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So much more than bass!
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.
Flexible and Inspirational
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.
Extremely useful and great for learning.
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.
There is a reason everyone uses it
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.