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A combo organ blending the modern and vintage sounds of a B3 tone wheel organ, a Vox Continental, a Farfisa, and a baroque pipe organ.
The Nord C2 Combo Organ includes a B3 tone wheel organ, a Vox Continental, a Farfisa, and a beautiful baroque pipe organ. This makes the C2 an extremely versatile electric organ, giving not only rock organ players a new palette of sounds, but also making it the perfect instrument to use in churches, concert and congregation halls, or any other venue where a professional pipe organ is critical.
The pipe organ
From the golden age of organ building, Nord has carefully chosen a baroque organ with a devastatingly beautiful sound and wide range of expression for the C2 pipe organ portion. Using a cutting-edge sampling technique, no efforts have been spared in producing the richest and most varied sound palette for the pipe organ player.
The Nord C2 pipe organ is built upon two basic types of organ pipes; flue pipes and reed pipes. The flue pipes have a softer timbre and the reed pipes a more nasal tone quality. For each keyboard division the player can choose from different sets of pipes and stops to produce different timbres. The C2's setup of stops make up a well-balanced blend of tonal qualities capable of expressing the most dramatic music in addition to conveying the subtlest of organ pieces.
Stops and couplers
In the pipe organ each manual has its own sound: the Great division being the part of the organ with the majestic sound, whereas the Swell has a more mellow tonal quality. The Couplers are used to activate combinations of different stops from both manuals, so that pressing keys on one manual also connects stops from the other manual or pedal. The Pedal division has three bass stops, which the user can choose to play from the lower manual by attaching the Nord Pedal Keys 27 (optional accessory), or by attaching a 30-note classic digital organ pedal (optional accessory).
The disposition has the fundamental tonal character of a baroque organ. The total number of stops is 21; 9 stops for every manual and 3 pedal stops (of which one is a combined Subbas 16 and Fagot 16). In addition to the three unison couplers usually found in two manual organs, the C2 electric organ also features three octave couplers and a special coupler that adds the Pedal to the leftmost note played on the Great manual.
Swell pedal and tremulant
One of the crucial ingredients for creating a vivid sound is the swell pedal. In the C2, this functions exactly as in the real-life models, giving the player intimate control over volume and dynamics of the swell manual. Another indispensable aid to make the pipe organ sound even more vibrant is the tremulant. This is a function that basically gives small and very rapid variations in volume, thereby causing the sound to tremulate. The Nord C2 provides two speeds, each with three variable depths.
It's not only about the music, it's also about the player
Not only does this Nord organ provide an extremely well balanced set of pipes, stops, and couplers, but it has also kept the setup close to reality for the pipe organ player to find his way around easily. Controls are exactly where you would expect to find them, and in no time players will discover that this portable and compact instrument does the whole work that the organ in the town church has done, but is so much easier to carry along.
The B3 Model
Nord has made digital models of tonewheel organs for more than a decade and the C2 electronic organ is equipped with our third-generation tone wheel model. Not only has Nord analyzed the signals from each of the 91 spinning discs inside several original instruments, they have also paid years of attention to each and everyone of the intricate details that make the characteristics of the actual sounds in a vintage organ. How do the tone wheels interact with each other? What does the crosstalk and leakage in the original designs mean to the sound and what happens when you use the instrument to the limits of its ability? Nord researched these questions and made sure that the C2 tonewheel model responds with the best sound of any performance organ.
The virtual circuitry in our B3 model reacts not only to the settings on the panel, but also during real time performance. The C2 Combo Organ will faithfully reproduce the important foldback and energy-robbing characteristics and will also produce the gentle compression effect that makes those lovely smears so absolutely wonderful. There are 4 tonewheel modes that allow you to switch from a clean, factory specified instrument to a worn and battered workhorse with some 40 years worth of touring.
