. If i’d gotten up with you earlier maybe i’d have come up with something I can use instead of feeling like im slowly becoming a alcoholic.
    nah, for real tho i’ve been on fl studio 6 (need to upgrade my pc) for about a month and I can’t even see anything even remotely close to being finished. problems with quantizing, problems with tempo, noobie sounding, are all just a few of my ailments.please help

  44. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey to you Getdeep…It’s cool I love helping when I can… I think we all had the same problems when starting with Fl Studio…There are a few tutorials on the site that may help you and also check out

    Fruity Loops Tutorials
    Warbeats.Com

    I learned a lot there myself. Hit me back if you some specific questions and I’ll try to get you going in the right direction…

  45. DaiAkuma says:

    Hey Ms. Tris,

    have you already sent me the addy? 😮
    Hm, I guess my spam filter caught it! 🙁

    Could you send it again and put “MsTris” into the subject? (or anything like that) 😀

  46. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey man I must have typed the addy wrong..it came back:-( resending now…:-)

  47. I have so much trouble trying to get that kick sound can you help me.

  48. Ms.Tris says:

    Hey Chillah Mayne
    ..its an 808 type kick..google “free 808 kit” you will be able to download some 🙂

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  50. LynnyVain says:

    Ayo, I Just Got FL a couple days ago so i had no clue how to use it. This tutorial was like a crash course in beat making… So Big Ups For This!

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