Native Instruments has released AQUARIUS EARTH, a $79 Expansion that focuses on the sound of the late-’90s soul movement.

It captures the sound of the late ‘90s and early 2000s, when artists like the Soulquarians and Lauryn Hill began to condense the cumulative energies of funk, hip-hop, jazz, and soul into a distinctive new sound. AQUARIUS EARTH contains original recordings of kits, bass, and vintage synths, using classic outboard studio gear as well as vintage console emulations – available as one shots, loops, and samples to use in any DAW, as well as in MASCHINE as Sample Instruments. 

BATTERY and MASCHINE kits are designed for building up the movement’s popping rhythms, melodic patterns, or for developing and experimenting with vocal cuts. Presets for MONARK inspired by analog synths let producers tweak the era’s vintage sound toward their own production style.

AQUARIUS EARTH joins a range of over 60 Expansions. Based on the MASCHINE Expansions series, these genre-focused sound packs contain things a musician needs to create a full track in a specific style, and can be used in any DAW. For everything on Expansions, head to

A compact version of AQUARIUS EARTH is also available as an iMASCHINE 2 Expansion, for sketches on the go. The iMASCHINE 2 expansion is available at the iMASCHINE 2 in-app store for $0.99. The samples, loops, and one-shots from AQUARIUS EARTH are also available on Users can sign up to to get samples and loops from a range of Expansions, plus content from hundreds of other suppliers, for a monthly subscription.