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Clavia: Red hot and cool

Tuesday March 4, 2003. 07:04 AM, by lepetitmartien Music Hardware > Nord
Music Hardware : Clavia: Red hot and cool - macmusicClavia announced today the availibility in june of the G2, which stands for Nord Modular G2 (the 2nd generation without Piccard ;). It is a dsp driven synth, like the "old" Nord Modulars, with features long awaited by the NM followers:
- Bigger keyboard (3 octaves instead of 2)
- pitch stick like other Nords (yeepeee!)
- backlit LCDs and LED rotary encoders (perfect for gig)
- assignable buttons (8 physical buttons X 10 pages = 80 virtual buttons)
- 8 morph groups per patch for quick and heavy external mods to patches
- or a rack 1U version (no panel editing, but the power within)
- 24 bit 96 KHz AD/DA
- 4 analog audio Ins with one on XLR with an amp.
- 4 analog audio outs.
- On-DSP RAM so longer delays than the NM G1, reverbs?
- Add Granular synthesis and physical modeling to the VA (still in physical modeling like the NM)
- USB connection to computer (well, one day can we dream of firewire?), so it frees MIDI ports compared to G1.
- Sefl optimization of modules, they take up the processing they need that is more or less depending the patching. So MORE voices!
- New improved editor (no more "grey cables" no really needed anymore), the OSX version is in beta.

There is a Bode Frequency Shifter in the modules! Just like in Moog Modulars and Analogue Systems RS Integrators. There won't be sample player possibilities due to technical reasons (save a big change before June) but expect wavetables anyhow. The knobs are like the NL3, awesome! :) Don't get fooled by the labelling on the panel for knobs assignment, it's a guide not the rule, you can assign the buttons to the destination you need, freely, and have knobs assignments presets you can recall for fast twiddling. Assign even into sequencers (aaah!). The DSPs are much powerfull also?
Now they have put a mic on it, remind me something from Japan? with a tiny keyboard for kids, no? ;)

Well, this sounds like a great deal of fun. Stay tuned like Clavia says, as I'll update the news as soon as more info will come until the release.

From Wednesday in Frankfurt Hall 5.0 booth B10, release in june.
Keyboard 2199/$, Engine only 999/$
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