Baby’s First 808
You kids have it soooo easy…
Back in the day we had to walk to school barefoot, through 3 feet of snow. Did I mention it was uphill?
I’ll tell you…back then we didn’t have sample pack libraries with all the funky drummers lined up for the picking. We had to program our own beats. By hand. On 16 step sequencers. Probability triggers? Are you out of your mind?!? In those days you were lucky if your drum machine had swing, never mind velocity sensitivity…
The focus for this beat battle is creating your own drum sounds starting with basic wave shapes. You can try to recreate classic drum machine sounds, or do something unconventional, but either way I want to hear rhythm-focussed tracks with an emphasis on the percussion sounds.
Make a drum kit using only the basic waveform samples provided in the “Drums” folder as sources. At a minimum, the kit must include a kick, a snare, and a cymbal or high hat sound.
At some point in your track you must play a breakbeat showcasing all of the sounds in your new drum kit. You can use (or modify) one of the midi loops provided, or you can program a beat from scratch.
You may use the following additional sound sources:
- The samples provided in the “Ambience and Melodic” folder.
- Up to one instance of a synth plugin.
Max track length: 2 minutes
Submissions must be posted by 9AM US Pacific Time on Sunday December 20th
Voting ends at 9AM on Monday December 21st.
Beat Battle General Rules:
Beat Battles take place over the course of two weeks. The first ten days users will have to arrange, upload, and post their track to this forum. After this, the next three days users cast their votes for their favorite track. At the end of this, the winner will be announced, and they will then become the next Beat Battle host, and will have one day to construct a battle pack and begin the next Beat Battle.
Unless otherwise stated, the only sample/audio sources you may use for your song must come from the battle pack.
In the event of a tie, the battle host will decide the winner
**** in the event of winning the battle, the winner of the beat battle will be asked to make their track available for archive and also to hold onto to the project file of said “winning” track for in the event that it is to be considered for a best of the beat battles release ****