Synth Site: Clavia: Nord Modular: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Howard Harawitz a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I have been making electronic music since the early 1970's when I acquired an Arp 2600. Since then I have had many different kinds of synthesizers -- FM, samplers, ROM sample players, wavetable synths, and more. I also have several original Moogs. I have been using the Nord Modular for about 10 days, and at this point it's safe to say that I could more easily part with ANY of my other synthesizers than with the NM. The Nord Modular is a major breakthrough in synthesizer design and programming -- it really is in a class by itself. It combines the best of the worlds of hardware and software. The modular editor is very well done -- it's even more fun than programming a "real" hardware modular synthesizer. The design and workmanship of the Nord hardware is excellent -- not surprising since it's made in Sweden, the place where Volvos come from. Each patch is built with the editor -- a software package that runs in Windows 95, 98 or NT -- from a variety of virtual modules -- there are currently more than 80, and, so far, Clavia has been delivering additional ones at no charge. You select components, adjust onscreen knobs and dials (you can also associate these with the knobs on the hardware and work them from there if you wish) and "wire" the modules together to make a patch. Each patch is actually a programmable synthesizer in itself -- even when not attached to a computer. You can store up to 100 of these patches in the hardware synth, disconnect it from your PC, and carry what amounts to an entire collection of programmable modular synthesizers under your arm -- really! It sounds great too! Imagine playing a really rich sounding analog synth with FOURTEEN oscillators, while on another MIDI channel you are playing the equivalent of the fattest Minimoog base you ever heard, and on yet another there is an unbelievable analog drum and rhythm sequence happening. You can actually do this with the NM! Modular synthesis is not for everyone. There is a learning curve. But if you know something about modular synthesis, and have any interest in it at all, you must look into the Nord Modular. I have been around the block more than a few times and am, more often than not, quite critical of the products that I see and use. But I simply can't say enough good things about the NM. For more detailed information you can check Paul Nagle's two part review of the Nord Modular in the April and May, 1998 issues of the British magazine, "Sound On Sound." This probably sounds like a paid PR release, so I should add that I do not work for or have any relationship with Clavia or any Nord distributor. I just really like this synthesizer!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Steve Hunt a hobbyist user from UK writes:
This baby's incredible. I've made a 40 min demo cd if anyone wants a copy at cost - email me. Then buy one. Stunning!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Andreas Lenz v. Ungern-Sternberg a professional user from Germany writes:
Incredible !! The Nord Modular is an outstanding Synthesizer. It´s a great way to use the modern so called virtual synthesis to emulate a modular system an pack it with posibillities none of the old stuff ever had.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Steven Sauve a professional user from Canada writes:
addictive...astonishing...amazing...absolutely the best reason for Windows '95 to exist!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:37
Misjah a hobbyist user from Holland writes:
Its a MONSTER .I juse it now with my MC303 (as Seqencer & for the rithm sounds) I normally I juse serval anologe synths ..sh-101 tb 303 prophet 5 etc. But I dont nead them any more ! If you are a laisy preseter ..pass it. This baby makes any anologe synth cry. Its time for N.M.A. (Nordlead Modular Adics.

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