Clavia Nord Micro Modular

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The Nord Micro Modular is a somewhat stripped down version of the massive Nord Modular system. Like the Nord Modular, a PC computer is used to virtually patch, tweak, edit and design your synth patches in a modular fashion. However the stand-alone keyboard interface has been replaced here by the very small four-knobbed Micro Modular interface. The software is the exactly the same as the original however the controller itself which houses DSP power is considerably less than that of the original - reducing this units polyphony from 32 to 4 voices or less and multitimbrality has been stripped away. Software version 2.1 adds many new features including a Ring Modulator, 14-Band FilterBank, Vocal Filter, FM Sine wave, Digitizer (bare-bones sampling) and many more tricks.

After you've created a patch using the software you can load it into one of 99 memories within the controller. It can then be used live or in a MIDI studio as a synth module. The simplified controller has a volume knob and 3 other knobs that can be assigned editable parameters. Limited as this might appear, you still get one of the biggest and most powerful modular synthesizer emulator programs in the world. The Micro Modular System is a fraction the cost of the Nord Modular and would be a powerful complement to any serious musicians arsenal. Be sure to get the latest OS version which is v3.03. It's been used by Autechre, u-ziQ, Speedy J, Kid606, Somatic Responses, Heretik, and Ixy.

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17 Visitor comments
February 2, 2014 @ 10:08 pm
Kind of fan supported these days. Doubt there will ever be another update. Still sitting on the fence about that touted Nord sound. I think the Micron and AN1X are just as capable in the VA department. With only four voices the Micro best serves with a DAW, and FL Studio comes with the top of the line Flowstone Synthmaker for assembling far more massive and powerful custom synthesizers, for about the price of this hardware. For free, there is SynthEdit, which has already been used to create thousands of different VSTs of every type and size by hundreds and hundreds of musician programmers.
October 7, 2013 @ 9:41 pm
Solid construction, this has the ability to do subtractive,additive and other styles of synthesis. It has the ability to chain modules easily (within the DPS voice limit constraint.) sequencing, filters and more modulation configurations than many would know what to do wit. Win 7 compliant NOW, thousands of patches out "there", steel box and a foot print the size of a size 6 extra wide shoe AND it can sound VERY amazing. Editing it is a blast, I warned you!
June 24, 2013 @ 8:09 pm
Fantastic Little Synthesizer! A little dated and could use more Voices, But just amazing for learning the basics of modular synthesis and you can make some very deep patches once you grasp it,The multi sequencing is awesome and you can create some really Unique Autechre type sounds and also some very nice and organic string sounds and great pads, Bass and Leads.The rhythm and Drums sounds are TOP NOTCH and super unique. Also with all the community patches available you can easily assemble a library of 1200+ sounds and seqs. rather quickly, An Excellent little synth, Never sell if you get one!!
January 20, 2013 @ 8:30 pm
somewhat overrated, bad filters, average oscillators. great possibilities in controlling and altering these sounds. but the sound itself isn't worth the whole mess. and no i'm not comparing it to analog synths, just take any waldorf digital synth in its overall sound. i sold my modular (keyboard version) pretty early.
December 25, 2012 @ 1:07 pm
anybody knows a solution to get the original Micro modular editor working on intel mac (os x lion)? I have nomad but i cant get it sound and i couldnt find any description for that. cheers
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 4 voices
  • Oscillators - 6 VSM oscillators (triangle, sawtooth, pulse), FM sine wave, noise and much more!
  • LFO - 8 LFO's, 4 random pattern generators, 16,000 patterns
  • Filter - 6 filters: Parametric, Shelving EQ's, highpass / lowpass / bandpass / notch filters, 12 or 24 dB/Oct, resonant; 14-Band filterBank graphic EQ; Vocal Filter; Ring modulator
  • VCA - ADSR and AD envelopes, attack - hold - decay envelope and much more
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 99 memories
  • Control - PC Pentium 90MHz, Windows 95/98; PowerMac, MacOS 8; MIDI, and all knobs and controls are MIDI!
  • Date Produced - 1999
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