Native Instruments launches Cloud 9 limited time offer on MASCHINE Expansions

Native Instruments Cloud 9

Native Instruments has announced a special Cloud 9 offer on their MASCHINE Expansion series. Nine of the hugely popular sound packs for use with MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO are being offered for $ 99 / 99 EUR – but only for a limited period of 99 hours.

MASCHINE Expansions provide users with tailored kits, instruments, sounds, patterns, and presets for use in MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO. Many of the Expansions were created in collaboration with high-profile and renowned artists such as Steve Lawler, Amp Fiddler, and Goldbaby.

The Expansions included in this offer are DROP SQUAD, RAW VOLTAGE, PLATINUM BOUNCE, DARK PRESSURE, CONANT GARDENS, VINTAGE HEAT, TRANSISTOR PUNCH, ELECTRIC VICE and TRUE SCHOOL. These Expansions have been selected to provide a wide range of contemporary production styles, allowing users to mix and match sounds to create their own signature sound. Each focuses on a particular genre or sound, covering dubstep/bass music, electro house, electronica, urban pop, techno, soulful beats, and more.

The ‘Cloud 9′ sales special is available at the NI Online Shop only, and ends at 3 pm CET on Friday, May 17th, 2013.

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Review: Native Instruments Dark Pressure

Native Instruments Dark Pressure

Native Instruments has teamed up with DJ and music producer Steve Lawler and the sound designers of Loopmasters to bring us Dark Pressure, an expansion sound library for the Maschine platform.

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.

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.

The expansion includes five full Maschine projects, 40+ individual kits, some pre-sliced loops, 20+ instruments, and some fx chains.

British music producer and DJ Steve Lawler introduces Dark Pressure for Maschine.

The Maschine projects are basically full tracks with intros/outros/drops/etc. Not something I would consider using in my productions but they do a good job showcasing the type of tunes you can create with Dark Pressure. And perhaps you can learn some new composition/production skills from checking the way these projects are done.

The 42 kits are made up of 671 one shot samples of both drums and other sounds (like chords, sound fx, stabs, hits, vocals, ambiences, etc.) categorized in various types for easy browsing: Analog, digital, percussion, special, vinyl, and multi fx. Each kit also comes with a number of patterns, many of which are apparently done by Steve himself. I would not likely use these out of the box but they provide a good starting point if you need some inspiration. Over 200 patterns are included in total.

Besides the kits you get 64 sliced tribal and percussion loops in rx2 format grouped in 4 Maschine loop sets, plus 11 bass and 10 lead multi-sampled instruments with 4 or 8 samples each. Nothing deep or particularly unique really, but useful and good quality nonetheless. The included multi FX kits provide some interesting effects, including some lo-fi 8bit goodness and a nice space gate type thing.

So what do I think?

Product: Dark Pressure by Native Instruments
Format: Expansion for Maschine/Maschine Mikro
Price: $59 USD / 49 EUR
Like: Good sounds, well done kits
Don’t like: Small amount of instruments
Verdict: 8/10

If you are into minimal, tech or tribal type house sounds, there is a good chance that Dark Pressure is your type of Maschine expansion.

The sounds, kits and patterns are “ready for the club”, as Steve puts it. I agree, and I reckon this pack is especially useful for DJs who are looking to spice up their sets, and producers who don’t want to spend lots of time finding the right sounds and beats.

I am not really into house music production but I enjoyed pretty much all of the kits and sounds in this pack a lot. Steve definitely put a solid amount of personality in this expansion. For me – with the exception of the non-drum/perc single shot sounds used in the kits – there is not all that much content I would consider to be unique or exceptional. That said, there is hardly a dud to be found either.

In short, the Dark Pressure expansion is a well done toolkit for electronic music, with tons of ready to go quality sounds by accomplished producer Steve Lawler and Loopmasters.

Maschine users who would like to go a little deeper will want to check out Steve’s Dark Percussive House & Techno at Loopmasters as well, since this sample pack offers a larger amount of sounds, loops and patches at roughly the same price as the Dark Pressure Maschine expansion.

More information: Native Instruments / Dark Pressure


Native Instruments releases Dark Pressure for Maschine

Native Instruments Dark Pressure

Native Instruments has released Dark Pressure, a new Maschine Expansion, created in association with the acclaimed DJ and producer Steve Lawler and sound design house Loopmasters.

The pack brings the sound of tough underground dance music to MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO, containing an expertly crafted selection of kicks, snares, hi-hats and percussion samples as well as a wealth of pre-produced rhythms optimized for techno, tech-house, minimal and similar genres.

DARK PRESSURE includes 42 kits with over 200 corresponding pre-programmed patterns – many created by Steve Lawler himself, providing professional building blocks for the production of muscular electronic music. This is also the first MASCHINE Expansion to include 64 pre-sliced percussion loops for instant remixing.

All sounds and patches in DARK PRESSURE have been processed with pristine analog equipment as well as MASCHINE’s internal effects. The Expansion integrates seamlessly with any existing MASCHINE sound library and also contains 5 demo projects that showcase the character and scope of the library.

A smaller version of DARK PRESSURE is also available for iMASCHINE – the groove sketchpad for iPhone / iPod Touch.

Dark Pressure is available to purchase for $59 USD/ 49 EUR. The mobile version is available through In-App Purchase on the App Store for $0.99 USD/ 0.79 EUR.

More information: Native Instruments / Dark Pressure


Loopmasters releases Steve Lawler Dark Percussive House & Techno

Loopmasters Steve Lawler Dark Percussive House & Techno

Loopmasters has released Steve Lawler Dark Percussive House & Techno, an exclusive collection of sounds and samples from one of the most in demand global DJs of his generation, the one and only Steve Lawler.

Dark Percussive House and Techno features more than 1GB of inspirational samples for the next generation of Dance music producers who are looking to take their music production to a higher level.

Steve worked hard to produce what we feel is one of the most cutting edge, immaculately produced and wholly inspiring collections of samples on the Loopmasters Artist Series, and it is full with inspiring soundbytes, all perfectly edited and processed for your next killer track.

Steve Lawler Dark Percussive House & Techno features

  • 1.3GB content, 1842 separate 24bit Wav samples.
  • 100+ Loops at 125 and 127 bpm which have been looped, acidized and also presented in rex2 format.
  • 46 ready to play patches for Reason NN-XT, HALion, Kontakt, EXS24 and SFZ compatible samplers.
  • Apple Loops, Reason Refill and Ableton Live packs are also available separately.

Steve Lawler Dark Percussive House & Techno is available to purchase for £34.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / Steve Lawler Dark Percussive House & Techno