MATRIXSYNTH: Free TouchOSC controller for Native Instruments' Massive synthesizer

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Free TouchOSC controller for Native Instruments' Massive synthesizer

video upload by Mat Ward

"Control Native Instruments' Massive synthesizer from your iPad, iPhone or Android device.

Download the template and instructions (also shown below) for free here:

Note that you need the TouchOSC app to use it, which is not free.


1. OK, sorry, this isn’t exactly plug and play, but it’s worth persevering with. First, download the TouchOSC app via I think it’s worth paying full price for, but if you think it’s too expensive, you can try signing up to get alerts for when it’s on sale at, which is how I first got it. Note that the app is cross platform, for iPad, iPhone and Android, so in theory this template should also work on iPhone and Android, though I have built it for iPad and tested it on iPad only. Let me know if you try it on iPhone or Android.

2. Read all the instructions at to get the app working. Yes, the instructions seem to have been written in a rather technical way by coders, but if someone like me figured it out in the end, so will you. If not, the developers are very responsive and helpful if you email them.

3. Transfer the TouchOSC template file named MassiveController.tosc to the TouchOSC app on your iPad using iTunes filesharing.

4. Upload the template within the app and press the play button in the app to get it in play mode.

5. Start up Massive in your Digital Audio Workstation. Every wheel and fader that has a "MIDI Learn" option has been included on the controller. Just right click on a knob or fader on Massive, choose "MIDI Learn", then turn or slide the corresponding knob or fader on the controller to assign it. Once you have assigned all the knobs and faders (or however many you want to), go to the "File" drop-down menu at the top of Massive, choose "Options..." then click on the "MIDI" tab. Click on "New" and give your MIDI Setup a name. You can then load this MIDI Setup whenever you want to use the controller.

6. Massive should now respond to all the controls on the controller:

- all "MIDI Learn" functions
- 9-octave, 108-key, velocity-sensitive (according to your finger position) keyboard
- hold keys function
- cut off sound function
- cut off notes function

7. I built the general user interface to mimic the exact dimensions of Massive, but if you press the top right, I've included a version with a bigger keyboard that's easier to play, unless you have toddler's fingers.

Any problems, email me at and I’ll try to help you. If you want to say thanks, please stream or download my music for free. I’ve made loads of concept albums about Apple, Elon Musk, Mars, financial markets, the media and other fun stuff in a future bass / drum and bass style. Visit:

Here's a link to the plugin it controls. There's even a free demo:"

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