Hello all, I'm new here, and new to Native Instruments, so forgive me if this has been asked before. Here is the story along with my questions: I picked up Maschine MK1 from a pawn shop some months back. When I saw Maschine 2.0 and The Studio, I fell in love, and sold my Maschine to a buddy before ever really learning it. I caught the Studio during that sale a while back, as well as Komplete 9 ultimate upgrade during the sale a month or so ago. I saved a ton of money and am completely satisfied with both. I had three e-vouchers so I used them towards "Vintage Heat", "Marble Rims" & "True School". My questions are: In your opinions, are expansion packs worth getting with a library as large as K9U ( on sale two for one all week)? Are there any advantages to buying the expansions vs just using the sounds from Kontakt? If yes, why do you feel so and other than the titles listed above, what are the best expansions for Hip-Hop and R&B (Real Hip-Hop). I say "Real Hip-Hop", not to knock anyones hustle, but the game is watered down, and I hate half the $@!t I hear on the radio right now. I'm trying to up the ante, and make music as a Producer, not a one bar beat maker. I like real instruments or instrument sounds, synths, melodies and arrangements, i.e. DJ. Quick, DJ Crazy Toones, RZA, J.U.S.T.I.C.E Leauge, Dr. Dre……….and before you guys start to beat me over the head, I understand that hits have been made with less, and that the guys I named use session musicians at times, but most of us can't afford that, or want to do it our selves, which is why we buy things like NI sound libraries and instruments that emulate or were sampled from live gear. Thanks for any replies.