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An incredibly lightweight clonewheel that still delivers the heavy organ sound.
The Nord C1 Combo Organ is a truly portable professional dual manual electric organ. Somebody once said "less is more." In this case, it only applies to the weight. At just 33 pounds, the C1 is one of the most player-friendly clonewheels in the world.
Some distinct organ sounds have remained popular during recent decades of pop and rock 'n' roll music—soulful sounds that breathe and growl that can only be found in heavy, bulky vintage instruments. Apart from sourcing, restoring, and maintaining these vintage organs, their size and weight make them less than ideal for the gigging musician — especially when adding their amplifiers, stands, and other necessary gear. Even recent clonewheels come in different parts, and can weigh as much as 95 pounds. With the C1 organ, this is no longer a problem.
Nothing quite sounds like a tonewheel or transistor organ. Each instrument's sound was the result of complex interactions between different electromechanical components. Sample-based organs can only play back the result of these interactions, but cannot duplicate the processes involved. Without these crucial steps represented, the response and feel of actually playing the source instrument is lost.
Thus Clavia uses advanced modeling technology to achieve these interactions virtually in a real-time, duplicating these interactions. This gives the Nord C1 an accurate feel and sound, unmatched in any other digital organ available.
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I've had my Nord C1 for one year now. I also own a real 1974 B3 with two Leslie 122's. The Nord C1 is better than my B3 and infinitely more manageable. I use the new Leslie 3300 with the Nord C1 and the two are "better" than the real thing in all ways. Ther are no electronics issues, no chorus unit to be rebuilt, not tube issues, and no oxidation issues. Also, if you're into combo organs - be they Vox or Farfisa - the C1 recreates both. I also own my first Farfisa Compact, from 1968, and a Vox Continental from 1966. The C1, if you like, recreates both. If you have a real combo organ from the sixties you know that the issues with these relics are infinite and unending - and not worth it. The C1 produces the sounds of both; there are no out-of-tune oscillators, no broken vibrato effects, no dead tabs or drawbars, no torn vinyl, and no cigarette burns (endemic to all vintage combo organs).
This organ is very well made, its sturdy but light. very portable! Everything you need to create your own or others signature organ sound. Waterfall keys! Feels just like those vintage organ keys, only these ones wont stick or fail on ya!!! The added bonuses that vintage organs do not have: Midi and USB baby, talk about getting great recorded organ tracks in the place you call a studio!!!At first glance, I was like whoa! but then I quickly realized that this is a steal! Why? Well, your getting three vintage organs with their lower manuals!!! the Vox continental (for all you Doors fans out there!) the Farfisa, and the Hammond B3 for all you groove band heads out there!!! Nord will get you with the accessories though, but you can sort of go around that, the only thing I sprang for was the music stand, I don't need the Leslie switch, or vintage style legs/stand to hold this organ up. I have a Z-style Onstage stand that holds my 88-key stage piano on the lower arms and this organ on the upper arms together...talk about a great piano/organ rig!!!I bet Ray Manzarek wishes he had this baby back in 1967-71 with the Doors!!! Although he probably has this baby now, if not, he most certainly should, talk about eliminating a bunch of money, sweat, and back hernia, from your touring cost lugging around those heavy vintage models... If your thinking about getting a organ and need it for shows or the studio, this is the one. Especially if you enjoy jamming out 60's organ blues style like the Doors...The best thing about this organ, the sound, ease of use, and weight, the worst thing? well obviously $! but if you are considering buying a organ, you are not going to find something like this for less...