Can’t open a preset in Massive? Good patch keeping practices
Update: new file format
NI introduced a new format. Most of the presets floating on the interwebs are still in .ksd format at the time of writing. Luckily NI made it pretty easy to batch convert your old presets to the new format.
simply go to file>batch convert ksd.
After that you only need to select the right folder and all files will be converted. You’ll be prompted to choose where to store the files, replacing the old ones or in a fresh folder, leaving the old ones intact.
- (everything written down here applies to the new file format too!)
Opening a patch in Massive is quite easy. Yet I get many questions about it. I guess it’s a combination of compatibility and unfamiliarity. Nothing wrong with having a bit of trouble getting to know a synth though.
First thing you need to know is that patches are only downwards compatible. So if a patch has been created in version 1.4, you can only open in it version 1.4+. Any patches created with an earlier version are compatible. So, go to your NI service center and hit update!
The quickest way to load a patch is by clicking on file (next to the massive logo) and locate the ksd file on your desktop. The patch will be loaded when you click on open. But, with a small extra effort there are much better and in the end efficient ways of archiving, opening and saving patches.
Good patch keeping practices
Let’s assume you downloaded one of my patches and want to load it in Massive. To keep things orderly one should always add the downloaded patch to a sensible loaction. I.E the folder you keep all your (future)patches. Now to make the patch appear in the browser of massive you should add the folder you created containing the downloaded patch. To add the folder to the database click on file in the menu of the browser of your OS when Massive is in standalone mode. From the dropdown menu click on “Options”. Navigate to the browser tab. Now locate the folder via the Add button. Once you added the folder click on rebuilt database.
Next is tagging your patch. Audition the patch in standalone mode or your DAW. Determine which style it is. navigate to the attributes tab and select the genre, style or timbre etc. Add any extra info like “portamento event needed etc” or anything that might be useful for future use.
Now click on save. The next time you search the categories you selected the saved preset will show up. If you work on multiple projects, always add the project name as a tag. You can add a tag by putting the tag in the comment box in the attributes tab. Once saved with a tag, you can always find the patches of the project quickly. Simply by doing a search for the tag in the browser tab. Anything entered in the comment box is searchable!
This can save you a lot of time in the future. More over if you are a sound designer and need the same type of sounds on semi regular basis. Simply tag your patches with meaningful tags like: suspension, car engine, rumble etc.