The STBB is a weekly beat battle, where anywhere from 50 to 100+ participants from all over the world, are provided a sample to flip/chop/edit/screw, and make a beat out of it within just a few days. All the participants then cast out a vote, and the winner picks the samples for the next round. We provide a weekly report and an interview with the battle winner.
Original Samplepack: (provided by walkingshoe)
(Moon Dog, Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders)
- Try to integrate 2 or more of the samples.
- Outside everything is allowed. Go nuts.
- Make a song that you would like listening to.
- Post it on the forum.
- Special Rule: share your post with a friend.
Interview with the battle winner, Scottie Royal:
Hi again, much congratulations the win! 🙂
Can you shortly (re)introduce yourself?
Scottie Royal: Greetings again from Scottie. The Royal is a little homage to my home city Charlotte, which is nicknamed the Queen City. Scott is my birth name.
What Equipment or software (DAW, VST’s etc) did u use on this track?
Scottie Royal: Equipment: Maschine MKII and Axiom 61. Software: Maschine 2.0 w/Komplete 9 and Reaper (for mixdown).
What was your approach to get started?
Scottie Royal: I really liked the synth sample, so that is where I started. I chopped it up, added some effects with Guitar Rig 5 (I think just a tape echo, but there might have been some additional reverb too.) After chopping that part up, I found the key and then went on to add the chord progressions with the rhodes. There is a dry rhodes for the intro and verse, but the rhodes on the hook has a tape echo as well.
How did you make use of the sample?
Scottie Royal: As I wrote in the previous answer, mostly just used the synth sample. I did also use some of the horn sample (some old delayerd horns ala Pete Rock.) I also used some brush and hihat parts from one of the samples.
How did you go about the drumwork?
Scottie Royal: Pretty much the way I always do it. Layered some kicks, layered some snares. I usually only layer 3 snares (and maybe a clap/snap on top) and 3 kicks. After that I feel like it’s a case of diminishing returns. Also used some of the brush and hihat sounds from the sample as well. No Quantization on the drums (at least for two bars, I didn’t play the drums in live for the whole beat).
Are there any insteresting aspects of the track that you would like to share?
Scottie Royal: Nothing too interesting I suppose. I did use rootless chords and some cool diminished chord voicings that I learned about online (dropping the roots and playing the 9th and 11th, and also flat 9th and 11th.).
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