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New synths 2019 - Massive X vs Pigments 2

New synths 2019 - Massive x and Pigments 2
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2 Interesting new software synths from 2019

Arturia Pigments

Pigments is a modern digital analog synthesizer build on Arturias V3 Host system. Compared to Massive X this is an easier synthesizer with a simpler GUI.

Pigments is a dual engine synthesizer with 2 filters, an effects section and a sequencer/arpeggiator. A simple design and easy to use.

Pigments V2 update

Late 2019 Arturia updated Pigments to a V2 with a new sample engine with a granular synthesis option.

New synths 2019 - Pigments 2 engine typesNew Pigments 2 engine types

The new sample engine is a great add to a great synthesizer.

Pigments 2 sample engine with granular synthesisNew Synths 2019 - Pigments 2 new sample engine with granular synthesis option

Pigments Pros

  • Nice and unique GUI
  • Clever modulation


  • The effects system is a little over complicated
  • Can be a bit CPU heavy
What is new in Pigments 2
  • New sampler engine
    • Includes a granular synthesis part
  • MPE support
  • Improved sequencer

Pigments is a good and versatile synthesizer and worth having. Not a cheap synth.

Native Instruments Massive X

Massive X is a new synths from 2019. A moderne version of the old Massive from 2007.

A new and more generic synthesizer compared to the old Massive.
The interface is good but like the old Massive not for beginners who want to start programming a synthesizer.

Compared to Pigments Massive X is more complicated with a busier GUI but it is a powerfull and well build synthesizer.


  • Everything is bigger and extended compared to the old Massive
  • A genericly build synthesizer


  • Requires an AVX compatible CPU
  • Can be a bit CPU heavy

New effects

Massive X has 2 x 3 effects slots. The 2 effects groups has different effect options.

Effects slots A,b, C


New Synth 2019- Massive X A B C Effects
A, B and C slot effects

Effect slots A,B and C has 10 effects to choose from

New synth 2019 - Extra Oscillator effectOSC effect

OSC is a clever way to add more oscillators to a preset through the effects system.

Affect slot A, B and C can be set to OSC to add 3 extra oscillators.

Massive X effect slot C Wave Folder
Massive X slot C with a Wave Folder effect

The wave folder is another interesting effect.

Effects slots X, Y, Z

New synth 2019 - effects X Y Z
Slots X, Y and Z has a list of 9 effects to choose from.

Massive X Stereo Expander effect
Massive X Stereo Expanader effect

Stereo Expander is a new effect that was not part of the original Massive syntesizer effects.
As the name says it widens the stereo by timeshifting the left and right signals. It creates phase issues so beware of overusing it. 

Massive X effects Nonlinear LabNonlinear Lab effect

Nonlinear Lab is a new effect for non linear effects like distortion/overdrive. It has a cabinet and amp model probably from the GuitarRig plugin.

Massive X is interesting and ok priced as part of Native Instrument Komplete 12