The original Massive wavetable synthesizer was one of the synths that has shaped the sound of modern music over the last decade. It was fun, immediate, edgy and had remarkable modulation possibilities. It was the sort of synth that sounded alive. When they came to make a new version, Native Instruments pulled out all the stops and have created not only a worthy successor to a powerful synth but have taken it to completely new and unexplored places.
It has a next-generation sound engine with state-of-the-art components and a brand-new range of effects and modulations. It features a dual wavetable sound engine, noise generation, analog oscillators, filters, effects and a massive modulation section with no end of LFOs and envelope configurations. The interface is a radical departure from the original and it’s an exciting place to play.
Choose from 170 wavetables and 10 different ways of reading them. They can be aggressive or bendy, soft or glassy, hard and unyielding. Pull in some hard sync and dial-up some phase modulation to keep everything alive. Movement can be drawn in as complex evolving patterns of automation and modulation.
You can tie them to triggers, control how the sound changes from your keyboard giving a performance or playable possibilities. And if it all gets too much you can simplify everything with the 16 assignable Macros that can take care of the heavy lifting while you stay in the creative zone.
Massive X is radical and continues to develop and evolve.
Street Price: $199