Why Native Instruments Massive VST/AU Sonic Monster
Native Instruments VST/AU – Massive
As said on the Native Instrument website “Massive is a sonic monster, the ultimate synth for basses and leads…The high-end engine delivers pure quality, lending an undeniable virtue and character to even the most saturated of sounds”
Now, the question I tend to ask as a new user is… what can it do? Am I smart enough to get along with it? let me just say that Massive is a very ‘cool’ and easy to use piece of software! After all it had 600 ready to use presets to attempt to get bored with, but I would like to say that it is very difficult to get bored, even knowing you are flicking thru the work of another. And after all of that, Massive now contains over 1,300 sounds created by the leading artists and sound designers.
A lot of people tend spend a lot of time going thru presets, trying to connect their ideas to the sounds that they find within Massive. Most people will forget their original plan and become flooded with new ideas given to them from the vast sea of beautifully audible preset sounds, the good thing about Massive is the ability Native Instruments have given to the user to manipulate the perimeters of the sound to create a newly bred version of the original sound, using its ‘Macro Controls’ to carefully and precisely tinker with the sound and its individual parts to create a totally new one, no need to go on a year after year course… just twist the dial.
Not only is Massive a very useful tool to use within a studio environment I think that it is also very aesthetically pleasing piece of software, well laid out and easily learnt by new comers.
Other parts of the VST/AU (Virtual Studio Technology/Audio Unit) consist of ‘The Filter Section’ that consists of a blend of different filter types such as… 2x Lowpass and Highpass, Bandpass and bandreject, allpass, comb filter, double notch, scream, daft and acid…
This long list can be daunting to for new users if they are not in the know how of the ‘studio lingo’, however, you need not worry yourself with all of the technical babble if you feel like time is against you, you need only to know that each filter provides a individual feel, emotion or as NI state “attitude”.
Furthermore Massive does not just limit you to sound presets, filters and ultimate control of every dynamic part of sound, but it allows you some high quality master effects to additionally further your work progress. The Effects/FX section has two slots that can be used simultaneously to allow two effects… such as equalizer, bit crusher, chorus, flanger (possessive, negative…) phaser delay and more.
The four individual dials are to effect the parameters of the FX, to allow yet again total control of the FX that you have implemented to your sound.
Now i have only covered a small part of the capability of the Massive VST/AU/ and have not gone into technical detail, I write this article aiming towards the people who are maybe looking into getting Massive and do not know much about all of the technical talk and wish for a product that will be not only powerful, but easy to get used to.
I use Massive as an AU within Logic Pro 9 and i have worked with it using Cubase, all I can say is that I have had nothing but joy using it. It is very dynamic and as i keep saying ‘easy to use’ i recommend it to any person looking to enhance their repertoire of tools. And it is a worthy cost of £169.00. It will enhance your work, and you will learn from it.. there are plenty of video tutorials and free resources to help new users learn.
I hope this article helps in some way… this is only my observation and opinion. Thank you for reading.
Windows: Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
Mac: Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
RTAS (Pro Tools 9 + 10)
64-bit AAX plugins (Pro Tools 11)
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