Sent Tue, Oct 28th 1997, 20:30
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. 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). 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. Myself, I don't see either option in my price range. That's why I'm thinking of building a semi-modular ASM-1 for $600. (: I don't think the fact that the Nord Modular can store and recall patches makes it unworthy simply because it's not something you spend oodles of time restringing patches on, as you imply, FYI. This would put an awful lot of good synths into that unworthy category: Prophet 5, Jupiter 8, Matrix 12, Xpander... -- Chad Gould |-X5/D50/DX27S/Juno106/TX16W/M1000/Pulse/DC2-| home: email@example.com |--uWave/K5000R/SE70/BE5/2020/1402VLZ/BEEP!--| "It has to warm up... SO IT CAN KILL YOU!" - Raul Julia, TAF pinball http://tilt.largo.fl.us/ - Samples, music, pinball, MST3K, more... -----Original Message----- From: C Whitten <firstname.lastname@example.org> at Jabil_Internet Who said anything about being off topic. What I am interested in is debate. The point I am making is that on this list called 'Analogue Heaven' there seems to have been an upsurge in the discussion of DSP synths. I'm being a devils advocate if you like. I'm not saying anything bad about the Nord modular. I'm merely making a point about the amount of mailers who are looking for analogue without the fuss. In Nord related mails today someone asked if the Nord could be made to sound like a Prophet5. Someone else declared the ability to store patches and general ease of use was a great reason to get the Nord. It is claimed that the Nord Modular would be a cheap alternative to other modulars. To me it's like writing to Aerobics Heaven complaing about having to exercise for 30 minutes a day. Presumeably Analogue Heaven was first started by analogue enthusiasts. As I said before, a lot of the appeal of analogue synths is their un-predictability, their history, their hands on voyage of discovery and ofcourse not forgetting their SOUND.