Clavia Nord Modular G2
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Clavia Nord Modular G2

Nord Modular G2, Analog Modeling Synth from Clavia in the Nord Modular G2 series.

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the green child 03/14/2004

Clavia Nord Modular G2 : the green child's user review

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Repeatedly announced and postponed, the Nord Modular G2 is the synth that I have never expected much ...
Well, I must say it is well worth the wait.
The physical aspect of the machine embraces the main features of his colleagues:

Front: We see immediately Clavia's will to live of modular use nothing but the wheel for morphing, pitch stick, which were not on the previous version.
5 screens are present smaller than a Nord Modular, etc. Everything was done to the vehicle used in standalone and with success.

It should be noted that the screens appear to be quite fragile and continues to set the Clavia rortary dial (the big button) in the frame that caused me a lot of worries on the G1.

The rear panel:
4 line inputs + a pre-entry emplifiée (female XLR) which is a huge advantage over other products developed by Clavia, 4 outputs. And USB output for the publisher. And MIDI (out, in, through)

Let's go into the machine:
Already a disappointment: the polyphony yet to see 32 and multitimbrilité which is only 4.
But the memory has been greatly improved (to say the least) for a better allocation of resources, the patches are separated into two: one part is devoted to publishing (oscillator, filter ect ...) even if they have little to include the effects, and some effects, because the effects (delay, reverb ...) are new to the north and are modular in large part responsible for the sound of the machine.
Disappointment for Maciste: no editor for Mac. (I can not enter the development at Clavia)
In general, editing is more intuitive bcp as the publisher on the front of the modular

UTILIZATION

It configures the patches from the keyboard alone, with ease!
The five screens display parameters stored by category (oscillators, LFOs, effects ...) and columns per page, allowing to quickly view the saved settings.
Eg a sequencer recorded on the front is controllable through LEDs and visible along the entire length of the sequence, and we act on it much like a BAR.
As for the numbers of pottards (restricted to a VA), they are widely enough because of the variety of assignments in which they can be. In addition, it is the same as those of the Nord Lead 3 even though it does not display the values ​​in green zeros :-(

As for the publisher of the modules mentioned on the previous generation have been removed (eg in the case of forming bone) but many others will come and fill this gap. D also the number of new modules or modules improvements should calm the ardor of some. It is clear that efforts have been made on the presentation of modules (colors, came out square and round, the outputs that change color depending on whether the patch an audio signal or control signal) which allows a more intuitive than ever to the editor.
A big big advantage is communication between the slots (the patch recorded and used directly) and yes, you can use all the resources of a slot for the effects and apply them to other slots, which was not possible before ...

SOUNDS

Sounds, how I could say ...
it is a slap in the face, my brain literally squirted on the walls.
Sounds can be rough as those of North Nordlead 2 or modular or depth that I did not expect.
They can be thin and may change constantly.
The bass that were lacking in G1 are insane (big, fat, deep, aggressive, hot) ...
In short my words are merely euphemisms, go listen.

OVERALL OPINION

I had a virus C, a Nord Modular G1, a Nord Lead 3, and its level: none of them comes close
The instrument itself is more intuitive and bcp not necessarily require extensive knowledge in audio (if the bases are required as well), especially since the patches can be pre-recorded new sounds based on if not want to take the lead (because each patch can be regarded as a synth in its own right).
Another highlight is the free use computer that will take her to live without any problems ...
Only big disappointment: polyphony and multitimbrilité that limit but given the sound, we forgive him.
Go, shoo! 10