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I acquired the Clavia Nord MicroModular synth recently through eBay. The Nord MicroModular is a stripped down version of the mighty Nord Modular system and can be considered to be “the mother of modular software synths”. A PC software application is used to virtually patch, tweak, edit and design the MicroModulars synth patches in a modular fashion. Produced in 1999, this is still a standalone PC application and not a VSTi to be integrated in a DAW, however.

Nord MicroModular

Besides software the MicroModular consists of a small four-knobbed MicroModular interface/controller unit which houses the DSP power and audio and midi in/outs. After you’ve created a patch using the software you can load it into one of 99 memories within the controller. It can then be used live or in a MIDI studio as a synth module. The MicoModular controller has a volume knob and 3 other knobs that can be assigned editable parameters.

Nord Modular Editor

Limited as this might appear, you still get one of the biggest and most powerful modular synthesizer emulator software programs in the world: it contains loads of sound and filtering and effects modules, is fully modular in setup and has a simple and user friendly user interface. A nifty feature is that it can be used both as a modular synthesizer and a audio filterbank, by using the audio L/R inputs for filtering and modifying sounds of other synthesizers or samplers.

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I visited the STRP Art & Technology Festival 2010 event in the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven for 3 days (like I do every year).
Was impressed by Underworld, Monolake and… The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew ’77 concerts.

STRP 2010 seemed to be more focused on music then art, but there were still some memorable expositions in this 2010 edition.
Best installations/expositions were IMO The Game of Life – Wave Field Synthesis installation and the La Dispersion du Fils 3D video environment of Jean Michel Bruyère.

And BTW: bought some interesting video stuff at the WormShop STRP Festival stand.

See: STRP Art & Technology Festival 2010.

Check this out: the YouTube channel of French electronic noise duo Zn’shn:

This is a video fragment of one of their Tokyo performances, watch the inevitable Korg Kaossilator and the cool King Capital Punishment noise synths!

YouTube – see znshn Youtube channel.

See also Elvire Bastendorff’s blog and the Zn’shn blog on Blogspot.


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