Synth Site: Clavia: Nord Modular: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Jaswolf a hobbyist user from Paris writes:
What else could i say, well...This wild beast has the power of one hundred thousand billions of megatones of nuclear bomb trapped in a little red box. And this power are waiting for you to escape via your speakers to blow out the music's world!

Take all your vintage analogous modular systems put them in a shaker, add some wires, 4 DSP, 18 knobs, a midi implementation, a very very good editor software, shake well...shake once more... open the shaker and... TADA ... NORD MODULAR is born - oh crazy, it's a boy!!! ;)

Congratulations to all the Clavia Nord Modular's fathers, you've done a great job guys, thanks!

my marks: 6/5

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-03-1999 at 05:37
Jeremy Seitz a part-timer user from USA writes:
I spent a few hours playing with a friends Nord Modular and it quickly dawned upon me that I was using the world's greatest synth.

I finally purchased the keyboard version about a month ago and I am loving life. The patch editor is easy to use and once you begin to understand how all of the modules work, you can create amazing sounds -- randing from classic analog to really strange. If you are into unique and different sounds, this synth is for you.

You get an insane number of oscillators (if seen patches with dozens of oscillators) -- including classics, drum, spectral, noise; as many LFO's as you can imagine, filters galore (multimode, vocal, vocorder, etc), sequencers, audio effects (wave wrappers, compressors, etc), mixers... and you can connect ANYTHING to ANYTHING -- even create FEEDBACK LOOPS.

There are THOUSANDS of patches on the net -- I have over 2,500 on my computer -- and loading them is as easy as clicking on the file and the sound downloads instantly to the modular.

As soon as you get this synth, go over to and join the modular mailing list... there are amazing sound designers on this list that post tips and patches every day; after a few weeks of following these posts you will quickly become an expert.

Another cool thing -- you can design a patch to map the Modular's knobs to midi controllers -- and use the modulars set of 18 knobs to control Rebirth, Cubase, or other synths.

Clavia's support is fantastic, and they are releasing new OS versions for this thing on a regular basis, including a new OS in September that will support the MAC OS and allow for new cool features!

PS: If you are on a budget and have a PC, check out the Micro modular (around $650) which has all the power but can only handle one patch (instead of four) at the same time -- and has fewer knobs.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-28-1999 at 15:26
Paul Brousseau a hobbyist user from US writes:
The Nord Modular Keyboard is likely the best $1800 I've ever spent. The combination of synth and software gives provides TOTAL insight to how synthesis works. It sounds great to my ears, is easy to use (I didn't understand the first thing about synthesis before using the Mod), and is a TON of fun.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-07-1999 at 14:21
Claudio Gomez a professional user from Chile writes:
This synth is a marvelous beast! Every sound on your mind could be shaped easily. Ease of use, defined bass response, cristal clear highs, quality knobs, unlimited sound creation, superb software editor...are only some of my comments. Perhaps on the downside is the DSP Amount and FX availability, but this is not a issue on pro setups.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-02-1998 at 16:44
Andy a hobbyist user from 0 writes:
Well, I been waiting a long time for this synth, ever since I saw a beta in Nov 97, and I can tell ya its worth the wait. Basically, you can almost create any existing synth out there (with the exception of those that do wave playback). The number of modules to use is staggering, and they can be freely routed to each other. The sound possibilities are endless. The editor is very advanced, and user friendly. A cool feature is the 2 INs, which can route incoming signals through the modular architechture you design. Thus you can use it as an FX processor, or route your wave stuff from another synth into the box. It can also be used as a VOCODER with the new 2.0 OS. New to the 2.0 is a cool looking analogue DRUM module, rather like an advance Novastation Drum station. Lots of patches out there using a variety of multi OSCs, filters, LFOs, syncing and step sequencers. Theres even a NL patch, that makes it into a NL2 synth, but even more advanced. I would give it a 5 outa 5, but won't. I would off like some sort of basic FX unit on it, but purists would disagree, and some FX are added on 2.0 OS. Also, the 18 knobs, you don't know what they are until you twist em. The knobs can be assigned to any parameter, pressing function key you can seethe parameters, but this needs the PC. They keyboard is very basic, and not velocity sensetive, and only 2 octaves, so is really only for testing and developing patches, or small gig usage. In short, multi timbres, real analogue, open architechture, and new modules free from Clavia when they make em. Best analogue modelled synth out there, that can do a hell a lot more than analogue modelling. Andy.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
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