Review: Native Instruments Massive
Positives:Feature rich, great sounds out of the box
Negatives:can take a lifetime to learn fully, only sold in the Komplete bundle.
I had a few sessions booked for some dubstep and EDM type stuff, so I started looking at what folks were using in those genres and one name kept coming up. Massive. At first I thought they were just describing the sound, like “oh, yeah that thing sounds massive” but no, that was the name of the VI. So, I started trying to find out where I could get it. Turns out, it’s only available by purchasing a larger bundle of plugins (most of which I did not need at the time) from Native Instruments, which having dealt with NI in the past (and hating every min. of it), was almost to be expected, after all, why sell people what they want when you can sell them a bunch of other crap along with it knowing they’ll buy the whole bundle to get the one diamond in the pile of coal.
Got the bundle, installed it…. 3 hours later (12 DVDs or something crazy like that). Dug it out of the NI plugin folder and my mouth fell open at all the options. Oscillator city, naaa, option city. So many options, its sometimes hard to tell what you’re really looking at or what anything really does. In fact, I did find out later you can do the same thing about 15 different ways and get very similar results each way. So, I knew what sounds I was looking for and after plowing through the MASSIVE (pun intended) library of sample sounds and not finding it, I did what any nerd would do, and headed on out to the ol’ internet. YouTube was a fruitful bounty of information and tutorials on this insane instrument and it wasn’t long after following along with some of the tutorials, i began to absorb what was going on under the hood of this MASSIVE plugin (again, pun). After about 2 or 3(ok 30) hours of playing around, I was able to figure out how to get some of the “standard” sounds a lot of the dubstep guys were using and a ton of some great EDM style synths and sounds. Behind the enormity of the options for this synth lies an incredibly powerful synthesis engine, capable of producing any sound imaginable. And in that, know that no matter how much you use this thing, you can always go in and create a new sound from scratch that NO-ONE has ever heard before. Infinitely expandable, infinitely complex, infinitely MASSIVE (last pun).