Last Updated on June 15, 2022.
Massive needs no introduction. I think we all know that this Native Instruments plug-in is one of the top synthesizers in the world of music production today, especially in the electronic music field.
It was built in 2007 as a semi-modular wavetable synthesizer and has been dominating the world of electro and bass music ever since.
Best Paid Massive Presets & Expansion Packs
Even though Massive comes with a comprehensive library of 1,300 stock presets, you can always purchase more presets and expansion packs made by Native Instruments, sound designers, and other companies that specialize in sample packs and presets, such as Cymatics, Loopmasters, ADSRsounds, Big Fish Audio, Plugin Boutique, Mode Audio, and many more.
Most of these companies also offer free Massive presets and expansion packs that are royalty-free which we’ll check out later on.
I’m going to start off the list with;
MASSIVE PRESETS – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION by Rankin Audio (93.06)
Best massive presets pack in terms of value for your money.
This pack is an incredible collection that serves both beginners and professionals in the electronic music world. It has over 750 presets spanning House, Dubstep, Trap, and Drum & Bass.
It is 7.9 MB of pure Massive presets that cover everything you will need to make the low end of your tracks dirty, heavy, and seriously fat.
This pack might set you back a little in terms of cash, but it might just be the only Massive presets pack you will ever need.
Get the RankinAudio Massive Preset Collection here: Loopmasters.
808 BASS SAMPLES by Apollo Sound ($25.95)
One of the best 808 expansion packs on the market.
Who doesn’t need a good, deep, dirty 808 to make the crowd go crazy on the dancefloor? This pack has a total of 400 loops and presets sampled from the best analog & digital hardware synths, such as Dave Smith Mopho, Yamaha Motif, Access Virus, and Korg Volca Bass.
This pack is irreplaceable to music producers and bass-loving people out there.
Get the 808 BASS SAMPLES here: Loopmasters.
Dubstep – Massive Presets by High Rankin ($18.68)
Award-winning and top-rated pack by Loopmasters and Pluginboutique!
This Massive presets pack is crafted by High Rankin, who’s one of the scenes’ more eccentric artists. He’s a dubstep producer from the UK whose live performances have become highly in demand across the UK, Europe, and Russia. In this fresh and exclusive pack, he offers a great selection of patches that are designed to complement Drum & Bass and Dubstep productions, and other styles also.
This expansion packs 65 dubstep Presets, comprised of 13 Lead Basses, 35 Main Bass Patches, and 12 Mid Bass Presets. And 64 ready to edit MIDI Files.
Get the Dubstep – Massive Presets here: Loopmasters.
SPECTRUM QUAKE by Native Instruments ($29)
Best Massive expansion pack made by Native Instruments.
Inside this pack is a total of 150 bass sounds that are tailor-made by top music artists and designers. These Hard-hitting bass presets add instant depth to your tracks, and give your low-end the heaviness and push it needs.
All presets come with 8 macro controls to give you full creative control over your sounds, and to keep you infinitely inspired. I’ve used these presets on all kinds of music genres, from EDM, to hip hop and dubstep.
Get the SPECTRUM QUAKE by Native Instruments here: Native Instruments.
CFA Massive Complextro Tools by Resonance Sound ($22.95)
Best pack for complex electro and dirty bass.
Want to sound like Adriatique, Solomun, or Boris Brejcha? Then this is the pack you need. It was created by a new label called “Resonance Sound”, that’s managed by the award-winning sound design companies SOUNDS OF REVOLUTION (SOR) and CFA-SOUND.
This pack has 63 Massive Presets with full macro control allocation, 7 Construction Kits, and 80 MIDI Files. This Massive presets pack works amazingly with Complextro, Electro House, Techno, and Dubstep.
Get the CFA Massive Complextro Tools here: Pluginboutique.
FUTURE DEEP DISCO by Apollo Sound ($45.95)
One of the best nostalgic Disco sample packs there is.
I think we can all agree that disco is making a comeback. The disco revival has become a trend in music that many are excited about. It has made a comeback in “Future Nostalgia” by Dua Lipa back in 2020, Kylie Minogue with her album titled “Disco”, and many other artists are getting on the bandwagon.
This pack has 2.4 GB of top-quality sounds. It’s a nuclear mix of Deep House, Nu Disco & Synth Pop, that will help you get to the level of artists like Calvin Harris, Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, etc. In this pack you will find a huge variety of musical loops, among which are disco strings, funky synths and leads, soft pads, chopped wah guitars & more.
Get the FUTURE DEEP DISCO pack here: Loopmasters.
Beat Scenes – Massive Presets ($16.29)
Best old-school hip-hop expansion pack.
Do you ever want to make music that makes you feel like you’re cruising down the beautiful streets of sunny Los Angeles? Surrounded by palm trees and the ocean? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This Massive presets pack does the job perfectly and takes you back to the golden age of ’90s hip hop.
