I only got a chance to try it out on our last night before flying back to London, so it was a quick play, but I was impressed.
I don't know if you have seen one in the flesh but they look super nice. Stéphan (friend who owned it) had the version 1, so no christmas led stuff round the dials. He explained they have the version 3 in another studio, but I didn't get time to see this one.
It was slightly different to my Nords, with a tweaked red, and slight textured metal, with nice white text…amazingly beautifully looking machine, and this undoubtably made me like it before I even tried it out.
As for sound, I was really impressed. By comparison to all other Nords I have used, (Nord Rack 2, Nord Micro, Modular) it has a far cleaner and almost lighter sound to it. The bass is really heavy as with all Nords I've used, which I prefer, as like to cut it back rather than having to boost it.
The sample section I only got the chance to use with those samples already in memory, but I liked what it was doing.
For me it stood as a much like my Nord Rack, but a more versatile and different take on the Nord Sound.
I must say I really liked it and felt it would be a much liked and used addition to the Nord family, and perhaps used far more than my Nord Rack 2.
As you say not nearly as versatile as the Modular in many ways, but it did have some really nice comb filters, basic FM and multi filters than were a joy to hear slightly tweaked by an LFO.
The built in FX were also very nice and more than useable, feeling more as just an extension to the Nord than stuck on.
I think if I wanted to create nice, clean and interesting sounds, this would be my goto synth.
It was also nice to be able to create sounds more varied than the Nord Rack 2, and not have to visit the laptop screen as with the Nord Modular. It always feels a bit epic when using the Modular, but this was sweet and easy, and sounded great to my ears. Different enough to warrant owning, but certainly having that Nord sound in there.
Obviously try before you buy, but judging from what I hear in your own work Taylor, I think you will really like this one. I definitely recommend trying one out. I am going to find a store in London that has one in stock that I can try some more.