I'm trying to find out where artists get those cheesy stereotypical scratch samples a la 24K Magic (Bruno Mars), My Name Is (Eminem), 69 Boyz songs, etc. Maybe they're from some ROMpler keyboard?


The opening scratch to "My Name Is" is a baby scratch of a kick drum sound. "24K magic" also has a baby scratch of a kick drum. So I'd guess that's what you mean.

It may be a sample but it's probably just a normally performed scratch (probably with a turntable on Eminem and probably some kind of controller on Bruno Mars). The reason it gets used everywhere and thus sounds cliche is not that it's a sample but just that the "baby scratch" is the easiest one to perform. It's the first scratch every DJ learns because it's literally just moving the record back and forth while the fader is completely open.

And using a kick sound—whether it's a baby scratch or something more advanced—like this as a fill or lead-in to a new part of the song has become sort of idiomatic over time.

  • Nice. Thanks a lot. I've just heard it so much in so many songs I assumed it was some kind of sample. Lotta 90s music had scratch parts nearly identical to each other in tone. – Luke Faez Mar 26 '17 at 7:01

I know that samples used in Bruno Mars songs exist in this package. Not all, but a lot of them.

  • the goal is to post answers that can exist entirely on the site, even in event that external links rot (which happens often). A reader has to navigate away from the site to understand the complete answer. If you could describe the samples, how they were created, etc. it might be closer to a full answer. – jdjazz Aug 4 '17 at 14:04

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