Synth Site: Clavia: Micro Modular: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Jedy a part-time user from England writes:
What a fantastic synth! Even though it's lacking in a few features from the bigger Modular (polyphony for one), the price I paid for it many years ago was too good to be true (perhapse Clavia realised this when they released the G2). It's also a great idea to combine hardware with the software so I can get the benefits of the huge modular scope without having to stare my computer every time or drag a laptop to a gig. Although the Micro Modular has only 3 knobs, if you buy a master keyboard (I have a Roland A37) that takes an expression pedal, then combine this with the data entry slider and the modulation wheel, this takes the 'midi control' count up to 6 (or 5 in my case - crappy Roland pitch bender thingie). Plus you can tweak a knob and use the expression pedal at the same time. My only slight gripe is that I'm not a great synth programmer and the Modular software isn't for the faint hearted (more of a problem with my lack of synth programming than with the Modular). A hard wired synth keyboard would be better for a beginner. I am going to make it my goal to learn how to create some great synths from it. Overall, I feel Clavia let a little jem slip onto the shelves of our local music stores at an unbelevable price.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-14-2004 at 05:46
kenneth a professional user from netherlands writes:
hours and hours of tweaking fun in red.

the micro modular is an cutdown(hardware) version of its big brothers the nord modulars. never the less this is still a verry powerfull virtual modular system cause it uses the same edditor. from drums to bass FX an vocoding, this thing can do it all, and at the same time if you program it right. it has two inputs and two outputs, midi in and out, pc in and out thru an extra set of midi ports. with these last two you can hook the micro on to your pc/mac. i've encounterd a problem with PRO TOOLS, the editor can't communicate when protools is active. has got something to do with the OMS or something i just cant seem to figure this out.

further more a wonderfull machine wich does everything you can ever dream of (except give you head maybe.....)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-12-2004 at 12:36
Frer!k a professional user from Holland writes:
you could really ask yourself what a synth could do more like the micromodular can... (ok, I can imagine a few things, probably the G2 can do it). - cheap, secondhand - recommended to everyone - it quickly switches to monophony. Ok, that's sad. But what a crap argument to not love this red devil!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-28-2004 at 14:04
Benoit Sleijpen a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
For the price this thing is really great, very expressive material. Creating your own patches is just great and you learn a lot about building synths. I only wish that it had a few more knobs, but it doesn't matter that much and probably the price would be much higher then.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-02-2004 at 08:47
Hrvoje a hobbyist user from Croatia writes:
This is red hot chilli synth. To be honest you can use generator/reaktor for making sound, or VAZ modular or freeware Buzz. But can you use reaktor on pentium 90 or 133 Mhz. Also you need quality sound card. Forget SB live!, maybe audigy 1 or 2 (yeah, right).With soft synths is always some latency, cracking. crashing, I wouldn't use soft synth on live (I'm not kraftwerk:)).There is one path in micro modular and generator which is the same, its JazzYea. Sonicaly there is slight diference. I'm not a bat :).For this price range is really power without price. It's not multitimbral, but with smart programming you can make patches that sounds like multi. It's not even limited with 4 voice poly. You can make some 8 poly sounds, or even more. It's light, portable and cute.It's better looking in live than on photos. In this price range you can also buy a-station but it doesnt't provide all features like micro. If you wanna make some f*ckin instant commercial MTV dance tracks, do yourself favor and buy some groovee mc xxx box from roland, or korg.roland grooveboxes is overpriced for what they make (d-beam, give me a break), take RM 1x instead. I will take rm 1x for sequencing. Clavia left further improvements in modular editor i think.They are now on modular G2. Maybe they will make som kind of micro G2. Overall nord micro modular is very solid built,very good rubber knobs and buttons, nice feeling on turning knobs. If you have more money buy nord modular, if not, buy this red dwarf. :).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-23-2003 at 12:34
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