Conant Gardens – Maschine Expansion

Posted on October 11th, 2013


The sounds in CONANT GARDENS were created exclusively by Amp Fiddler – renowned artist and producer, studio wizard, former keyboardist with Parliament/Funkadelic, and long-time collaborator and mentor of the late, legendary J Dilla. Amp is also in the privileged position of having access to sounds from J Dilla’s extensive collection.

The patterns provided cover the eclectic spectrum of Detroit’s musical heritage, from Amp Fiddler’s layered, melodic phrases to driving bass and drums from special guest stars Black Milk and DJ Dez. This unique combination of rhythm and melody puts all the ingredients for the Detroit sound at your fingertips.


The Kits in CONANT GARDENS are something really special, mixing one-shot drums and long sampled phrases set to ADSR mode. This recalls classic sample techniques, saves you hours of crate digging, and also provides an intuitive way to play the phrases. Create new harmonic progressions by feeling and reinterpreting the samples, and combine and layer samples to create your own tracks. Take a close look at the patterns provided for inspiration!

Additional Melodic Kits provide the melodic phrases from Amp Fiddler’s riffs and cascades in raw form.


Amp Fiddler’s musical background is prodigious and eclectic, just like the sounds on offer here. Most of the samples were played and/or recorded by Amp Fiddler, using his very own collection of vintage and modern instruments and equipment.

Choose from drum beats, organ phrases, piano licks, funky horns, sampled basslines, clavinet riffs, sampled guitars, and some extra-soulful Rhodes piano – a whole studio of sound for creating well-rounded, melodic hip hop tracks.


“For me, the CONANT GARDENS Expansion is rooted in funk, soul, electronic, hip-hop and afrobeat, inspired by the innovative musicians I have had the pleasure of working with. The funky keyboards, guitar licks and pads are very much a reflection of my style, and the drums are pure Detroit Conant Gardens – gritty and hard hip-hop sounds. Many of the snares and kicks are from my studio vintage Gretsch drum set, mixed in with my personal library and of course classic Dilla sounds that he gave to me years ago.

I like the ease of using MASCHINE – people can tweak, resample, slice and create whatever their imagination can dream of. The sky’s the limit. Space is the place. My late son Dorian is my motivation. The late J Dilla is my inspiration. And funk is its own reward.”

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