From Olaf Molenveld
Sent Wed, Oct 29th 1997, 17:49
On 29 Oct 97 at 15:38, analogue wrote: > Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 22:24:51 -0800 > From: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: WTT: Xpander for Nord Modular?? > > Chad Gould writes: > > >My opinion is doubtful that a Nord Modular will be able to capture the fullness > >an real analog can, if the Nord Lead is any indication. I think the Nord > Modular > >looks like it is competing with some other systems - from Reality to Kyma - > that > >not only have the analog simulation, but have other weird ways of processing > >instruments. > > I'm wondering: has it been established that the Nord Modular will > have audio inputs? Standard? As an option? S/PDIF? If it has the > envelope followers and such to permit variation in processing > relative to input signal characteristics then it could get truly > crazy. There was talk by one of the Clavia guys about doing a > VOCODER module, right? That takes inputs, filters & envelope > followers to properly accomplish. Must all come standard? > The nord modular has 1 stereo-input as a standard. It also has envelope-followers as a standard-module. > >The "virtual modular" IMHO has considerable more appeal than a "virtual analog" > >since the virtual modular has an advantage of being able to capture a large > >amount of processing power in a small amount of space. You don't need to devote > >an entire studio wall to your sound processing system. You can actually save > >patches and recall them, which is a plus for many. And you can do different > >types of warping than you can with a real modular. OTOH, I am positive that > >there will be a small degree of quantization, as any patch-storage analog has > >(versus a modular). > > Anybody have specs for the Nord Lead regarding timing resolution and > latency? I've had this feeling (don't ask me why, maybe it was the > Keyboard review where they spoke of zero attack equaling zero > samples) that the Nord has a 'tighter' calculation of various > paremeters (i.e. virtual envelope an other "cv" levels) and their > effects (momentary oscillator pitch, momentary filter cutoff, etc) > than other 'virtual' contenders. It definately does a better job > with quick envelope sounds than the K-2000's VAST engine, which > apparently slices things up into 20 ms intervals (way too slow for > FcM, but it does a nice job with AM type stuff, and not too bad with > FM (shapemodosc)) and can be a pretty convincing pseudo-analog sound > destroyer with the caveat that it only works on sampled material in > it's memory. How about bit depth? I assume it's 32 bit processing, > but what about patch storage? They'd better give you more than 127 > filter cutoff frequencies for $3000!! in the German Keyboards preview there's stated that the internal processing resolution is very high to eliminate stepping and zipper-noise. The previewer didn't hear any zipper-noise or digital stepping, and the nord lead also doens't have this problem. Don't know about patch-storage though.....From what i've read most (all?) values could be inserted in relevant direct values (Hz etc.) > >And, at the price Nord's offering it, though, it isn't a big > >cost savings. You can get a basic Doepfer modular system for that price. > > Sounds like you can get more than one 'modular' up and running at > once on the Nord. The versatility (sp?) is the advantage with the > Nord ("hm, I think I need to patch ten of these just downloded > virtual frequency shifters in series to get the type of chorusing I > had in mind on this el-wacko matrix 1000 synthetic trumpet preset.") > you can get up to 4 'modular patches' running at once, each with their own output..