Synth Courses - Massive

Want to truly get to grips with NI Massive? This 3-hour set of tutorials takes you from the very beginning right through to advanced sound design, explaining all of the synthesizing technology included in this powerful, cutting-edge instrument. The course delves into all the main stages of subtractive synthesis, covering the oscillators, filters, modulators and global and insert FX. After all of the synth sections have been explored, there are some lessons on preset making, combining all of the techniques into some practical examples to help students put everything into context.

The course is presented in a series of online videos, with accompanying written notes and synth presets to work to, as well as more than £25 worth of additional presets supplied by our sponsor Loopmasters. Don't miss out on this essential guide to synthesis and sound design for one of the most popular synths on the market today!

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Module Details

  • 1. Introduction and Overview
    Introduces the Course Style and provides an overview of the instrument, covering the three main display areas, where synth presets can be browsed, managed and edited. There is also a brief guide to setting up the synth in standalone mode.
  • 2. Oscillators and Noise Generator
    Covers Massive's sound-generators, those being the three oscillators and noise generator, explaining the different types of waveforms available in each, and how they can be edited. In addition to demonstrating how each control works, there is an example of how to combine them in order to create a simple patch.
  • 3. Filters
    Teaches about the different types of filters available and the effect they have on the sound. Also provides a guide to the way signals can be routed through the filters, showing some examples of parallel and series setups.
  • 4. Effects and Routing
    Goes through all of the effects available on Massive, including a more comprehensive guide to the most popular ones. Shows how different effects can be applied to the main output, as well as various points earlier in the signal path.
  • 5. Introduction to Modulation - Envelopes
    Takes a look at envelopes, starting with the most common type, the amplitude envelope, which changes the level over time. Then moves on to some other classic uses of envelope modulation, where filter frequency and oscillator pitch are manipulated.
  • 6. Cyclic Modulation - Looped Envelopes and LFOs
    Continues looking at modulation by exploring the continuous types featured on Massive, those being looped envelopes and LFOs. Includes a guide to making the classic dubstep wobble bass.
  • 7. Modulation Part III - Stepper and Performer
    Runs through Massive's 2 onboard sequencers, showing how they can be used to create all sorts of incredible effects. There is also a brief guide to making your own chorus.
  • 8. Modulation Part IV - The Modulation Oscillator
    Teaches some of the different ways Massive's modulation oscillator can be used to modify a preset. There is also a demonstration of the different types of synthesis and modulation it provides, including FM (frequency modulation) and Ring modulation, showing how to create some classic and more diverse sounds.
  • 9. Additional Oscillator Settings and Voicing
    Gives a run through of all the additional parameters featured in the central display, including how to apply glide and vibrato, how to set up polyphony and legato, and also the setting up of unisono voices and keyboard tracking.
  • 10. Global Settings, MIDI Control and more
    Ties up all the loose ends by explaining the remaining controls and features not covered so far, including how to use the Feedback and Bypass circuits, how to stack modulation and apply sidechain modulation, how to set up the macros and other performance modulators, as well as a whole host of global settings.
  • 11. Making a Fat Bass Preset
    Gives a practical example of how to apply many of the techniques taught in order to produce a fat bass preset.
  • 12. Making a Multi-Layered Preset
    Shows the full potential of Massive by demonstrating how it can be used to simultaneously produce drums, bass and lead parts, in order to make a house groove.
Author Rob Jones
Contains Videos, notes, presets
Format Streaming
Length 3 hours
Level Beginners-Advanced
Provider Producertech
Price $78.92

Customer Reviews

Outstanding Course!
Reviewed by Dylan JK Vogt from Washington, DC

This Massive course by Synth Courses was just what I needed to fully understand this seemingly overwhelming synth and begin applying it to my productions immediately.

The course discusses everything from synth interface and basic sound design principles to advanced uses of the synth. I now have a clear understanding of Massive's routing system and many modulation options, something I never understood at the level explained.

Rob, the course tutor, proves an expert in the synth and provides an excellent course that is easy to understand and very helpful. There is not a wasted moment and you will truly learn EVERY aspect of this synth.

If you're a serious producer looking to use Massive in your everyday productions at its full potential, this course is an ideal investment.

January 2013
Reviewed by Morley Robertson from Tokyo

This course wins my 5 star rating easily. I have browsed and bought quite a few Massive Tutorials. This one took the cake. I was blown away at the last chapter - you need to experience it. I had to stop and take it in... There is a lot you can do with this soft synth.

I was also inspired to go out and create "non-abrasive" sounds. The sine tone on Massive sounds good - if I am to be believed when I say one sine tone sounds better than another. Massive is fatter.

Back in the day, I once fed a JX-3P through a Rat Fuzz box and noticed that the result was pleasing. But I also felt that I was doing something "illegal". Thanks to Rob's tutorial, I now know that you can run your synth through two fuzz boxes in serial.

January 2013
Reviewed by Dave Holmes from Cumbria

This is exactly what I would expect from Rob Jones. Each module is explained in a lot of detail & in a manner which helps you understand its functionality & the processes behind creating from the simple, to an over all sound, you want to create.

Massive can be a complex instrument and the content provided demystifies this... with lots of helpful tips along the way for the types of sounds most commonly used in music production & how best to use them.

Thanks Rob for saving me the trouble of reading the manual ;)

December 2012

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