Sometimes as a music producer you may need to tune your Kick drum samples to the key of the song you are working on. But to do that efficiently you first need to find or detect the pitch of that particular Kick drum sample, and proceed to adjust it’s tuning such that it “fits in key” with the rest of the instruments in your project.

Now in this instance we will be using Waves GTR Tuner plugin to find the pitch of a random Kick drum sample.

Step 1: Drag a Kick drum sample onto FL Studio’s Channel Rack.

Find the Pitch of a Kick Drum Sample using Waves GTR Tuner in FL Studio - Channel Rack

 

Step 2: Load Waves GTR Tuner to an empty insert slot on FL Studio’s mixer.

Find the Pitch of a Kick Drum Sample using Waves GTR Tuner in FL Studio - Waves GTR Tuner

 

Step 3: Play the Kick drum sample whilst opening Waves GTR Tuner plugin to observe the pitch of that particular Kick drum sample.

Find the Pitch of a Kick Drum Sample using Waves GTR Tuner in FL Studio - Waves GTR Reading

Summary

So in this given case Waves GTR tuner plugin has detected that the pitch of the Kick drum sample after you play middle C in FL Studio (i.e the note C5) the pitch is tuned t0 the note G.

Meaning if we wanted the Kick drum to be in the key of C major we would arrive to the conclusion that this Kick drum sample is out of key. To fix that issue we would have to tune this Kick drum sample down by -700 centsĀ because the music interval from C to G is 700 cents or 7 half steps.

Eventually after doing so this would result in Waves GTR Tuner reflecting back the note C when we play C5 inside of FL Studio’s piano roll instead of showing the note G like it did before.

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