This pack has 60 presets and 60 MIDI Loops, from wavering synth chords and bombastic basses to silky electric pianos, twinkling synth leads, frazzled SFX and beyond. These presets will help you achieve the nostalgic vibes you’re looking for, and make you sound like artists like 2pac, Snoop Dogg, Nas, and live that 90’s thug life.
Get the Beat Scenes – Massive Presets here: ModeAudio.
Trapstep Ultra Pack by SINGOMAKERS ($8.69 – 49.93)
The ideal pack to help you with multiple music genres.
Inspired by hits from artists like Diplo, Dillon Francis, Major Lazer, Milo & Otis, and more, this pack contains absolutely everything needed for modern producers, from high-quality wav samples, vocals, patches, templates, videos, and even tutorials!
Expect to find 2.77 GB of wav 24 samples 460 One Shots, 300 Drum Loops, 100 Bass Loops, 100 Synth Loops, 200 Midi Files, 500 Rex2 Files, 14 Sampler Patches, 160 Sound FX, 6 Video Tutorials, 30 Vocal Shouts, and 180 VST Synth Patches (60 Massive Patches\ 60 Serum Patches\60 Sylenth1 Patches).
This pack contains high-quality sounds that can help you with Trap, Twerk, Trapstep, Dubstep, and Hip Hop! I have found it to be a great piece of inspiration whenever I hit writer’s block.
Get the Trapstep Ultra Pack here: Loopmasters.
Big Room Drops – Massive Presets by Loopmasters ($18.75)
One of the most essential packs for EDM in the market today.
This pack will gladly supply you with everything you need to make your drops heavy, your transitions smooth, and your leads loud
enough to drive the crowd crazy! Inside the pack are 67 Massive Presets, 77 Wav Loops and 73 MIDI Loops. Everything necessary to blow up the dancefloor!
Get the Big Room Drops pack here: Loopmasters.
EDM Ultra Pack 4 by Singomakers ($50.11)
Best expansion pack in terms of value for your money.
Just like the first 3 EDM ultra packs from Singomakers, this 4TH series is PACKED with everything you need for EDM music production, powerful One-shots, fat Bass Loops, Melody Loops,
Drop Sounds, Drums, Multi Kits, FX, Patches, Vocals, Templates, and Tutorials.
Inspired by artists like KSHMR, Don Diablo, The Chainsmokers, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Axwell, Galantis, and many more, expect to find 3,06 GB of pure power and inspiration.
Get the EDM Ultra Pack 4 here: Loopmasters.
Additional Massive Presets, Patches, and Packs:
Below is a list of more paid massive presets that I think are also worth checking out.
- Massive Deep Tech House by Zenhiser: includes 119 Massive presets for tech house.
- Twerk & Trap Innovation Series by Singomakers: more than 1.28 GB of 740 sounds and 70 midi files for trap music.
- Electro Synths Massive Presets by Loopmasters: features 64 Bass Presets and 66 MIDI Files for electro and house.
- Future House for NI Massive by Spark Presets: includes 50 Massive presets and 61 bonus items for future house.
- Deep Tech by TD Audio: 24 Ni Massive presets, 24 midi files and over 150 audio samples for Deep House, Techno and Tech House.
- CFA-Sound Massive Berlin Techno Presets by Resonance Sound: includes 94 Massive patches for techno and minimal techno.
- Safara Vol.1 Massive by Resonance Sound: 128 Massive patches, 6 MIDI construction kits and 8 MIDI Files, for trance, progressive house & electro.
- Massive Preset Megapack by Skifonix Sound: 390 Massive presets for Trap, Dubstep, Future Bass and Electro House.
- Magic Tropical House Samples by Apollo Sound: includes a total of 600 Sound Files, for Tropical House.
- Neon Dream – Massive Retro Presets by Mode Audio: 70 presets for 80’s synthwave.
Best Free Massive Presets & Expansion Packs
If you want to have amazing sounding Massive presets, and your budget is a bit limited, you can always find free Massive presets and samples by companies like Cymatics, RevengeSounds, Pluginboutique, and sound designers such as XENOS, Dixon Beats, Knife Party, and many more.
At the moment, Cymatics is not offering any freebies, but you can keep checking their website to see when they will be available using the link below.
Massive Expansion Pack: Patchworx by Plugin Boutique
A collection of Massive presets from various well-known companies.
This expansion pack features 70 patches, from companies and artists like Loopmasters, High Rankin, Dom Kane, Untold, and Meat Katie. These patches can be used for various music genres such as Dubstep, Nu School Deep House, Dirty Dutch, Tech Funk, and many more. This really is a preset pack that has it all.
Get the Massive Expansion Pack: Patchworx here: Pluginboutique.
Massive Library by Pulse
Best free Massive Presets pack in terms of quantity of samples offered.
This free Massive dubstep presets library by Pulse has an astonishing 514 presets! This pack is full of growling and wobbly basses, powerful leads, loud synths, plucks, and FX, all to help modern producers build the best dubstep tracks in the world of music production today!
