Finally, the waiting time is over! Native Instruments has today published Massive X Synthesizer, the successor of their best-known Massive Synthesizer. Massive X is a completely new development from the ground up with a lot of new features and functionalities. MX again has two wavetable oscillators that have been significantly expanded with 10 different modes, dual phase modulation and more. A bit pity: no wavetable editor included or a function to import wavetables from other synths.
In addition to the new advanced wavetable oscillators, MX features a customizable routing engine that allows you to make your own audio signal path like in a modular synth. With this it is possible to use up to 7 sound generators (5 oscillators, 2 noise generators) in one single patch, to route feedback in the filter, using no filter & more.
Further, Massive X offers 9 slots for modulation ranging from creative LFO’s, envelopes, four tracker modulators, voice randomization, and three great performer modulators. With this, you can create a wide range of modulation from subtle to crazy/extreme ones.
To refine the sounds or to give even more sound design possibles, Massive X offers many new effect processors ranging including the new Dimension Expander (add spatial dimension to your sounds) or the Nonlinear Labs, a new distortion and overdrive processor.
First Look: Massive X is a very good evolution of Massive, although some things are missing in my opinion: no wavetable editor or import function, no visual feedback of the waveforms … Native Instruments promises to release new features in the future as free updates. We can be curious!
Native Instruments today releases MASSIVE X – the much-anticipated successor to one of the most popular synthesizers in the world. Designed and built from scratch, the new instrument builds on its heritage to rethink and redefine the possibilities of a virtual synth. The original MASSIVE, having helped define the sound of modern genres such as dubstep and EDM, became synonymous with an exciting, forward-thinking approach to synthesis that unapologetically embraced its digital DNA. Famous for its intuitive interface and sonic potential – from enormous basslines and soaring leads to evolving ambient textures – it quickly became a staple part of many production toolkits.
MASSIVE X is Native Instruments’ new flagship synth, built by the same team as its predecessor. Based on a state of the art architecture, it delivers pristine sound, and huge creative flexibility for artists and sound designers alike – allowing them to create, modulate, and experiment with sound from a huge range of sources, in any way they like.
At the heart of MASSIVE X is a rich new oscillator section with dual wavetable oscillators and 170 wavetables. 10 different oscillator modes, each with their own submodes, provide countless ways to create exciting and dynamic sounds or textures. Three primary sound sculpting controls include wavetable position as a standard control, plus two additional custom parameters for each mode. Two-phase modulation oscillators and an auxiliary modulation input mean MASSIVE X is capable of huge variation right at the sound source – even before additional modulation, effects, or routing are used.
Switchable filters, noise generators, insert effects, and master effects enable real flexibility when building and editing sound, and a comprehensive preset library provides a wealth of production-ready sounds that also showcase the possibilities of the instrument. Users of the first MASSIVE will recognize the ‘saturn ring’ drag-and-drop modulation workflow that has been carried over into the new instrument.
Routing has been completely rethought in MASSIVE X. Taking its predecessor’s semi-modular approach much further, any output can be connected to an input, and audio can be routed to or from multiple components simultaneously. The intuitive routing matrix makes creating complex patches and wild sounds possible with just a few clicks. MASSIVE X boasts a huge array of modulation sources – with nine slots for creative LFOs or envelopes, four Tracker modulators, Voice Randomization, as well as an exciting new section with three Performer modulators that allow users to draw in up to eight bars of modulation patterns to assign to a parameter.
For real playability and variation within a single preset, these patterns can then be assigned to a control octave – great for live performance or recording sessions – surpassing the kind of expression normally reserved for traditional instruments, or for generating and controlling complex movement over long periods of time. In the future, free updates to MASSIVE X will introduce new presets and expand the instrument’s functionality. MASSIVE X will evolve alongside the sounds, music, and sonic cultures it helps to create.
Massive X is available now from the Native Instruments website for 199€/$199. Massive users can upgrade for 149€/$149, and Massive X is also included in KOMPLETE 12, KOMPLETE 12 ULTIMATE, and KOMPLETE 12 ULTIMATE – COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Don’t forget: all KOMPLETE updates/upgrades are 50% OFF until June 30, 2019.
More information here: Native Instruments