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Nord Wave Wavetable Synthesizer

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The Nord Wave PCM-based synthesizer from Clavia closes the gap between analog and digital. Now you can use digital samples in a virtual analog environment. That means that you can take a sampled sound... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Nord Wave PCM-based synthesizer from Clavia closes the gap between analog and digital. Now you can use digital samples in a virtual analog environment. That means that you can take a sampled sound and tweak it into something completely different in realtime. You now have the full expressiveness of the classic analog synthesizer combined with sample technology available at your fingertips”all in a top quality, user-friendly, lightweight package.

The Nord Wave has a classic analog synthesizer set-up with filters, LFO's and envelopes plus a massive oscillator section capable of producing classic analog waveformes (with sync), FM-synthesis, wavetables, sampled waves (wavetable with attack), noise and other miscellaneous waveforms as well as--yes--samples. Plus, oscillator modulation allows you to modulate one oscillator with the other; for instance an FM-sound modulated by a sampled sound--the character of the sample is applied to the FM sound.

Following in the tradition of the renowned Nord Lead series, the Wave incorporates the Lead's virtual analog synthesis, FM synthesis, and a fully-integrated wavetable engine. These can be used separately or together, allowing users to create sounds that are a step above sample-playback. The Wave features high-quality wavetables generated by Clavia, and using the USB port, users can download and install extra wave files from Clavia, as well as load their own custom waves using an integrated Editor. The Wave features new multi-filtering technology which includes a formant filter, and uses two slots for toggling between sounds, or layering them for even more complex sound.

Every sample in the nord wave can be replaced. You can use your own samples--simply map any standard .wav-file in the nord wave manager software (for Windows and OS X) and transfer via USB.

The exclusive Clavia hardware and software design brings you response times from note-on to sounding output like no other. The ultra-low latency simply does not compare to other hardware or especially software products. Weighing only 6Kg (14 pounds) it is the kind of instrument you easily carry with you and really will not notice. Until you plug it in.

¢ Sampled waveforms: Oscillators can now use full waveforms--not single wavetables, while still routing through fully analog circuitry.

¢ Oscillator models: Virtual analog, FM, wavetable, sample-playback can be applied in combination (which I hear is all the rage these days). And you can load in custom waveforms, as well, via fully user-definable memory areas (so you can delete samples you hate). Clavia even promises it will offer additional, free waves on their website. An included software sample editor lets you tweak samples.

¢ Morphing: Morph almost any parameter via mod wheel, expression, velocity, or pitch, with assignable morph scenarios and morph timelines. Filters: 24db analog-modeled resonant filters, low-, high-, band-pass filters with envelope and velocity control, combinations of filter types, and formant filters.

¢ Effects: EQ, delay with tap tempo, tube-style amp with overdrive, reverb. Pitch stick: Clavia's signature wooden pitch stick allows precise bend and vibrato.


  • PCM-based synthesizer Digital samples and synthesis in a virtual analog environment
  • Realtime control of parameters
  • Analog-style control panel
  • Classic analog synth setup with filters, LFO's and envelopes
  • Massive oscillator section
  • Classic analog waveforms
  • FM-synthesis
  • Wavetables
  • Sampled waves (wavetable with attack)
  • Noise
  • Oscillator modulation Load custom samples with nord wave manager software and transfer via USB
  • Morphing lets you blend parameters via mod wheel, expression, velocity, or pitch
  • EQ, delay with tap tempo, tube-style amp, and reverb effects
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One year parts and labor warranty on all Nord and Ddrum products with the exception of 30 day warranty on drum triggers.

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Undeniable awesomeness.


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Comments about Nord Wave Wavetable Synthesizer:

If you already know previous Nord keyboards, you should know that the Nord Wave keeps up with the tradition : the sound is to me one of the best in relation to other keyboards like the Virus or the Prophet. You can manipulate the waveforms, LFOs, and another myriad of options with ease, even if you are not an expert - and if you are one, you will also be satisfied. Obtaining intricate sound with this machine is just a knob away. I mean let's face it. There are not that many keyboards for us keyboardists. Yes the Moog are great for monophonic keyboards, but if you're looking for polyphony, this is the One. For instance, the Nord Wave & the Little Phatty are completing each other very well. There is just one thing that is bothering, and that is unfortunate : it's the price. Yes, the Nord Wave is awesome. Yes, you will be pleased for years with it. But yes, it's awfully expensive. I know the Virus and the Prophet are even worst, but they are not the ones I want to buy, simply because they are not to me the best option. So no, I didn't buy the Nord Wave, for simple fact that we live in a strange time of economic crisis, especially for professional musicians. To end on a good note, I'd say that if you have the money and really want an amazing keyboard, buy the Nord Wave. If you don't, try to find a Nord modular (I have the G2), it's approximately the same style, and even though it has a lot less options to manipulate, you'll find it for cheaper than the Wave.

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