Berlin, August 22, 2012 – Native Instruments today introduced CONANT
GARDENS, a new MASCHINE Expansion that reflects 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
CONANT GARDENS was created by Amp Fiddler – former Parliament/Funkadelic
keyboardist and long-time mentor to J Dilla. As a producer, the late J
Dilla is credited with defining modern underground hip-hop. Dilla's
smoky, soulful and sample-heavy sound is recreated by this MASCHINE
Expansion, and further enriched by Amp's access to Dilla's extensive
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 an
intuitive way to play the phrases. Amp Fiddler's riffs and melodies,
recorded on his own pristine collection of vintage and modern gear, are
provided in their raw forms as additional Melodic Kits.
For instant use with MASCHINE or MASCHINE MIKRO, a number of
pre-programmed patterns are provided that span Detroit's rich and varied
musical landscape. Driving bass and drum rhythms from respected Detroit
artists Black Milk and DJ Dez complement Amp's layered, melodic approach.
A compact version of CONANT GARDENS is also available for iMASCHINE –
the groove sketchpad for iPhone® / iPod touch®.
CONANT GARDENS is available at the NI Online Shop for $59/49 EUR. A
percentage of each purchase will be donated to the J Dilla Foundation.
The iMASCHINE version is available at the in-app store for $0.99 / 0,79 EUR.
Additional information on CONANT GARDENS is available at:
A digital press kit including picture material is available at:
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for computer-based music production and DJing. The company's mission is
to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions,
styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological
boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and