How to Produce “Tha Crossroads” by Bone Thugz-N-Harmony on FL Studio (Melody)
In a series of beat breakdowns and tutorials, I will be teaching you, with this article, how to re-compose the MELODY of “Tha Crossroads” by Bone Thugz-N-Harmony on FL Studio 12.
Continue this tutorial from composing the DRUMS of this song, which you can find right here.
Go to the “file window” on the left of your FL Studio screen and find “Packs > Instruments > Bass > Classic 80.” LEFT-CLICK and DRAG that to the Channel Rack.
ADD A NEW PATTERN.
In this new pattern, go to the Piano Roll of your “Classic 80” bass. Add this.
(Note range: F#4 – E5)
Make sure the duration and pitch matches what you see.
Go to that same “file window” and find “Packs > Instruments > Keyboard > Grand Piano.” Drag it to the Channel Rack. Once again, add a new pattern.
In this new pattern, go to the Piano Roll of your “Grand Piano” and add this.
(Note range: F#3 – E4)
This is the same melody as the bass line. Copy and paste it from your bass and MOVE IT AN OCTAVE LOWER.
Go to “Packs > Instruments > Keyboard > Rhodes.” Drag it to the Channel Rack. Once again, add a new pattern.
In this new pattern, go to the Piano Roll of “Rhodes” and add this.
(Note range: F#5 – G#6)
4 Cinematic FG
To add this to the Channel Rack, start by clicking “ADD” on top of your FL Studio screen and selecting “Harmless.” It should automatically go to your Channel Rack.
Now LEFT-CLICK the Channel Rack’s “rectange” reading “Harmless.” You should see a subwindow. LEFT-CLICK the upper-left corner of this subwindow and select “Cinematic FG” in the pop-up.
Once you’ve chosen “Cinematic FG,” change its attack/decay/release options. They should be seen on your subwindow. Adjust the four circled knobs to the levels you see below.
Select a NEW PATTERN. Now go to the Piano Roll of “Cinematic FG” and compose this between beat-lines 1 and 3.
(Note range: B6 – B7)
Go to “ADD” on the top of your FL Studio screen again. Select “3xOsc.” It should end up in your Channel Rack.
Left-click the “rectange” in your Channel Rack reading “3xOsc.” You should see a subwindow. Adjust the circled knobs to the levels you see below.
The circled knob farthest to the upper right should be adjusted DOWN one or two notches. The one farthest to the LOWER right should be set UP one or two notches.
Now left-click the “wrench” up top your window. Select “Porta” and turn the “SLIDE” knob halfway up.
Now ADD A NEW PATTERN. Go to the Piano Roll of “3xOsc” and compose this.
(Note range: B4 – C#6)
6 Add Patterns to Playlist
Add your melody Patterns to the Playlist as shown below. (Your drums from my last tutorial should be there, too.)
Pattern 2: Cinematic FG. (Track 1)
Pattern 3: 3xOsc. (Track 2)
Pattern 4: Rhodes. (Track 3)
Pattern 5: Piano. (Track 4)
Pattern 6: Bass. (Track 5)
Patterns 7-9: Drums (Track 6)
See the first repetition of Pattern 3 (3xOsc)? We want to cut that. How? Select the “knife” tool up top your Playlist window (fourth from the right of all little “tools”) and cut 7/8 of that pattern off from the left, as shown below.
When it’s cut off, it should look like this.
7a Add Tracks to the Mixing Board
Add your new melody tracks to your mixing board, to blend with the drums from my last article. (Change the “track” number in each track’s Channel Rack window.) Once all your tracks are mixed, adjust their volumes as such.
(Left to right: Cinematic FG, 3xOsc, Rhodes, Grand Piano, Classic 80, RD_Tambhit, 808 OH, 808 CH, HIP_Snare_6, HIP_Kick_2, Grv Crash 02, Titey Tom)
7b Pan Grand Piano Track
Pan it 30% to the right. Drag its knob below the green dot 30% to the right.
8 Add Reverb to 3xOsc
Click “3xOsc” in your Mixing Board. LEFT-CLICK any “tiny triangle” to the left of any of its “Slots.” On the pop-up menu that should appear, select “Fruity Reeverb 2” and don’t change anything else.
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