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
September 20, 2010 @ 10:02 am
sorry .... i have 1 nord lead , 1 nord modular, and 1 nord G2 among others,,,, and none of the clavia synth's sound like Moog, arp, or jupiter. Clavia sounds great but it is not the real thing. Y have real analog like SH 09, Teisco 110 f, minimoog , sh1000, jupiter 4, novation and several hybrid synth's . The Clavia is one of the coolest synth's i ever used, but it is modular based så it kan be a litle complicated if you are not used to connect/ patch analog sytems. Like AS or Moon .
September 10, 2010 @ 8:15 am
I nearly missed out on this one.

Bought a NL2 rack recently and thought muso the world had gone barking mad! Plain, thin and boring sounding. Belive me, I spent some time with it trying to make it sound good, but it was pummelled by my Novation Supernova 2 in every respect.

Thankfully sold the NL2 and happened upon someone who wanted to do a swap for his NL1 rack. Thought I'd give it a chance... WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!

All of a sudden, I'm making sounds that are *keepers*, whilst losing track of time and space - suddenly realizing that it's 2:00AM and I have to drag myself away to get some sleep! This Nord is staying with ME! :oD

Believe the hype - NL1 is the best sounding Nord unit out there. It's sharper, fuller and more organic/analog sounding. It has it's own character.

'Something' has been lost in the later models, fact. Maybe Clavia ran out of fairy dust?...
August 28, 2010 @ 5:29 am
the mk2 original is NOT the same as the 2x which has ' improved ' convertors -= yeah that improve the imperfections and THE MAGIC out of the tone.......

How many times have you read this ?

nord1 is better than mk2 / 3


access virus a/b are better than c . . .c sounds better than ti ?

and you know what its true........i have worked with analogue synths for 20 years and hybrid synths and mixed over 50 tracks , played 100's of trance gigs and i am telling you these manufacturers need to wake up.

They do not all have the same sounds chips....

the mk2 had improved convertors and dsp code over the mk1 and ironed out ' imperfections ' clavia said.The mk2x took this one step further with the mk3 convertors , the wave well i think they must be using pc parts in that as it sounds like one.

do you think i would be saying this if it wasnt the case ? the did the same to the nord modular , the newer one sounds nice but doesnt have the quality of the old one.
August 28, 2010 @ 5:26 am
regards comments on mk1 quality of sound vs mk2 vs mk3 i have owned 3 mk1's , 2 mk2 ' s and tried the mk3 for a good few hours and i really cannot see what clavia were or are thinking.They have definately done the classic ' lets use cheaper da/ad in this one and up the % or they have done the classic ' lets let the dsp programmer iron out all the imperfections ' = and make the newer model sound #' better ' spec wise - thinner to the ear and yeah worse to musicians and music lovers ears/.I dont get that trend as everyone in the dance scene and all musicians i ever spoke to said the same thing to me , the mk1 is magic , they then lost it slowly.
August 25, 2009 @ 10:25 am
Does anyone know of a resource page where I can find patches and SYX files? I absolutely love this synth. It's been out in the wild for many years now, but can still hold its own. The filtering is aggressive, and easy, very easy to program. Still amazed at how I can sit down in front of this thing, after all these years, and still be entertained.
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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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