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Nord Modular G2 Engine Rack

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The ultimate soft synth in a beautiful red case.

No doubt, computers have become a natural part of today’s music production. The process of editing sounds and sequences is so much easier from a computer screen. Still keyboard players have the need for portable instruments. Nord Modular G2 offers you the best of both worlds and provides an effective solution for the working musician. While remaining true to the traditional modular synthesis concept it manages to go where no modular synthesizer has ever gone before.

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THE BEST OF TWO WORLDS
The G2 concept is based on a stand alone hardware keyboard with a freely configurable sound synthesis architecture and a software user interface (Editor) made for Mac OSX and PC. The sound engine in the G2 synthesizer runs on a group of digital signal processors (DSP’s), together with high resolution AD and DA converters. A G2 sound is named a Patch and is made with virtual modules and cables. Simply ‘drag & drop’ modules and cables directly on the computer screen to create your own G2 sounds. A Patch can be modeled after an existing synth or it can be the synthesizer of your dreams.

THE MODULAR CONCEPT
It doesn’t matter whether you’re an 80’s retro fanatic or a producer of the most recent club music. With the G2 you can develop sounds similar to those created by old analog patch synthesizers or simulate acoustic instruments. You can also push yourself into a world of sounds that no single instrument has ever delivered before. While sample players remain cold as ice, the G2 modular architecture offers warmth and presence to your sound. Moreover, the average G2 patch uses about 3(!) kilobytes of memory, which makes sharing over the Internet a piece of cake.To get the feel of how it works, consider the way a guitarist connects his boxes and pedals. You build the sound piece by piece on the computer screen in a simple and intuitive way following your desired signal flow. Many of the G2 modules were also found in traditional analog synthesizers. Among the selection are well-known building blocks such as oscillators, filters, sequencers and envelope generators as well as more complex modules like vocoders, pitch tracker and the mystic Bode shifter. You can also build your own unique FX processors and run both internal and external signals through them. Future upgrades will be available for free from www.clavia.se. Combine all this editing power with a logical, user-friendly knob panel and you have the most flexible synthesizer ever seen – the Nord Modular G2!

LET THE FUN BEGIN
When you start building a new patch in the G2 computer editor you will see an empty desktop area divided into three major sections; the toolbar, the voice area, and the FX area. The voice area is the polyphonic part of the system and it is here you drag & drop your basic synthesizer building blocks, which we call modules. There are more than 160 modules to choose from and they are categorized under different tabs in the toolbar. Connect the modules you have placed on the desktop with virtual cables. In the lower section, the monophonic FX area, you drag modules mainly used for the effect part of your patch such as delay, reverb and so on. Tweak the knobs and buttons to refine the sound you have created. The G2 editor offers user-defined coloring of modules and color-coded module groups to make it easy to patch and layout your sounds.

You’ll be surprised by the flexible hardware integration. Assign various parameters to the instrument’s top panel knobs, buttons and controllers either via the Parameter pages or via the Morph groups. The Parameter pages give you general control of parameters from the instrument’s eight rotary encoders, which is especially handy when you’re in the process of creating patches. The Morph groups are designed to provide total control and flexibility to live performers. Whatever you choose we’ve made it easy for you – just drag & drop and you are ready to go. When you are satisfied with your setup, just disconnect the G2 from the computer and bring it to your gig. All your sounds reside in the G2 and are retrievable with just a push of a button.

STUDIO OR STAGE
Producers, DJ’s, musicians! – When you get into the G2 world, you’ll find that this is the ultimate tool for creating your own unique sounds and for reproducing any of the original classic analog synths as well. Furthermore, the G2 offers a number of previously unavailable opportunities particularly suitable for those of you performing live on stage. Just disconnect your synth from the PC/Mac and use it as a freestanding instrument. The G2 conforms exactly to your needs, allowing you to assign all controllers, inputs and outputs the way you want them, plus letting you control your external equipment through MIDI automation. Say goodbye to your effect rack. Design the setup from your computer and run it via the G2. – Let the G2 become the brain of your studio or live keyboard rig.
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Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Additive, Distortion, Frequency Modulation, Granular, Karplus–Strong, Linear Arithmetic, Phase Distorion, Physical modelling, Subtractive, SuperSaw, Virtual Analog
Oscillators: *
Waveforms: Additive, Pink Noise, Pulse, Pulse Variable, Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Super Saw, Triangle, White Noise
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Continuous Controller, Envelope, Glide / Portamento, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Sequencer, Sync Hard, Sync Soft, Velocity
Envelopes: *
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Rate 1, Level 1, Rate 2, Level 2, Rate 3, Level 3, Rate 4, Level 4, Freerun, Monophonic, Polyphonic, Triggered, Time
Filters: *
Types: 6dB Slope, 12dB Slope (2-pole), 18dB Slope, 24dB Slope (4-pole), 36dB Slope, Band Limit, Band Pass, Band Reject, Comb, Formant, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance, Serial, Parallel
Filter Modulation: Breath Controller, Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Pitch Wheel, Portamento, Sequencer
LFO: *
LFO Parameters: Noise, Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Delay, Freerun, Key Sync, Phase
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 32
Timbrality: 4
Tuning: Standard
Patches
Patches RAM: 1024
Multipatches RAM: 256
Storage: Internal, USB
Editing: MIDI, USB
Case
Case: Rack
Rack Size: 19", 1U, Full
Display Type: LED
Dimensions (WxDxH): 437 mm (17.3"), 120 mm (4.7"), 44 mm (1.8")
Weight: 1.9kg (4,19lbs.)
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 4
Inputs: 4 Mono TR
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
DAC Bits: 24
DAC Frequency Rate: 96
Power: 120 V AC
Production
Year Released: 2004
Year Discontinued: 2009
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Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.nordkeyboards.com
Pricing
MSRP List Price: $1399 - convert
Retail Street Price: $1199 - convert
Used Price: $1200 - $1600 - convert
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