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Clavia NORD-LEAD

22-Sep-2017

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Clavia NORD-LEAD



Category:  Products / synth / modelling poly

Added: 18-Dec-98  |  Author: admin

New price: NORD-LEAD-1 : (Keys) 999, (Rack) 799 ......NORD-LEAD-2: (Keys) 1495, (Rack) 1295  |   S/H price: ??

Clavia NORD-LEAD

Ok... the Nord Lead is not a new synth, it's been around a few years. I aint ever used one, but I just wanted to add it to the list, as after all, it's one of the main competitors in the Virtual Analog race.

The NORD-LEAD-1, is pretty cheap now compared to it's released price which was, if I remember right, about 1400 ish (UK)... You get a 4 part, 4 voice modelling synth, with 2 oscillators per voice.... so it's 4 seperate monosynths, or a 4 voice polysynth. You can expand the unit to go to 12 voices with an 8 voice expansion add-on, that also offers extra patch storage banks via PCMCIA cards.

All the controls on the Nord's have a dedicated control knob.... and they all output midi... and of course all the parameters recieve midi to, with some nifty extra's like midi trigger routing to control the LFO's or Arpeggiator clock.

Both units are versatile, fat sounding studio or live machines, well respected and well rated.

Anyhow... I just leave the spec's, cos there's nothing I can say except they do sound nice and fat... Hopefully, some Nord-Lead users will add comments to give us a real user experience.

The NORD-LEAD-2, is a higher power unit available again as Keyboard or Rack, this unit bumps the voices up to 16, retains the 4 part multi-mode, but gives you 4 seperate outputs to mix 'em on seperate channels.....You also get a Sine wave oscillator choice, ring modulation, distortion on the filter and extra LFO wave coices and destinations amongst others.

Again... I haven't had a chance to try this one either... so again, I'll just add the spec's, and hope for some cool user notes... No demo audio seems to be available from the Uk distributor, so I cant really say if it's possible to get some RA of these units, unless I go and get a demo somewhere.... anyhow... here's the spec's... add yer comments please... and if you do own & use one, as much info as you can muster please.... cheers... Oh yes... Visit the Clavia site, where there is loads of info, and you can also check the Nord 'Modular' system which operate with a hardware unit and onscreen computor patch creation....




SPEC'S




NORD LEAD 1


(Nord Lead Rack)




Voices
4 voices expandable to 12. 4 part multi-timbral.

Special features
Velocity programming: Each function, controlled by a knob, can be programmed to velocity. Morphing: Each function, controlled by a knob, can also be controlled by the modulation wheel / pedal to continuously fade between two values.

Performance controllers
4 octave velocity sensitive keyboard with octave shift buttons (5 oct.). Modulation wheel, the "Pitch Stick" (featuring no dead zone at zero crossing), pedal input for sustain or expression pedal. Patent pending for the "Pitch Stick".

User interface
2 digit display, 26 knobs and 19 buttons for program editing.

Oscillator section
Two oscillators generating triangle, sawtooth or pulse (with adjustable width) waveforms. Oscillator 2 can also generate nolse with a color control. Oscillator 2 can be hard "synched" to oscillator 1. Linear deep frequency modulation of osc 1 from osc 2.

Filter section
12 dB "2 pole" lowpass, 24 dB "4 pole" lowpass, bandpass or highpass. Cut off, resonance, envelope amount, envelope amount controlled by velocity, keyboard tracking and ADSR envelope.

Amplifier
section ADSR envelope, gain control.

Modulation section
LFO 1 generating triangle, saw or random routed to Osc 1 +2, Osc 2, filter or pulse-width. LFO 2 produces a triangle waveform, routed to Osc 1 and 2 or amplifier. It also controls the rate for the arpeggiator. Arpeggiator: Range: 1 - 4 octave. Modes: up, down, up/down. Modulation envelope (attack, decay) for osc 2 pitch or FM amount.

Performance section
Play mode: Poly, legato, mono, unison mono, unison poly. Manual mode. Four program slots for layering possibilities. Portamento / auto portamento.

Audio Out
Stereo output. Modes: Stereo, mono and multitimbral (A C + B D) mode. Headphones out. Stereo 18 bit DAC.

Memory
40 user-programs, 59 factory programs and 100 factory performances. With the 8 voice expansion card, the Nord Lead can hold an additional 297 (99 x 3) user-programs and 100 user-performance programs on a PCMCIA 128 kilobyte battery backed RAM card.