It's all about the performance
The individual tone wheel levels are controlled with digital drawbars that are just as fast and ergonomic to set up as their physical counterparts. This modern design provides you with the ability to store your favorite settings and to be instantly recalled and edited in real time during a performance. You also get the unique opportunity to dial in a new setting with the digital drawbars while playing, without the change taking effect until you want it to.
Get your fingers on the waterfall-type keyboard and you will not only hear but also feel the difference. An ultra fast trigger-to-sound response time in the C2 Combo Organ offers superior performance compared with any other hardware or software products, just like the originals. Nord has modeled the crucial key click and key release bursts from the mechanical busbar design with close to 1,200 switches. The actual keys themselves have a firm mechanical action to provide you with the rock solid feel of an original vintage organ.
You'll have direct access to every important function on the panel; Nord holds a strong belief that a performance is not only about what you play, but also how you use an instrument.
Vibrato, chorus, and percussion
Other essential mechanical and electrical components found in the original instrument are present in the C2 combo organ, including a scanner that provides the vibrato and chorus with deep impact on the sound, and the original components and behavior of the percussion. The vibrato and chorus, along with the rotating scanner and its analog circuitry, are carefully modeled to be as alive as the tone wheels.
Everything in the percussion, including the monophonic behavior, filter, distortion, and envelope characteristics have been carefully and faithfully replicated. You can adjust some of the percussion functions to set the sound to suit your needs and Nord even gives you the option to keep the 9th drawbar or not when the percussion is turned on.
Vox and Farfisa
The Nord organ includes accurate models of the two most popular transistor organs of the 1960s, offering you that massive sound created by their 12-top oscillator frequency-divider designs. With the C2, you get the same dynamic 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. The Vox Continental's brute design brings you a more hollow tone, but still with a very intense character. As with the tone wheel organ, both transistor organs have their own unique, irreplaceable personalities. Combine them with any of the C2 Combo Organ's speaker simulations, add some distortion, adjust EQ, and they will definitely please your ear.
Third set of drawbars
A dual-manual organ would not be complete without the ability to play bass notes on a pedal board. The C2 Combo Organ includes two additional bass register drawbars with selectable timbre from vintage tone wheels, pipe organ bass stops, or a synth bass modeled after a famous vintage add-on unit. The bass can be controlled with any MIDI-equipped bass pedal board connected to the dedicated Bass Pedal MIDI input, or by splitting the lower manual.
The C2's rotary speaker simulation features a life-like experience. It incorporates the acoustic variations that occur as a physical rotating speaker spreads the sound around in a room, providing the full experience of moving the air around. The rotary speed can be controlled with a foot switch, from the panel, or by using a half-moon switch (optional accessory).
The rotary simulation in the C2 is Nord's best one yet. Nord miked several original cabinets with different sets of treble and bass rotors and spent time analyzing their audio responses. This painstaking effort gave Nord the means to be able to include a new rotary model in the C2 Combo Organ , which is available together with our previous rotary that so many users have enjoyed.
Even though Nord rotary simulations are nothing less than amazing, they are however the first to acknowledge that the C2's best friend in the pursuit of sonic excellence is an external rotary cabinet. Connect the C2 Combo Organ to a quality cabinet with the standard 11-pin Leslie connector and use the Half Moon switch (optional accessory) or the C2 panel buttons to control the rotary speed. The Leslie interface on the C2 uses a high-voltage output that is vital to experience the true soul of a screaming, or for that matter, a whispering organ. This high-level output is also available on a 1/4" jack on the C2's back panel.
The 3-band equalizer, along with three types of speaker simulations and a powerful overdrive, offers you total 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. This will tailor your sounds for any occasion.
Flexible output routing
With so many organ types at your disposal, it is vital to be able to route these to appropriate amplifier and sound systems. The C2 Combo Organ is equipped with a stereo output pair (left and right on 1/4" jacks) and a set of high-level outputs (a 1/4" jack and an 11-pin Leslie connector). This provides you with the flexibility to, for example, route the tone wheel to a rotary speaker and the pipe organ to a PA. It is also possible to use the tone wheel in a rotary and a PA with rotary simulation at the same time, or to route the transistor models to an amplifier.
