Nord Rack 2X Reviews
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from Fort Atkinson, WI USA
March 29, 2011Music Background:
Synthesizer Musician, Recording Artist
Nord Synths RuleI have two of these synthesizers. I love the sounds and the hands-on controls of this synthesizer. The seperate outputs make layering sounds easy. I use both synthesizers with a Doepfer MAQ 16/3 sequencer also, and mix the sounds together, having as many as
6 seperate sounds going at once. I like the rack version better because of the portabillity of an equipment rack. The fact that
there are no menues to go through makes this synth faster at programming. Will buy another one if the need arrives.
from New Jersey
September 16, 2006Music Background:
This is probably the easiest to use VA synth out thereI have had this unit since they first came out - probably one of the first units to come from Sweetwater. This guy is so easy to use, unlike a Virus or any of the hybrid computer based synth boxes on the market today. With over 1,000 patches & performances, a decent arpeggiator, patch layering, and other usefull items, it is a very powerful synth.
If you want built in effects, you will have to go elsewhere; but this unit sounds awesome without them.
You can't go wrong with this unit.
December 21, 2009Music Background:
Writer, producer, multi-instrumentalist.
Best synth I've ever owned, hands down!First, the negative. The ONLY reason I couldn't give this product a full "5.0" rating is because of the horrible, horrible, horrible (did someone say "horrible"?) patch indexing. Endlessly scrolling through meaningless number after number to get to the patch you want to play is just... irritating to say the least. A larger display with the ability to give patches meaningful names would have been nice. As it stands, you better have a pen and notebook with a patch list on it handy, or you could spend the majority of your time just trying to find that awesome patch you made earlier.
THAT said, the rest is gravy! This thing sounds absolutely crisp, buttery, sharp, and warm when you need it to. I cannot describe the sound you can get from this thing considering the price point - you simply have to hear it for yourself. There are no on-board effects (which is fine, I'm sure saving on the cost) so you'll have to look elsewhere for that. There is a dedicated knob or button for almost everything on this synth, so tweaking and creating patches from scratch is a breeze without even opening the manual. Anyone with any synth experience at all will be right at home with this product.
In closing, the only negative thing I say say about this synth is that there needs to be a better way to navigate the patches! Other than that, this synth simply has to be heard to be believed! If you're thinking about buying this synth, Do. It. Now.