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Massive X

Post by grumpymike » Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:24 am

Apparently, Massive X is finally released.

So, that’s exciting. I think. I use Massive but don’t play with the knobs much. When I have time to play with Massive X I’ll post back here.

What are your thoughts and feelings on this sequel VST to the VST that changed the world of music?
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Re: Massive X

Post by ujnhunter » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:02 am

I tried to Google "How Massive changed the world of music" and came up empty... care to share any information? I've never used it... even though I've probably owned it for quite a few years now.
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Re: Massive X

Post by vowlvom » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:57 am

I've never used Massive all that much either, but I tried out Massive X and it has some pretty nice sounds in it. I found the UI confusing at first but it quickly started making sense as soon as I started messing with it, which is a good sign. Some of the presets seem very CPU-heavy but I guess that's par for the course with modern synths. Looking forward to trying it out a bit more next time I'm actually working on something.
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Re: Massive X

Post by grumpymike » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:38 am

ujnhunter wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:02 am
I tried to Google "How Massive changed the world of music" and came up empty... care to share any information? I've never used it... even though I've probably owned it for quite a few years now.
I don't know much other than what I glean from the internet and the fact I only know about it due to "how does I make dubstep sounds?". Apparently, it deserves a lot of the credit for the explosion of dubstep and EDM.

A lot of the reviews for Massive X reference it. Eg:
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]NI’s original Massive synth was released in 2007 and, for better or worse, came to define much of the sound of EDM and commercial dubstep (just search “massive dubstep bass tutorial” on YouTube for proof of its influence).
There are other allusions elsewhere, though there's not definitive Wikipedia citation. Some other quotes:
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As a softsynth, Massive dominated the early evolution of genres such as progressive/EDM and dubstep. Even to this day, Massive is a core component of many big-room styles, more so than some of NI’s more complex offerings like Absynth and Reaktor.
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Any particularly geeky conversation regarding the tweaking bass sounds (shouldn’t every conversation regarding the tweaking of bass sounds be assumed to be geeky?) will deride Native Instruments’ popular Massive wavetable software synth: not because it doesn’t sound good (it sounds great), but because the presets make it all too easy for anyone to cop anyone else’s bass sound. Homogenization through mechanization, software plugin-style.
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These abject-yet-inorganic basslines largely stemmed from a single music-making program, Massive. Made by Native Instruments, it's a synthesizer plug-in that sits in a producer's laptop or digital audio workstation and allows him or her to slather different synth-textures together to make the sickest, slimiest bassline.

The Massive sound basically made dubstep massive in the US.

Note: I still haven't gotten to play with it. Not enough time in the day!
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Re: Massive X

Post by jast » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:01 am

I like Massive for, well, massive and unreservedly synthy sounds. I haven't tried X yet and I'm fairly sure I won't until the next version of Komplete is released. Don't really feel like getting every single major upgrade separately when getting 2-3 major upgrades at once costs the same.
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Re: Massive X

Post by fluffy » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:36 pm

I've owned Massive for years but haven't ever gotten around to trying it out. So I just launched it and now I know I have to mess with it:
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