Synth Site: Clavia: Nord Modular: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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case a professional user from usa writes:
The Nord Modular is the most amazing synth one will come across in thier studio exsistence. Any sound you could think of producing is here. The new OS allows the MAC to be the control center of sound shaping, and building your own patches is extremely addictive. My SH-101 and Juno 106 are gone, there is no need for them! So if you do not like to sleep and making unique sounds that no one else has is your style, then this is your dream come true... IT IS PERFECT !!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-10-2000 at 17:48
Drekhed a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
To paraphrase some friends of mine: This thing is the SHIIIIIIIT. Once i plugged this baby in, I immediatly felt my creativity rising to boiling point. This baby is also one great instument for live use with it's 4 outputs/multi timbrality. I haven't had problems with the Polyphony (mine's expanded) but I must say: I haven't made a real effort yet... With the sounds I heard from some people it can make excellent organs/E.P's/strings. The fact that you can make just about any synth you want and the fact it's so well thought out makes this thing virtually timeless. It can sometimes sound sterile compared to a real analog, but that's mainly the way you made your synth (IMO), cos it also can bite the ass of some real analogs i've heared, and it's stable! I'll probably be playing this baby for quite some time..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-21-2000 at 10:10
shane a part-time user from usa writes:
wow... i think this synth is as close as you can get to god... truely an amazing little machine. any sound you can think of can be done better than you imagined on this thing, squeaks, beeps, crunches, bass, brass, guitar, an elephant being drowned in a bowl of jello... ANY sound. if you want an analog modeling synth dont get anything else.. it is well worth the few extra dollars you will have to save, although you will need to spend some time learning it, once you do you will never look back... and in response to the post below this, my modular produces no line noise whatsoever, it is the quietest synth i have.. and i have gotten truely AWESOME strings out of it.. granted they are a bit hard to get at times, but once you do... they blow my polysix and juno out of the water. this is anyone that is obsessed with synthesizers dream come true. my only complaint is that i havent been getting enough sleep since i got it!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-14-2000 at 12:28
Richard Knijnenburg a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
Amazing machine. Even feedback is very convincing - I'm using it to construct models of acoustic instruments! Perverse...

Only to negative points, a small one: the level of 'noise' produced is quite high (nothing you couldn't fix with a simple noise gate).

Big one (for some): you're not going to get analog strings sounding anything near as fat as even the simples analog poly's - my AN-1X (Yamaha) walks all over it in this respect. There's a tendency towards a metallic edge to its sounds, which is hard to avoid. But analog basses DO kick the ass of anything I've heard, being both solid, fat and punchy (although the envelopes are not the quickest on the planet).

Anyway, love it... Richard

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-22-2000 at 07:24
Rand Williams a hobbyist user from USA writes:

The Modular stands out at a gig, and can be the gig by itself (checkout generative non-repeating patches by Wout Bloomers, Roland Kuit). To Edit patches, you need a PC or Mac(!) and dedicated MIDI In/Out for the editor. This is where the Modular stands out: If you like creating your OWN sounds this is IT. This can be a drum machine (which I'll post soon), violin, ocean, whatever additive- or subtractive- or whatever- synth model you imagine. The patch is an entire synthesizer model (like the circuitry of a common keyboard).

Limitations: minimum 4 voices (8 with expansion board = +4 DSPs). Let me explain: the number of voices is dependant upon the complexity of the patch, and can be as low as one voice per each of the four DSPs, BUT just one voice can sound like a symphony!! (with x number of oscillators of course)

Thick analog bass, smooth DX, reverberating church organ, relaxing ocean, tinkering rain drops, or industrial strength machine grinds. Listen to the MP3s on Clavia homepage. Go to the store and listen to one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-04-1999 at 16:23
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