Trusted musician and artist reviews for Native Instruments Massive Synth
Based on 342 Reviews and 1213 Ratings
edited about 7 years ago
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.
One of the classics
Once one of the best programs around. Now , early 2019, a little bit dated but due for an upgrade that will likely push this back into the elite. I actually never used it much...not sure why...maybe found the interface a bit challenging, maybe just was used to using other sources. But I really never gave it a great try as it was just part of Komplete that I bought mainly for Kontakt and samples. When updated maybe it will catch my fancy! hehe
I got Massive early in my production years, shortly after realizing that Sylenth1 was not going to satisfy all my production desires. Massive is a popular, easy to learn, difficult to master soft synth with tons of tutorials and presets available. While my production style has started to lean away from electronic sounds, I still find myself using Massive in most of my projects, as it can sneak its way into many different styles.
edited about 5 years ago
A neat synth
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.
This VST is the one i use to make most of my growls, wobbles and more uplifting sounds. Massive is a easy plug-in to learn and a great plug-in to use in your productions
Great synth for bass work and leads
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!