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#1978888 - 10/26/12 12:49 PM What goes around comes around
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Registered: 03/20/07
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Since my shiny new, state-of-the-art Krome is packed and ready to go, I thought I'd revisit Retro Red (again)... No not the cool new 4D, nor yet the slinky NE3, but the lo-fi grunge of the old NE2!

Found the 73 version locally on Craigslist yesterday, and am remembering how much fun these aging boards are. No the Rhodes isn't stunning, and the B3 emulation has long been superseded, but for sheer hands-on enjoyment, there's not much can compare.

I remember when I first got an NE3 thinking that, yes, it's sonically improved, but somehow the "vibe" of the Electro 2 had been diminished. I could never quite put my finger on what was lacking. Certainly, aside from the Leslie control, the layout on the NE2 is better, and full control of FX depth is so much more useful. And the keys feel a little less resistant (in a good way). In the end I think it comes down to it being an honest, what-you-see-is-what-you-get board that doesn't try to be all things to all people.

If Nord produces the 4D in a semi-weighted 73, preferably with the improved memory, I think I might make the switch, but for now I'll just have some fun for a third of the price!

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#1978903 - 10/26/12 01:15 PM Re: What goes around comes around [Re: voxpops]
Possum SP280Krome Offline
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Would you recommend the synth for writing/some gigging?
I really liked the sound of the demos on the website but am convinced the pianos were recorded on the 88 key version vs the 61 key one.
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#1978907 - 10/26/12 01:21 PM Re: What goes around comes around [Re: voxpops]
ando Offline
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Registered: 11/23/10
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Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Originally Posted By: voxpops
Since my shiny new, state-of-the-art Krome is packed and ready to go...


Krome was, by definition, not state-of-the-art. It was a chopped down Kronos, which was a chopped down Oasis. I think you expected too much of it if you thought it was "state-of-the-art".

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#1978910 - 10/26/12 01:28 PM Re: What goes around comes around [Re: ando]
voxpops Offline
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Loc: Oregon
Originally Posted By: ando
Originally Posted By: voxpops
Since my shiny new, state-of-the-art Krome is packed and ready to go...


Krome was, by definition, not state-of-the-art. It was a chopped down Kronos, which was a chopped down Oasis. I think you expected too much of it if you thought it was "state-of-the-art".

Well, given that keyboard manufacturers live in a world where time moves at 0.157 x the speed the rest of us experience, it's still pretty much state-of-the-art. Not too many boards out there with 3.8GB samples.

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#1978911 - 10/26/12 01:30 PM Re: What goes around comes around [Re: Possum SP280Krome]
voxpops Offline
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Registered: 03/20/07
Posts: 2918
Loc: Oregon
Originally Posted By: Possum P105
Would you recommend the synth for writing/some gigging?
I really liked the sound of the demos on the website but am convinced the pianos were recorded on the 88 key version vs the 61 key one.

If you're referring to the Krome, I think it's pretty much perfect for writing/gigging since it covers both bases pretty well.

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#1979044 - 10/26/12 06:11 PM Re: What goes around comes around [Re: voxpops]
Kawai James Offline
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Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 8393
Loc: Hamamatsu, Japan
Whahey, you're back on the Christmas card list! wink

Seriously though, I know what you mean about the NE2 'vibe'. I still have one here, packed up in its gig bag, sitting on top of my wardrobe. Every so often I'll set it up beside my NE3 to compare the organ and EP sounds - the old girl still holds up very well!

Incidentally a colleague of mine recently picked up an NE4D - suffice it to say, I'm a little jealous...

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#1979059 - 10/26/12 07:01 PM Re: What goes around comes around [Re: Kawai James]
voxpops Offline
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Registered: 03/20/07
Posts: 2918
Loc: Oregon
Originally Posted By: Kawai James
Whahey, you're back on the Christmas card list! wink

Phew! Just in time!! wink

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Incidentally a colleague of mine recently picked up an NE4D - suffice it to say, I'm a little jealous...


Yes, that is one VERY nice board. But I always feel a little lost on 61-key boards when playing anything piano-related. Also, until Clavia upgrades the EPs, there's not really THAT much difference between playing the old board's Rhodes/Wurli and the newer ones. However, I do like the sound of the new B3/Leslie emulation - that's quite a big step forward.

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