Native Instruments Massive

Native Instruments Massive

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Massive, Virtual hybrid synth from Native Instruments.

27 user reviews

Native Instruments Massive tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Native Instruments
  • Model: Massive
  • Category: Virtual hybrid synths
  • Added in our database on: 09/14/2006

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 OS X 10.7, 10.8 or 10.9 (latest update)
Intel Core 2 Duo
2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)

  • Stand-alone
  • VST
  • Audio Units
  • RTAS (Pro Tools 9 + 10)
  • ASIO
  • CoreAudio
  • 64-bit AAX plugins (Pro Tools 11

Native Instruments Massive user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 27 reviews )
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Dargor's review"Excellent synth for producers!"

Native Instruments Massive
There were no compatibility issues at all on WIndows 7 32 bits. The manual it's just that, an installation and usage manual, so don't expect it to explain in detail how to use the full potential of the software.
Setup it's really simple and straight forward, so you should not have any issues with it, so as the configuration.


Keep in mind that you'll need at least 4 gb of RAM in order to use it smoothly, as well as Core 2 Duo processor, otherwise it may not respond properly to MIDI triggering.
Works great for live performance, but it's recommended to use it for studio production only.
Interface could be a little bit more user-friendly.


As it is said, it's an excellent virtual synthetizer, designed for the experienced sound producer and oriented to electronic music. It has some really nice presets, but in order to get the fullest potential of the program, you will need advanced knowledge on sound production (envelopes, LFOs, oscilators, filters, etc).
It has great tools and even presets for the filters which makes the production a lot easier, helping you to discover new sounds each time you use it.
Again, it's not for rookie users, since at first glance you'll see all those knobs and oscilators and feel lost in a matter of seconds, so first you'll need to learn about sound production and creation. Otherwise, you'll find it pretty much useless and ask for a refund, giving away a great tool for sound desingning. Once you learn at least the basics, you'll find why it's called MASSIVE.

Great software and worths the price and time!

JoeW1's review

Native Instruments Massive
Massive from Native Instruments is compatible with different browsing platforms like Xp , Vista , 7 or MAC.

The manual that is included with the software is more than enough to obtain the necessary knowledge of how the synth works.

The setup doesn't require a lot of time or tweaking , it's very fast and easy to follow.


The software is well balanced in his factory configuration.

The program made my Native Instruments has a high level of stability as you would expect from such a top ranked company.

I'm getting very good performances while using this product that combines different types of synths in just one pack.


Probably the most powerful tool that Massive has , are the 3 types of oscillators that generate different type of sounds , both analog based and digital.
Another feature to mention , is the pattern sequencer that has 17 channels with different type of curves and effects.

The design is extremely useful because you get all the modulation effects connected in a simple way , it's visual content gives a certain objective direction to the user.

What I also like about Massive , is the freq range response , you can create or module different music elements like bass , leads , pads etc.

My opinion about the value for the price is good , this is a very powerful musical tool , however the price range goes beyond the usual digital synth price.

If money is not your concern , get this product , you can use it in any genre you want , dubstep , pop , rock , hip-hop , jazz , the sky is the limit.

I've tried several types of synth , some that were cheaper , other way more expensive , but there's something different about massive , the depth of sound , the interface , the frequency range , that big fat sound is very distinct and useful.

Azuma's review

Native Instruments Massive
There weren't any kind of compatibility issues , the program works on any platform either Windows XP, Windows Seven or MAC OS.

The manual provided with the program was pretty quite good, well detailed , however this is quite an advanced synth so you must some effort into understanding it , however all the information that was relevant to the product itself was well explained there.

General configuration doesn't take long , and setup is pretty easy to understand and have the program set the right way.


The software works very good , I hadn't had any problems or errors while using it.
The gear is extremely stable and everything works smooth and great.
I'm getting very distinct performances while using it , I did create some odd wobbles which I really like.


What I probably like the most about Native Instruments Massive is how big and rich the sound is , either if you're creating a warm pad , the 3 osc that work together very well create a very big sound in terms of frequency response.

I also like how this synth combines with the electronic music , mostly dubstep , this product is used by Skrillex and many others dubstep makers in their work.

The lfo present in this product is very powerful as well , the pattern selector , attack and release options are very complex and fun to play with.

My opinion about the value of price is good , this is one of the most complex synth out there and its well worth every penny.

This product takes your sounds to a whole new level without a doubt.

I've tried several models of different type of synths , I must say that Sylenth1 and Massive are probably my favorite and their use is music wide.

I like how you can create your own very distinct sounds in this program and get amazing results quite fast once you get used to the program.

tarrtime's review"Industry Standard Synth"

Native Instruments Massive
Massive is a software application and plug-in that can be used as a stand-alone software instrument, or as a plug-in inside a DAW. It is a software synthesizer with internal sound generators and effects processing. There are many different waveform generators to choose from, and all the typical effects are available (filters, distortion, reverb, delay, etc). There is also a pattern sequencer to automate some of the effect internally.
The software can be purchased on its own, however I received it as part of the Native Instruments Komplete Bundle. It can be downloaded off the NI website and installed. Authorization is completed using the NI Service Center application.


Getting started with Massive is easy. There are tons and tons of included presets. I have pretty much used the presets with Massive exclusively since I purchased it in 2008. There are plenty of ways to create your own synth sounds from scratch if you want, however I have never really taken the time to really figure the software out. There are tons of videos on YouTube if you want to learn how to create your own synths in Massive. However, if you are like me, I just want to find usable sounds fast, with minimal tweaking and get on to making music. Therefore, the library of presets is one of the most valuable aspects of Massive to me.


Software synthesizers are a dime-a-dozen at this point. There are so many to choose from, its hard to know which one is best. They all have many of the same exact features, but are also slightly different. Massive has been around along time (and might benefit from an update soon), but remains a favorite to many synth geeks despite many other synths that have come along since Massive was released.
The GUI really needs to be updated. It looks almost 'prehistoric' in comparison to many software applications that have been released recently. Native Instruments has some of the best looking interfaces in the music market, but they also have some of the most outdated interfaces because some of their products have been around for a really long time without update.
Massive was just included with the latest update to Maschine. Hopefully this means NI will be moving forward with Massive and not cutting off support for the software anytime soon.

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