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In this Vine video clip, Skrillex is making some sounds using Ableton and Native Instrument's Massive Synth. He says, "Just makin/demoing some new fun soundz #ableton #massive" (clip is dated March 2013). In a [November 2011 interview with Music Radar](http://images.equipboard.com/uploads/source/image/7369/rhFJ8E9.png), he says, "My two personal favourites are NI's Massive and FM8... I haven't really expanded too far off FM8 and Massive because I know them so well and can pretty much make any sound I want with them - especially with FM synthesis, which is so basic." The original source article can be found [here](http://www.musicradar.com/us/news/tech/interview-skrillex-on-ableton-live-plug-ins-production-and-more-510973).more
"I use massive a lot and I use the Performer a lot, the Performer is genius. If I run out of ideas I'll just hit randomize, maximize all the values and just bounce out whatever I have over like an 8 bar period, and then you get some really interesting things. And then you take the parts that sound the coolest, you sample it, then you start arranging. Then once you arrange it, then you throw the fx over top of it."more
When walking through his track "Missile," Boys Noize talks about how he used Massive: "On this bit it's also Massive I've used. I've kind of rediscovered it. I used it in the beginning when it came out, then I didn't use it for two years, and now I've used it again because I think it still has super strong filters, and the sound is just really, really good."more
"For live stuff I keep it pretty simple. Basically I use Ableton and a few third-party synths like Massive, FM8 and Sylenth. In the studio, I use Cubase, the Waves plug-ins. I'm a big fan of the iZotope plugins, Ozone and Alloy. Synth-wise: things like Massive, FM8 are sounding cool... and Sylenth for a lot of very cool analog sounds. It's kind of all the normal ones really!"more
Here is another synth that I use in every session. So many great sounds can come from this.
Most used synth for us!!! Bass and Leads!
The best plug in for me
In MusicRadar's interview with Depeche Mode's techs on the Delta Machines tour it was revealed that ""Sample wise we're using Native Instruments Kontakt and Massive a lot too. We're also using a lot of GMedia ImpOSCar and Synthogy Ivory for pianos too. There are some sounds you can't get with the synths, so we use the samples for those, but there's a lot we can do and we try to use the synths as much as possible. Stripped is a good example of that. The big lead sound is Massive and ImpOSCar all layered up to create that main riff sound." Martin is strictly using software when he puts his guitars down for older material, he has a Roland Edirol controller as well as an Access Virus both commanding Muse Receptors with various plugins loaded.more
Always preset in my tracks
“This is a hugely powerful synth, and a must for my more up-tempo trance productions. A lot of my recent tracks on Perfecto have Massive sounds in - those lovely metallic FM basslines that cut through in the mids, and ripping acids that give grit, energy and pace to your track as 16th-note patterns.”more
"With Massive, we are able to produce insane basslines, soundscapes and other freaky stuff that is hard to make with any other machine. Again the bar has been raised for synths for your DAW..." says Junkie XL, on Massive's [artist page](https://www.native-instruments.com/de/products/komplete/synths/massive/artists/).more
During the Delta Machines tour, DM's keyboard tech Paul Eastman informed MusicRadar... "Sample wise we're using Native Instruments Kontakt and Massive a lot too. We're also using a lot of GMedia ImpOSCar and Synthogy Ivory for pianos too. There are some sounds you can't get with the synths, so we use the samples for those, but there's a lot we can do and we try to use the synths as much as possible. Stripped is a good example of that. The big lead sound is Massive and ImpOSCar all layered up to create that main riff sound."more
The software tools within Logic X that I most often use include: NI Komplete (the whole suite and samplers), NI Massive, VPS Metrum (To make kicks), Logic’s ES2, EXS24, Xfer plugins (like LFO Tool), Sylenth1, FabFilter Pro Suite, EW/QL Symphonic Samples, Voxengo SPAN, iZotope Ozone (Just for analysis, not for actual processing).more
On a reddit AMA, someone asked Rameses B what his favorite vst was. He responded, "they all have their individual perks but I find that the sounds and morphing functions on Massive are pretty awesome. But I usually use it for hard synths and basses layers. If I wanted something a little more trancey I would go for Nexus."more
