Beat Breakdown: Eminem’s “No Apologies” – The Melody Pt. 2
This is part 2 of my tutorial on recreating the instrumental to Eminem’s “No Apologies.” For this part, I will show you how to produce the looped melody in the first few seconds of the song.
I highly recommend you follow part 1 and have that drumbeat ready before you continue with part 2.
Below you can find our finished FL Studio Track:
1. ADDING A BASS
To add a bass line to this track, start by going to the left of the FL Studio window and searching for packs > legacy > instruments > HIP_bass.
(Use the one with the gear-looking thing on its left, not the orange thing.)
Drag “HIP_Bass” to the Channel Rack.
Make a new pattern, different from the drumbeat.
Open the window for HIP_Bass by simply left-clicking its “HIP_Bass” box on the Channel Rack. You should see this.
To extend the notes’ duration, click the third icon on the top of this window (to the left of the wrench) and you should see the “Envelope / instrument settings” window. On that window, under “Envelope,” the fourth knob from the left says “DEC” (short for decay time). Extend this decay time by dragging the blue line out until it circles about five sixths (5/6) of the round knob for DEC.
Now go to the Piano Roll of this bass. Once you’re there, compose this.
2. ADDING A CHOIR AHH
There are a few brief “aah” sounds in the beat to “No Apologies.” To recreate that, start by going to the left of the FL Studio screen to find packs > instruments > orchestral > choir ahh. Add that to the Channel Rack. Create a new pattern.
Before composing anything in the Piano Roll, open its window like you did the bass. On its window, select “zone” (on the lower left corner). New options should appear below. You should see four dials in the middle of the bottom of this window (A, D, S, and R). Make sure A is all the way down, D is 1/3 of the way up, S is ALMOST to the top, and R is about ¾ of the way up… as shown below.
A closer look.
Now go to the Piano Roll of this channel and simply make this.
Make sure that small note has a volume slightly lower than the other two.
3. ADDING A PIANO
Left-click ADD on the top left of your FL Studio screen. When you see a drop down menu, left-click “FL Keys.”
Once you’ve clicked it, it’s in the Channel Rack. Make a new pattern for this.
First, before adding any notes, adjust the knobs in the track’s window, as shown below.
Adjust the knobs of DECAY, RELEASE, and STEREO so they point to the top. VEL should be in a 10:00 position. SENS at 11:00. MUFFLE at “2:30.” Also change that horizontal block dropdown from “Grand Piano” to “Piano (FL).”
Now it’s time to put this in the Piano Roll for this track.
4. ADDING TRACKS TO PLAYLIST
It doesn’t matter what numbers the patterns are. All you need is a drum pattern (from part 1 of this tutorial), bass pattern, choir ahh pattern, and piano pattern. All four of them should look like this.
(In this window, Pattern 2 is the drums. Pattern 3 is the choir ahh. Pattern 4 is the bass. Pattern 5 is the piano.)
5. MIXING TRACKS ON MIXING BOARD
Go to any Channel Rack and add all four tracks to the mixing board. (Remember how?) They should appear like this.
This is how you should adjust the volume.
Recommended approximate volume… Master: 20. HIP_Kick_2: 16. HIP_Hat_2: 33. RD_Snare_4: 13. Choir Ahh: 26. HIP_Bass: 20. FL Keys (the piano part): 17.
6. ADDING REVERB TO THE PIANO PART
If you would like to enhance the piano of this song, add a reverb to it. Go to its mixing board channel, left-click “Slot 1” (on the right of the mixing board), and select “Fruity Reeverb 2.” When the window for “Fruity Reeverb 2” appears, left-click the tiny triangle up top of the window, go to “Presets,” and select “Large Hall.”
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