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Re: Anyone also disappointed by the W2?

Postby betroi » 15 Jul 2021, 00:45

thank you for your answer, but in fact it is certainly a forgetting intentionally or not on the part of Nord, and it is really lacking for the live game. I don't know how to get them back the information, because it is a feature that could be easily corrected and I must not be the only one to find it a shame especially since, moreover, the NW2 is a great machine.
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Re: Anyone also disappointed by the W2?

Postby DJKeys » 15 Jul 2021, 02:03

No, I have to disagree here.. It is a design decision, in my opinion. It is a completely different instrument than the Piano or Stage series, and you can work around it with the hold function.

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Re: Anyone also disappointed by the W2?

Postby e8ndave » 15 Jul 2021, 23:45

I had mine for 6 months and sold it. Just never connected with it and couldn't get it to do what my Stage 3 could already do for me. So my A1 returns as the compliment to my Stage 3.
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Re: Anyone also disappointed by the W2?

Postby MarkJames » 05 Aug 2021, 18:13

I was able to get a Wave 2 brand new for $2100+tax w/free shipping. That's about the price they're going for used on Reverb (some poor soul is selling his for $2K with a lot of cosmetic damage.)

I had bought an Argon8X as my top board, and it's good, but as it's within the return window I decided to return it, and combined with some gift cards I had on hand just ordered a Wave 2.

So now I'll have a 3 Nord stack - Piano 4, Stage 3 Compact and Wave 2. I was also going to go with other rack modules but think I can do everything I possibly need with these 3, and maybe for a few uses just sample from the rack and then play back on one of these. For example, my ESQ-M - I think most of what I did with it can be replaced on the Wave in some form.

I listened to a lot of demos and read a lot of comments (including this whole thread) and I can see in some cases why people aren't thrilled by the W2, or that it does what the Stage 3 already does with the A1 engine. For my use case I'm looking at doing covers live as well as general pads which I think the W2 will work well for.

As to the form factor, as I already have a TP/8 keyboard I love on the S3C having the same in 61-key format on top makes sense. If I need to go to a 2 keyboard stack I can keep the Piano 4 at home.
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Re: Anyone also disappointed by the W2?

Postby zahush76 » 07 Aug 2021, 06:03

tsss27 wrote:
andy_felon wrote:Why did you decide that cobalt has more options? Cobalt has 8 voice polyphony, weaker filter, two osc, no samples, no morphing, etc.



Cobalt has 3 envelopes, 3 LFO's, .


The Wave 2 also has 3 envelopes.
As for lfos, it only has one main lfo per layer but it has other "hidden" lfos.
For example the vibrato which has a dedicated lfo where you can set depth and speed. Or the lfo in the fx section (tremolo, pan, phaser, chorus etc).
Also, the gate sequencer, when controlled with its own envelope (a 4th envelope on the wave), in conjunction with the pattern editor - gives you a custom volume modulator that runs in cycles

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Re: Anyone also disappointed by the W2?

Postby MarkJames » 09 Aug 2021, 02:12

First impressions after FedEx dropped off a new Wave 2 today.

#1 task…upgrade OS from 1.12. I wonder if it’s been sitting in a warehouse for a while.

As I get used to Nord keyboards I’m starting to get the hang of the panel and control scheme so over time it’ll even get easier. The layout is logical.

Love the keybed and the build quality.

Played through most of the presets as an initial step and it’s solid. A lot of goodness here and I think it will work well as a general purpose all-around synth and I will definitely de-rack my ESQ-M. I’m hearing a lot of similar sounds except on steroids and with effects.

But - my impression is that it’s a jack of all trades and master of none without a specific personality. But for what I want (a great performance board to do cover songs well) it seems perfect at first listen.
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