thing that ties these and other artists with the Clav is the word
"funk" - the Clav is arguably the funkiest keyboard sound
around, even today. With a throaty bottom end and an almost electric
guitar-like top end, the Clavinet has carved itself a unique position
in music history.
The brainchild of inventor and musician
Ernst Zacharias, the intention was to create a portable, electric
harpsichord. His first design was the Cembalet in the 1950's but,
after several revisions, this was to develop into the Hohner Clavinet
D6, the instrument we know and love today.
The sound was created by striking
strings with hard rubber 'tangents' (hammers) - the strings' vibrations
were then converted to electrical signals using electro-magnetic
pickups not unlike those found on electric guitars. To the left
of the keyboard were several large rocker switches that allowed
you to create different tones.
Many synths feature clav sounds today
but often these are short samples with short, single cycle loops.
The Nostalgia clav has eighteen long samples mapped out across the