MATRIXSYNTH: Native Instruments Introduces New MASSIVE X Virtual Synthesizer

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Native Instruments Introduces New MASSIVE X Virtual Synthesizer


Introducing MASSIVE X | Native Instruments Published on Jun 27, 2019 Native Instruments

"What does the future sound like?

Rethought, rewired, and reincarnated – MASSIVE X is the successor to an iconic synth that helped spawn entire genres. Designed and built from scratch, the new instrument builds on its heritage to rethink and redefine the possibilities of a virtual synth."

First Look: Massive X From Native Instruments

Published on Jun 27, 2019 sonicstate

"We got a late Beta of Massive X, last week and have been playing around with it. The all new synth is not a replacement for the original and well loved Massive, but rather a more complex and flexible synthesizer - a sound designers dream.
We had a play through some sounds and took a look at some of the features."


"NEXT-GENERATION FLAGSHIP SYNTHESIZER

Immaculate sound and complete sonic freedom for advanced sound design
Create with a new level of dynamic, shifting sound, with truly flexible routing and extensive modulation
Based on the DNA of MASSIVE, built for a new decade and designed to evolve

MODULES

Dual wavetable oscillators form the core of MASSIVE X’s sound. Choose from over 170 wavetables and 10 different oscillator modes – each with their own sub-modes. These determine how each wavetable is read, with unique controls to shape the resulting sound, which can – of course – be modulated. Dial in two additional phase-modulation oscillators, assign them to the primary oscillators to introduce movement, or even use an external sound source to do the same.

Two noise modules – with sources ranging from synthesized sounds to rain, choirs, voices, and machines – make MASSIVE X a powerful engine for textures and left-field sound design.

FILTERS

Sculpt your sound in different ways with all-new filters – including the acid-perfect Asimov, aggressive and distorted Creak, formant and flange-style Groian, series and parallel dual filters, a comb filter, and more. Each filter type has its own sub-modes, and all controls are included in the flexible modulation framework


INSERT FX

MASSIVE X’s Insert FX can be patched anywhere along the signal chain for polyphonic signal processing – in series, parallel, or any way you can imagine. They can also be used to insert up to three extra sine, saw, or pulse wave oscillators – for subs or as traditional subtractive synthesis sound sources – as well as a Ring Modulator, Sample and Hold, or Phase Modulation Oscillator.


STEREO FX

While Insert FX can be used for creative routing and sound sculpting when building your patch, the Stereo FX in MASSIVE X are ideal for finishing your sound. You’ll find the usual suspects such as reverb, flanger, delay, and chorus, as well as an amp and speaker simulator, plus more. Choose whether to use them in series, parallel, or a mix of both in the routing section.


UNISON VOICING

Introduce real musicality to your patch with the Unison section. This is a powerful tool for generating voice variation in both mono and polyphonic modes, and can produce everything from the minute tonal and phase deviation you’d hear when a choir or group of instruments plays the same melody, to chords and scales using the harmonizer, or a cross between the two. If you want to get really in-depth, it’s even possible to modulate it to play melodic and chord sequences of up to eight bars using the performers.


ROUTING

Route, re-route, and feed back audio with absolute freedom. Any output can be connected to any input, and there are even modulation inserts which can be routed within the section – such as treating an envelope as an audio source and using it to excite the comb filter. In MASSIVE X, there’s no need to choose or compromise when setting up your patch.


MASSIVE MODULATION

PERFORMERS AND REMOTE OCTAVE

The three Performers let you draw up to eight bars of modulation, then drag and drop to any parameter for shifting and evolving patches. They can run independently, or reset each time a note is played. The Remote Octave lets you trigger them with a control octave on your keyboard, meaning you can essentially play modulation in real time. With up to three different patterns per note of the octave, there’s an almost endless amount of evolution and expression to be had – especially when combined with other modulation sources.


ENVELOPES AND LFOS

From the subtle to the supersonic, the nine slots for LFO and envelope modulation in MASSIVE X are there to get it done. Switcher LFOs change shape, and can be modulated themselves to change over time. There’s also a Random LFO, Exciter Envelope, and Modulation Envelopes with in-depth shaping, hold, and behavior controls. Tune each of them down to the finest detail for careful sound design, or route them in different ways and make them modulate each other for seriously experimental sounds and unexpected results.


TRACKERS

The Trackers let you modulate depending on which note you play, and how. Draw curves for subtle modulation, such as opening the filter with higher notes or decreasing reverb in the low-end, or create extreme key-by-key modulation changes for completely different sounds within a melody.


VR MOD

The Voice Randomizer adds randomized modulation to any source. Simple but effective, it can be used in the same way as any other modulator with any parameter. It’s a great tool for analog-style sounds to emulate drifting in the oscillators, filter, and pitch, as well as for more extreme chance variation when cranked up.


MACRO CONTROLS

Get hands-on with any parameter using 16 macro controls, as well as pitch bend, modwheel, and aftertouch controls. Assign them to what you need the most to shape your sound when playing live or recording. They also act as a bridge between MASSIVE X and your DAW’s automation."

2 comments:

  1. Check your CPU requirements carefully before you purchase. None of my systems will run MassiveX, and they're just ten years old.

    https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/synths/massive-x/specifications/

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  2. https://support.native-instruments.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001544678-MASSIVE-X-Requires-AVX-Compatible-Processor

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Vector_Extensions#CPUs_with_AVX

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