Byte Riot Expansion
For years, gaming consoles and obsolete computers sat gathering dust, long forgotten and considered useless – until the day 8-bit musicians hacked their hardware and transformed 80s nostalgia into instruments. Vintage audio chips became makeshift synths. Repurposed, modified video game gear was pushed to make bleeps, blips, and distorted sounds. And a retro DIY counterculture of music makers was born – its influence seen in genres spanning from pop to hip hop, breakcore, and grime.
SONIC BIT SHIFTING
BYTE RIOT surges with crunchy circuit-bent drum kits, warm 8-bit leads, and retro video game samples. To capture drums and percussion, Game Boys were hacked using LSDJ and Nanoloop tracking software on custom cartridges. Old-school oscillators were tinkered with to create new sounds. Fast arpeggiators were driven through Commodore 64 SID chips to sample chord variations. And Windows instruments were played through the Sega Mega Drive’s FM YM2612 chip for primitive authenticity
SAMPLES AND LOOPS
Raw drum hits and one-shots come DAW-ready – plus tempo-based construction loops give you building blocks for inspiration.
305 Construction Loops
361 Drum Samples
269 One Shots
Kits come pre-assembled for MASCHINE and BATTERY, with color coding for BATTERY and FX-enhanced kits for MASCHINE.
43 BATTERY Kits
40 MASCHINE Kits
Customizable presets for MASSIVE and MONARK by top sound designers give you the perfect sounds for your genre.
32 MASSIVE Presets
27 MONARK Presets
MASCHINE owners get editable patterns for building ideas fast. Plus, multi-effects macros that are custom-made for your sounds.
43 Drum Synth Presets
17 Sample Instruments
Installer Size: 430 MB
Expansions are genre-specific packs that work with a range of Native Instruments products, and can be used in any DAW. Created by top artists and sound designers, they’re loaded with one-shots, samples, and tempo-based construction loops. Expansions are full of perfect sounds for your genre – from drum kits for BATTERY and MASCHINE, to customizable presets for different synths, like MASSIVE, MONARK, PRISM and more, depending on which one you pick. MASCHINE owners also get exclusive FX chains and editable patterns, plus Drum Synth and Bass Synth presets.