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
May 11, 2011 @ 11:48 pm
if this had larger quarter inch inputs, i would make love to this little guy. this device revolutionized the process for making music for me. built like a tank, light as a feather, with sound that can crush armies and make storms of juicy, juicy electronic goodness. 5 stars.
Bill Hemp
April 3, 2011 @ 3:51 pm
Also used by Dymaxion Vehicle, Depeche Mode and Gareth Jones.
September 7, 2010 @ 9:48 am
beware this little beastie.
I bought a uModular in 1998 for 400 bucks. It was a blast, if severly limited in polyphony and tactile control.
10 years later and I just HAD to get a full-blown 18U Eurorack modular system to whet my appetite/imagination....all started by this lil' basterd!
March 31, 2010 @ 4:51 am
This is my absolute favourite synth so far and have owned many! The possibilities are endless and this is part of the magic and danger (i´m addicted). The idea of a hybrid synth consisting of both software and hardware was a revolutionary in 1998 and still seems unsurpassed in 2010? The sequencer & logic modules make for some very versatile, original and weird sounds...
January 6, 2010 @ 2:23 am
Love this synth but I hate the editor in 0SX. Gonna get 0S9 on me old mac just to run the editor.
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Rated 4.23 (637 Votes)

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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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