Virtual analog from Clavia – Nord Lead 4

April 9, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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After a couple of days of teasing – the new Nord Lead 4 has finally been fully revealed, and boy does it look promising :-)
We will of course take a closer look at it down at  MusikMesse, stay tuned for more on this red beauty

Nord Lead 4 is a 4-part multi-timbral synthesizer sporting a brand new 2-oscillator virtual analog sound engine with 2x oversampling. In addition to the classic analog waveforms there’s a Wavetable mode with unique new Formant Wavetables. Frequency Modulation and Hard/Soft sync options are available for mutilating your sound further and the True Voice Unison mode can stack up to four oscillators per voice for really thick, beefy leads and pads.

The filter section boasts Low Pass (12/24dB), High Pass, and Band Pass filters and also stunning new simulations of two transistor and diode ladder filters capturing the squeaky, dirty character of the originals. A dedicated filter overdrive can distort your sound before it passes through the effect section.

The new Variation buttons let you override almost any parameter of the synthesizer, instantaneously. Ever wanted to change LFO speed, Modulation routings and reverb amount – all at once, in the middle of a sound? With the Nord Lead 4 you can! With 7 assignable variations per program Nord Lead 4 gives you creative freedom to warp and improvise your sound live, both rhythmically and sonically and thanks to the Master Clock Synchronization, it can be done in perfect sync to other layers or an external MIDI Clock.

All 4 slots have dedicated effect sections with delay, reverb, tube amp simulated overdrive, a Talk effect modeled after a vocal tract and a sample rate reducing Crush effect.

The Nord Lead 4 is also available as a Tabletop/Rack version, the Nord Lead 4R.

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Key features

  • 4-part multi-timbral with 4 separate outs.
  • 2-Oscillator Virtual Analog Subtractive synthesis, with Frequency Modulation, Hard and Soft Sync and True Voice Unison.
  • Morph and Variation performance controls.
  • Wavetable synthesis, including unique Formant Wavetables.
  • 12/24 dB Low-pass, High-pass, Band-pass filter section plus transistor and diode ladder filter simulations.
  • 2 LFO/Arpeggiator sections and Mod Env section with flexible routing possibilities.
  • LFO, Arpeggiator and Delay can be synchronized to the Master Clock (or external MIDI-Clock).
  • Crush, Talk and Distortion, Reverb, Delay effects (available per slot)
  • 2x oversampled sound engine.
  • 49­-key velocity sensitive keyboard (C-C) (Not Nord Lead 4R).
  • USB MIDI.

Suggested Street Price:

Nord Lead 4: 1,849 euro, shipping May 2013. Nord Lead 4R: 1,649 euro, shipping August 2013

More info: www.nordlead4.com

 

Alba Ecstasy – Solar Field – live performance

March 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This track is a live improvisation using 2 sequences programmed on Korg Radias, one sequence on Mopho, the drum line fron Electribe ESX-1, the pad from Nord Lead 3 and the fulte from Vrius Ti2.
All sounds are created by Alba Ecstasy and if you like them, you can visit the store:
http://www.albaecstasy.ro/blog/store

The new stage piano – Nord Electro 4

January 26, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Nord Electro 4 SW73 has twice the memory capacity of its predecessor, Nord Electro 3 SeventyThree, letting you use more sounds from the Nord Piano and Sample Libraries. The Organ section has been upgraded to the latest Tone Wheel engine from Nord’s dual manual organ Nord C2D, including a new 122 Rotary speaker simulation and Drive.

The Nord Electro 4 SW73 joins the Nord Electro 4 HP and Nord Electro 4D SW61, introduced earlier in 2012.

