Massive X vs Zebra2

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Massive X vs Zebra2

Post by Dragonaut » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:47 pm

So both of these are on sale and I feel I’d be doing myself a disservice not picking one of them up. They both seem similar in their breadth which is what I’m looking for in a soft synth. Right now I mainly use Bazille and to a lesser extent Serum. Other than that it’s all eurorack. The main difference I perceive between the two is that Massive X has a noted brightness versus the darker sound of Zebra. Those Hans Zimmer Blade Runner sounds really call to me though. Jeez! If only I want set on a Rainmaker I could buy both!
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Post by EATyourGUITAR » Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:40 pm

serum is good. keep using serum. massive is also good. zebra is good but massive has more updates recently. don't sleep on FM8. reveal sound spire is great because it is the perfect basic soft synth with basic fx like delay and reverb. you can probably get most subtractive synth sounds in sound spire. similar to a nord lead 2 or a access virus. there is something special about having no extra stuff with spire. the opposite of serum.
https://www.reveal-sound.com/

I would recommend getting some saturation or distortion plugins for your synthesizer.

https://www.voxengo.com/product/shinechilla/

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... expansions

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... rn-plug-in
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Post by proteus-ix » Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:40 pm

Massive X is... weird. You can make some cool sounds with it, but the UI is clunky as hell, and I've made bigger, badder basses with the $7 Union wavetable synth by SoundSpot (which is supposed to be on like 90% intro sale, but still... $7 vs full price Massive X).

Meanwhile, Zebra is pretty much hands down one of the best soft synths, or just plain synths, ever.

I would go with Zebra, and wait for NI to smooth out the kinks on Massive X.

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Post by hex » Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:16 am

You might want to give Phase Plant a look.

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Post by EATyourGUITAR » Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:09 pm

hex wrote:You might want to give Phase Plant a look.
this looks better than serum. I always hated the built in FX in serum. the distortions and overdrives are shit. I really just want to use fabfilter saturn or izotope trash 2 but then I lose the ability to do the internal modulation and serum preset. so it becomes an ableton instrument rack CPU hog instead. maybe with phase plant or uvi falcon I can finally get something decent. I have DCAM synth squad and while it was good 10 years ago, it does not hold up to what else is available in 2019.
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Post by OMN » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:13 pm

You can't really replace any of Massive X, Zebra 2 or Serum with each other. Get all three if you can and give your time to get the best out of them.

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