Additional connections (optional accessories)
A good pedal is an essential tool for expressiveness with any organ, and the C2 is capable of using any good-quality expression pedal. The rotary speed can be controlled from a foot switch or the half moon switch, and Nord have even added a sustain pedal input.
The MIDI connectors allow you to use the Nord C2 to control other units or to use it together with a computer or sequencer. Plug in your MP3 or CD player to the monitor input to be able to play along, rehearse, or jam with previously-recorded music without the need of an external mixer or sound system. The signal that is present at this input will be monitored through the C2's headphone output.
On the road
Having three vintage organs and a baroque pipe organ in your studio is fun, but it's even better when you can easily carry them with you to a gig. That is why Nord made the C2 Combo Organ so lightweight and portable. With the optional gig bag, you can carry the massive power of these monster organs in one hand, weighing in at merely 34 pounds so you can save your energy for your performance.
Whether you play in church on Sunday mornings or clubs on Saturday nights, you'll want to buy the Nord C2 Organ today.
C2 Combo Organ
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Comments about Nord C2 Combo Organ:
Besides all the above - it's got two awesome feeling manuals! Maybe best of all, It's red!!
I've been playing organ since 1967and I've owned more organs than I can even remember. This may well be the coolest combo organ ever. The B3 is rich and full - it sounds perfect. The percussion, the chorus/vibrato, it's all there! You can set it to sound like a beat-up, distorted, noisy old war-horse or like a brand new, creamy smooth Hammond on the showroom floor in 1958. I like the 'drawlights' and don't miss the real drawbars at all. On top of this it has both a Vox Super Continental and Farfisa Compact Duo built it - both are awesome and sound and work just like they should. I love '60's combo organs, and these sound just like the originals - and, you can play them through a vintage sounding echo effect and a modeled Twin Reverb - perfect! The C2 also has a full blown pipe organ built in! I don't play pipe organs often, but I've played enough of them to know that the C2 sounds incredible and the stops, etc. work just like they should - add some of the C2's reverb, and you're set!
Feels, sounds, and looks great!
Last time I checked, getting a Hammond B3, a Farfisa, a Vox, a vintage echo, a couple Leslie speakers, a Twin Reverb, a Roland Jazz Amp, great digital reverb, and, oh yeah, a pipe organ sure would cost more than this does!
Comments about Nord C2 Combo Organ:
I've been playing organs of all kinds for over 40 years (can that be right?) and this is probably the coolest organ I've ever played. The Hammond B3 model is incredible - sitting behind those two manuals it sounds and feels just like the real thing! I like using the 'drawlights' and don't miss the drawbars at all. The keys feel great and the C/V is perfect. There are 2 Leslie sims on board that really sound very good and they have overdrive so you can get them nice and gritty if you want. And, a Vox Continental and a Farfisa Combo Compact - I certainly put in my years on both of those, and the C2 nails 'em. All their quirky voices are there and they work just like they should - put on the vibrato, play them through the modeled vintage echo unit and Fender Twin Reverb sim and both the Vox and Farfisa could fool anybody. And a pipe organ! This isn't like the pipe organ voice that every digital sample player has, this is how the Allen Organ Company makes their ultra expensive digital pipe organs - every pipe is sampled separately and you can mix them just like on the real thing - add lots of reverb and you'd think you were in a huge cathedral. I'm not much of a pipe organ player, but they make it easy - you can play the bass voices with your left hand if you don't do pedals. And it's a great looking organ - even though it's really light weight, it looks like a real organ - not a little slab of wood. The color is cool, too - it's not the bright candy-apple red like the other Nords - it's like the deep red of the Gibson SG guitars. This is a great Rock and Roll organ for sure.