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
Know-Nothing Bozo the Non-Wond
May 2, 2012 @ 6:47 pm
For me the Nord 1 is cold not warm. Later VA's including the later Nords all seemed to have a hyped lower mid to simulate analogue fatness and warmth. The Nord 1's coldness gives a unique ability to make searing cutting leads, cold electronic pads and dark abstract sequences. The filter is weak enough but the FM is great for brightness and the both together are magic. The most important thing about a Nord 1 is that it cuts through a mix like a knife. It is a great synth for electronic and industrial tones but maybe not so much for rock and pop stuff.
chris h
March 19, 2012 @ 4:49 am
Got it now, thanks a lot noah. Really the expander alone cost was 695$?!
noah vail
March 18, 2012 @ 7:57 pm
You're correct, chris h, the eBay listing you linked to is the expander of which I speak. Good luck!
noah vail
March 18, 2012 @ 7:15 pm
chris h:

You need the Nord Lead 1 expander, which converts the synth from four to 12 voices and adds the PCMCIA card slot. The expander originally listed for $695. Don't see any currently listed on eBay, but that might be your best shot.
Chris H
March 15, 2012 @ 8:45 am
Can a brother explain what I have to do to expand this synth to 12 voices? Mine has software ver. 2.6. Do i just need to get PCMCIA card like this one: 1423.l2649 and put this in appropriate slot?
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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