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I am writing a song on FL Studio, but when I have another instrument along with my main melody, the main melody sort of quietens every beat of the secondary instrument. It's very strange. I have experimented with different levels, and pans, but nothing works.

Thanks in advance, I am grateful for any answers :)

Ok, my main instrument is a guitar with a compressor. My secondary instruments are lots of quiet instruments, with no effects on them. They are instruments such as Wasp XT, Poizone and Greasy Wobble.

youtu.be/0TJjUl9ZnHU

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Is the compression applied correctly? It sounds like you are applying compression to the overall signal rather than just the guitar. In that case, if the secondary instrument gets louder, it could trigger the compression of the entire signal resulting in a reduction in the signal level of everything else going in to the compressor that was at static level.

Update: after listening to your sample, it sounds a bit like some form of destructive bump interference, but I'm not sure from what. Do you have anything doing any phasing on it?

  • I definitely only applied the compressor to guitar – Olly Scargill Dec 3 '14 at 19:45
  • No idea then, can you post a clip of what it sounds like? SoundCloud works very well as they embed and have a cross linking agreement with SE as I recall. – AJ Henderson Dec 3 '14 at 19:57
  • youtu.be/0TJjUl9ZnHU is the link. Thank you very much :) – Olly Scargill Dec 5 '14 at 22:19
  • I'm not sure what you mean. I added reverb to some instruments but that's all – Olly Scargill Dec 6 '14 at 13:28
  • @olly was it a delay reverb? Basically you have some constant frequency tones and if you offset then just right you get phase interference like that. A delay reverb could cause that. – AJ Henderson Dec 6 '14 at 17:07
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I have never used FL Studio before but could you provide more information? I am thinking if it's a sub bass and/or bass or kick drum it could be if you are using side chain plugin that alot of the lows are fading out creating a wobble effect. Please provide more info.

  • Ok, my main instrument is a guitar with a compressor. My secondary instruments are lots of quiet instruments, with no effects on them. They are instruments such as Wasp XT, Poizone and Greasy Wobble – Olly Scargill Dec 3 '14 at 11:10
  • Is it an audible wobble or is more like a flanger sound or something like that? – Luke Farroh Dec 3 '14 at 16:21
  • Not like a wobble, it is hard to explain. – Olly Scargill Dec 3 '14 at 19:45
  • It just makes the track sound awful, and it didn't happen in Logic. The track that is effected is the only one that has the compressor on. The track even 'wobbles' when all instruments are realllyyy quiet! – Olly Scargill Dec 3 '14 at 19:46
  • Can you post the example on youtube and share the link? – Luke Farroh Dec 3 '14 at 21:04

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