New Maschine Expansion Pack Roundup: Conant Gardens, Platinum Bounce, True School

Looking for some new Maschine sounds to inspire your beat creation sessions? Native Instruments makes it easy to find new sounds with their highly regarded Maschine Expansion Packs, offering drums, instruments, and effects that seamlessly integrate into Maschine’s easy to use library.

Over the past two years, Native instruments has released seven expansion packs for Maschine that offer many different themes, from modular synth sounds to punchy drum hits, in packages that easily integrate into your Maschine library. The expansions are crafted by some of the world’s top sound creators such as sample guru Goldbaby (for Vintage Heat) and Amp Fiddler (for the recent Conant Gardens expansion). Each expansion pack costs $59 US and is available directly from Native Instruments. Below is a breakdown of each expansion, organized in one place for your reference.

Conant Gardens

Conant Gardens brings the soulful vibe of Detroit to Maschine with a tasty main course of hip hop and a generous helping of funk, jazz, Afrobeat and deep house on the side. Conant Gardens is a district of Detroit – a famous landmark for the African American community and the birthplace of many artists and musicians, including the late J Dilla. Reflecting the varied and creative spirit of the neighborhood, this Maschine Expansion provides drum sounds, percussion, and a wide selection of sampled phrases to capture the deep, smoky sound of soulful modern hip hop. A percentage of each Conant Gardens purchase will be donated to the J Dilla Foundation.

The sounds in Conant Gardens were created exclusively by Amp Fiddler – renowned artist and producer, studio wizard, former keyboardist with Parliament/Funkadelic, and long-time collaborator and mentor of the late, legendary J Dilla. Amp is also in the privileged position of having access to sounds from J Dilla’s extensive collection. The patterns provided cover the eclectic spectrum of Detroit’s musical heritage, from Amp Fiddler’s layered, melodic phrases to driving bass and drums from special guest stars Black Milk and DJ Dez. This unique combination of rhythm and melody puts all the ingredients for the Detroit sound at your fingertips.

“For me, the Conant Gardens Expansion is rooted in funk, soul, electronic, hip-hop and Afrobeat, inspired by the innovative musicians I have had the pleasure of working with. The funky keyboards, guitar licks and pads are very much a reflection of my style, and the drums are pure Detroit Conant Gardens – gritty and hard hip hop sounds. Many of the snares and kicks are from my studio vintage Gretsch drum set, mixed in with my personal library and of course classic Dilla sounds that he gave to me years ago.”

Urban Kits: 35
Melodic Kits: 10

Platinum Bounce

Platinum Bounce is all about the sound of hits – fat beats for the radio and the hottest clubs. Whether you make hard-hitting hip hop, dirty south beats, RnB, or crossover club anthems, this is the ultimate urban nightlife soundtrack. From massive half-time beats at 65 BPM to pumping double-time electro at 120 BPM, all patterns and sounds were created by professional music producers and top sound designers. Platinum Bounce contains 54 instruments, made up of 16 pads, four organs, 17 leads, eight keys, and nine basses. The instruments are derived from classic synths such as the Minimoog, Oberheim SEM, and Jupiter 6, among others.

The 45 drum kits contain a well-rounded selection of hard-hitting drum and percussion sounds, all tweaked and processed for maximum impact. The eight included Melodic Kits provide harmonic one-shot sounds including brass, guitar, piano, and strings melodies – a great way to kick off track ideas. Effect sounds such as sweeps, swells and hits are included in two Special FX kits – use these to sprinkle some dancefloor magic onto your beats.

Drum Kits: 45
Melodic Kits: 8
Special FX Kits: 2
Instruments / Sounds: 54

Dark Pressure

Dark Pressure brings the sound of tough underground dance music to your Maschine. Huge sub-heavy kicks, chunky toms, sharp hi-hats, crisp percussion, warm bass tones and crystallized lead synth sounds – all processed with analog gear and Maschine’s internal FX – provide the building blocks for muscular techno, tech-house, and minimal tracks worthy of the world’s most respected clubs.

Created in association with globetrotting DJ/producer Steve Lawler and leading sound designers from Loopmasters, this expansion delivers club-ready punch for maximum dancefloor response. Dark Pressure focuses on percussive one-shot samples and a wealth of exclusive pre-programmed patterns – many created by Steve Lawler himself. Fine-tuned for powerful club sound systems, Dark Pressure puts an impressive array of four-on-the-floor rhythms at your fingertips – from full-on energy to hypnotic groove and triplet-driven swing. This is also the first Maschine Expansion to include pre-sliced percussion loops (64) for instant remixing. These loops are a source of inspiration when you’re composing, and a great way to apply some additional layered rhythms to your productions.

Kits: 42 (including 200+ patterns)
Pre-Sliced Loops: 64
Instruments / Sounds: 21

Raw Voltage

Add some pure charge to your sounds – Raw Voltage puts the unmistakable sound of a huge modular system into your Maschine. From noisy and distorted to cool and clinical, this Maschine Expansion is packed full of kits, instruments and patterns sharing the unmistakable sound character of rich and organic analog synthesis. The unique sound of analog synthesis is an essential part of the modern musical landscape, from electronica, hip-hop, techno, to any other popular or experimental music.