MIDI features
All control knobs and switches for program editing send and receive Control Change messages. System exclusive bulk dumps. One program or all programs. MIDI clock synchronizing LFO 1 and LFO 2/arpeggiator. Triggering of the filter and amplifier envelopes and velocity control from separate programmable MIDI channel and note numbers.

Dimensions
865f W) 265(D) 105(H) mm. Weight 6.7 kg 34.0"(W) 10.4"(D) 4.1"(H). Weight: 14.71bs.






NORD LEAD 2


(Nord Lead-2 Rack version)




Voices
16 voices. 4 part multi-timbral.

Special features
Velocity programming: Each function, that is controlled by a knob, can be programmed to be controlled by velocity. Morphing: Each function, that is controlled by a knob, can also be controlled by the modulation wheel / pedal to continuously fade between two sets of values.

Performance controllers
4 octave velocity sensitive keyboard with octave shift buttons (5 oct.). Keyboard split, two sections. Modulation wheel, the "Pitch Stick" (featuring no dead zone at zero crossing), 1 pedal input for sustain and 1 for expression pedal. Patent pending for the "Pitch Stick".

User interface
3 digit display, 26 knobs and 27 buttons for program editing.

Oscillator section
Oscillator 1 generating sinus, triangle, sawtooth or pulse with adjustable width, wave forms. Oscillator 2 generating triangle, sawtooth or pulse (with adjustable width) wave forms and can also generate noise with a color control. Oscillator 2 can be hard "synched" to oscillator 1. Linear deep frequency modulation of osc 1 from osc 2. A wide range of new waveforms with a strong formant character is achieved with the new synchable noise, where noise can be synched to Osc. 1.

Filter section
12 dB "2 pole" lowpass, 24 dB "4 pole" lowpass, bandpass or highpass. Cut off, resonance, envelope amount, envelope amount controlled by velocity. ADSR envelope. Filter keyboard tracking can be set to full, half or off. Filter distortion.

Amplifier section
ADSR envelope, gain control.

Modulation section
Lfo 1 generating triangle, saw, pulse, LF filtered noise and random staircase routed to Osc 1+2, Osc 2, filter, pulse-width and FM amount. Lfo 2 produces a triangle waveform, routed to Osc 1 and 2 or amplifier. It also controls the rate for the arpeggiator. Arpeggiator: Range: 1 - 4 octave. Modes: up, down, up/down, random. Echo can be set between 1 and 8 repeats. Modulation envelope (attack, decay) for Osc 2 pitch, FM amount and pulse width.

Performance section
Play mode: Poly, legato, mono, unison mono, unison poly. Manual mode. Four program slots for layering possibilities. Portamento / auto portamento.

Percussion kits
10 analog drumkits. Each percussion kit holds 8 independent sounds, configurated in 8 zones across the keyboard.

Memory
40 user-programs, 59 factory programs and 100 factory performances. An additional 297 (99 x 3) user-programs, 100 user-performance programs and 30 drumkits can be saved on a PCMCIA 64 (or more) kilobyte battery backed RAM card.

Audio Out
4 outputs. Each slot have its own output. Modes: Stereo, mono and multitimbral mode. Headphones output. High resolution low noise 18 bit DAC.

MIDI features
All control knobs and switches for program editing send and receive Control Change messages. System exclusive bulk dumps. One program or all programs. MIDI clock synchronizing LFO 1 and LFO 2/arpeggiator. Triggering of the filter and amplifier envelopes and velocity control from separate programmable MIDI channel and note numbers.

Dimensions
865(W) 265(D) 105(H) mm. Weight 6.7 kg. 34.0"(W) 10.4"(D) 4.1"(H). Weight: 14.7 lbs.






















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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Kilo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

The first (and some say still the best) production analog modelling synth...

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Intox
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Date: 19-Jan-99

didn't Josh Wink use one of those for the acid loop on "are you there?"

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: nimanda
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Yup the king of virtual I'd say! I own Nord rack and to be honest I haven't done a track without it since I got it! It doesn't sparkle in the feature section and in a way it's limited the LFO and Apreggiator are pretty much the down side! So how does it sound, in couple of words IN YOUR FACE, its sounds gritty dirty almost like the filter can't handle it and is giving some kind of soft distorted noise in the sound !RUFF! , but some patches sound crystal clean DX7 like! Clavia have done a great job in os 2.0 were you get great organ patches (try tweaking those drawback sounds and yar in luv), and those percussion are the icing on the cake & 4multi its beautiful! Its a breeze to use and when you start layering you really start to enjoy this sweetheart and that's when it does start coming close to the real thing, but still there is always that virtual color, and I don't mean it in a bad way, I luv it for it. Personally I use it mostly as a lead, as a bass generator it doesn't really fill the hole, but its great for those clean sub d'n'b basses.

