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  • Pffffff

    Native Instruments MassivePublished on 05/01/14 at 11:13
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    no microphone connectivity anything unless you open the software or has the possibility to configure the midi and audio but mouaich

    ADQUATION / PERFORMANCE

    I use OSX mavericks and c va.Apres a virtual synth with lots of routing to do to have a diversified and is boring

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    In short c void and you get the same sound as if you took absynth or FM8 see those rob papen

    In short you weary thee quickly
  • Excellent synth for producers!

    Native Instruments MassivePublished on 07/29/14 at 02:23
    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.


    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    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.

    OVERALL OPINION

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    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.


    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    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.

    OVERALL OPINION

    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!
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  • the sound of modern music

    Native Instruments MassivePublished on 06/01/13 at 04:58
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    I decided to put a notice for each of my favorite apps. It would have been difficult to ignore Massive, although many other reviews have already been posted for ages.
    Easy installation. Authorization on-line without too many problems with the software "Service Center" comes with each soft in NI.
    Mass is accompanied by a French manual of 124 pages (let it to go around the parameters available) there is no need to go. Massive is not that complicated: It is very intuitive and contrary to the essence, we can do without instructions. But it would be a shame to miss small interesting features like the side-chain or "bypass mix", for example.
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    I decided to put a notice for each of my favorite apps. It would have been difficult to ignore Massive, although many other reviews have already been posted for ages.
    Easy installation. Authorization on-line without too many problems with the software "Service Center" comes with each soft in NI.
    Mass is accompanied by a French manual of 124 pages (let it to go around the parameters available) there is no need to go. Massive is not that complicated: It is very intuitive and contrary to the essence, we can do without instructions. But it would be a shame to miss small interesting features like the side-chain or "bypass mix", for example.
    For comprehensive overview of functions horizon, I refer you to the comprehensive test Wolfen. Just remember that Massive is a subtractive synthesizer and wavetable. Note that we have available 86 waveforms well differentiated. Still, the originality of this synth is not located here. Yet Massive sound good to him that clearly differentiates it from its competitors. It's the result of a choice of parameters thoughtful, very effective, that are unique to this synth and who even before attacking the filters, you can have extremely varied sound materials. Emphasize at this point the relevance and effectiveness of the "oscillator modulation" which greatly helps to twisted sounds.
    The filters themselves are very good quality and some types are suitable for Massive ("acid", "daft" and especially the very characteristic "scream", which is aptly named.) Then, the effects inserts help make sounds more "rough" and master effects sound great. Note among them a find: (. But can recognize a mile from his created Massive) the "Dimension Expander" which gives a great extent your presets
    Finally modulators (ADSRs, LFOs, Performers, Steppers, Macro Commands) are very well done and way stations, ergonomic and always to have an overall view is just great.
    So if Massive is not distinguished from its competitors by its basic concept is in fact a remarkable amount of detail that give it thought and originality that make this synth requires a sound all its own.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    Perfect stability and smooth operation on Mac Pro, Mac OS 10.6.8 and Digital Performer. CPU consumption is very reasonable in normal use, but with a 64-channel unison oscillators plus three "oscillator modulation" the limits of my processor it borders. In this extreme case, I would have turns any other plug-in my DAW. But hey, there's plenty to do without seeking such ends.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use Massive for years and I can easily say that this is one of my favorite software synths, quality and originality of sound, range of possibilities and ergonomics.
    When he came out, Massive seems he struggled a long time to find its audience. First, because saturating the processors of the time, but probably because its presets really fit in with any known musical style. In addition, its sounds rather icy could divert part of the race warm sound. But in recent years it has become one of the most popular software synths. Just to realize, to see the frightening number of tutorials found on the web. Certainly, "dubsteppers" is are seized and have done much to its reputation. But it has also come to realize that Massive excelled as to create extremely punchy sounds tablecloths and very spacey reasons, and we finally had to deal with a very versatile synth. And finally, Massive embodies pretty much the sound of modern electronic music.
    Among VSTis I have, Massive is competing with two wavetable synths: Predator and Gladiator. But it beats Predator in its ability to produce sounds which differ from common synthesizers and it surpasses its Gladiator great intuitiveness and ease of programming.
    In fact, by its strong personality, Massive Massive sounds. And whatever the infinite variety of sounds, they are often quite identifiable. The only risk he runs so is that the mode changes. But hey, I bet there are still new sounds to do with this wonderful synth and it has not finished delight us especially if used in music that eschewed major trends that make mode.
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  • Native Instruments MassivePublished on 03/22/13 at 17:04
    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.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    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.

