And what is AVX anyway? I guess most people like me are checking the OS needed for the soft instrument. If you have the right OS you are safe, right? Nope wrong! Just before Massive X was released Native started a marketing campain for upgrading Komplete. The new Massive was one of the most focused selling points in the campain. You really need to look hard to find any information on the AVX limit. Since this is a very unfamliar limit there should be HUGE posters! The guys in Native have been working on Massive X for months.
They are aware of the problem. Referring to it on the Komplete and Massive X web pages. But, alas what you get is a tiny sign well hidden. Who is to blame? It seems like there are many pepole on this forum that blames the customers. Are they all morons? Or, is it that this particular limit is so unfamiliar that it is easily missed? Why has not Native said to themselves; "This is such an unfamiliar limit that we really need to WARN our potential customers on this one"?
On the contrary, they seem to have landed on tucking the information away. Is it good policy to blame the customers anyway?
I know techonolgy moves ahead and sooner or later there will come a product that your old computer cannot handle, I do however question Natives marketing moral and I also wonder how the Native standing is in the MAC Pro community these days. Second, I also purchased "Super 8" which is not included in KU12 as it is a brand new product and that also works perfectly on my 5,1 Mac Pro. Very disappointing as I am a big Native Instruments user. So as you can see I'm heavily invested in the Native Instruments eco system.
So finding out that a flagship synth of theirs, potentially future VST also are not compatible with my workflow disappoints me. I guess that's what I get for thinking a Core dual processor would be enough.
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There's no way to emulate the sounds in Massive? Well yes and no. As each synth is its own animal I guess an exact emulation is impossible, however you should be able to get as close as very few would hear the difference. When you hear a song, are you able to tell which synth is used?
I have a friend who in most cases can say yes to that question, but that is for a few of the old Hardware synths and he is the only one I have come accross who can do it with a high hit rate. If you learn to program one soft synth you have the basics for each one of them, if you progress to learn the main differences of the synths like subtractive, FM, granular and so on, you can emulate or get very close to almost anything you desire. You do however need to spend some time.
They even incorporated the course in synths like Serum and Massive the old Massive that is. The workflow of MX is its own, likewise with the basics on how this synth is build. If you depend on presets it will of course be a tidious time to build every one in another synth. However, I do not think you need them all.
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Also remember: You do not need MX to make good music. Nobody will ever burst out; "That is a very good Massive X based song". I would like to have had MX to play around with and somtimes a fair composition comes out of that playing around. Lucky me. I am afraid that my Massive X purchase will have to stay in the box - NI you know how to frustrate your customers :.
Yes, very frustrating. I am not able to run it either. However I have been able to test it on my MACbook pro. And I must say it is not really very much you have missed. That is of course depending on what else you've got. Remember it is not the synth that limits you making good music. After playing around for a while with MX I am not very impressed.
I have other synths that are far better. I do still think that Native sheit on their legs with the information on this one. If you still are deperate to run MX; Here are some workarounds the first two are costly, the 3rd is cumbersome :. Then install VePro and link the two machines by ethernet cable. PC or MAC does not matter. You need two computers and VePro. If you do not previously own these, this solution is in my opinion far too expencive compared to the quality of MX. You do however need DAWs and a digital soundcard on each machine and connect them with proper cable.
An even higher cost than workaround 1. If there are som presets or sounds you would like to have. You can borrow an AVX machine, record the presets, export and make a Kontakt instrument out of it. Also work for other synths like Falcon and Omnisphere.
Low cost, however does not give you the possibility of manipulating the presets within the synth, but they can still be FX'ed. And hey, Synth1 is free and there are thousands of presets for it. In many cases this is the only one you will ever need. There are other great synths that are almost free as well. Buy a copy og the mag Computer Music or Beat german and you get stripped but fully workable synths for the cost of a mag. Not the same as MX or other costly synths, but they may even suit you music better.
Its not even a very good synth. Many others surpass NI and this lame over profiling a new synth reminds me that NI doesn't actually make or invent anything. Ni is all about marketing a brand. Nothing new. If Lion is the newest version of OS X that will run on your Mac, but you never purchased it while it was available in the Mac App Store, you won't be able to find it for sale there anymore.
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