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Nord Micro Modular: First Impressions

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:13 am
by Joey
just picked one of these up today, and I am super excited because I got a screaming deal, and it is an awesome synth

outside of that, first impressions:

not being able to turn a knob in a quick way is extremely limiting and infuriating

i've taken the habit of assigning wahtever control i want to a knob on the nord and tweaking it through there, repeating it every time i edit something else

the mac os x editor crashes every time you right click almost, but i like that it reboots extremely fast to whatever you were editing, due in part to the fact that you have a hardware unit with the settings stored

having two use two sets of midi ports is a pain

f**k this thing is small

and red, i like red

i could understand maybe the g2, but right now all this is making me think is i'd rather just use a full on software modular, no wasting of midi ports, same level of interaction

gonna take a while to really get some juice out of this one

these are just my first impressions...

any users want to chime in with some cool tips and tricks or just general opinions?

Re: Nord Micro Modular: First Impressions

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:48 am
by madtheory
I think there's a list of known bugs somewhere, all you do is just avoid clicking those particular things. The sound quality is superb. Not sure what your knob problem is? I just wish there was more of them. It's a cool little synth, but it is compromised- what else would you expect, it was the entry level machine.

And yes, I agree, red is cool :)

Re: Nord Micro Modular: First Impressions

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:32 am
by crystalmsc
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Re: Nord Micro Modular: First Impressions

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:46 am
by pneuman
I don't have a Nord Modular myself, but if you want an alternative editor I've heard good things about Nomad:

http://nmedit.sourceforge.net/

It's Java-based, so it runs on Mac OS X/Windows/Linux.

Re: Nord Micro Modular: First Impressions

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:47 am
by madtheory
I couldn't get Nomad to see mine, but it looks like you need Mandolane or Plumstone to let Java apps talk to core Audio and MIDI.

Re: Nord Micro Modular: First Impressions

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:59 am
by Soundwave
The micro is good if you want a little bit of the nord modular in a bigger hardware setup especially as an effetcs/processor unit, as a stand alone unit it may not be such a wise choice especially if the majority of you gear is software.

Try using it with some inexpensive MIDI controller.

Re: Nord Micro Modular: First Impressions

Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:50 pm
by pricklyrobot
The MicroMod's best friend:
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Re: Nord Micro Modular: First Impressions

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:50 am
by Yoozer
It's awesome and completely changed the way I thought about synthesizing sounds. I still want to pick up a rack Classic...

Re: Nord Micro Modular: First Impressions

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:22 am
by West_Berliner
my expanded G1 keyboard is the first synth I turn to when programming. I just find it so intuitive to program the modular. :) enjoy your micro! I remember I used to own one, and i sold it. a few years later i bought a full G1, and never looked back!

Re: Nord Micro Modular: First Impressions

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:24 am
by Joey
yeah I'm really enjoying it. made a few patches last night, and gonna get back on it tonight.

definitely makes you think WAY differently about programming.

Re: Nord Micro Modular: First Impressions

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:13 am
by West_Berliner
i agree 100%. I also find it to be one of the quickest ways to program surprisingly, despite the computer interface. eeverything is laid out in front of you. :)

Re: Nord Micro Modular: First Impressions

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:20 am
by Neonlights84
Outside of keyboard size, any difference btw the G2x and the micro modular?

Re: Nord Micro Modular: First Impressions

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:44 pm
by Yoozer
The G2 and "Classic" modular simply sound different. Physical modeling is a lot easier on the G2, it's got a dedicated DX7-like module, and it's got effects like (longer than a few ms) delay and reverb that the Classic lacks. Editor traffic is MIDI on the G1, USB on the G2, patch formats are different, and not all modules of the one are available in the other.