    OVERALL OPINION

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    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.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    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.

    OVERALL OPINION

    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.
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  • Native Instruments MassivePublished on 02/25/13 at 07:41
    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.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    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......
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    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.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    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.

    OVERALL OPINION

    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.
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  • Industry Standard Synth

    Native Instruments MassivePublished on 12/28/12 at 05:29
    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.
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    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.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    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.

    OVERALL OPINION

    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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  • It's complex and provides a great sound.

    Native Instruments MassivePublished on 07/30/12 at 14:37
    Native Instruments Massive is a great popular synth mostly used for electronic productions.
    It provides a very deep quality sounds with a lot of options to tweak the sound to get something unique.
    The general configuration is great,everything works fast and the interface provides a nice touch of the incoming voltage that builds the sounds.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    The software works great without using a lot of cpu resources and it provides some nice stability.
    The gear doesn't have any programming errors,so it works very stable.
    I'm getting very good low basses sounds from the synth, also some high-pitched leads do work great as well.

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    Native Instruments Massive is a great popular synth mostly used for electronic productions.
    It provides a very deep quality sounds with a lot of options to tweak the sound to get something unique.
    The general configuration is great,everything works fast and the interface provides a nice touch of the incoming voltage that builds the sounds.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    The software works great without using a lot of cpu resources and it provides some nice stability.
    The gear doesn't have any programming errors,so it works very stable.
    I'm getting very good low basses sounds from the synth, also some high-pitched leads do work great as well.

    OVERALL OPINION

    The thing that I like most about massive is the unique sounds that it provides that can be induced into a more trance song, a lot of producers use it for basses and leads in their dubstep songs.
    Other great thing about this synth is the great design and easy to follow, so that way you can really get into oscillators and complex modulation possibilities and also the filters do provide some great touch to the sound to build something great from scratch.
    Also it has 600 patches build-in that you can use them in your mix and there are available some nice expansions. So on a level of usuability massive really goes all the way.
    It really deserves it's price because of all the rich and unique sounds that you can create from scratch, so native instruments did a really great job regarding the balance between money and quality.

    I've tried many synths, but there are very few on the market that could complete with the Native Instruments Massive, all the knobs, effects, build-in sounds, the great design that allows an easy understanding of the sounds.

    Without a doubt a must-have synth in your library that could take your songs on a complete different level and can make a much better music producers and assure you a spot on the main musical stage.
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  • Very Capable Program.

    Native Instruments MassivePublished on 06/22/12 at 14:29
    Getting Native Instrument's Massive set up in my DAW, Ableton Live 8, was fairly easy. However following the installation, like some comments have touched on, the sudden exposure to a complicated set of options and parameters that are NI Massive was confusing and intimidating. With the learning curve being so steep, I resorted to looking through some of the enormous library of presets provided and studying how each aspect of the synthesizer affected the signal. Although what I know today didn't come overnight, I found the process of teaching myself the ropes fun and inspiring. Just playing with Massive for a few minutes you can create something totally unique that you have never heard......
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    Getting Native Instrument's Massive set up in my DAW, Ableton Live 8, was fairly easy. However following the installation, like some comments have touched on, the sudden exposure to a complicated set of options and parameters that are NI Massive was confusing and intimidating. With the learning curve being so steep, I resorted to looking through some of the enormous library of presets provided and studying how each aspect of the synthesizer affected the signal. Although what I know today didn't come overnight, I found the process of teaching myself the ropes fun and inspiring. Just playing with Massive for a few minutes you can create something totally unique that you have never heard before. Although I had a few years of exposure to sound design before getting into massive, I firmly believe that anyone who dedicates an hour or two every day to the venture no matter what their skill in music production will yield great sounds and a better understanding of what contributes to their development.

    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    The sounds that are produced in Massive are incredible. If you possess the skills you can create whatever you want, and map it to a midi controller very easily for live performances. As far as the stability goes, the VST certainly puts more CPU strain on my DAW, but it is nothing that my system has even been overwhelmed by. As with most other things in the world of electronic music, Massive takes time and effort to master, but the rewards are well worth it.

