Oh, darn it! I thought MASSIVE X was just around the corner. February they said when they announced Komplete 12 back in September. Turns out we’ll have to wait until June. Behringer could have cloned and manufactured three classic synths in the same amount of development time.
In the meantime Native Instruments has released more images to keep us salivating. The first thing that strikes me is how similar it looks to Reaktor Blocks. I guess ultimately all the NI synths are built in Reaktor but the original Massive had a lot of individuality in tone and style from other Reaktor Ensembles. But it may only be skin deep.
What we now know is that MASSIVE X is a dual wavetable synthesizer with phase modulators and room for three additional syncable oscillators. There are two noise sources, a Blue Monark filter, phase, reverb and delay effects. The bottom row is all about modulation. There appear to be three modulators – two envelopes and a multi-wave LFO, although the text says that there are “eight configurable modulators”. The bottom half can transform into something called “Performers” which are automation-style modulation sequencers.
Following the Reaktor idea is a new routing section that lets you freely patch the various modules together however you see fit.
Maybe we’ll catch a glimpse of it at NAMM or Superbooth before it arrives (you promise?) in June.
- Native Instrument MASSIVE X webpage.