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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Not the new Nord Modular G2 from Clavia

Oh, if only. These are a pair of genius photoshop mockups (by Crystalmsc on the VSE forum) of long-awaited-but-non-existent new products from Clavia. On the right, the Micromodular G2. The original Nord Modular from 1998 came in three flavours - one with a cute two-octave keyboard (also available in lego), a rack with knobs and a display and the micro modular - an almost stomp-box sized unit with four knobs, which was pretty cheap at launch and now sells on eBay for about $300. Then the G2 Modular arrived in 2004 with two wondeful but expensive keyboard versions and the G2 Engine - a faceless 1U rack. So, what everyone really wants is the G2 Micromodular, which would look exactly like the unit above and cost about $700. Crystalmsc also imagines an unbearably cute 2 octave keyboard version, with an x-y pad. What I'd really like to see is a G2 Stompbox: A metal box, a big on-off switch, a few knobs and a 8-way program switch, into which you could download your own effects units using the genius editor software (which you can try out in the free, monophonic G2 Demo). Anyway, none of these products are ever going to appear, because Clavia are making too much money selling stage pianos and organs to worry about us synth geeks...

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