Design powerful and unconventional sounds by implementing this complex virtual synthesizer into your compositions and making use of its various features
In the beginning, there were modular synths, and by “beginning” I mean the 1960s of course. While many other types of more affordable and accessible electronic instruments would take their place in the decades that followed, many of them were built using similar patterns.
Today’s digital instruments are no exception; the same rules apply even to a flagship virtual synthesizer like Native Instruments’ Massive X which seems focused on shaping the future of electronic music. Keep in mind that this the follow-up to Massive, a very popular plugin from the same developers.
An advanced synth for knowledgeable users
By definition, modular synths allow you to freely connect various modules with each other to achieve different sounds. Massive X has similar features, which makes it extremely versatile, but also difficult to use by unexperienced digital musicians. If you’re new to electronic music, it’s pretty safe to say that this won’t be your first plugin.
Nevertheless, if you’re already used to creating new sounds with your VSTs, then you might quickly realize that you have a beast on your hands. At the core of its sound are the dual wavetable oscillators that come with many, well, wavetables that have adjustable positions, levels, and pitches. Next, are the noise modules, which also come with many “noisetables” that can give your sound an experimental edge.
You can then proceed to add different filters and different types of effects that will shape your sound even further. You’ll likely spend some time testing all the different parameters and deciding which work best with your productions.
Customization and presets
But as I’ve already mentioned, the plugin’s versatility is given by the fact that its modules are sort of interchangeable. If you go to the Routing section, you’ll discover that you can connect, disconnect and reconnect inputs and outputs with just a few clicks. Furthermore, you can assign different performers to your parameters; these performers can work as oscillators or even drawn automations that may be used to create rhythms.
If all of these features make you scratch your head like I often did in the process of reviewing this plugin, just experiment with the many presets and try to understand how they were created. Even the learning process can be challenging at first, there’s little doubt that Massive X is a powerful instrument that can help you create original electronic music.