Drawing influence from the leftfield, future-leaning side of hip-hop, nu jazz and broken beat, HELIOS RAY provides the tools to deviate from the mainstream – a stunning array of crunchy analog drums and Latin percussion, jazz guitar, vintage Rhodes licks, and custom MASSIVE presets. This MASCHINE Expansion brings LA’s tripped-out abstract beats and the loose, soulful vibe of London’s innovative broken beat scene to MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO. HELIOS RAY contains three divergent styles of drum kits. The Vinyl Kits represent a crate digger’s paradise – dirty, off-kilter hip-hop sampled from dusty grooves, with vinyl kicks, finger snaps, shakers, vocal samples, claps, snares, crackle and record stops. The Digital Kits feature Brazilian and Latin percussion such as shakers, bongos and congas, as well as stunning, warm basses. The Analog Kits represent the switched-on side of HELIOS RAY, with classic drums and percussion providing the gritty bite of hardware. Each Kit comes loaded with pre-programmed patterns to kick off your inspiration.
HELIOS RAY also includes 10 Melodic Kits for adding a specific vibe or texture to your productions. Recorded at the world-renowned Bell Sound in LA, the jazz guitar was played exclusively for this expansion, with atmospheric chords, one shots and licks all ready to go.
For even more melodic impact, the Expansion features chords and one-shots from a vintage Rhodes piano. Set to trigger in choke mode, it’s a breeze to jam melodic flourishes, soulful stabs and deep, jazzy embellishments.