MASSIVE X Native Instruments Latest Crown Jewel Wavetable Synthesizer Out Now

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Thursday, 27 June 2019
  • Time to read: 2 min.

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 bass-lines and soaring leads, to evolving ambient textures – it quickly became a staple part of many production toolkits. 

Native Instruments’ Flagship Synth

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.

New Oscillator

At the heart of Massive Xis a rich new oscillator section with dual wavetable oscillators and 170 wavetables. 10 different oscillator modes, each with their own submodels, 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.

Download Massive X

To download the synth after purchase you can easily install the synth with Native Access as shown below. I did receive Massive X as it is part of KOMPLETE 12 COLLECTOR’S EDITION.

If you do not see any presets you need to rescan for presets. Your old legacy presets do not load into this new version. Massive X is a new instrument, with new features, and a completely new sound engine. Massive X and Massive will coexist, ensuring ongoing Massive compatibility for your existing DAW projects and access to your favorite Massive sounds.

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