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.

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34 Visitor comments
duDe163
December 8, 2012 @ 8:17 am
here is a sample of what it is capable of, and how analogue it can sound

https://soundcloud.com/dude163/mystery-303
massimo
December 4, 2012 @ 5:32 am
Hello! Any idea if an editor for mac osx exist? (snow leopard)
Martin J Thompson
November 3, 2012 @ 4:29 am
An amazing synth and without doubt the best I have heard and used for my taste and way of working.

The software/hardware combination is what for me puts this above solely software based synths, and fits the gap perfectly for those who find some software packages are overly fatt with options, or sound a bit tame. Also it has a similar working method to actual real modulars but much smaller and cheaper, and still sounds much richer than many of the cheaper modules I have heard/used.

I even do a upload a day for a whole year using one: www.mono-log.org

M
dumpsterac1d
November 2, 2012 @ 4:44 pm
Synthesizers that require software to work properly are probably a bad choice... Especially for PCM synthesis... It might be an amazing machine, but this halfway-modern, hardware/software digital synthesis thing is not worth it... Buy a good hardware synth or get Reaktor, both will most likely sound better and work properly.
transfixer
September 9, 2012 @ 12:32 pm
@neva: i use one of these:

http://www.cnesmart.com/plus/view.php?aid=116

with my g1 rack and it works fine, just like the g2. even with my laptop!
 
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  • Check Prices on eBay
  • The link above will take you to a 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

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