If you buy one your not buying it for the features, the gem lies its those sounds!! (I'll send a demo)! I can only say try one

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Caliban Tiresias Darklock
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Date: 19-Jan-99

When I first started getting seriously into the

music scene again, a guy who just happened to be

at the local music store had one of these... it

looked rather cool, so I asked him about it, and

he offered to sell it to me for about $400... man,

if I had *any* clue about the damn thing, I would

have taken that in a heartbeat, but unfortunately I had never heard of it and didn't recognize the

company and I decided to go with a Juno 106 for

about the same price range since it was a known

"good" synth from my own era. I swear, since I

started really getting the goods on the market

these days, the one thing I have been kicking

myself in the ass for more than anything else is

that I didn't take that damn Nord Lead when I had

the chance... Christ, I have *never* felt so

forking stupid in my life.

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Mrten
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Ive just upgraded from Nordlead 1 to Nordrack 2 and I think its no use trying to do a better virtual analog synth. The Nord is simply THE BEST.

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Rick
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I purchased the Nord 2 a few weeks back and I must say it is one of the best sounding synths I have ever heard. It rivals many old analog monsters. Envelopes are super quick. It definetly has its own sound, and I wouldn't try to make it sound like something else. That is one of the many beauties of this synth. No its not analog, yes it sounds analog. You can make this thing sound so jacked up but it still sounds great! To top that off Vince Clarke uses it. He even brought it to the Rosie O'Donnell show. You know if Vince uses it it's a quality item. After all he is the king of synth. By the way kilo, I know this is a "dance" site, but a little synth pop here and there wouldn't hurt. How bout a good demo using the Nord.

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Definxu Obtutu
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Yes the Nord rack 2,is simply orgasmic...the sounds are out of this word...if you get one

do not let it go......Cheers...Christopher

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Afke
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I've been an Erasure-fan for years now, got heavily into synth-pop and I just adore these great sounds Vince Clarke gets out of these old synths. I thought there'd never be a way I could have a synth like that because it isn't easy to find an oldy these days. But when I got the chance to buy a synth I was lucky enough to buy a Nord Lead. It's the most fantastic synth I know and though being a bit to the expensive side (which is why it didn't end up on the top of many music magazine's charts at the end of last year) I'm sure it's the best non-analogue synth sounding so analogue around!

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Jonathan
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I have yet to buy one, but when I do, I will buy a Nord Lead 2! There is no doubt in my mind! A friend of mine had one, and the sound is unbelievable! The best part is, my favorite band, Nine Inch Nails, even uses them quite often!

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: NinoT.
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I`m tired of listning to folks who says that JP is a toy, that it sounds digital, and that the Nord is so much better.

I have both the Nord Lead 2 and the JP and i can directly say that both synths have their own qualitys. Nord have 4 outputs-JP have effects,Nord have a Morph control-JP have a Ribbon ctrl., Nord have 4 part multi timbrality-JP have seqencing functions....i`ll stop here.

Both synths are very professional and very easy of use...



Buy both synths tomorow!!!!!! And dont forget: It`s not importaint to play the best instrument on world, it`s more importaint to play good and produce good music! GOOD LUCK!

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Jonathan Block
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I used a Nord Lead rack all over my new CD, Synthetic Block (on Mindspore Records)(sorry for the plug). Two things stand out. The construction is solid, with nice sturdy knobs, as opposed to the wiggly ones on the Quasimidi 309. The other aspect that stands out is that the arp won't synch to my sequencers clock regardless of what the manual says! Pretty good drum sounds with version 2 software for the original rack version.

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: henz
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I love my nord rack 2, it does a great job emulating vintage analog synths like the prophet and moog. It is really versatile and has the quickest response of any gear I own or have played with, having a control knob for every parameter is one of its best features. I just bought

a korg z1 today (18 voice) and it should be interesting to compare the two. You guys should include a section on this site for the z1 (unless I haven't found it yet), its a bit pricey but worth it.