    OVERALL OPINION

    In my experiences with Massive, what I have appreciated the most is the community of artists who create and share their unique sounds with one another. This was extremely helpful to me in getting to learn about the program and unlocking its capabilities for use in my own sound creation and music production. Although it is not useful in every genre, overall I find it to be an essential element to my home studio and an inspiration to my music. Certainly well worth the money, but as a bonus, Native Instruments is running a 50% off sale on Massive right now. I'm sure it won't last long so if you feel the need to implement this in your set, get after it.
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  • A powerful, visually appealing synth

    Native Instruments MassivePublished on 06/13/12 at 21:38
    Native Instrument's Massive is one of the companies best standalone synthesizers, and it is truly very massive , very powerful, and very flexible. It is all synthesis-based, with no samples used (other than basic waveforms). It supports VST, Audio Units, RTAS (for Pro Tools), CoreAudio, WASAPI, and it comes in a standalone form. What's great about Native Instrument's plugins is that they are very compatible with both Mac systems and PC systems, so they are great for users that use both (like me).

    Massive has an impressively large library, that is well organized, so it's easy to get some great sounds right away, and there is little need to make your own sounds from scratch (although it......
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    Native Instrument's Massive is one of the companies best standalone synthesizers, and it is truly very massive , very powerful, and very flexible. It is all synthesis-based, with no samples used (other than basic waveforms). It supports VST, Audio Units, RTAS (for Pro Tools), CoreAudio, WASAPI, and it comes in a standalone form. What's great about Native Instrument's plugins is that they are very compatible with both Mac systems and PC systems, so they are great for users that use both (like me).

    Massive has an impressively large library, that is well organized, so it's easy to get some great sounds right away, and there is little need to make your own sounds from scratch (although it is completely customizable to do so). I generally find the whole routing and overlay of the sound synthesis a bit confusing to make a sound form scratch, but I am knowledgable to make changes to the basic sound properties, such as fx levels, filters, polyphony, lfo's, and so on. The massive synth truly is massive, but it does take some tutorials and learning to figure out how it all routes and works. This is a bit unlike other synths such as Omnisphere, where the interface and routing is very easy to follow.



    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    One of the greatest features of Massive is the macro controls; there are 8 of them, and they can be assigned to any hardware knob, and can control almost any parameter on the Massive synth. This allows for incredible flexibility for live control, and you can make some amazing sound morphs with them. This is one of the trademarks of the Massive synth, and if live knob controls are your thing, this is the perfect solution.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Overall, Massive is a powerful synth that may be a bit over some people's heads, but that doesn't stop us from using it with great success. Be sure to try this one out!
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  • a must have

    Native Instruments MassivePublished on 06/03/12 at 21:53
    Native Instruments Massive is awesome! I use it so much I don’t think I could really go without having it in my vst collection. I cant remember how much I paid for it either, or it may have come with my program but I have been using it since around 08 and it has never let me down. I havent touched the manual and I can still figure things out. It wasn’t easy though because there are just so many options that you have when editing the sounds. I never use the presets as they are but I always build off of the presets to create my own unit sounds and they always come out the way that I want them. Then I can save them as my own preset! Also, online there are a community of Massive users and we......
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    Native Instruments Massive is awesome! I use it so much I don’t think I could really go without having it in my vst collection. I cant remember how much I paid for it either, or it may have come with my program but I have been using it since around 08 and it has never let me down. I havent touched the manual and I can still figure things out. It wasn’t easy though because there are just so many options that you have when editing the sounds. I never use the presets as they are but I always build off of the presets to create my own unit sounds and they always come out the way that I want them. Then I can save them as my own preset! Also, online there are a community of Massive users and we all sort of trade presets and build all of our collections together!


    SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

    Massive is really stable , I havent had a problem with it and it was super easy to get installed. After I had it in the VST folder, FL Studio did a quick scan and found it in about 3 seconds and loaded right up. Even loading the presets (depending which ones) are quick. If you have ASIO 4 All on yoru system then you wont have to worry about Massive hogging all of your cpu.


    OVERALL OPINION

    You will need to get this in your vst collection if you are serious about coming up with new sounds. If you even need help figuring out how to really dig deep into molding your own sounds than you can join the message boards or contact me , we are all here to help. I am not sure if there are other versions of massive, this is the only one that I have every tried and owned. There really isn’t anything bad for me to say about Massive.
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