Clavia Nord Modular

Clavia Nord Modular Image

The Nord Modular is Clavia's Nord synth with modular abilities using virtual sound modeling. The keyboard itself is small and compact. It houses the synth engine and all DSP processors. However, the Nord Modular must be connected to a Pentium PC with Windows 95 or a PowerMac. Be sure to get the latest OS version which is v3.03.

The software is the Nord Modular Editor. It is simply an editor, but a powerful one that graphically shows you a the modules you want and is where you graphically make patches between modules and synthesize a sound. It features over 100 modules! It's true modular synthesis meets computer synthesis. It sounds awesome too! The keyboard still has MIDI to be controlled and sequenced from your standard sequencer. The programs you create in the editor can be stored on the computer or in one of the 100 memories in the keyboard. Once you've created a sound you can quit the editor program and use the keyboard controller stand-alone.

Clavia Nord Modular Image

The keyboard has multiple outputs, pedal input, has a very easy and intuitive layout and a nice LCD screen. It also features a very good sequencer! The Nord Modular system is expensive but it's like a Nord Lead 2 on steroids and without limits! If you're not interested in the keyboard, a desktop/rack-mount version was also available.

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. The latest OS is version 3 and adds more features such as a 16-band vocoder and Mac compatibility. The Nord Modular is already being used by Astral Projection, Autechre, BT, The Chemical Brothers, Somatic Responses, The Crystal Method, Junkie XL, Mouse on Mars, and Nine Inch Nails.

Lookup Clavia Nord Modular Prices

The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings with more images, specs and information. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace. Our marketplace gets thousands of visits every week so make sure to check back often if you want to buy or sell a synth.

Related forum topics

Comments

Are you looking to buy or sell a Clavia Nord Modular? Post an ad in Gear For Sale or a request in Gear Wanted. For spare parts and repair services check out Gear Services & Other Goods. Our forums also has a Buyer’s Guide section where you can ask for advice on buying synthesizers.

36 Visitor comments
Bob's Synths
July 27, 2014 @ 3:12 am
Why no page for the G2??

Both are modern classics, but the G2 went even further...
bryan
May 18, 2014 @ 3:12 pm
The most fabolous hardware synthesizer of all times. In combination with a Nord Electro 3 you will get every sound a keyboard player needs for stage.
gridsleep
January 23, 2014 @ 6:28 am
@kerb whale Don't forget about the Korg OASYS-PCI, even more programmable than the Nord Modular in that you can create your own modules and sub-modules in software (i.e. define your own new components) to insert into the signal path. Programming is limited to Mac OS/9 (and thus limited in hardware choice [of decade!] as well) but it could be used in a PC (also old, 95?) and might be, hands down, the most versatile synth ever created.
Pat Suayan
December 2, 2013 @ 1:16 am
This is an amazing synth, it has its distinct sound, specially when it comes to pads sounds. Play with the assigned filter knobs & experience eargasm! Search for this dude on youtube : Orthologue, he's done some crazy sounds with this

Sadly enough I have to part with mine (25Keys, NM G1). In pristine condition, no scratch marks etc, comes with Manual, CD Installer for Editor & Patches, as well as MIDI to USB. I'll let it go for USD750 + Shipping. email me for details pat_suayan@hotmail.com

THANKS

Pat
tersse
November 24, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
How come there isn't even a page for the Clavia G2 Modular? It's a BEAST of a synth, and I am baffled it's not even on vintagesynth.
 
VSE Rating

Awesome!

User Rating

Rated 4.4 (916 Votes)

  • Check Price
  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Here are some great pads and sounds.

    Patches - These are 19 custom patches by Markus Jentsch. They are zipped for Windows/PC.

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual from SoundProgramming.net.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices
  • Oscillators - 6 VSM oscillators (triangle, sawtooth, pulse) and 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
  • VCA - ADSR and AD envelopes, attack - hold - decay envelope and much more
  • Keyboard - 25 velocity sensitive keys
  • Memory - 9 banks with 99 memories each
  • Control - PC Pentium 90MHz, Windows 95/98; PowerMac, MacOS 8; MIDI, and all knobs and controls are MIDI!
  • Date Produced - 1998
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from

Errors or Corrections? Send them here.