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Chris
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Nord Lead 2 Rack - brilliant! Fits into the rack in a very strange way though. . .

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: jAREK
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Date: 19-Jan-99

fantastic!

I want it alive !

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: osaka
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I have one and it is the best synth i own and i have 20, including prophet 5, moogs etc



On my last remix Joshua- "Evolution " on Red parrot recordings all i uses was a 3200 and a nord 1 the results speak for it'self it's released at the end of the month in London UK

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Dj Remix
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I Just got the nord 2 rack,and i think it is a great synth,i have tuns of gear and i think the nord will make it self right at home in my studio.

i love the thick sound it will reproduce,my only con with it is, the rack spaces it takes up? why the heck did they put the power and cables on top of the rack! doesnt fit very well. Still a strong board!

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: XeoN
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Date: 19-Jan-99

The nord certainly sounds cool, but don't get dissapointed when you twist the knobs, the have a standard midi resolution of 128 steps. They are filtered however so it's no that obvious but I can hear it very clearly. However if the sound is being generated internally it's smooth as an analog synth.

I would like to here from you nord2 users out there if the n2 has the same problem. (modulars too)

And another wicked feature wich isn't in the manual, you can sync osc2 to osc1 and fm osc1 with the synced osc2! Also if you push shift








filter type you get another filter type (all three leds are lit OS version 2.6)

Have fun...

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: DENiAX
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I JUST LOVE DA SOUNDZ AND I WANT TO HAVE DA

GROOVY SYNTH.



PLEASE SEND IT TO ME OKAY.



THEN YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND.

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Tracy C'Vello
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Date: 19-Jan-99

The Nord Lead is a great tool for any Sound Designe /Programmer /Producer. Destined to be a

classic like moog, arp, juno 106, etc... I have tons of racks, & keyboards all the latest & greatest, & always find a place for my Nord.

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Tracy C'Vello
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Date: 19-Jan-99

The Nord Lead is a great tool for any Sound Designe /Programmer /Producer. Destined to be a

classic like moog, arp, juno 106, etc... I have tons of racks, & keyboards all the latest & greatest, & always find a place for my Nord.

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Christer Borge-Lunde
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I've used them both (NL1&2)in techno, alt.rock, dance and trance productions. To me the NL's I got is the main key to make the soundscapes more interesting.

First of all it is the fact that they're very easy to use. And unlike much analogue equipment you can record every little turn of a knob you do real time. To be honest I really don't think the sound on the NL sounds "fat" enough if you don't use the "unison" button or double the sounds in different octaves. The problem with this aspect is ofcourse that you use all the voices very quick.



But nevertheless the NL's rock!!



-RA- (psy-trance artist)

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I just thought I would correct a post I read... You cannot upgrade a Nord Lead 1 to a Nord Lead 2. You can only give it more poly and that such. The Nord Lead 2 still has more.



I'm buying the Nord Modular Rack, that way I get a Nord Lead and so much more. I will probably pick up the Lead 2 to control it just because they look so good togethor and it would make my sound more accessable for me.

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: low
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Date: 28-Apr-99

why do I not like this synth? - after buying JP8000 & Waldorf Pulse i couldn't stand to hear it anymore - it has a unique sound which a lot of people like, but compare it to it's contemporaries first

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: D.Blondin
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Date: 05-May-99

Pretty cool synth. Solid construction. The pitch stick and all controls are on the left is a major plus for performance. I still prefer my Access Virus way over my Nord 2, but they work great together.

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: tim
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Date: 04-Jul-99

just bought a nord rack 2. i chose it over the access virus. simply put dahling, this thing is absolutely fabulous!

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: John Tlusty
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Date: 05-Oct-99

A GREAT synth! Love the knobs - reminds me of my old MemoryMoog and SCI Pro-One! Produces some kick-ass sounds, and wicked cool percussion/drums. However, it doesn't seem to be as warm as my Moog and Oberheim gear when I run the filter "softer", and when I try to do the classic long filter sweep with high resonance, it just isn't the same as a REAL analog filter (which I find disappointing.) The filter doesn't 100% replicate a real analog filter, but it comes pretty close, and still results in bad-ass analog synth sounds. I think my Oberheim Matrix is a little better, particularly with the analog warmth factor. But for "Groove" bass, pads, percussion, and effects, this thing rocks and I'll work it to death!

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Dan Atkinson
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Date: 11-Oct-99

Got a great deal on a used Nord Lead 2 at the weekend. Took ten minutes to decide on buying it...wow, what a fat fat fat sound!

