Native Instruments has announced a new Maschine expansion that brings the sound of UK grime to Maschine.

London Grit offers thunderous bass, 8-bit one-shots, and crunchy glitch and distortion effects, capturing the booming rawness of this music genre, while kits and projects from artists in the scene give musicians direct access to sounds and song breakdowns created by the scene’s emerging icons.

Artists JD. Reid and Compa contributed kits using sounds and presets from their libraries. Additionally, Flowdan, JD. Reid, Ripperman, and Compa all created projects in the expansion. Mini songs, projects are patterns that musicians and producers can use as building blocks in their own tracks.

Grime started out as the edgier brother of the UK garage scene, originally springing up on pirate radio and underground Internet stations in and around London in the early 2000s. One part hip hop, one part dance music, it distills the thumping, bass-heavy sound of jungle with dancehall rhythms, breakbeats, and an 8-bit PC music aesthetic. Recently, thanks to MCs like Wiley, Stormzy, Skepta, and Dizzee Rascal increasingly in the spotlight, grime has hopped across the pond, converting more and more American listeners.

LONDON GRIT runs in the latest version of MASCHINE software on the entire MASCHINE hardware family, and is available exclusively at the NI Online Shop.

A compact version of LONDON GRIT is also available as an iMASCHINE 2 Expansion, for sketches on the go. Tracks can be exported to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE JAM, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO for completion.

London Grit features

  • Features Kits and Projects created by top artists from the underground grime scene.
  • Specially designed FX macros to add icy distortion, atmosphere, and color.
  • Exclusive MONARK and MASSIVE presets designed for deep bass boom.
  • Includes 41 Kits, 11 Projects, 18 Instruments, 29 MASSIVE presets, 64 Drum Synth patches, 22 MONARK patches, 198 patterns in total.
  • Sample breakdowns: 100 instruments, 324 drums, 169 one-shots, 14 loops.

London Grit for Maschine 2 software is available for $49 USD/49 EUR/£44 GBP. The iMaschine 2 expansion is $0.99 USD/0.99 EUR/£0.79 GBP.

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