Assigning Modulation in NI Massive

Want to create that wobble effect, or learn how to use modulation for a host of other musical needs? David Earl, aka. SFLogicNinja, who's how in Native Instruments Massive.  

Massive is an awesome synth from Native Instruments. It has been the King of the Wobble for quite a while in Dubstep music, and has made itself known in just about every dance music genre there is. 

Massive's user interface is deceptively simple. You can see the routing fairly easily from the Oscillators to the Filters to the Effects section and Amplifier section. The really intimidating part of the synth can be the modulation area. How do we assign modulation sources so that they are controlling the parameters of the synth? 

Step 1 - Know your Envelopes

One modulator that we know is assigned is the Envelope controlling the amplifier. Envelope 4 is assigned to the Amp, but certainly can be assigned to control other parameters as well. To check out the settings of the different modulators, simply click any one of these tabs:Massive's modulator

The blue tabs are envelopes that we can assign, and the green tabs are LFOs. We can check their settings by simply selecting these tabs and making adjustments. Try selecting the tab for Envelope 4, and look at its settings:

Enveloppe 4

These are very advanced envelopes. We see an attack, decay, and release level, but we are also given something new in the sustain section - Sustain Loop, and Morph.

Step 2 - Crazy Sustains

The Morph function allows for us to create a crazy shape to the path of our sustain. Set the S Loop knob to about 1 o'clock. This determines how long the sustain stage is going to take to play through a shape. 

Now go to the Morph menu boxes, and choose '

David writes music for all media including advertising, branding, movies, television, and games. He works for such clients as Sega, LucasArts, Microsoft Game Studios, Landor and Associates, Beyond Pix, Rich Pageant, and Nextel. He also teaches at an Apple Certified training facility in San Francisco called Pyramind and has long bee... Read More


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