Join Stefan Loader for an in-depth discussion in this video Making simple sounds with MiniSynth, part of Learning FL Studio 12.
- Another one of the great new plug ins that Image-Line have produced for FL Studio 12 is MiniSynth. A versatile plug in, this also has compatibility with FL Studio Mobile, and was specifically designed with this purpose in mind, meaning you can take the sounds that you design on the road with you, and keep working whilst on the move. Let's have a look at using MiniSynth to create a basic lead sound. First of all, go over to your channel rack, and hit the Add New Channel button. Then scroll down to Synth Classic until we find MiniSynth, and click on that so that you've now got a new instance of it loaded.
What you'll then want to do is make sure you're on the Oscillator tab, and change the Waveform from SAW to SAW+SAW. Then, what you'll want to do is change the amplitude envelope settings. To do this, click on the tab that says Oscillator Envelope, and make sure that you've got the Attack right at the bottom, Decay at the top, Sustain at the top, and maybe increase a little bit of Release, just so you've got a typical lead sound. Let's just play that back and see what it sounds like.
(synth notes) Increasing the Release a little bit more will give you more of a classic trans-lead sound. (synth notes) You can then go over to the Effects tab. By selecting this and then changing some of the settings in here, you can then create even more interest, although your sound will still seem very basic. For instance, we can turn on the Delay, and also introduce some Feedback and Filter that as well. (synth notes) As you can see, as I play it back, you can then also enable the Chorus effect to make this sound seem fatter as well.
(synth notes) The great thing about the MiniSynth is that you can prototype a variety of sounds very quickly. Although it's simplicity can mean that you can't put together more complex sounds, it does mean that you can create new sounds efficiently, and easily begin producing new MIDI patterns and melodies, without getting bogged down in sound design.
- Connecting MIDI equipment
- Building a drumbeat
- Creating melodies with the Piano Roll
- Adding instrument tracks
- Arranging songs with patterns and clips
- Mixing songs with FL Studio
- Exporting and rendering tracks