Massive Darkscore III patch library for NI Massive

Submitted by on Mar 20, 2013

Hey what’s up fam, hope all is well with ya this week

Today I’m checking out a new collection of presets called Massive Darkscore III for NI Massive

Let’s get into it!

So what is Massive Darkscore III?

darkscore_III_massiveIt’s the third part in a series of ambient, cinematic, evolving, soundscape style patches for Native Instruments Massive.

You may remember me doing a review on Massive Darkscore II, if not, check it out as well

The product is 128 patches from Matt Bowlder and they definitely give Massive a nice smooth airy sound.

I’m always curious to see what this guy does with his patches because he has such a nice way of pulling evolving soundscapes out of the synth.

Quick Specs

So how does it sound?

Reel to Reel Tape RecorderOnce again Matt delivers a collection of sounds and patches that you’d expect to hear out of Absynth or Omnisphere and not Massive.

However they sound great, with plenty of control to tweak the sound and add various levels of movement and animation.

There are some nice sequences, smooth pads, evolving soundscapes, and sharp synths.

Again these sounds lean more towards a cinematic style, which I personally love, as it gives me something that Massive isn’t generally known for.

I like the level of detail in the sounds, and I love being able to tweak the macros just to see what’s going to happen.


So what’s the bottom line?

Do you have Massive? Do you like evolving pads, soundscapes, and cinematic patches?

Go get Darkscore III…really.

The number of patches you get for the price is awesome, but not as awesome as the ability to turn Massive in to a smooth ambient sound generation device!

4andhalfsubsI give Massive Darkscore III a 4.5 out of 5 subs, really great sounds with plenty of tweakability.

So head on over and check it out:

Leave me a comment below, let me know what you think!



  1. Auriculum says:

    Good stuff there, Saint Joe! Never heard of this library before. Really liked what i’ve heard. Very different and more playable (to my style, that is) comparing to the default library. Thanks again for yet another good review and keep up the good job! Cheers!

  2. SoundsAndGear says:

    yeah he has some cool stuff man!

  3. leon robinson says:

    is this a download, or do you buy on a disk, and how much does it go for?

  4. SoundsAndGear says:

    download, price at the end of the video

  5. dj jambone says:

    thanks Saint ill check it out……

  6. Russ P says:

    Yeah def doesn’t sound like Massive…I love this Darkscore series…this has my looking at purchase!!!

  7. Art Sanchez says:

    Awesome! Always looking forward to see your videos and learn from the Best!(^.^)

  8. Daniel Tonda says:

    Very nice review!

    Really cool and very big sounds!


  9. MattBowdlerMusic says:

    Thanks for the review JK! Glad you enjoyed fiddling with the sounds! :)

  10. Thomasgreco says:

    What? Aw man! Massive never sounded that good! Good find thx man!

  11. SoundsAndGear says:

    Indeed bro, looking forward to the next one!

  12. SoundsAndGear says:

    thanks for always watching man I really appreciate it!

  13. Uprightest says:

    Awesome….time to break out Massive

  14. angelinni says:

    This guy is almost ready to release darkscore IV, the demos are great, well, as usual…
    Darkscore I can be downloaded for free (it’s donationware), and gives you a good idea of how this series are.
    Thanks for the review SJ

  15. SoundsAndGear says:

    indeed fam!

  16. Haralduz7 says:

    Great sounds!

  17. Al says:

    Awwww, Bro!

    You did it to me again! Surprised me with a cool find and another of your informative in-depth and honest reviews.

    Great sounds and textures for crazy low price.

    Gonna tell my wife you made me go out and cop a copy. 😉


  18. Baddboy2000 says:

    SJ: “WoW”..There’s a lot in here to work with. The purchase is definitely worth the price. I’ll give it a 4.5/5.0 rating. “Massive is about to get an upgrade with this kit”. Thanks for the review.

  19. mallorca1guy says:

    you are the godfather of plugins man! they’re great!

  20. SoundsAndGear says:

    thanks for watching fam!

  21. mallorca1guy says:

    no problem I love watching your vids!

  22. Zeyon says:

    Sounds like a cool library, thanks for the review. :)

  23. SoundsAndGear says:

    no problem, thanks for watching!

  24. Timothy O'Dell says:

    how can i get the updated version of massive?? : ( when did this come out? I cant upload any patches into mine..HeELLPPP

  25. SoundsAndGear says:

    You get it from the service center or your account on the NI website

  26. arcadeMUZIK1 says:

    which is more easier to operate this or synthmaster plugins…im deciding on either one but the both sound decent…

  27. SoundsAndGear says:

    I think synthmaster is a little easier to operate personally

  28. nicoolas coorrea says:

    the link was broken can you give me a new link? pleaseeeeeeeeeee thanks ajaj

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