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Dual-manual Combo Organ with Tonewheel, Farfisa, and Vox Continental Models, Effects, and Rotary Speaker Simulation
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All the Organ You'll Ever Need!

The Nord C1 Combo Organ offers three different organs - all carefully modeled from vintage originals - with the sonic result of each part of the tonewheel and transistor designs recreated faithfully. The dual-manual Nord C1 comprises a classical tonewheel, Vox Continental and Farfisa Compact Deluxe, all carefully modeled from their originals. Also featuring Nord's famous tube-style overdrive, rotating speaker simulation, delay, reverb, and 3-band EQ effects, the Nord C1 covers all the organ sounds your gig demands!

Nord C1 Combo Organ at a Glance:
  • Dead-on recreation of tonewheel sound
  • Digital drawbars with modern upgrades
  • The two most popular transistor organs of the 1960s
  • Powerful effects
  • Authentic key click, chorus, and vibrato

Dead-on recreation of tonewheel sound
Nord has been developing DSP-based vintage organ models for a decade, and the Nord C1 is built on that award-winning legacy. Nord's new second-generation tonewheel organ model provides the perfect tonewheel sound and playing experience. You now have the most detailed response not only to what you hear but also to how it feels playing the instrument. The Nord C1 Organ moves beyond "close enough" to "dead-on" sound and feel.

Digital drawbars with modern upgrades
The fabulous sound aside, some areas of the original instruments' design were up for improvement. For instance, the ability to store your favorite sounds and quickly recall them as you play. This gets hard, as the original switches and drawbar levers physical position will not match the stored sound setting. The Nord C1's digital drawbars features LED segments that instantly light up to show the current setting. The digital drawbars are just as fast as their physical counterparts, and setting up your sound from scratch - even live - is done in no time at all. No two manual organ would be complete without the ability to play bass notes on a pedal board. The Nord C1 includes two additional bass register drawbars with selectable timbre from either vintage tonewheels or a synth bass. The bass can be controlled with any MIDI-enabled bass pedal board, or by splitting the lower manual.

The two most popular transistor organs of the 1960s
The Nord C1 includes models of the two most popular transistor organs of the 1960s, offering you that massive savage sound created by their 12-top oscillator frequency-divider designs. This is a no-sample zone; you have the same behavior and unique response as the original instruments. The Farfisa Compact Deluxe, considered by many to be the mother of transistor organs, involves routing matrixes and complex filter combinations that offer a tailored sound with massive energy and high-end. As with the tonewheel organ, both transistor organs have their own unique, irreplaceable personalities. Combine them with any of the Nord C1's speaker simulations, add some distortion, adjust EQ and they will definitely light your fire. The Vox Continental's brute design brings you a more hollow tone, but still with a very intense character.

Powerful effects
The built-in 3-band equalizer along with three types of speaker simulations and an extremely powerful overdrive offers you total tonal control of your sound. Add a feedback-delay with tap-tempo functionality, and several types of reverberation and you truly have an all-in-one effect section with stunning sound right out of the box.

Rotary speaker
The rotary speaker simulation from Nord's award winning Nord Stage and Nord Electro series has been further improved, and now features an even more life-like experience. The Nord C1's rotary speaker sim incorporates the acoustic variations that occur as a physical rotating speaker spreads the sound around in a room, providing the experience of truly moving the air around.

Authentic key click, chorus, and vibrato
One of the most important sound factors for a tonewheel organ is the transient of a starting note, also known as the "click". This transient is not just a click sound added to the tone. It originates from how the mechanical busbar switches turn on all nine partials of the sound. Nord have made a model of virtually all 1200 switches of the busbar matrix simulating how every single switch randomly bounces at the onset of a note.

The Nord C1's chorus and vibrato were created in the same manner as the tonewheel models - analyzing and replicating the physical components involved in their mechanical ancestors. More than a mere simulation of these effects, the C1's chorus and vibrato are as alive as the tonewheels themselves. The rotating design of the vintage scanner has a deep impact on the organ's sound. Matching the correct speed is easy - the life is in the characteristics of the analog circuitry scanned by the turning capacitive plates.

Nord C1 Combo Organ Features:
  • Classic tone wheel organ, Vox Continental, and Farfisa models with full polyphony
  • 20 digitally controlled drawbars, six drawbar presets per program location
  • Percussion controls
  • Vibrato/chorus control

  • 3-band equalizer
  • Overdrive
  • 3 types of speaker simulations - including rotary speaker with selectable speed
  • Delay - with feedback and tap-tempo function
  • Reverb - 5 algorithms

  • 2 x 61 medium weighted waterfall keys
  • Stereo headphone output, 2 line-level audio outputs, high level outputs
  • 11-pin Leslie standard connector
  • Sustain pedal input
  • Rotor pedal input
  • Swell pedal input
  • MIDI I/O,; Bass pedal MIDI In
  • USB
  • 37.4" x 6.4" x 11.3"
  • 33 lb
The Nord C1 is all the organ you'll ever need!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number NC1

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See also: Nord, Nord Organs