Here's a list of most of the additional plugins and things that I generally use in my production: Waves Gold bundle (an awesome set of mixing plugins) Waves TransX (my favorite transient shaper plugin) EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Gold EWQL Stormdrum 2 Olympus Symphonic Choir (Kontakt 5 library) Addictive Drums Serum Massivemore
From Andrew's blog post outlining his plug in staples. "I like Massive because I know I can load it up whether I'm going after a twinkly bell, a soothing pad, or a dubstep wobble. The drag-and-drop modulation assignment makes so much more sense to my brain than disconnected knobs with drop-down menus. And as the name suggests, there's a ton to explore in this synth. You can get lost in all the tabs, or even in the sheer number of presets. But it's worth it!"more
Splice: Can you tell us about some of your favorite plugins? Which ones do DirtyPhonics use most lately? Pitchin: The beauty is that you can go online and search for wavetables from synths such as Access Virus TI, Massive and import them into Serum. You get the same starting point but use Serum’s controls instead.more
If you produce electronic music of any flavor, chances are good that you’ve heard of this almost entirely ubiquitous plugin from an equally ubiquitous developer. Massive bills itself as “the ultimate synth for bass and leads”, but it’s capable of so much more, including lush pads, meticulous arpeggios, piercing plucks, and even noise effects.
I actually use Massive a bit TOO much in my own work— need a pad? I'll open an instance of Massive. Need bass? There's Massive. Making a piercing eurobeat brass? "Square-Saw II" in Massive. It handles bass and leads fantastically, sure, but it handles everything else quite wonderfully as well.
Massive is just a MASSIVE plugin in my tracks. Every single wobble bass I've made was in Massive. If I would know the owner of Native Instruments I would say thanks to him and the developers for bringing the best, if not, one of the best plugins in the world in terms of Dance music production.
As a wise man on YouTube once said "And here, ladies and gentlemen, is the best software synthesizer in the world." This is probably due to the excellent modulation routing, the creator of which deserves a nobel prize because it's a lot of fun to try out new combinations of modulation. It can steer toward a colder, more edgy sound, however, so if you're looking for "warmth", additional post processing may be required. But if you're into EDM, you almost need this in order to follow the current trends. A lot of great resources and tutorials out there for this, too.
Massive is a highly versatile and useful synth that is almost a standard if you're making electronic music. It has over a dozen wavetables and tons of settings to customize your sounds to perfection. It works with pretty much every major DAW and it's great for learning how to make sounds, since the techniques you can learn with it apply in some way to almost every other synth. A definite must-buy.
This is an all around great synth. The wavetables are great, the filters are great, the envelopes are great, and just about every other feature is better than most soft synths on the market. Of course, because it is so great, it is used by just about everyone in EDM, so you have to attempt to avoid the rut of sounding like everyone else, but Massive is versatile enough to set yourself apart from the pack with a bit of effort.
I know everyone and their grandmother uses Massive, but honestly, it's a pretty good synth. I like how routing all the envelopes and LFOs works, and it's got some pretty good effects. I know a lot of people use it for dubstep basses and the like, but as someone who doesn't make much dubstep, it still works really well.
It's a pretty diverse synth. It wasn't easy to pick up and run with. I feel you need to spend some time with Massive to get in with it. I suggest watching tutorials and copying some preset creation tutorials online first. It can be great for bass work and leads. Also the noise filter makes some great risers and downers. I personally appreciate Serum a little more as a wavetable synth but Massive is where it is for a reason. There's a lot of flexibility and modulation that you can do. Deserves respect fo sho!
Comes as standard with every spoilt 12 year old laptop producer along with Ableton Live and Beats by Dre headphones (or Audio Technica M50x's if you want to be REALLY edgy).