Sampled from customized hardware gear, Raw Voltage has a wide sonic scope. Use the included sounds as-is or be even more creative and tweak and manipulate the raw material via Maschine’s FX. Each kit is complemented by instantly editable patterns. There are over 140 patterns in total, from broken, jagged rhythms to pulsing, steady beats – an impressive source of inspiration.  All these exceptional sounds stem from unique custom modular system, owned and operated by synthesis expert Roger Grønberg (Frodebeats), from Norway. The system includes modules from Modcan, MOTM, Oakley, CGS, STG, Encore, Buchla plus many unique custom and DIY modules, as well as analog synthesizers like Arp Odyssey/2600 and Korg MiniKorg 700s.

Drum Kits: 44
Special FX Kits: 1
Instruments / Sounds: 38

True School

True School shares the spirit of creative beat makers who use their deep knowledge of hip-hop production to break the rules. Forget dusty clichés, and aim high with a new future aesthetic. The kits, synths and patterns in TRUE SCHOOL combine inspired sampling, hi-tech sound design and creative drum programming to lay new foundations for the future of beatmaking. Acoustic and electronic drums are enhanced with artifacts and sonic embellishments, with the organic room sound intact. These drums have a bold signature: sharp, warm and gritty at the same time. Strings, brass and pianos (both modern and vintage) have been re-sampled, filtered and processed for a harder attack and a vibrant tone.

Hard-to-find vintage and modern synthesizers, including the Arp Quadra, Rhodes Chroma, and Moog Minimoog Model D, were recorded through a Trident analog console and processed for an up-front sound to fit right into the mix. Basses and leads from Studio Electronics SE-1 and ATC-1 synths were recorded through a Steven Slate Fox preamp.

Kits: 40
Instruments / Sounds: 70

Vintage Heat

Vintage Heat provides a warm and meaty sound character based on samples from vintage analog gear combined with creative, modern recording techniques, perfectly in tune with contemporary, cutting-edge production standards. All samples were lovingly hand crafted by the renowned New Zealand sample guru Goldbaby, and consist of 51 kits including drum and percussion samples as well as multi-sampled melodic synth sounds and dedicated pre-programmed patterns for each kit.

Goldbaby Productions specialize in being purveyors of quality sample based instruments. For Vintage Heat, classic machines such as the Roland TR-808 and EMU SP-12 as well as synths like the Juno-6 and Korg Ms-20 were used as sound sources. The audio signal chain consists of well known studio standards such as the UBK Fatso and the Roland Space Echo, as well as collector’s items such as an Ampex valve ½ inch tape machine from the legendary Ekadek studio. Also included are samples drawn direct from vinyl for that ultra-authentic groove. The result is a Maschine Expansion with tons of mojo – warm and phat sounds that are both instantly contemporary and soaked in vintage attitude.

Transistor Punch

Transistor Punch contains a premium selection of drum hits, melodic synthesizer sounds, advanced multi-effect chains, and pre-programmed patterns full of dancefloor bounce. Developed by Surround SFX, over 900 samples of one-shot drum and multi-sampled instruments were created using modern and vintage drum machines and synthesizers as source material – plus unusual sources such as metal whisky boxes, glasses full of coffee beans, and ancient Swiss cowbells. The results are a MASCHINE EXPANSION that adds a carefully-crafted set of new and instantly useable sounds to your MASCHINE library. Additionally, there are 20 advanced effect chains to compliment these hand-crafted sounds, which already contain tempo- synced effect sounds that make use of the newly redesigned sound slots in version 1.6 of MASCHINE.

A mind-boggling array of rare and highly sought-after sound sources were used for TRANSISTOR PUNCH – including the Roland TR-909, PEARL Syncussion SY-1, TAMA Techstar analog drum modules, Oberheim Xpander, Alesis Andromeda and Roland Jupiter 6, among many others. All material was processed via a who’s who of analog and digital outboard gear such as the Symbolic Sound Kyma/Pacarana, a Neve 1073, an Elysia Alpha Compressor, Eventide H8000FW processors, and assorted Lexicon reverbs. The results are fat and dynamic sounds set to add seriously heavyweight punch to your MASCHINE productions.

Kits: 30
Multi FX: 20
Instruments/Sounds: 50

Native Instruments MASCHINE redefines hardware and software integration for music production and creative performance. Upon completion of this program, you will have written a full original track using multiple plug-in instruments and effects, produced a remix based on rearranged source material with your own musical additions, and made recordings of yourself improvising with both projects while creating break downs, build ups, and effect manipulations.

What’s Included:

  • MASCHINE Level 1: Programming and Beat Making Basics
  • MASCHINE Level 2: Sampling, Slicing and Composing
  • MASCHINE Level 3: Advanced Production and Performance Techniques

Become fluent in the language of sound design with this comprehensive program. This six-level Sound Design program uses Native Instruments’ Komplete 7 as a platform for learning synthesis and sampling techniques. Starting with an introduction to the properties of sound, this comprehensive series of courses covers most common synthesis methods available for music production in the DAW of your choice.

Discovering the right sound is like finding a needle in the digital haystack. Learn the fundamentals to make this easier, and gain the depth of knowledge to make a good sound better. Factory content is great, but everyone has it – your mix needs something special.

What’s Included:

  • Sound Design Level 1: Introduction to Komplete 8
  • Sound Design Level 2: Synthesis with Massive, FM8 and Absynth
  • Sound Design Level 3: Sampling with Kontakt and Battery
  • Sound Design Level 4: Advanced Sound Design
  • Sound Design Level 5: Reaktor Ensembles and Instruments
  • Sound Design Level 6: Reaktor Programming

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