Synth Site: Clavia: Nord Electro 61/73: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Sho a part-time user from Holland writes:
I agree that it's about the sound, but hey, in between all those semi-fancy colors and of course the dull-black and greyscales there can be only one in red.. :-) And with that outta the way, i can say i can't wait for the v2.0 upgrade which i'm gonna get this weekend! No more voice theft, a mega clavi and (hopefully) some improved FX.. And that'd turn a killer machine into something more lethal....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-16-2002 at 12:55
Ken Suguro a professional user from Japan writes:
I said "yikes" when I played this keyboard.. It was just totally different from any rhodes-alikes that I've played, mixed, personally patched.. I mean, I've never owned one, never seen the real thing, but whether the Electro sounds "real" or not, is sure is much more of a perfected instrument than say a Triton rhodes.

The key touch kind of sucks, I'd rather play it on a piano touch set of keys.. You can get very tired from playing because it lacks the momentum of a piano touch. It probably suited organ playing better. (I don't do organs)

Effects aren't what I'd call SUPERB.. Just the normal bunch, stuff that I'd apply to a raw rhodes sound anyway. I'd have the say the WAH sucks. I think I can even build a better wah with a modular system. The sweep range in unadjustable. Clavia better fix this one in their next OS.

Also, I'll have to note that this machine has major problems with polyphony. If you don't like using pedals, like funk and stuff, you won't feel a problem. If you play something mellow and slow, you'll probably start finding stolen notes very soon. Clavia says with OS ver2, you'll get more polyphony.

I've only had it for about a month, and used it in one of my commercial recordings. That's a good sign of kick ass gear.

Anyway who gives a schmuck about color, consumers don't see it anyway.. But it does go well with my red T-shirt.. hehe.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-23-2002 at 09:23
redlarry a hobbyist user from NYC, USA writes:
One thing is for certain: you absolutely *must* try this one out at the store!

This keyboard is wonderful for what it was made to do: emulate those classic electric organs you love so much.

The keys are not standard light-keys like the other Clavia Nord synths; they are weighted, thick keys with a slight yellowish tint. I love how they feel. You can get really expressive playing with the weighted keys.

Another interesting feature is the rotating speaker emulation. The unique thing is the "Stop" function, where you can hear the rotating speaker actually slow down and come to a stop, just like the real thing (instead of just cutting off)! Very interesting! And, When you switch from slow to fast, you can hear it accelerate to the speed! Nice!

Also: the digital drawbar is really great! To "pull" the drawbar out, simply hit the corresponding down button. Up button to "push" it back in.

There is also an adjustable overdrive that sounds nice and smooth. Combine it with a few drawbar octaves and a fast speaker rotation, you can get those great spooky Portishead-ish organ sounds.

This machine doesn't have many features found on other Nords, but Clavia seemed to have done this completely on purpose. And, I can see why: this machine cries out to be played live, not MIDI sequenced (although, they do have a rack version of it).

This keyboard is NOT for techno/trance heads (unless you're feeling adventurous, it will let you down in those departments). But, if you're into pouring some retro soul into your synth collection, the Nord Electro is a winner.

(Bonus: The side paneling is made out of REAL wood, dyed to that distinctive shade of Nord Red that we all dye for!)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-08-2002 at 03:39
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