Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

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Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by carbon111 » Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:15 pm

I've put a little review and a demo MP3 on my homepage: http://carbon111.com/nordwave.html

I'm really loving this thing! :love10:

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Re: Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by Computer Controlled » Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:27 pm

I always thought this was a Wave Table synth =o] Hehe... i guess the "wave" part is the sample waves in it?
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Re: Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by carbon111 » Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:42 pm

Computer Controlled wrote:I always thought this was a Wave Table synth =o] Hehe... i guess the "wave" part is the sample waves in it?
Yes, in addition to the multi-sampled instruments, there's a number of single-cycle waves that Clavia disingenuously calls "wavetables"...they're static, not morphable or scannable. :roll:

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Re: Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by Synthprophet » Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:17 pm

I really like this thing. Compared to my NL2x, it has so many new great features that I sometimes miss on the 2x (in fact the Nord Wave is pretty much how I would have designed a synth). Two things I miss though are the arpeggiator and the 4 parts multitimbrality. The arpeggiator is less important, but I do use the 2x to do thre layer sounds.
Anyway thanks for the review. Any positive thought about this machine might convince me to get it one day.
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Re: Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by tallowwaters » Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:38 pm

Thoughts on a Nord Wave?
How about some Kylie Minogue on a Nord Wave?


Looks cool. How does it compare to the V Synth?
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Re: Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by carbon111 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:22 am

tallowwaters wrote:Looks cool. How does it compare to the V Synth?
To my mind its completely different. It certainly sounds different, more "analog" to my ears though you can certainly get a lot of weird digital timbres and "hybrid" ones like in my MP3.

In some ways it's simpler to use with its one-knob-per-function interface and lack of menus.

The Wave also has 4-OP Yamaha-style FM (implemented as PM).
Each "FM oscillator" in the Nord Wave is a dual sinewave carrier/operator pair with adjustable frequency ratio and optional feedback path.

Most importantly, Tallow, did you like my song for Azathoth??? :)
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Re: Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by Z » Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:27 am

Sounds good. Reminds me of early "digital era" Tangerine Dream.

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Re: Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by carbon111 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:18 am

Thanks!

This has been the most fun I've ever had with a synth other than the Oasys!
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Re: Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by Triton76 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:16 am

sounds great Carbon, thanks for the GAS
It's so far out of my price range that is doesn't hurt too bad though. Kinda like seeing a nice Porsche on the street, or a MiniMoog on stage.
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Re: Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by carbon111 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:53 am

Triton76 wrote:sounds great Carbon, thanks for the GAS
It's so far out of my price range that is doesn't hurt too bad though. Kinda like seeing a nice Porsche on the street, or a MiniMoog on stage.
FWIW, mine was an "open box" one about $700 less than street price so I got it for 2K. The high price was my only real problem with this board.

Ive seen some other similar deals out there as well...
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Re: Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by tallowwaters » Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:52 pm

carbon111 wrote:
tallowwaters wrote:Looks cool. How does it compare to the V Synth?
To my mind its completely different. It certainly sounds different, more "analog" to my ears though you can certainly get a lot of weird digital timbres and "hybrid" ones like in my MP3.

In some ways it's simpler to use with its one-knob-per-function interface and lack of menus.

The Wave also has 4-OP Yamaha-style FM (implemented as PM).
Each "FM oscillator" in the Nord Wave is a dual sinewave carrier/operator pair with adjustable frequency ratio and optional feedback path.

Most importantly, Tallow, did you like my song for Azathoth??? :)
Yeah, they both look pretty different, but I love this new trend of letting users put in their own sounds.

I would love to hear your song James, but Localnet doesnt seem to like the idea of me spending 4 hours to download about 2 megs, which is probably why it drops connection every 13 minutes. One day I will have a reasonable internet connection... :x
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Re: Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by carbon111 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:55 pm

Damn, Tallow, whatcha got? Dialup on Mars through a 14.4 modem? :shock:
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Re: Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by Hugo76 » Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:40 am

Thanks for the reviewm, Carbon.
This is a synth I'd very much like to take a closer look at. I already own the V-Synth, so it's interesting to hear you find them to be quite different beasts.

One question: I hear the included software is quite brilliant, as it simplifies sample management drastically.
Can you comment on this?

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Re: Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by tallowwaters » Sun Nov 09, 2008 4:37 pm

carbon111 wrote:Damn, Tallow, whatcha got? Dialup on Mars through a 14.4 modem? :shock:
Shitty Dialup in f**k, Egypt via a problematic 56k modem. To give you an idea, it's so far out there that we dont even get reliable telephone service...
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Re: Some thoughts on the Nord Wave

Post by carbon111 » Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:58 pm

Hugo76 wrote:One question: I hear the included software is quite brilliant, as it simplifies sample management drastically.
Can you comment on this?
Well, I haven't used it to create my own sample "instruments" from raw wave files yet but it looks about as ergonomic as I've ever seen. I have used it to load, unload and rearrange the existing ones and it was intuitive enough that I didn't have to crack the manual.

The sample management interface looks simple enough but I will need to read the manual once I start loading my own samples:

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