The new stage piano – Nord Electro 4

January 26, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on The new stage piano – Nord Electro 4 

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 · Comments Off on Nord C2D Combo Organ 

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 · Comments Off on NORD Vocoder action – Alpha Rain 

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 · Comments Off on Nord has introduced the Electro 4 SW73 keyboard 

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 · Comments Off on QuNexus Plays Well With Others… 

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 · Comments Off on Electronic music performance: One year later… 

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 · Comments Off on Live microtonal vocoding performance – Awesome 

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 · Comments Off on Nord Factory Tour – Building a Nord Electro 

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

Clavia launches free Nord Beat iPad app

August 21, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Clavia launches free Nord Beat iPad app 

Clavia gets into the app game with a nice looking iPad step sequencer known as Nord Beat. It’s free and, thanks to its CoreMIDI support, can be used to control not only Nord modules and synths – it’s been designed with the Nord Drum particularly in mind – but also any other MIDI instrument. Nord Beat offers four tracks, a 16-step sequencer and up to eight patterns. You can either loop one of these or chain them together (repeating patterns if necessary) to create a song. You can choose from three velocity levels and adjust the amount of shuffle, while a Pad mode gives you the option of playing your drum sounds.

You can download Nord Beat for iPad now from the App Store.

Clavia Nord Beat official info

Nord Beat is a 4-track CoreMIDI Step Sequencer for iPad. Nord Beat is a perfect companion for your Nord Drum and is available for free at the App Store!

Sequencer

Nord Beat lets you create drum beats in classic 16 step grid with up to 8 patterns and offers great control over velocity. Patterns can be played back in two ways: In Sequence Mode, up to 8 patterns can be cued and will play in a chained fashion. Each pattern can be set to repeat up to 8 times to create a song progression. When Sequence Mode is turned off, a single pattern will loop until you cue another. Any pattern can be edited while playing and the Copy/Paste function lets you create variations over a pattern very quickly. There are 3 velocity levels represented by colors, and are easily changed by swiping up or down on the desired notes. The actual velocity values can be altered with the velocity faders for changing accents and dynamics in real-time. The Shuffle amount can also be changed on the fly and each of the 4 tracks can be muted individually. The Pattern length can be shortened (1-16) while playing for creating breakdowns or alternative time signatures.

Pad Mode

Nord Beat also features a Pad Mode that lets you play the Nord Drum (or other MIDI gear) with your fingers and even gives you great control over the velocity! The center zones transmit full velocity and gradually gets lower towards the edges. The pads can be used simultaneously with the sequencer.

Easy Setup

Although designed with the Nord Drum in mind, Nord Beat can be used with any MIDI instrument. Just choose the desired MIDI-channel and Note Numbers in the Nord Beat Settings menu and you’re ready to go!

A CoreMIDI compatible MIDI interface is required.

NORD DRUM Synth Edit

August 10, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on NORD DRUM Synth Edit 

Nord Drum is a four part/three layer synthesizer with separate control for Click, Noise and Tone; there’s a lot of internal parameter for sculpting the “percussive” sound. Too sad, in V 1.0 there’s no capability for remote MIDI programming… The line out of Nord Drum goes straight into digital recorder and you’ll need some subwoofer or some decent monitors to hear the bass frequencies coming out from this babe…

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