Lots of time in Audacity looking for music without lyrics. Sometimes you find “isolated tracks” that have the vocals removed, but it’s the real studio recording! I think i did the whole Fight the Power just using the song itself, and that’s why you here a bit of vocal at the end of one of the samples. Audacity is really awesome for editing wavs/mp3s. Beatbuddy loves wav files exported from Audacity, so it’s a perfect match.
The tricky part is to make the midi trigger the wav, and have the length of the wav = the length of the midi. The good part about doing this with rap/dance songs, is that they like to stick to standard BPM, like 108, 120, etc, so it’s very easy to calculate the lengths of the loops.
You actually have everything you need to reverse engineer how i did it: the midi (in the song), and the wavs triggered by the midi (in the drumkit). I LOVE how Fight the Power came out. My white whale is Humpty Dance… There’s no good loop to snag in the song that represents the different parts without vocals or something over top of it.