Church on Sunday mornings, clubs on Saturday nights. The Nord C2 Organ plays both places just right.
The Nord C2 Combo Organ includes B3 tonewheel organ, a Vox* Continental and a Farfisa* and a beautiful baroque pipe organ. This makes the C2 an extremely versatile instrument, providing not only rock organ players a new palette of sounds, but also the perfect instrument to use in churches, concert and congregation halls or any other venue where a high quality pipe organ instrument is paramount.
The Pipe Organ
From the golden age of organ building we have carefully chosen a baroque organ with a devastatingly beautiful sound and wide range of expression for the C2 pipe organ part. Using cutting edge sampling technique, no efforts have been spared in producing the richest and most varied sound palette for the pipe organ player.
The 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, 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 to conveying the most subtle of organ pieces.
Prelude B minorPastoral F maj
Two excerpts from JS Bach: Prelude in B minor and Pastorale in f major, the later piece played on the Swell Manual with Spitzflöte 4.
Melody played on the Great manual with the Principal 8 and Trumpet 8 stops.
Moto Ostinato Suite Gothique
An excerpt from Moto Ostinato by Petr Ebens and a part of Suite Gothique: Prière à Notre-Dame by L. Boëllmann
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, making them sound as well. 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 3rd party 30-note classic digital organ pedal.
|Swell (Manual II)||Great (Manual I)||Pedal||Couplers|
|Fugara 8||Principal 8||Subbas 16||PED/GR. Low|
|Rohrflöte 8||Gamba 8||Fagot 16||SW 16/GR|
|Principal 4||Gedackt 8||Gedackt 8||SW/GR|
|Spitzflöte 4||Octava 4||Swell 16|
|Nasat 3||Rohrflöte 4||Swell 4|
|Flöte 2||Qvinta 3||SW/PED|
|Vox Celeste||Octava 2||GR/PED|
|Scharf II-III||Mixtur III-IV|
|Oboe 8||Trumpet 8|
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 Combo Organ 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 Combo Organ 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 a bit 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 C2 provides two speeds, each with three variable depths.
Praeludium C maj / Canzona C maj
Two pieces of Buxtehude, the first mainly played with the feet, using the Pedal Keys 27.
My Funny Valentine
An unorthodox version of a classic song.
Old Pastoral Hymn from Dalarna in Sweden.
It´s not only about the music, it´s about the player
Not only does the C2 Combo Organ provide an extremely well balanced set of pipes, stops and couplers, but we have kept the setup close to reality for the pipe organ player to easily find his way around. Controls are exactly where you will expect to find them, and in no time you will discover that this portable and compact instrument does the whole work that the organ in the town church has done.
The B3 model
We have made digital models of tonewheel organs for more than a decade and the C2 Combo Organ is equipped with our third generation tonewheel model.
We haven't just analyzed the signals from each of the 91 spinning discs inside several original instruments, we have paid years of attention to each and everyone of the intricate details that makes the characteristics of the actual sound in a vintage organ. How do the tonewheels interact with each other, what does the crosstalk and leakage in the original design mean to the sound and what happens when you use the instrument to the limits of its ability? We know this, and we have made sure that the C2 tonewheel model responds in a manner with what we think is hands down the best performance organ on the market.
A full cardiovascular exercise, using both hands and feet.
This clip uses the synth bass emulation, with a longer decay and a bit of pluck as well.
This demonstrates the sound of a stopped rotary, which speeds up during the very last notes.
The virtual circuitry in our B3 model reacts not only to the settings on the panel but also during the real time performance. The C2 Combo Organ will faithfully reproduce the important foldback and energy robbing characteristics; the latter will produce the gentle compression effect that makes those lovely smears absolutely wonderful. There are 4 tonewheel modes that allows you to switch from a clean, factory spec’d instrument to a worn and battered workhorse with some 40 years worth of touring.
It’s all about the performance
The individual tonewheel levels are controlled with our 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, to be instantly recalled and edited in real time during a performance. You get the unique opportunity to dial in a new setting with the digital drawbars while playing, without the change taking effect until you say so.
Get your fingers on the waterfall type keyboard and you will not only hear, but feel the difference. An ultra fast trigger-to-sound response time in the C2 Combo Organ offers a superior performance compared with any other hardware or software products, just as the originals. We have modeled the crucial key click and key release bursts from the mechanical busbar design with its close to 1200 switches. The actual keys themselves have a firm mechanical action to provide you with the rock solid feel of an original vintage instrument.
You have direct access to every important function on the panel. We have a strong belief in that a performance is not only about what you play, but how you use an instrument as well.
Vibrato, chorus and percussion
Other essential mechanical and electrical components in the original instrument like the scanner that provides the vibrato and chorus with their deep impact on the sound, and the components and behavior of the percussion are of course present in the C2 Combo Organ. The vibrato and chorus with the rotating scanner and its analog circuitry are carefully modeled to be as alive as the tonewheels.
An example of realtime control of the drawbar settings using the drawbar buttons.
All you B3 percussion lovers out there, enjoy!
Two clips that begin with a phrase using the rotary model A, followed by the same phrase but with the rotary model B. Rotary A is modeled on a 145 unit, rotary B is the acclaimed original Nord rotary model.
Everything in the percussion including the monophonic behavior, filter, distortion, and envelope characteristics has been carefully and faithfully replicated. You can adjust some of the percussion functions to be able to set the sound to suit your needs and we even give you the option to keep the 9th drawbar or not, when the percussion is turned on.
Vox and Farfisa
The C2 Combo Organ includes accurate models of the two most popular transistor organs of the 1960s, offering you that massive savage sound created by their 12-top oscillator frequency-divider designs. With the C2, you get the same dynamic behavior and unique response as in 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 tonewheel 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 light your fire.
3rd 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 tonewheels, 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 true 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 (accessory).
The rotary simulation in the C2 is our best one yet. We mic’ed up several original cabinets with different sets of treble- and bass rotors and spent lots of time analyzing their audio responses. This painstaking effort gave us the means to be able to include a brand new rotary model in the C2 Combo Organ based on a 145 unit. This is available together with our previous rotary model that so many users have said so many nice things about.
Even though our rotary simulations are nothing less than amazing, we 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 or the C2 panel buttons to control the rotary speed. The Leslie* interface on the C2 uses a high voltage output which 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 ¼" jack on the C2 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 (L and R on 1/4" jacks) and a set of high level outputs (a 1/4" jack and a 11-pin Leslie* connector). This provides you with the flexibility to e.g. route the tonewheel to a rotary speaker and the pipe organ to a PA. It is entirely possible to route the tonewheel to an external rotary speaker and a PA with the internal rotary simulation at the same time, or to route the transistor models to an amplifier.
A swell pedal is an essential tool for expressiveness with any organ and the C2 is of course capable of using any good quality expression pedal. The rotary speed can be controlled from a foot switch or the half moon switch, and we 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 the C2 Combo Organ is 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 15,5 kg (34 lb) you will save energy for your performance.
Specifications subject to change without notice. *Steinway, Wurlitzer, Hohner, Clavinet, Farfisa and Vox are trademarks of their respective owners and are not affiliated or associated with Clavia. These trademarks are mentioned here as a reference to a sound only. Leslie is mentioned to describe a connector standard.