Native Instruments today introduced Rising Crescent , which they are calling “the first Maschine Expansion to explore the sounds and rhythms of the modern orient.”
Rising Crescent pulls from musical cultures in and around the Mediterranean, and combines them with modern bass production techniques. The expansion is aimed at producers of all genres in search of “fresh, non-western flavors” to add to their music.
Rising Crescent comprises a sample library of expertly recorded instruments from the Aegean, the Balkans, the Middle East, and India. The sample set includes instruments such as the darbuka, daouli, hand drums, micro-percussive cymbals, rare Cretan lutes, and more. Complementing this more traditional sound set are new presets for NI’s renowned Massive, Reaktor Prism, and Maschine Drum Synths, adding the deep low end and synthetic textures contemporary bass music for an exotic new hybrid flavor.
A compact version of Rising Crescent is also available as an iMaschine Expansion, for creating beats on the go. Tracks can be exported to Maschine Studio, Maschine, and Maschine Mikro for completion.
Pricing and Availability. Rising Crescent runs in the MASCHINE 2 software and is available now at the NI Online Shop for $49 / 49 € / £44 / ¥ 6,820 / AU$ 79. The compact version iMaschine expansion is available at the iMaschine in-app store for $0.99 / 0,89 € / £0.79 / ¥ 100 / AU$ 1.29.
Additional information on NI’s Rising Crescent is available on the Native Instruments website.