Beat Breakdown: The Melody of DMX’s “Ruff Ryders Anthem” – Part 2
In a series of beat breakdowns and production tutorials, this article will teach you how to compose the melody of DMX’s “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” with FL Studio 12. If you are looking to create the drumbeat to Ruff Ryders Anthem check out our previous Beat Breakdown.
To follow these directions properly, you must first compose the drumbeat of “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” by using my last article. Then the melody should have an almost-accurate sound to the actual song.
Note: I said “almost accurate.” Your final project will not sound completely accurate to the “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem.” It will sound close, with a little twist on it.
BASS LINE (3xOsc)
The first instrument to add to your drumbeat (that you composed following my last article) will be 3xOsc. Find it on your FL Studio 12 menu by clicking “ADD” on top of the screen and selecting 3xOsc in its drop down. After you click it, it should appear in the Channel Rack.
Left-click the “rectangle” for 3xOsc in your Channel Rack. In the appearing window, adjust the “coarse” knobs to the center and select the smooth wavy lines on the left (in the circles). This should give the 3xOsc an 808 sound to it. (It will be hard to hear in your final track but make it bump if you play it in your car or something.)
Now add a new Pattern. Then go to the Piano Roll for 3xOsc. Compose what you see below. (Make sure the duration and position of the notes match what you see in the picture.)
- LOOPED “INSTRUMENT”
“Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” has a stand-out “instrument” looping throughout. DMX’s hook even matches its melody at points. It’s difficult to tell what kind of instrument is looping, but I’ve found one on FL Studio 12 that matches somewhat closely. Find it in the same “ADD” drop down you found 3xOsc. Click “ADD” on top of your FL Studio screen, and in that drop down, select “Harmless.”
Once “Harmless” is in the Channel Rack, left-click its “rectangle.” Its window should open. Left-click the window’s tiny “triangle” on its upper-left side. When a menu appears, select “Presets,” then “BuzzClav NUC” in the appearing pop-up menu for that. (Under “Keyboards.”)
Once that’s selected, add a new Pattern. Go to your Piano Roll and add this to the first two bars (between bar markers 1 and 3), with pitch and duration matching what you see in the picture.
Scroll to the right until you see the empty space between bar markers 3 and 5. Insert this in between those markers.
Before you finish, let’s move this entire selection slightly to the right. Select the entire thing, shrink the top horizontal scrollbar, move that scrollbar all the way to the left, and slide your selection as far right as shown below.
Now it’s time to add these two Patterns to the Playlist and let ’em join the drumbeat you probably inserted from following my last article. Select both new Patterns and insert them to the Playlist as shown below. (In the picture, Pattern 4 is the bass. Pattern 6 is the “Instrument.”)
- MIXING BOARD
Your bass and your “instrument” must be inserted to the Mixing Board for your beat to play well. Remember how to insert Channel Rack tracks to the Mixing Board? There are many ways. Now… insert ’em.
The bass and “instrument” can be any levels you want, but I’m showing you my recommendations.
- “INSTRUMENT” REVERB
The “BuzzClav NUC” could use a little reverb. Add it to that track by first selecting “BuzzClav NUC” on the Mixing Board, selecting any “Slot” on the right of that Mixing Board, and choosing “Fruity Reeverb 2” on the pop-up menu that should appear.
This way, your “instrument” has a fluid “echo.”
Even if composed correctly, your re-composition of DMX’s “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” shouldn’t sound exactly like the real song. It should sound close, close enough to make anybody listening to you playing it sing along and think you’re awesome!! You’re welcome!
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