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DIY Vocal Rider in FLStudio
Old 11th September 2012
Gear Head
🎧 10 years
DIY Vocal Rider in FLStudio

Ok.. So I've been seeing alot of people trying to get Vocal Rider to work in FL with no luck.. BUT!! With a little bit of tweaking, we can just make our own. AND save a ton of money! LoL!

The whole idea behind vocal rider is to keep the vocals at a consistant level as compared to the instrumental playing behind it, right? Right.

First, EQ and compress your vocals as you normally would and get a good level going. I have 8 tracks set aside for vocals and those are all bussed to a "subgroup" fader. Remove all the tracks from the master channel, buss them all to a single channel and call it "Vocal Sum".

Then, you'll need to give yourself a sidechain containing all of the instrumental parts.

Take all of your instrument tracks and SIDECHAIN them to an unused channel. Don't remove the instruments from the Master Channel. If you don't know how to sidechain, search the help files in FL and get caught up. Call this channel "Inst. Sum". You can drop the fader on this channel all the way down.

On "Inst. Sum", place a Peak Controller. Then right click on the "Vocal Sum" volume fader and link to controller. Link this to the Peak Controller.

Right away, while the song is playing, you should see the vocal fader flying all over the place. Since you only want a little bit of volume alteration, you'll need to adjust the Base, Velocity, Tension, and Decay knobs.

I put the base at about 2 o'clock since this would be the starting position (Target) and get your level right near 0dB, turn the Velocity knob to about 1 o'clock. (Think of this as your first sensitivity knob). The Tension icon acts as your second sensitivity knob, and you would turn this up slightly. The last knob, decay, decides how slow or fast the controller returns to the base point. I'd turn this up almost all the way because the peak controller is so quick already and you want the adjustments to be smooth.

If the vocals are too loud or quiet, your first choice in fixing the issue should be the Base knob. Otherwise, go to your individual vocal channels and turn those up.

There you have it. Vocal Rider - FL Style. Enjoy!
Old 13th September 2012
Gear Head
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