WNAMM06:Nord Patch Mutant Breeds Sounds

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WNAMM06:Nord Patch Mutant Breeds Sounds
It's a patch Jim, but not as we know it

The Nord G2 modular synth has quite a pedigree, following on from Nords Modular and Micro Modular, that achieved cult status amongst it's users. The concept is that the G2 has a bunch of clever DSP in it, a keyboard and display and numerous controllers. You design complex modular patches in your computer using the editor, upload them to your G2, which can then play them as a standalone unit with access to many assignable parameters from the said controllers. Given the modular nature of the synth, the possibilities are endless and for most that is great, exactly why you got one in the first place. A new OS revision 1.4 for the Nord Modular G2 adds the new Patch Mutator, greatly simplifying the exploration of the infinite sonic possibilities of the G2 line of synthesizers. You simply use your ears to breed sounds in an interactive process, similar to the selective breeding of plants, but infinitely faster (thank goodness!). A family of sounds can be generated from any existing sound, and different sounds can even crossbreed to produce exciting new variations. The process can be repeated in any number of generations, gradually approaching the sound you are looking for, or as a way of exploring novel sound worlds. The Patch Mutator also includes such tools as patch randomization and interpolation between existing sounds. The Patch Mutator has been developed in collaboration with Swedish composer and researcher Palle Dahlstedt, as a result of several years of research in computer-aided creativity at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The update is free of charge and all G2, G2x and G2 Engine users can download it today from the Clavia website. For those who have not yet bought a G2, there is also a fully usable softsynth demo version, complete with sound engine, MIDI in and patch save capabilities.


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