5 Simple Must Know Tricks for Massive [video blog]

Massive is a beast, truly. It has so many secrets that I have yet to unlock.

Today, I am going to share 5 Simple Must Know Massive Tricks.

Since this is my first "video blog" , I am going to keep it simple. As I continue to write new content and post new videos, the content will naturally get more and more in depth. 

If your a massive vet and have been using it for years, most of the tips in this video won't apply to you.

Some Topics in this video Include :

- Vibrato Tail's

- Sliding Notes

- Wider Sounds

- OSC routing for epic control

-LFO girt modulation.

Check it out below.

Awesome thanks for watching !

I am also including the written version of this video. 

If you watched the video, there is NO reason to read this section.

This isn't really meant for anyone to "read" ( unless you want to) its more for the sake of Google Searches. Its going to be utterly confusing without video content FYI.

However, if you can't watch the video, this is more or less the same content in basic form.


Written Version of the Blog :

Today I am going to show you 5 Ways to Get More Unique Sounds in Massive. I am going to take the most common questions and answer them for you.

If your a massive vet, you may know how to do all of these already. For anyone else they should help you craft some more unique sounds.

Question 1.

How do you “ slide notes” ?

A simple question but one that gets asked weekly. Sliding from one note to another is easy to do in Massive.

Step 1 : Start with a basic new sound.

Step 2: Click the voicing tab, then check monophon and legato.

Step 3. After these are checked head over to the osc tab, under the OSC tab you will want to adjust your time to suit the slide you are going for.

Modifying the Time Slider will change the rate of slide, this will give you different tones and pitch amounts based on the sound you are after.

Question 2.

How do you make the end of the note have vibrato?

A common trend in house music is having the end of the synth have some vibrato modulation. To do this in massive requires a few simple steps.

Step One: Start with the basic patch, have a long sustained note so you can hear the effects of the vibrato on the synth.

Step Two: Play the basic sound, this way you can hear the difference the vibrato makes.

Step 3: If your preset has the basic “ vibrato “ yellow macro routing, turn it off. Not all presets have this, but my new sound one does.

Step 4: Once this is is off, grab the blue 1 env Tab. Drag the tab to the vibrato knobs. Adjusting the amount of rate and depth will drastically change the sound , for this example we are going to use a large amount for added effect.

Step 5 : Click back to your 1 env tab. This is going to control how fast the vibrato comes in. For this example, we are going to use a long attack so you can slowly hear it build up. Also, for this example turn the decay and level that are in the middle position to the far right.

Remember, too much vibrato is going to sound bad.

Question 3.

How can I have “ more control “ over my sounds.

In order to have more control, one way is to have each OSC on its own envelope and routed to the amp mod.

Why would this matter?

If I have each OSC on a different envelope, than I can effectively control each range of the bass. If the sub range is one osc, the bass is another and the top is the last osc. I can control the attack, sustain, decay of each and every layer of that bass.

This gives much better control than one envelope controlling the entire “range of the bass”

Let's go over this is practice.

Step One: Load up a new patch. Then go to osc 1 and change it to magyr. Also, for the preset I am lowering it down one octave. Now, simply play this so you know what your working with.

Step 2: Go down to the blue 1 env and route it to the amp modulation as such. Now, the decay and level settings inside the 1 env tab, will control the amount of low end the track is outputting. This is a great tool, because instead of having to boost the EQ, you can simply adjust the decay and level as such. This gets more important in the later steps.

Step 3: Add another layer, go to osc 2 and put on a Disto. Lower this by -12 also. Copy the WT all the way to the right, intensity at 9 o'clock and amp all the way off. Just like OSC 1, route 2 env to the amp modulation. This will give you more direct control over this section.

Now, I will be the first to admit this process isn't needed, however it can give you more direct control. 

This is key to getting a full clean track.

Remember, when you route this way, you can boost each section as needed. You can control its pump and “release“ as well using the same ADSR controls, but for this video I have kept it simple only using basic controls.

Routing things this way can work for any lead as well. In general, it will give you more control over that section. Instead of “ adding layers” think about adding osc's.

Question 4

How can I make my synth wider.

While there are a lot of ways to do this outside of Massive, one trick I like to use is called the pan postion slider in Massive.

Warning. This CAN make the sounds do weird stuff, funky phasing, bad distortion etc etc. It works amazing sometimes, sometimes not so much. Just a FYI.

This simple to use trick is as follows.

Step 1 : Open a new sound and click on the voicing tab.

Step 2: Turn from 1 unisono to 2 unisono.

Step 3:  Play the note so you can hear what it sounds like

Step 4: Turn the pan postion slider on and move it side to side. You will hear where your synth is moving in the mix.

Wider on the sides, closer to center in the middle of the slider (mono) . You may have the best luck soloing each of these to be able to hear whats happening.

Again, this doesn't work for everything and isn't need for everything, but can be helpful at times for certain sounds.

Question 5.

How do I get that super gritty LFO sound.

A common question is how do you get a super gritty LFO sound, (THINK Old Skrillex Square leads). This is another easy trick, that can be useful on almost any synth to add some flavor.

Step 1:  Load up the basic new sound, slide over the wt to the square section. 

Step 2: Play the sound, so you can get the basic idea what it sounds like stock. Then go to 5 LFO and route the lfo under the pitch. Try pushing up the LFO to a .20 to .35 range, but really whatever sounds best to you.

Step 3: Crank the LFO rate fully right and play the note again.You now have the dirty lfo sound.

This is always fun to try on any preset, try using it on random plucks, leads, and even some bass stuff and you can end up getting some unique sounds !

There you have it, 5 Simple Tricks to get more unique sounds in Massive.

If you only read the article, go back and check out the video when you get a chance. Like I said, I mainly only added the written section for the sake of Googles Search Engine.

Feel free to drop me any comments on what you'd like in future videos.


Posted on February 7, 2015 and filed under Music Production.