How to use Massive as a stand-alone plugin

Albertone Member Posts: 2 Newcomer


I purchased Massive on Plugin Boutique and followed the installation procedure, but I can only open Massive within Komplete Kontrol and not as a stand-alone plugin, as I did before.

How can I solve this? Thank you !



  • DunedinDragon
    DunedinDragon Member Posts: 452 Pro

    You probably need to touch base with Plugin Boutique to clarify installation process. I have version 1.5.12+31 and it loads just fine direct from the desktop and also works in Kontakt or KompleteKontrol, but it was installed through Native Access.

  • Kymeia
    Kymeia NKS User Library Mod Posts: 3,731 mod

    Yeah I'm wondering if he mean's Massive X though (which doesn't have a standalone app)

  • Jeremy_NI
    Jeremy_NI Customer Care Posts: 9,637 mod

    @Albertone Do you want to use Massive as a standalone application or use the Massive plug-in in your DAW?

    For standalone, you can find the application here: C:\Program Files\Native Instruments\Massive

    If it's a plug-in in your DAW, it would have been helpful to let us know which DAW you are using. There is general VST administration video: VST Plug-in Administration on Windows Computers

    And you can find a lot of articles in our Knowledge Base on specific DAWs, as an example: Plug-in Administration in Cakewalk

  • Albertone
    Albertone Member Posts: 2 Newcomer

    Thank you all, I will try to be more specific.

    If I try to open Massive as stand-alone, it crashes right away.

    Whereas to open it on my DAW (ableton), I can only do it through Komplete Kontrol.

    I used to be able to use Massive as a plug-in, without going through Komplete Kontrol.

  • Jeremy_NI
    Jeremy_NI Customer Care Posts: 9,637 mod

    So you are able to open Massive in standalone then.

    That looks like an Ableton VST administration issue then, have you checked the video I linked? Have you looked for the specific article for Ableton in our KB as mentioned?

    VST Plug-in Administration in Ableton Live (Windows)

    Massive should be available in both formats, VST2 and VST3.

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