Clavia Nord Lead

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One of the most incredible new synths available. It re-defines analog synthesis in a modern synth. Using Virtual Sound Modeling technology the intricate nuances and character of analog synth sounds are beautifully recreated on this amazingly flexible synth.

First of all, it can sound like them all, an ARP 2600 or a Minimoog or a Roland Jupiter. This synth is polyphonic and multitimbral, it has a very flexible filter, LFO and Envelope control, portamento/legato, a great arpeggiator and analog-like dedicated knobs for quick and easy synthesizing!

Everything is MIDI'd up and controllable, there's a great pitch bender and a 'morphing' feature. A performance mode allows certain parameters to be stored with a sound such as unison or poly modes, legato and portamento. It is available as a Keyboard, a Rackmount module and as Virtual PC Software.

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This synth is currently in use by lots of artists including Ken Ishii, The Crystal Method, Fatboy Slim, Cirrus, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Deftones, Mouse on Mars, Maroon 5, Dr. Dre, Laurent Garnier, ATB, The Prodigy, Autechre, Astral Projection, Boom Boom Satellites, Fluke, Front Line Assembly, KMFDM and Underworld.

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46 Visitor comments
March 19, 2009 @ 10:56 am
This is a fat and roar machine , its power is in its lower midrange kick in the guts basslines , it really is a classic and all over many psy trance releases from the early to midi 90's,Clavia have slowly engineered out the machines magic and the mk2 and 3 sound digital in relation to the mk1 which is the one to own.Ok this wont mimik and moog or super jupiter but DOES have a very powerfull sound and can so lead and bass lines and sequences no other can ! The synthesis of it is highly complex at times due to 2 lfo and fm and stuff , it can somehow do stuff you dont expect , weird fx and strange noises abound and its really a wonderfull magik machine and so underated , it just somehow has a magik , fits in a mix and doesnt dwarf large pa systems , just cuts through ,
March 2, 2009 @ 1:31 am
Few days ago I`ve got my hands on a Nord with the 8 voice expansion. So, what can I tell? I can`t agree with Jim. There always will be people who like that kind of sound, and those who not. It depends on what You need. I was looking for an older virtual synth which has - lets say - that "harschness" and "dirt" in its sound. I`ve tested the 2X too, but it sounds much more cleaner to my ears, so I`ve chosen the MK I. I am playing drum and bass, sometimes experimental electronica, and of course making orders for everyone who needs it. When it cames to the first two categories, the Nord sits ideally. And it`s very-very easy to use. This thing gives me lots of inspiring sounds and good ideas.
Jim Wicked
February 26, 2009 @ 10:58 am
I have a very polarized love/hate relationship with this thing. On the one hand, it's super easy to use and program. I wish more synths were designed like this. Even a few classic analogs could have learned something from the Lead's design. You can sit down with this thing and in five minutes have about twenty usable sounds. On the other hand, it sounds terrible. Thin, weak, and brittle. One of the worst sounding synths ever made, really. The only thing that makes it usable is a design flaw: the gain tops out about halfway through the gain knob's full rotation, and starts clipping after that. Even this is a downfall though as it only sounds pleasant for about half the sounds you'd think it would.
February 11, 2009 @ 3:12 pm
The Nord Lead was never released as 'Virtual PC Software' as this states... was it....?
February 9, 2009 @ 3:27 pm
Do not listen to bill, because the nl 1 is a great synth ;-)
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 4 to 12 voices, 4 part Multitimbral
  • Oscillators - 2 VSM oscillators (triangle, sawtooth, pulse) and noise
  • LFO - 2 LFO's (triangle, sawtooth, random) control OSC 1 or 2, filter, pulse-width, ADSR envelope
  • Filter - 12 dB/oct 2-pole lowpass, 24dB/oct 4-pole lowpass / bandpass / highpass (both with cutoff, resonance, env amount, env velocity, key tracking, ADSR envelope)
  • VCA - ADSR envelope and Amplifier Gain control
  • Keyboard - 48 velocity sensitive keys
  • Memory - 59 preset programs, 40 user, 100 performances
  • Control - MIDI, and all knobs and controls are MIDI!
  • Date Produced - 1995
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