In this post, we will be taking a look into Native Instrument’s Massive. Massive is right up there next to serum when it comes to customizability and fine detail. While Massive might fall short of Serum as far as the overall power of the synth, it is second to none when it comes to control of the finer details of the sound design. Many people argue that Massive is the best synth there is. Some people use Massive exclusively to all other synths because it’s just that great.
The Power of Massive
Massive has a total of 3 oscillators. This allows the user to select up to three different wavetables to generate the tones of the oscillators. This allows for a seemingly infinite number of possibilities for the additive synthesis aspect that massive brings. With the oscillator generation type selection between spectrum, bend and formant, each of the wavetables can be used in a different way to create very unique tones.
The assignable LFO system in Massive is also very useful. You can choose between a basic LFO shape, a performer and a stepper. Each oscillator can be designated to either of the two LFOs. The basic LFO allows you to choose from simple wave shapes that the filter will follow. The performer takes this idea to the next level. It literally allows you to design the pattern you want your parameter modulation to follow. The stepper is similar to the performer, but it only allows you to designate interval sections of one value definitions for modulation position.
Until I found Serum, Massive was my most used synthesis. I used it in every project, and i still use it in most of my projects today. It is no doubt one of the best digital synthesizers on the market. Anyone who knows anything about sound design will know a thing or two about Massive. There is a lot more to massive that we didn’t look into in this post, but we will be taking a closer look at some more advanced sound design in Massive in due course.