January 17, 2007

NAMM: Clavia C3

by Chris Randall

Well, it's red as fuck. There's that. It models the B3, Vox Continental, and Farfisa Compact Deluxe organs, has an 11-pin Leslie output, and two waterfall keybeds. It's $3600 list ($2999 street?) which puts it in the same ballpark as similar offerings from Roland and Korg. It only weighs 33 pounds, which means a glissando with any force will send it skating across the stage, but otherwise, it'll probably do the job in fine order. Initial teaser page is here.




Jan.17.2007 @ 12:11 PM
Jeremy Cox
anyone else feel like the clavia line is just super boring?

Jan.17.2007 @ 12:59 PM
fuck, no way, this is a dream synth for gigging. Right now I drag around an Electro 2, plus a Akai S2000 to play what.... Gibson, Farfisa and Vox samples (a little mellotron too) and second keyboard for the sampler and to for lower manual for the Electro.

3 grand though, nope sorry I'm not pulling down that kind of scratch.


Jan.17.2007 @ 1:08 PM
Chris Randall
Well, it's cheaper (and from the looks of things a bit more capable) and lighter than the Korg CX-3. It's _way_ cheaper than the VK-88. If you can find a VK-77, it's in the ballpark, but probably more capable.

Ultimately, if you want a dual-manual digital, you're stuck with one of those three. Or running a laptop or module from Doepfer's system.

What I can't tell from the materials: does it also have the EP sounds of the Elektro?



Jan.17.2007 @ 1:11 PM
"anyone else feel like the clavia line is just super boring?"

Maybe moderately boring, depending on what you're doing. I will say that Nord's organ sounds are better than anything else I've heard as far as outboard gear modeling stuff goes. They're also prettier and have better build quality. I just wish that I wasn't so poor.


Jan.17.2007 @ 3:17 PM
Jeremy Cox:

I find the electro and lead to be a bit boring... But the Nord modulars are quite innovative!


Jan.17.2007 @ 3:38 PM
wow. adding a 11pin leslie out on it is a nice touch. I wonder if their half moon accessory will control an actual leslie or just the Nord's internal leslie sim.

People don't buy clone wheels because their exciting and innovative features, but because they do what they are meant to do really well.


Jan.17.2007 @ 6:13 PM
those silly buttons do nothing for me and they have nothing to do with drawbars..

sounds fine..

pain in the ass if you want to pull 3 and push 4..

really...this pisses me off


Jan.17.2007 @ 9:55 PM
Sure, some of the Clavia stuff is bland, but it's usually tastefully designed. This however, is downright fugly.

Jan.18.2007 @ 3:24 AM
The buttons insted of drawbars on the electro suck. What I reaally want to know is when the hell are they going to come out with the micro version of the G2 modular. They would sell so many of those, I can't see why they havn't done it yet. goddamit. I would love a little bitty tabletop version of the new one that, say, would be really convenient to take to gigs for someone who doesn't play keyboards and wouldn't take up too much room in my small and already overcrowded workspace.



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