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Traded my microbrute for one of these (nord micro modular) last week and wowwww. I love it so much. Sure it was a little bit of a pain in the ass to get the editor going (I'm using osx 10.7.5 running windows 7 in parallels), but it's so great once you do. I've got a small eurorack and have used most of the virtual modular environments, and while some of them are more extensible than the nord, this is the first one that has the right combinations of ease/fun/sounds-good/ && feels like a real instrument. It even came with a proper printed manual && the wizoo book :D

 

Add the bonus that you can just detach it from the computer when you're done patching and jam or go to a gig. Perhaps part of the appeal is that I've sworn off using computers when performing, but still. Seems great.

 

Anyone around here still rocking the nord modular? I feel like I've seen people chime up from time to time, but they were all pretty old threads.

 

Anyway, I'm just excited and want to talk about it.

 

edit: I'm sure it's not the best thing ever, but it's basically the first "real" thing I've done with the NMM and I think it sounds pretty good && full for being just the modular and some outboard delay/mixer-eq https://soundcloud.com/lilienfeld/nord-micro-modular-1

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I have the full rack ver and a Micro Modular, love em. Finding the original manual is a job in itself, as is the Windows patches created by the user community. Good purchase!

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I have the full rack ver and a Micro Modular, love em. Finding the original manual is a job in itself, as is the Windows patches created by the user community. Good purchase!

 

Are there any other repositories of patches outside of the electro-music forums? While seemingly a little inactive these days, the archives are gold. This book http://www.cim.mcgill.ca/~clark/nordmodularbook/nm_book_toc.htmlhas been great as well, if a little academic at times. I like how it really gets into the meat of things though, especially the chapter on chaos/randomoness/generative/etc.

 

Stoked that there's still a small but dedicated userbase out there :)

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The wizoo book actually came with it! In PRINT. So good.

 

I've worked through pretty much all of it, though I imagine I'll be re-reading it again when I come against a wall (or the parts I skimmed on, midi & processing external audio).

 

Thanks for the tips Meister Farr.

 

Only bad thing I've noticed w/ the micro so far is that it's easy to change patches while you're jamming, which is great, unless you don't want to ;X

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The Nord Modulars are the definition of synthesizers for me... Learned synthesis on the originals, and then bought 2 G2s (one keyboard and one engine). Still rocking them! I have other gear now too, but the NM is where I feel at home.

 

Nothing but praise for the instrument, nothing but criticism for the company. Clavia totally dropped support for them and left users out in the cold. If some user can take the time to reverse engineer the editor, then Clavia could surely put in the tiniest bit of effort to modernize the apps to function again.

 

Always wishing for a G3..

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they are amazing. Look up Dave Peck and Rob Hjordik. Those guys would release unbelievable patches that were beyond pretty much all else. I had some Cristian Vogel patches and that was pretty cool as he was a hero at the time.

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The Nord Modulars are the definition of synthesizers for me... Learned synthesis on the originals, and then bought 2 G2s (one keyboard and one engine). Still rocking them! I have other gear now too, but the NM is where I feel at home.

 

Nothing but praise for the instrument, nothing but criticism for the company. Clavia totally dropped support for them and left users out in the cold. If some user can take the time to reverse engineer the editor, then Clavia could surely put in the tiniest bit of effort to modernize the apps to function again.

 

Always wishing for a G3..

Yeah, I'd actually seen you mention similar on the forum before which made me further hesitant to get into it – but hey, at least it's stable-ish and OS virtualization has gotten pretty good. While it sucks that Clavia abandoned it, it's sort of nice to work with something that's "done". Happy to have taken the plunge, imagine I may have to pinch some more gear to get a bigger g1 or g2 o.O. Probably give it a bit first though, I tend to get a little overeager with these things.

 

 

they are amazing. Look up Dave Peck and Rob Hjordik. Those guys would release unbelievable patches that were beyond pretty much all else. I had some Cristian Vogel patches and that was pretty cool as he was a hero at the time.

Thanks Hanratty – after a little bit of digging through forums et al I found Rob's writing/tutorials for the G1 (most of what I'd found was for the g2, though the core synthesis concepts look transferrable).

 

Stoked to put in some time with it tomorrow.

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I have micromodular. Had G2 engine some years ago which was stolen then :catcry:

Yeah all of them are pretty fucking awesome.

 


you can grab some patches here (from that guy):

dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7396719/Nord_rastko.zip

 

and here also, from another guy:

http://navsmodularlab.blogspot.ru/2013/11/nord-coast-micro-modular-patches.html

 

 

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As for me, i use my micro alot

 

Here it generates bassdrum, some percussion and their sequences with spontaneous fluctuations

https://soundcloud.com/dancey-duncan/squash1

https://soundcloud.com/dancey-duncan/quasfunk

 

Here it generates unsteady bassline

https://soundcloud.com/dancey-duncan/trippinclock

 

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And so on

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the micro modular is a gateway drug.

 

had a micro mod. loved it. sold it & got the keys version.

loved the keys version. sold it and got the g2 engine!

 

the advantage of the 1st gen nord modular is the HUGE patch archive that you can download from electro-music.com. i'm assuming you already have that?

 

you can download it as a zip sorted by patch type or patch author. thousands of patches in there. more than enough to keep you occupied for quite some time.

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A link to Rob's stuff?

sorry Rubin, meant to include it in that response – http://electro-music.com/nm_classic/015_workshops/Clavia/NordModularWorkshops&Threads/WerkMap/WorkShops/(if you click index.html in there it's better formatted, but doesn't include everything here).

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the psu in my G2 died recently. probably salvageable, but i don't know yet. it was a great machine .RIP for the moment.

Get in touch if you need some help, that thing deserves to be singing again.

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This track rules – would love to figure out things of this nature :D

 

 

 

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6463580/BoomingTripping4.pch

https://clyp.it/khpsp43l

 

 

You're a mensch! I'll study up :)

 

Ended up making this yesterday after listening to Quas Funk (and a bunch of gabber o.O). Thanks for the inspiration!

 

https://soundcloud.com/lilienfeld/nmmcore1

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what do you think is the best contemporary version of a software modular? oscillot? reaktor blocks?

Softube Modular is pretty cool. Be warned, it's still pretty new so expect some bugs and missing features. Neat to check out though

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