NI Massive

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Developer(s)Native Instruments
Initial releaseOctober 16, 2006
Stable release
1.5.12 / 2023-03-09
Operating systemmacOS, Microsoft Windows
TypeSynthesizer plugin

Massive is a commercial wavetable software synthesizer plugin manufactured by Native Instruments for use in professional audio production. It utilizes several wavetables and oscillators in the creation of synthetic timbres. The software can be used as a VST plugin within a digital audio workstation, or as a standalone program. Released in 2006,[1] the plugin has gained widespread popularity in the electronic music field, and is one of the most popular synthesizer plugins for modern dance music production.[2]


Massive features a hybrid digital-analog design which is intended for the production of bass and lead sounds. Based on wavetable synthesis, the plugin’s sound is formed by three wave oscillators with separate controls for wavetable position, pitch, and wave shaping. The sound created from these oscillators can be driven through two separate filters. Onwards, the sound in output is shaped with four different envelopes, which feature settings for attack, decay, release and sustain, and these can be set individually for any knob in the plugin interface. Modulation settings include LFO, Performer and Stepper options.


In August 2018 Native Instruments announced a new line of expansion packs for Massive called Massive Expansions.[3] Each expansion comes loaded with 150 customizable presets tailored towards a specific genre or mood. At launch expansions Stadium Flex, Nocturnal State, and Spectrum Quake were released.


  1. ^ "Native Instruments releases Massive, Absynth 4, Battery 3, FM8 and Komplete 4". KVR Audio. 16 October 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  2. ^ "The 54 best VST/AU plugin synths in the world today". MusicRadar. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Introducing: Massive Expansions". Native Instruments. Retrieved 30 January 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • "Test Tones: Native Instruments Massive". Future Music (U.S. ed.). February 2007. pp. 76–9. ISSN 1553-6777. OCLC 57054243.

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