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Native Instruments has introduced Conant Gardens, a new Maschine Expansion designed to reflect the soulful side of Detroit, covering hip-hop, funk, afrobeat and deep house. Named after the district of Detroit renowned as the birthplace of many African American musicians and artists, this expansion explores the distinctive sound of the neighborhood through tailored drum sounds, percussion and sampled phrases.
The 45 kits in Conant Gardens mix one-shot drums and long-sample basslines, clavinet riffs, guitar and Rhodes piano phrases. Set to ADSR mode, classic sample techniques are emulated, while providing a way to play the phrases. For instant use with Maschine or Maschine Mikro, a number of pre-programmed patterns are provided that span Detroit's varied musical landscape.
Conant Gardens is available at the NI Online Shop for US$59. A compact, $0.99 version of Conant Gardens is also available for iMaschine, the groove sketchpad for the iPhone and iPod touch; you can find it at the Apple App Store. More info on Conant Gardens is available at www.native-instruments.com/conantgardens .