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Native Instruments MASSIVE Soft Synth Virtual Instrument Plug-In

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MASSIVE is a sonic monster specializing in huge-sounding, analog-style leads and basses. The analog concept belies the cutting edge, contemporary sound it generates. The high-end engine delivers pure ... Click To Read More About This Product

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MASSIVE is a sonic monster specializing in huge-sounding, analog-style leads and basses. The analog concept belies the cutting edge, contemporary sound it generates. The high-end engine delivers pure quality, lending an undeniable virtue and character to even the most saturated of sounds. The interface is clearly laid out and easy to use, ensuring you will have MASSIVE generating earth-shuddering sounds from the very first note.

Covering an exceptionally wide range of styles, MASSIVE is a true multi-talent. From violently rugged and deep monophonic bass rumblings to silkily smooth, gliding and gently fluctuating electronic pads, from techno and leftfield electronica to pop and film music, MASSIVE's sonic spectrum is as broad as it is inspiring. This unique synthesizer has its own uncompromising character that produces the most distinctive of sounds.

Equipped with some 420 production-ready presets and multi-sounds, all crafted by leading artists and designers, you can start using MASSIVE immediately and without any fuss. The integrated KoreSound Browser makes managing the KORE-configured presets easy. Fast search and filter functions let you find presets according to specific characteristics and attributes—a particularly musical and intuitive approach.

On stage, MASSIVE is sure to grab the limelight. An array of special features makes it ideal for live performances. The integrated step sequencers and effects section as well as a highly flexible modulation concept deliver the necessary versatility. All these features have been implemented with a focus on usability, with the result that MASSIVE is just as easy to use on a hectic stage as it is in the creative environment of a studio.

An update for all registered MASSIVE users is now available for download. The free update provides compatibility for Windows Vista 64 Bit and Pro Tools 7.4.2 & 8 on Leopard, as well as providing a few general enhancements, including synced LFO improvements. You can download the update via the NI Service Center or the Online Update Manager.

High-End Audio Engine
MASSIVE's exceptional sound is the result of a newly developed and highly advanced audio engine. Three "Wave Scanning" oscillators lie at the heart of MASSIVE, generating a total of 82 individual formant-optimized wavetables and a sonic spectrum ranging from an analog to a digital character. The Wave Scanning oscillators deliver extraordinary quality and offer 3 different phase bending modes. An additional formant oscillator mode adds extra harmonics to the sound. A special "noise oscillator" is also available and the filter design is of an equally high standard.


Two excellent multi-mode filters with a total of eleven different filter types lend MASSIVE both that typical analog charm and the unmistakeable digital sound. You can crossfade between a parallel filter routing and a serial filter routing. The two filter types, "Daft" and "Scream", deserve a special mention: Daft is based on a special non-linear lowpass filter design that, when necessary, can even 'talk'. Scream, in essence, an extreme type of low-pass filter design with controllable feedback chains that interacts particularly smoothly with the input level and resonance setting.

A flexible route
The fact that MASSIVE is based on a flexible signal flow concept results in a far wider sonic range. Route the signal along a different path and the character of the sound changes instantly. The patchable feedback bus allows you to drive the filter section right into the red: the filter's output is rerouted back into input stage generating some heavy sonic flavors in the process. The bypass channel offers the possibility of mixing in a pure oscillator or noise signal directly before or after the master effects, the level of which can also be modulated.

State-of—the-art effect algorithms with up to 3 times over-sampling deliver breathtaking quality. The insert effects are polyphonic and as such are capable of following the voice pitch. The effects in MASSIVE can be inserted at various points in the signal chain. Patch various distortion, reverb, LoFi, delay, tube and other effects into the two insert and two master slots—and modulate them all at the same time.

Instant assignment
The revolutionary drag-n-drop modulation concept is simple and easy-to-use. Just drag the modulator onto the target parameter and the assignment is complete. Color-coding gives you an instant overview of all current assignments and dynamic value indicators graphically display the modulation as it occurs. Modulation has never been more intuitive.

Musical mosaics
The Performer, a new type of envelope step sequencer, lets you create modulation sequences in seconds—from fluctuating pads to pumping basslines and kicking drum grooves. Crossfade-able LFOs, morph-capable envelopes and a further, conventional step sequencer called stepper with glide function all add even more depth and variety. The mix and blend of these features allows for the quick and intuitive creation of utterly captivating sounds.

The KoreSound browser and KORE
The integrated KoreSound Browser brings a high degree of simplicity and speed to the task of finding and managing presets. Browse and filter according to a number of different sonic criteria and attributes or just enter a keyword or phrase in the free search mode—the results are displayed instantly. All 420 presets have been pre-configured for use with KORE and categorized as KoreSounds.


  • High-end audio engine sets a new standard both in sound quality and sonic character
  • Flexible signal flow delivers huge range of sounds: from deep, brutal basses to delicate, crystalline leads
  • Wave Scanning oscillators generate sounds of both a digital and an analog nature
  • Innovative and intuitive features allow fast and easy creation of fresh new sounds
  • Combination of simplicity with revolutionary, advanced features make MASSIVE ideal for both beginners and experts
  • Easy-to-use knobs with dynamic value indicators, drag'n'drop modulation assignment
  • Integrated step sequencers and an effects section with 17 master and insert effects
  • MASSIVE uses the KoreSound format, ensuring perfect integration with KORE
  • KoreSound Browser for easy searching of 420 KORE-configured sounds
  • Advanced sequencing and remote features make MASSIVE perfect for live performance
  • Interface:
  • Stand-alone, Audio Units, VST, RTAS, DXi, ASIO, Core Audio, Core MIDI, DirectSound
  • System Requirements:
  • Mac OSX 10.4.x, G4 1.4 GHz, 768 MB RAM
  • Win XP, Pentium or Athlon 1.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM
  • Universal Binary - Intel-Mac ready!
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By Ghosties

from Austin

After hearing the demo sounds on the NI website...i figured i would give this a whirl. I hadn't picked up any new instruments and im glad i did. Essentially, this is a wavetable-esque instrument with some amazing sounding filters, one of, if not the, most original, flexible, and user friendly modulation routings you can imagine. The feature that takes all for me is the Permormer - its one of the option in the lfo tabs. It is a build your own envelope or lfo with two diferent patterns - and you can cross fade between the two. This synth is also a sick beat box with the performer. Oh yeah, and sounds freakin amazing to boot. I think NI have really outdone themselves with this

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