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Native Instruments Massive is still alive

Native Instruments Massive is still alive
| @ 16 Sounds music production blog

16 sounds synth presetsNative Instruments Massive Synth from 2007 is still alive.

Has the release of Massive X killed the old NI Massive synth?

NI Massive is probably one of the most used software synthesizers over time. Time will tell if Massive X is getting the same icon status as a marked leading synthesizer but Massive is still alive. Massive X will probably not get the same marked share and the competition is harder today with 10+ times more synths to choose from.

Sound quality

The synth can still do detailed sounds that has a vibe with its wavetables, envelops and LFOs.
CPU usage is reasonable and its closest competitors are probably Serum and perhaps Spire.


  • The 8 Macros and modulation capabilities
  • Visible envelops that actually show it and not like Massive X´s analog synth approach with no visible envelops
  • Easy GUI and easy to program
  • Good at Bass and Pad sounds
  • Reasonable CPU usage, even with unison at 2 or more
  • Lots of 3. party Massive patches


  • It is 12 years old
  • Limited wavetables
  • Grainy reverb effects

Massive patches

If you own this synth do not throw it away! Check out our Massive presets

Listen to Retro Vibes demo tracks
All demo tracks are made with our preset package "Retro Vibes" for the Native Instruments Massive Synth.

Massive Retro Vibes M

Massive Retro Vibes M

Virtual Analog synth patches for real-life music production.
Massive presets with sounds from the '70s and '80s.
Listen to the audio demos.