Native Instruments has released Deep Matter, a new Maschine Expansion capturing the euphoric darkness of ethereal techno. Pulsing with moody bass, melancholic pads, atmospheric field recordings, and crisp percussion, Deep Matter is evocative of Berlin’s deep melodic techno sound.
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.
Deep Matter 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 Deep Matter 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.
Deep Matter is available now at the NI Online Shop for $49 / 49 € / £44 / ¥ 6,280 / AU$ 79 and runs in the Maschine 2 software.
The iMaschine 2 expansion is available at the iMaschine 2 in-app store for $0.99 / 0,99 € / £0.79 / ¥ 120 / AU$ 1.29