Massive Rediscovered, Bouncing

Native Instruments MassiveAs I switched over to a MacPro as my main studio computer I didn’t immediately install all the earlier plug-ins. Rather I put them in on demand, such as the mastering tools. The rest I kind of kept in the attic, and installing them with a fresh mind. It’s like picking up a guitar from storage and falling in love with the guitar again. Attics are nice, software attics, too.

This time I installed Massive as I’m looking at more electronic-centric film music as a project. It was indeed fun rediscovering this one. Here’s a quick sample I did as one of the first sounds:

Still with plenty of RAM and an Intel MacPro, Massive is still a massive CPU-eater, that’s for sure.

However, in most cases either freezing or bouncing is quite fine to do. I use bouncing quite a lot nowadays to render down material that could be played back later with less manipulations. It forces me to make production decisions on the fly so that I don’t get stuck in endless tinkering. I even re-configured the default key bindings so that Command-E in Logic is now exporting regions, not exporting whole tracks, as that’s the more common operations.

Another option is to save it as an AppleLoop and drag the green AppleLoop into an audio track. This way the saved 24-bit audio file is used rather than the midi file with the plug-in. And if you ever want to change the MIDI you could drag it into an instrument track and re-tweak. So there’s plenty of flexibility in the Logic environment. I tend to avoid freezing tracks as it takes a while to freeze a whole song track, but that’s always an option, too.


  1. You could also just lower the CPU mode a couple notches. “Eco” mode can halve the CPU load on some patches, with surprisingly little consequence.

  2. That’s a good point. Many SW synths have a way to disable the number of polyphonic tones present, helping out with the overall CPU load. Vanguard has something similar. The curse is that the vendors have it on max setting by default to show all the features while we end users would prefer to start from a smaller value by default and increase if needed…

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