Synth Site: Clavia: Nord Modular: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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hooptyheaven from USA writes:
I didn't know what to think of the whole software-based modular idea when I first read about the NM. A graphic representation of a modular keyboard struck me as gimmicky. And $2000 seemed way too much for a two octave keyboard with a bunch of knobs, four DSP chips, and a couple of ins and outs. Two things happened to change my mind. 1. The price came down to about $1400 for the keyboard. 2. I demoed a Micro. I was blown away by the SOUND. Some dead-on analog emulations, basses with real presence, quite good drum sounds, and some of the most interesting pads I've ever heard in a music showroom.

I ended up buying the modular keyboard without ever trying the software editor and, after a couple of months, it has exceeded my wildest expectations. The editor (which I run on a Mac) works flawlessly, even elegantly. It is very intuitive to use, to the extent that it works exactly like the analog model it's based upon. As with a real modular, the more you know about subtractive synthesis, the more you'll be able to do with it. What makes the NM so valuable is it's design. Both the software and hardware elements are a dream to work with, and,to use a bit of hyperbole, it combines beauty and function in the way that Buchla and EMS systems did in their day. It's a classic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-19-2000 at 21:03
Schultz a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Recently obtained a nord modular...and am just getting into modular synthesis, it's an amazing machine. This thing screams of Richard H Kirk, L@N, Console, Autechre, Photek, Pan get the idea. Very useful being able to play 4 patches at once. heh only 18 knobs though. No lag at all, its all realtime.

There is a mac version now too.

I think the nord modular killed the hardwired synth...hehe


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-08-2000 at 02:13
Drekhed a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
You don't need a Big overpriced computer to run the modular software... I use my old beat down crap PC (estimated street price $100) with the cheapest midi interface i could find (gravis midi interface $15 new).. Besides, everybody knows someone who (knows someone who) needs to lose an old pc.. Clavia made the system reqirements super low for todays standards, so it shouldn't really be an issue... I think a lot of electronic musicians use PC or MAC for their music (i sequence with hardware).... And if you use a pc as dedicated system, it won't crash...

I stick to my previous review an think this is an amazing machine

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-27-2000 at 09:55
Luc D'hour a part-time user from Australia writes:
This is better than crack cocaine honey. This is the best thing since micro-suede. It does anything. ANYTHING.

Now all I have to do is rob my local convinience store so I can buy my second. Then my third.

They're worth every penny.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-27-2000 at 08:50
Patrick Fridh from Sweden writes:
Richard - NOISE? What...?! :-D The Modular and the Lead synths are - COMPLETELY - noise-free. They're 24-bit & 96 kHz - up there among the clouds in sound quality. You must have an inferior mixer.

Anyway, I got my Modular today, after having intimate affairs with two Micro's before, as well as one Lead II. This IS the shit, no matter how you look at it. Among the 599 factory presets, it was nice to find four of my own creations - "Fat Polyester", "A Stereo Monster", "Pro One Bass" and "cupid & psyche" for the curious. But lots of sounds were brilliant. Totally awesome. Finally I could hear some favourite sounds and PLAY them with more voices. I havent gotten the expansion yet, though, but I plan to get it real soon. Also the Store button now is black instead of red, which means: The Modular is now sexier & more well-designed than ever. I've never had the pleasure of studying a more neat synth, physically speaking. And sound-wise, I agree - old Junos & Jupiters aren't needed at all. It can do anything.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-22-2000 at 19:05
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