Native Instruments has released Deep Matter, its latest Maschine expansion pack that offers found sounds and field recordings that capture the euphoric darkness of Berlin’s ethereal techno.

The new expansion features the sound of Berlin’s deep melodic techno, with moody bass, melancholic pads, atmospheric field recordings, and crisp percussion.

When the Berlin Wall fell, a stark, cold techno sound emerged from the abandoned buildings and underground bunkers along the former border. It dominated clubs until minimal arrived on the scene with its lean layers and abstracted elements. Over the years, minimal underwent its own transformation, as its sparse percussion melded with polished grooves and pulsing synths to create the atmospheric, ethereal techno of contemporary Berlin. Today this sound is embodied by labels like Steyoyoke, Crossfrontier Audio, and Stil vor Talent.

For DEEP MATTER, Native Instruments collaborated with electronic musician Torsten Fassbender, the co-founder of progressive trance duo Wellenrausch, who previously contributed sounds and demos to FORM and Kinetic Toys. Fassbender channeled his experimental side to create an expansive library of percussive found sounds and atmospheric field recordings from locations around Berlin. The result is a collection of kits encapsulating the authentic vibes of Berlin’s underground sound, ideal for producers and fans of deep house, trance, tech house, and minimal techno.

DEEP MATTER also includes reamped hand drums, tuned drum sounds, and production-ready patterns. Layers of warm melodic chords mix with reverb and delay for creating effervescent grooves and hypnotic, trance-like tracks, while MASSIVE and MONARK sub-bass and drone presets and analog synth pads pack a powerful punch.

Native Instruments Deep Matter screen

Deep Matter features

  • 48 Kits.
  • 6 Projects.
  • 34 Instruments.
  • 10 MASSIVE presets.
  • 15 MONARK patches.
  • 143 Drum Synth patches.
  • 272 patterns in total.
  • Samples include 305 drums, 21 loops and 229 oneshots.
  • 892 MB content..
  • Requires Maschine 2.6.8 or higher.

Deep Matter costs $49 USD/49 EUR/£44 GBP. A compact version is also available as an iMaschine 2 expansion, priced at $0.99 USD/0.99 EUR/£0.79 GBP.

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