You may remember our little chat with Hans Nordelius at last year's Messe on the new G2 Modular sytem Clavia had just announced. (see here)
This year, after what seemed, at least on the outside to be a quiet time for Nord, their Messe news is new member of the Nord Modular G2 family - the 5 octave Nord Modular G2X.
The G2X has the same functionality as the 3 octave Nord Modular G2 plus some nice X-tras, such as the G2 Voice Expansion board, which doubles the polyphony - you also get two additional Modulation Wheels for more real-time modulation possibilities. Each wheel has an LED which makes it easier to view the modulation amount.
The 5 octave keyboard features velocity and aftertouch just like the 3 octave model. The G2X is shipped with a goose neck microphone ready to be plugged into the XLR mic input on the front panel, so you can vocode right out of the box.
The other big deal is that the Modular editor is now available for Mac OS X.
The differences compared to the 3 octave Nord Modular G2 are these:
5 octave velocity and aftertouch sensitive keyboard
Voice Expansion board fitted as standard
Three assignable modulation wheels with position LEDs
Goose neck XLR microphone included
More Modular Info from Clavia
"Whether you want to play traditional synth patches or control step sequencers in real-time or make cool sounds with delays, reverb and audio processing, the G2X offers plenty of knobs and controllers to tweak! Talk about sequencing - tweaking a step sequencer will be a lot of fun and extremely easy thanks to the real-time editing controls and the visual feedback from the LCD's.
The G2X offers three separate assignable Modulation Wheels, Pitch Stick and Rotary Encoders to turn, bend and tweak. The 5 separate LCD displays on the front panel give an excellent overview on your patch creation. In fact, the ultra-flexible user interface of the G2X takes real-time editing to a higher level. The G2X offers unique features like: Rotary encoders with circular LED graphs (the LED graphs instantly show the correct values of the parameters you choose); Programmable Parameter Pages (which guide you in your sound editing work and patch creation); Performance Mode (which make it possible to set up your own thrilling multi-patches from the 4 individual synthesizer Slots on the G2X). Last, but not least, the fantastic Morph capabilities on the G2X offer enormous sonic variations. The G2's 8 Morph Groups per patch let you control sets of parameters from single internal control sources - and via MIDI.
Do you want to create your own Reverb, Delay or Physical Modelling? It's all there. The RAM capabilities in the G2X make it happen. And there's more: 4 analog Audio inputs including an XLR mic input with built-in amplifier give you plenty of room for inserting external signals and patch them!
"The Modular G2 Patch Editor is easy work with. Hook up the G2X to your PC via the USB connection and you're in! The logical architecture and great visual overview, including user-defined coloring of modules and color-coded module groups, make it easy to patch and "lay out" your sounds. Thanks to the real-time USB communication, the G2X immediately responds to your patching and follows your moves. Most of the modules are self-optimizing, meaning that they adapt their bandwidth to the patched signals. This opens up for big patches and greater polyphony. The flexible modules also make it easy to alter functionality without needing to replace modules. But if you want to replace modules, we made that very easy too: replace the module and the cables will "jump" to the corresponding connections on the new module! The Modular G2 Patch Editor comes with more than a hundred great modules ready to be patched! Your imagination is definitely only the beginning.
Nord Modular G2X features
Over 150 different types of flexible modules including Oscillators, Filters, Envelopes, Vocoder, Physical Modelling, Reverb, Delay, Frequency Shifter, Pitch Tracker, Sequencers, LFOs, MIDI modules etc, etc.
Voice Expansion board fitted as standard for double polyphony compared to the standard G2
Instant access to 120 patch parameters from the synth front panel makes it a breeze to tweak and edit your sounds in real-time!
8 Patch Variations which lets you create and store 8 complete parameter setups per Patch for instant recall from the synth front panel.
8 Morph Groups per patch which lets you control sets of parameters from single control sources (Mod Wheels, Pitch Stick, Keyboard Velocity, After touch, Control Pedal etc.)
Performances (multi patch set-ups)
Internal audio and MIDI buses between the 4 Slots
MIDI modules for control and automation of external MIDI equipment
USB connection between G2X and PC Editor for super-tight real time communication
4 separate Audio Ins plus an XLR Mic input with built-in preamp makes the Nord Modular G2X the perfect sound processor.
4 separate Audio Outs
Self-optimizing modules offer bigger patches and greater polyphony
Intelligent "module replace" functionality with preserved cable connections
Multiple Undo functionality in the Modular G2 Editor
Internal RAM for Reverb and Delay effects, Physical Modelling and more
3 freely assignable Mod Wheels with position LEDs, 1 Pitch Stick and 2 Pedal inputs
Large internal memory for storing Patches and Performances (multi patches)
Extremely compact patch file size (3 kB) for easy sharing
24-bit resolution and 96 kHz internal processing for highest possible sound quality
Crystal clear 24-bit, 96 kHz ADCs and DACs
Lightweight and portable"
Nord Modular G2X: Approx. Euro: 2,850.-
Available July 2004