20 February 2008

Nord Wave DVD Arrived

Today I got another surprise in the mail. I finally received the DVD with samples that Clavia promised when I received the Nord Wave. I haven't opened it yet but on the DVD it also states that it holds new versions of the Operating System for the Nord and a new version on the editor software. I will try it out soon and if something spectacular comes up I will let you know :) But I don't expect much to be honest compared to the current version. Basicly this software enables you to upload your own samples to the Nord Wave. As you can see in the picture on the right I have three Nords stacked on top of each other in the studio now. Isn't that a pretty picture? :) Well I love it anyway! And the nice thing is that these are three completely different synthesizers all together.

The first one I bought was the Nord Lead 2 that you see in the middle. I still know why I bought it as well. I visited the Jean-Michel Jarre concert in Rotterdam. He played mostly tracks from his just released Oxygene 7-13 album and most of the leads where coming from this synthesizer. So the next week I went to the shop and tried it out and I must say it is a very good VA (Virtual Analog). The second one I bought was the Nord Modular G2X. You see this one on top. This is basically a modular synthesizer in a DSP. The editor that comes with this synth is superb I think. You can draw up your own modules and connect them as you want. It sounds like nothing else in my opinion.

The last one I bought not so long ago was is the Nord Wave. A very nice concept where you can use a complete sample (not wavetable) as an oscillator and you can even modulate with this. You can build very complex stuff with this. Nice on this synthesizer is also that they added some basic effects section with Delay, chorus, reverb and a very nice distortion (overdrive). So far the delay is not midi syncable. That is the only downside on this synthesizer in my opinion. Besides that I like it a lot. And one of the reasons I also bought is was the fact that Clavia has bought the rights to the original Mellotron samples and put them in there :) I just love those Mellotron strings and choirs. You will here them for sure on my next album. In the future I plan to do more in dept reviews of some of my synthesizers with some sound samples etc. But at the moment I don't have the time for this unfortunately. But this is definitely a synthesizer to check out! And no it is not a Nord Lead 4! The only thing I must say to end this post is that most of the presets are crappy. Clavia should have done a much better job on them. So test it out yourself more thoroughly than browsing presets. Play around with these presets until you hear what this beast can do.

4 comments:

joel said...

i guess you mean the concert of Jarre in 1997?? because the Clavia he used there was the Nordlead 1.. he introduced it.

Synth.nl said...

You are right :)

bantri said...

3 Nord´s picture... Amazing...

In fact, after seeing it, i quickly searched for your music, to confirm how much of that power was being used on the songs, and it was pleasing to hear the good use of them.

Congratulations :)

Synth.nl said...

Thank you :)