Get the Massive Library by Pulse here: Soundpacks.
Insanity Dubstep Massive Presets by Tony Starks
Best free Massive presets sample pack in terms of quantity
Tony Starks has given us a whopping number of nearly 3,500 free Massive presets for Dubstep! (Hence the Insanity title.) You can use this library mainly for dubstep, and other genres like trap, EDM, drum n’ bass, Jungle and more. In this pack, you will find a huge selection of pads, synths, keys, strings, wobbles, bass, rises, impacts and much more.
Get the Insanity Dubstep Massive Presets by Tony Starks here: Soundpacks.
Free Future Bass Pack – NI Massive Presets by Columbo Sounds
One of the best free Future Bass packs out there!
This free Massive presets pack includes 25 presets divided into 6 Warm 808 Basses, 6 Melodic Leads, 2 Lush Keys, 3 Crispy Plucks, and 8 Futuristic Chordsynth Presets. This pack can help you with multiple genres such as Future Bass, Chill Trap, RnB & many more!
Get the Free Future Bass Pack here: Columbosound.
Pure Hip Hop & RnB Massive Presets Vol. 2 by Revenge Sounds
Very clean sounding Massive presets
This free preset pack for Native Instruments’ Massive features 92 highly usable presets including 15 ARP, 11 Bass, 4 Guitars, 16 Keys, 16 Leads, 3 Organs, 14 Pads, and 13 Plucks. Each preset also comes with several Macro Controls assigned to different parameters to help you tweak your sound however you like.
Get the Pure Hip Hop & RnB Massive Presets Vol. 2 here: Soundpacks.
Additional Free Massive Presets, Patches, and Packs
If you want some more free Massive presets, feel free to check out these sample packs below:
- Dubstep Patches by Krux: A total of 43 free dubstep presets.
- Deep House Pack by DC22: 13 high-quality free presets for deep house.
- Future Bass Essentials by Skifonix Sounds: 54 free samples for future bass and trap.
- Ambient Garden by Rob: 36 free presets for ambient and electronic music producers.
- Massive presets by Trisamples: the link below will take you to 9 free Massive samples packs that will help you create multiple genres such as deep house, drum and bass, and many more.
- Trap Life Massive Presets by Sound Scientist: 42 free presets for Hip-hop and trap.
- OVO Massive Presets by Tony Starks: includes 50 dope free presets for trap and hip-hop.
- The Mustard Massive Presets by Beatsmith: 50 free presets for Hip-Hop, R&B, Synthwave, and Trap, in the style of DJ Mustard.
- Hidden Gems Massive Presets by Rob: 91 free presets for mostly Experimental and Electronic music.
- Deep Thought Massive Presets by Rob: 96 free presets for Ambient, Trap, and Electro.
All in all, I would highly recommend MASSIVE PRESETS – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION by Rankin Audio. Other than the fact that it has a massive number of 750 presets, they could be used for various styles of music such as House, Dubstep, Trap, and Drum & Bass.
All these packs are great. Some are award-winning. Some are not. But all of them are meant to help get your creative juices flowing. In my opinion, each pack is special in its own way, and they all equally deserve our love and attention.
Consider MASSIVE X
MASSIVE X is the successor to the iconic Native Instruments‘ MASSIVE, one of the best virtual synthesizers of all time. MASSIVE X runs as a hosted plug-in on PC or Mac, it does not currently run in standalone mode. MASSIVE X lists for 199$, and an upgrade for MASSIVE owners is 74.50$. A free demo download is also available.
A quick brief on what’s new in MASSIVE X
The main action comes from two new wavetable oscillators that can load a huge selection of onboard wavetables, instead of MASSIVE’s three oscillators. Like MASSIVE, there is a waveform manipulation engine in each oscillator, but the capabilities have been expanded.
I think the primary filter is the star of the plugin, it has a total of nine filter models, all high-quality and each with its own sub-modes and unique controls. On the filter front, I think Native Instruments really delivered. Nine slots are also available for envelopes and LFOs.
You can insert up to three effects anywhere within the signal chain all open for modulation. The voice section is another star of the show with its new unison implementation feature that makes it one of the most innovative corners of MASSIVE X.
You can build new harmonic blends and really experiment and modulate the voice parameters to get creative. Let’s keep in mind though that like its predecessor, MASSIVE X has no arpeggiator capability.
Now let’s talk about signal routing. I think MASSIVE X upgraded this feature. Even though MASSIVE had several feedback routing options, MASSIVE X lets you create more complex signal paths and really lets the user experiment with sound design. All in all, I think MASSIVE X takes the win here. All you need to do is to play around a bit to see what incredible potential it truly has.
If you purchase MASSIVE X, bear in mind that it cannot run MASSIVE presets since it’s an entirely new instrument, with new features, and a completely new sound engine, so there’s no cross-compatibility between MASSIVE X and MASSIVE.