Clavia Nord Lead 2X FX Video


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from Jexus on Vimeo.

I owned the original Nord Lead and I always regretted selling it. The Nord’s are beautifully designed virtual analog Swedish synthesizers with stone modulation wheels and wooden pitch knobs. I really liked the fact the original Nord Lead didn’t have any effects. I also still think that it has an original sound to it. It doesn’t sound like an analog synth or a VA copycat. Although some people say the now discontinued Nord Lead 3 sound was compromised no one can argue the LED knobbed interface wasn’t amazing (pic below). I wonder why they stopped producing it.

Nord Lead 3

“Nord Lead 2x FX / Abstract, all sounds programmed by WC Olo Garb. Video editing by WC Olo Garb.” – Jexus

The new Nord Wave is really interesting as it allows you to load samples into it and then allows you to further synthesize and play. I hope to get my hands on one and load some of my own vocals into it and see what happens. For an interesting Wave video showing VSTs and Reason Synths loaded into it: click here

For more info: www.nordkeyboards.com

Toss the Nord Lead. Discovery Pro is on Mac.

The Clavia Nord Lead is one of the virtual analog synthesizers that I thought had a unique sound. I’m in the camp of people who feel synths should not have built-in effects and the original Nord kept with that recipe. My original Nord Lead was built like a tank and I couldn’t help but smile when touching it’s stone mod wheel and wooden pitch bender. When the late 90′s turned into the early 2000s, I as with many of you sold off any hardware that wasn’t working overtime. I always regretted selling my Nord and as a Mac user never found a real replacement. I always had an eye on Discodsp’s Nord emulator+ called Discovery and the Pro version is finally available for Macintosh.

“12 oscillators Virtual Analog VSTi and Audio Units Synthesizer featuring 4 layers, WAV and SoundFont (SF2) support, 2X oversampling/undersampling, built-in arpeggiator, sync, FM, 12 filter types, panning modulation, stereo delay and gate effects, graphic envelope modulation. Imports Nord Lead 2 SysEx data.” – discodsp.com

Discovery pro is 149€/$199, there is a free demo and the manual is online available for download: discodsp.com

Still want the real thing? Visit: nordkeyboards.com

Wire to the Ear’s MusikMesse 2008 picks.

Musikmesse is one of the best music gear trade shows. It takes place in Frankfurt Germany this week. There are many websites covering Musikmesse down to the very last detail. I’d like to only list here what I personally think are the most interesting new products. So without further ado here is Wire to the Ear’s MusikMesse 2008 hot picks:

Korg DS10

Korg DS-10. This is a Korg MS-10 synthesizer for the Nintendo DS! This is a fully sanctioned product from Korg itself. You use the DS’s touch screens to control parameters. There is a sequencer and you can sync several units together via WiFi. I am really looking forward to getting this and using it live! link

Melodyne - Direct Note Access

Melodyne Direct Note Access. This has to be on top of the list because it’s a revolution in the audio tech world. This fall when the next version of Melodyne is released you will be able to edit individual notes inside polyphonic sounds! There is no doubt about it, what Celemony has done is amazing. To grasp this concept head over to Celemony and watch the videos on their site. link

MFB Synth 3

MFB Synth 3. Manfred Fricke from Berlin (MFB… get it?) has a new synth ready for 2008. I really like the MFB stuff because it’s affordable and sounds good. These units are a lot smaller than you think. You could throw everything MFB makes into a backpack easy and head to a gig. The new Synth 3 will make sound without you patching any cables into it. But of course the fun starts with wires! 3VCOs, full analog, 37 patch points, midi and CV for only 580 euros! link

Rop Papen RG

Rob Papen RG. Dutch sound designer turned software developer Rob Papen makes really useful synths. I find myself turned to Blue quite often. His new release looks interesting and my guess is it will find it’s home in an unintended market. What do I mean? Well it’s a virtual rhythm guitar plug-in matched with Rob’s synth engine and sequencers. So will rock n rollers be using it? I doubt it, my guess is whatever sounds this thing churns out will be in dance clubs by October. link

SSL Matrix Superanalogue Mixer

Solid State Logic Matrix Superanalogue Mixer. When you think of 16 Channel mixers of the 8-bus type the you think of Mackie or Soundcraft maybe? Imagine a small sized console from SSL? Each channel strip would represent a boutique quality strip. You know the class-A vintage looking things you lust over? Now imagine that small SSL with a digital output for about $25k. Come on your car costs more than that right? This is the kind of gear monthly payments were made for. link

Nordlead Anniversary Edition

The Nord Lead Anniversary Model Ltd. Edition. The Nordlead really made me believe that software could emulate hardware in a convincing way. To top it off the Nordlead was built like a tank and had a wicked cool stone mod wheel and wood pitch bender. There’s nothing new feature wise on the Anniversary Model. It is essentially a Nordlead 2x but those reverse keys are pretty. There will be only 299 of these so run to Sweden now and get yours before it’s to late. link

OrangeVocoder 10th Anniversary

OrangeVocoder 10th Anniversary. What? Anniversary edition software? Sure why not. I must have used Prosoniq’s vocoder on twenty songs or more over the years. The new version finally brings us an Audio Units, new sound modes, voiced/unvoiced detection linked with a noise synthesizer, a filterbank freeze option and a HF passthru mode. link

So what are your Musikmesse picks? Anything hot you think I missed? The show’s not over so by Monday I think I will update this post a little.