Got the thing home and spent a long time tweaking programs and enjoying the thick, warm sounds coming from my monitors.

Considered the JP-8000, but I already have an XP-30 and a VS-1680, so I didn't want yet another piece of roland gear in my studio....besides, although I'm probably a bit of a fashion victim for saying so, the nord oozes class. The red case, the sturdy knobs, the wooden pitch bender, the stone modwheel, its' a modern classic in exterior synth design.

Not only that, but whatever's under the lid is doing something rather incredible, because as many have said before....soundwise, this is the synth to die for. OK...we'd all like a real prophet, but this is good enough for me.

Yeah, there's no effects, so you only get a dry sound, but what a sound!!! If you want effects, then the four outputs make it easy to route the different layers of a performance through your favourite multi-fx unit. A bit of reverb and chorus and this baby really, really SINGS!! Try a panning delay on some of those prophet sounds, and maybe a bit of overdrive....TAKE COVER!!!!

Any gripes? Weeeelllll, you can't store your performances without the addition of a PCMCIA card, but I picked one of these up for 25 quid, and now I can store loads of sounds and performances. There's no aftertouch, but frankly who gives a toss? The arpeggiator (on LFO2)
is definitely a bit limitied, but then
you could always use a software arpeg of get clever with your sequencer.

Anyway, in conclusion I would advise anyone who has never heard the Nord to get down to their local store, get in the listening room and try it out. This is one dirty fat bastard of a synth on a serious mission.

Cheers
Dan

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: BQ
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Date: 14-Oct-99

I've been using the NL2 for over a year in making house/trance music. The sound is unique and you really have to practise controller tweaking to get it right. The basses are LOW and the leads are FLYING HIGH. Unfortunately there are no easy to use effects on the NL like DELAY or DISTORTION so everything has to be done with the oscillators and lfos (which is hard but gives the uniqueness). I have sequenced my songs on the NL2 with CAKEWALK ,all the controllers (knob movements) are transmitted via MIDI so its just press record and start playing.
Basically the NL2 is a great spice for any kind of music, hard to use but offers infinitive possibilities and a really FAT and SMOOTH sound.

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Bazz
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Date: 29-Nov-99

I have a Nord lead 1 expanded and a JP8000 and i must say,if you have these 2 synths,you don't need anything else...
Just tweak the knobs and go on until you made a killer-bass-and lead....add some drums and you're away!...

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Ben
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Date: 27-Apr-00

I am thinking about getting a JP 8080 or 8000 but now I am wonding if the Nord Lead is a better choise. What is better?

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Brett
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Date: 03-May-00

This thing is utterly amazing i waited 2
long years for this cause there hard to come by thanx to this keybord it made me realise my of my analog stuff i dont need so good bye 909,106/ youre no longer wanted!!!

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: kilo
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Date: 10-May-00

Just want to say that this site will unfortunately be shutting down very soon. I'm Very Sorry Guys but it's out of my control- I don't really want to get into it but As I said there is nothing I can do bout it i'm afraid....

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Christian K
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Date: 10-Jan-01

I own a nordlead 1... I like it a lot.
But only for drum and percussion sounds! (You can hear some weird drum stuff in my song "calm before the storm" on my page)
I do NOT use it for synthwork! I think it sucks for that usage...
Not enough bottom end!
But to my mind ALL (virtual) analogs suck... I just need my K2000VP!

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: Sota
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Date: 22-Jan-02

This is one of the early virtual analog
and still the best!! I've got all the
nord leads.

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Product:  Clavia - NORD-LEAD
Name: coz
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Date: 08-Jul-03

simply the best synth i've used..the sound is as close to real analog as you can possible get. i have both the nord 1 and 2 kb's after upgrading... i could not bring myself to self the nord 1

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Date: 29-Dec-03

Don't forget some external effects (be it software or hardware) to add a little distortion, reverb, delay or chorus... since none of that comes with this keyboard.

I guess it's better and diversifies the sound even more (if we all had the same effects boxes we were running this through you would instantly know how many people play this keyboard!)

I like running mine through a Line 6 POD XTPro...

I found using it with Cubase SX was tough until finally I learned that the performance mode transmits on Channel 16....

They should add a chapter in their manual on integration with a software sequencer because then you've got an arsenal.

Remember to save a little for your outboard fx... but if you've got the money you've got the sound machine.

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