Key features:

  • 73 Semi-Weighted Waterfall (F-F)
  • Digital LED Drawbars
  • 380 MB memory for Nord Piano Library sounds
  • 128 MB memory for Nord Sample Library sounds
  • C2D Tone wheel engine with 122 Rotary simulation and Drive
  • Delay Effect with Tap-Tempo
  • 4 Dynamic Response Curves
  • Long Release
  • 4 Live Locations
  • Nord Sound Manager 6.x support for Bundles
  • USB MIDI

More info here >>

Nord C2D Combo Organ

January 25, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Three musicians showcasing the different sections of Nord C2D Combo organ. Tone-wheel Organ: Pierre Swärd, Baroque Pipe Organ: Ulla Olsson and Mats Björke on the Farfisa Transistor Organ.

Read more about the Nord C2D here: http://nordkeyboards.com/c2d

Big thanks to the musicians and to Hasse & Lasse (http://www.hasseochlasse.se/) for making the video!

NORD Vocoder action – Alpha Rain

December 3, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The movie shows an improvisation in Carlos Alpha tuning system recorded while playing a Nord Modular G2 and my “alternative MIDI controller”.

The only melodic/harmonic sound source for this piece is the G2 retuned to Carlos Alpha with LMSO by X.J.Scott. The rhythmic track was created with Omnisphere Stylus RMX.

Read my blog for details: http://www.seraph.it/blog_files/c46d0a7ca80368e67afd7f2aadb46297-162.html

Nord has introduced the Electro 4 SW73 keyboard

December 2, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Nord Electro 4 SW73 has twice the memory capacity of its predecessor, Nord Electro 3 SeventyThree, letting you use more sounds from the Nord Piano and Sample Libraries. The Organ section has been upgraded to the latest Tone Wheel engine from Nord’s dual manual organ Nord C2D, including a new 122 Rotary speaker simulation and Drive.

The Nord Electro 4 SW73 joins the Nord Electro 4 HP and Nord Electro 4D SW61, introduced earlier in 2012.

Key features:

  • 73 Semi-Weighted Waterfall (F-F)
  • Digital LED Drawbars
  • 380 MB memory for Nord Piano Library sounds
  • 128 MB memory for Nord Sample Library sounds
  • C2D Tone wheel engine with 122 Rotary simulation and Drive
  • Delay Effect with Tap-Tempo
  • 4 Dynamic Response Curves
  • Long Release
  • 4 Live Locations
  • Nord Sound Manager 6.x support for Bundles
  • USB MIDI

Audio demos:

The Electro 4 SW73 is priced at 1,999 EURO / US MAP 2,399 USD and is shipping in December 2012, and to US & Canada in January 2013. See the Nord site for more info >>

QuNexus Plays Well With Others…

November 28, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Keith McMillen Instruments has uploaded a new video featuring their new controller QuNexus – playing alongside a Clavia Nord

Electronic music performance: One year later…

October 15, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Gear used: Elektron Machinedrum as main sequencer, Waldorf Blofeld, Akai mpc500, Korg Ms2000, Clavia Nord Modular G2 and DSI Tetr4.

Live microtonal vocoding performance – Awesome

October 11, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Live microtonal vocoding performance featuring Opal Chameleon, Nord G2, LMSO and Logic Pro
See http://www.seraph.it/blog_files/category-video.html

Nord Factory Tour – Building a Nord Electro

October 4, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Get a glimpse of the factory in Stockholm where all Nord keyboards are made…

Clavia have released a short video offering a glimpse inside their Stockholm factory where all Nord keyboards are handmade. The video shows the manufacturing process and stringent quality controls as a Nord Electro 4D is put together.

Highlighted are some of Nord’s unique practices and attention to detail throughout the manufacturing process. For example, one section of the video shows Nord’s heat room in which every Nord keyboard is placed once fully assembled. Each keyboard is tested for 48 hours running continuous CPU tests at 40 degrees centigrade to simulate the most challenging of stage environments.

Music by Federico Solazzo (http://www.federicosolazzo.com/).
All sounds except drums from the Nord Stage 2 and Nord Wave.

Thanks to Hasse & Lasse (http://www.hasseochlasse.se) for making the video!

Official Website:
http://www.nordkeyboards.com

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