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Expansion board vs second G1

Postby Melien » 13 Sep 2016, 18:37

Hi guys, would like to have your thoughts and feedback on a particular matter. Currently I own a nord modular G1 rack (not expanded) and a micromodular. I'm absolutely in love with these synths. I use the G1 as a proper synth and the MM as an effects unit, usually. I'm thinking of getting the expansion board from encore electronics (while they last!) and I also plan at some point to get a G2..or a G2x, if I get lucky enough.

My question is, would you go for the expansion board of the G1 OR for a second G1 altogether? Money is not an issue although it is an important factor to take into account.

On the one hand an expansion board is the simpler and cheaper solution, on the other hand a second G1 is more expensive and will need more space to fit in my studio, but it will have overall similar results as if I had gotten the expansion board plus i will get to have 8 outs instead of 4. Also the expansion board will be new while a second G1 used. My goal is to be able to use as many complex sounds as possible. Or should I simply just plan better my dsp allocation & make more efficient patches and get nothing? :) Not that I don't try that but...

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Re: Expansion board vs second G1

Postby Mr. Marko » 20 Sep 2016, 02:22

Get a G2 IF you can!

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Re: Expansion board vs second G1

Postby stiiiiiiive » 20 Sep 2016, 10:29

+1.

If not possible, I would get an expansion board to keep things easy to set up.
Complexity won't increase with either choice: it is limited by the DSP power, not by their number.
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Re: Expansion board vs second G1

Postby Melien » 22 Sep 2016, 19:56

Thank you guys for your feedback :) & apologies for the somewhat late reply. I can and I will get a G2x, I just don't currently have the space it deserves. Now regarding complexity, I was thinking that with 2xG1 I can have lets say 4 one-voice patches and 4 2-voice patcehs VS 4 4voice patches. I particularly like complex/psyish FX, deep pads and animating/organic leads. Agreed, "complexity" was not a correct word.

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Re: Expansion board vs second G1

Postby gauthier » 10 Dec 2016, 00:38

Hi, late to the party but wanted to provide some input.

Getting a second modular is a good option because you can have 8 different sounds (albeit still with low overall polyphony) and importantly to be able to switch patches without having total blank (considering you'll alternate which synth is switching).The G1 takes longer to switch patches than the G2, this was a nice surprise when I found a G2.

Expansion board are of course cheap compared to new synth, and don't take space, gets you more polyphony very simply.
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