Native Instruments has announced a new expansion pack with a focus on late ’70s and early ’80s funk, R&B, and boogie.

The Midnight Sunset expansion includes iconic sounds from the era including horns, guitars, bass, synths, and more, as well as kits for Battery and Maschine loaded with classic drum machines, acoustic drums, and special melodic elements.

MIDNIGHT SUNSET turns back the clock to the close of the ‘70s and the dawn of ‘80s, when new drum machines and synthesizers began appearing in studios. Disco, R&B, and soul had ruled the dancefloors of the last decade. Now musicians were embracing new technology, mixing live instrumentation with drum machines and analog synths to create an irresistible blend of warm textures and cool rhythms.

MIDNIGHT SUNSET melts down a sound made famous by SOLAR Records, (Dynasty, The Whispers) as well as artists like Prince and Rick James – a sound that influenced music well beyond the decade and later into ‘90s West Coast hip hop. MIDNIGHT SUNSET contains original recordings of horns, guitars, bass, and more, coming as one shots and loops for any DAW, and Sample Instruments for MASCHINE.

The sound of iconic drum machines from the period can be found in kits for BATTERY and MASCHINE – perfect for building slapping early-’80s rhythms. Analog-inspired synth presets for MASSIVE, MONARK, and REAKTOR PRISM let producers dial in distinctive, vintage tones suitable for any style of music.

Midnight Sunset is available for $49 USD / 49 EUR / £44 GBP.

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