The Filter has been an instrumental part of Hip Hop and R&B music for decades. Producers, who had little sampling time had to find ways to switch beats up from being too repetitive. With tweaks of their drum machines and samplers they discovered the art of filtering, shaving off the high-end frequencies and leaving only the low-end bass. (See – A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory)
Today it is back in full effect, but with a new form for a new generation. Make no mistake this techinque is nothing new and will never go away.
On a quick note, a few years ago when I first started doing tutorials I contacted LabDummy.com (awesome site go ahead and check it out) to do some guest posts. They agreed and I shot 6 for them, the most popular this one (A noob version). But for me being so new to the camera and tutorials and the spotlight, the criticism that was brought on in the comments in the video made me shy away from doing them. I laugh about it now but at the time it was the worst thing in the world lol
SO anyway, when I made this site over again I wanted to start giving back to the producers. I thought this topic was still relevant because the filter is still being used today. Hope you enjoy….
Step 1: Load Up Parametric EQ 2 In FL Studio in Mixer Channel
This is the easiest step in the process. Choose the mixer channel you want affected by the filter effect and place a Parametric EQ 2 on it. This could be on the Master bus, Instruments bus, Drums bus, individual channels. In the case of this beat I want the filter to occur on the drum bus.
Step 2: Set Your Start Settings on Parametric EQ 2
Once the Fruity Parametric EQ 2 has been loaded up on the mixer channel, you must change the default settings. First, go to Band 7 and choose a Low-pass filter from the menu. Secondly, right underneath the Low-pass filter, left-click and drag all the way down to the last setting, which is Steep 8. Thirdly, go down to BW, which is the Q settings, and choose 50% for an even line to make the filter sound sharp and even. Fourthly, and finally, choose your starting frequency. Use the Freq. wheel above BW to choose where you want it to cut off at. I find anywhere between 400-500hz works best.
Step 3: Create Automation Clip
Now it is time to make your automation clip. With your EQ settings to your liking, go right next to the Fruity Parametric EQ 2 to the “Mute/Solo” button (it’s that green dot that you see, green means its activated and on, grey means its turned off). Right-click the “Mute/Solo” button and a menu will appear, choose and left-click “Create Automation Clip”. Make sure that you have not selected a portion of your song because you want this automation clip to span the entire width of your track.
Step 4: Set Automation Points
When the Automation clip is dropped into your playlist you will see that it is fully activated (just like the green dot indicates). Now unless you want the filter to be on the entire song (which I don’t recommend), you want to deactivate the Fruity Parametric EQ 2 until the point you choose to use it. To do this, first, left-click the start point, hold down left-click, then drag it all the way down. Do the same exact thing to the end point. Once this is complete, you will have deactivated the Fruity Parametric EQ 2 completely from the song and will not hear it until…..
Step 5: Build Automation Blocks
…You build Automation Blocks of course!
The purpose of building these blocks is to only activate the Filter on portions of the song you want to filter. First, right click on the automation clip where you want the filter to come in at, this will create 1 automation point. Make sure this one is all the way down like the start and end points are. Then on top of that point, right click and make another automation point, drag this one all the way up. This will start the activation of the filter for this part of the song. To end the filter and complete the block, right click and add automation point where you want the filter to stop at, drag it all the way up. Add one more and drag it all the way down. If you done this correctly you should end up with a block like the picture above shows.
Step 6: Copy Where Needed - Make Sure It's Everywhere It's Supposed To Be
Now just repeat that same automation block process on every part you want the filter to come back in at. Double….even triple check every setting and make sure everything is how it is supposed to be. I have been in a rush at times to get new beats out that I forget to double-check. I then find out that after I have rendered and uploaded trackouts that the beat is flawed. To save time, remember to double and triple check to make sure everything is right in place.
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