Massive X Tutorial

First off, a big Thank You to Native Instruments for making Massive X resize-able. For those of us working on 27″ iMacs and then taking the sessions on the road with a 13″ Macbook, you either can barely see the plugin, or the plugin is too big for the screen. Resizing is essential.

Massive X resize
Massive X resize

Native Instruments very recently released the updated Massive X. For those that don’t know, the original Massive was put on the map by dubstep, or should I say dubstep was put on the map by Massive. Serum took the ideas first released in Massive to new heights, and Native Instruments is seeking to take the crown back when it comes to Wavetable Synthesis combined with Automation.

Massive X
Massive X

Massive X Wavetable Oscillators

Oscillator Section
Oscillator Section

Massive X has 2 wavetable oscillators, consisting of 170 shapes. The controls for Oscillator 1 and 2 are essentially the same. To adjust the volume of each Oscillator, you can adjust each respective slider (1 in the figure.) To change the wave shape, select a different one from the drop down (2 in the figure.) A complete list of the wave shapes is below. An early favorite is Drift, Dusty B which adds a bit of analog out of tune feel.

You can adjust the wave table by turning the “knob” (3 in the figure) and alter the entire pitch by clicking the 0.000 and dragging up or down.

Massive X has introduced more Oscillator Modes. The original Massive only had “Spectrum”, “Bend +”, “Bend -“, “Bend +/-” and “Formant” modes and these have been revamped. You can change the mode by selecting from the drop down (5 in the figure.) These modes will alter the wave shape in various ways, and the options underneath, along with the “filter” and “phase” knobs, will change feature parameters based on what is selected.

  • Basics
    • Banana
    • Bipolar PWM
    • Harold Saw
    • PWM Antidormic
    • Sin-Tri-Saw-SQ
    • Sin-Tri-SQ-Saw
    • SQ-Sin-Saw
  • Operators
    • OP EP Body
    • OP Power Tri
    • OP Sin WM
    • OP Sin WM Mirror
    • OP Sin-Imp
    • OP Sin-Imp Mirror
    • OP Sin-Trapezoid
    • OP Soft Shift
    • OP Wave Passing
  • Harmonics
    • Caspamonics A
    • Caspamonics B
    • Loverparade
    • Moto Saw
    • Moto SQ
    • Roundonics
    • Saw-SQ Ratio
    • Sin Ratio 1-24
    • SQ X2 Sync
    • SQ-Saw Ratio
    • Trilanda
  • Additive + FM
    • Crusty
    • Drift Organ A
    • Drift Organ B
    • Drift Organ C
    • FM Baker Bass
    • FM Distoralis
    • FM Growl
    • Grassmayer Bell
    • Layer Bell
    • Lazerbizz A
    • Lazerbizz B
    • Lazerbizz C
    • Lazerbizz D
    • Metallic String A
    • Metallic String B
    • Meatatron A
    • Meatatron B
    • Organ Waves
  • Monster
    • Bitrain
    • Bumb SQ
    • Caspatic
    • Dirty Vowel
    • Dragon Crush
    • Drop
    • FM Math
    • Goo
    • Goonetics
    • Gorilla Alpha-Male
    • Gorilla Beta-Male
    • Gorilla Female
    • Hohlkopf
    • Hygen
    • Memphista
    • Memphisto
    • Monsta
    • Moving Walls A
    • Moving Walls B
    • Moving Walls C
    • Moving Walls D
    • Moving Walls E
    • Overthere
    • Pleuda Wobble A
    • Pleuda Wobble B
    • Pleuda Wobble C
    • Pleuda Wobble D
    • Quack Attack
    • Smearus
    • Squarolution
    • Tollwut A
    • Tollwut B
    • Wrap me
  • Drift
    • Cadenza A
    • Cadenza B
    • Drift Ocataves
    • Dual Saw
    • Dusty A
    • Dusty B
    • Gritty Organ
    • Herbst
    • Jigsaw
    • Multi Saw
    • Quad Saw
    • Quad Saw Oct
    • Quartology A
    • Quartology B
    • Reiber Organ
    • Simp drift
    • Solo drift B
    • Susaw
    • Susaw +
    • Susaw Octave
    • Uplifter
  • Filter
    • BP Driven Saw
    • BP Driven SQ
    • Crisy Bacon
    • Dual Bacon
    • LP Driven SQ
    • LP Saw
    • LP Smooth SQ
    • LP Xbit SQ
  • Formant
    • Aggrogut
    • Eckrecht
    • Fofi Hi
    • Fofi S + H
    • Formant Saw
    • Growl
    • Halskloss
    • Kodiak Vowels
    • Normund
    • Notch SQ
    • Notch SQ Lofi
    • Owei SQ
    • Spucknapf
    • Talkative SQ
    • Talkative SQ 8but
    • Tender Men
    • Thats Me
  • FX
    • Durish
    • Jungle Morse
    • Noise Seed
    • Pladep
    • Pygme
    • Rainforest
    • Schoen
    • Solo Bala
    • Supatif
    • Vibra Harmonics
  • Mixed
    • Atari SQ
    • Flower
    • Flower SQ
    • Glitter
    • Glow
    • Lampio
    • Raspel
    • Sifer

This section, just as the name implies, are wave shapes from the original Massive that have been carried over to Massive X and remastered.

  • Remastered
    • Arctic
    • Bronze
    • Carbon
    • Chrome
    • Cicada
    • Colors
    • Crusher
    • Digigrain
    • Kangaroo
    • Modern Talking
    • Polysaw
    • Roughmath
    • Scrap Yard
    • Squelchy

Oscillator Modes

  • Standard
    • Forward
    • Backward

    • Polarity+
    • Polarity-
  • Bend
    • Strong
    • Medium
    • Gentle

    • Neutral
    • Up-Down
    • For-Back
  • Mirror
  • Hardsync
    • Hard
    • Soft
    • Grain

    • Neutral
    • Up-Down
    • For-Back
  • Wrap
    • Hard
    • Soft
    • Grain

    • Neutral
    • Up-Down
    • For-Back
  • Formant
    • Neutral
    • Up-Down
    • For-Back
  • Art
    • Hard
    • Bity
    • Soft

    • Neutral
    • Up-Down
    • For-Back
    • FU-DB
  • Gorilla
    • King
    • Kang
    • Kong

    • x1
    • x2
    • x3
    • x4
    • x5
    • x6
  • Random
    • Fluid
    • Thunder
    • Divine

    • P.Rnd
    • P.Switch
  • Jitter
    • J1
    • J2
    • J3

    • P.Rnd
    • P.Switch

Noise Oscillator

There are two Noise Oscillators in Massive X. Each one has it’s own volume control and pitch knob. Each noise table allows you to pick a setting from 6 major groups. There’s the standard White and Pink Noise under Static. Static also includes things like Cymbal and Hihat, presumably Native Instruments feels these would be well suited towards creating those sounds. Other Categories are Friction, Processed, Environment, Machines and Beings. The Immediately option from Being is an early favorite.

Filter Section

Next to the Noise generators is the Filter Section.

  • Asimov
  • Blue Monark
  • Comb
  • Creak
  • Groian
  • Scanner
  • SVF
  • SVF Parallel
  • SVF Serial

More to come! Stay tuned.