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
February 15, 2013 @ 10:00 am
What they fail to mention anywhere, and what SOS outright said did not exist on the Nord Lead is the random arpeggiator, it's when the amp and arp up lights are both on on LFO2. Also, if you own one definitely look up "Pelle Mode" like a cheat code for the Nord. Best $735 i've ever spent.
January 16, 2013 @ 5:23 am
Recording on mine since 1999 and it is really great for live performances as well. It was layered with the Nord Lead 2 to record the funky sound on Jamiroquai's "Cosmic Girl". The filter is a killer on the mixing stage and all you need is very small reverb and compression on top and it's warm enough to move the heart. Goes very well with a Talkbox if you love robots + It is a beautiful and well designed instrument (from a beautiful company).
Fred Y.
October 19, 2012 @ 10:59 pm
Here's a ridiculous review of this synth. The review is I think supposed to be a joke (made me laugh) but you can actually hear it and get an idea of the controls. I found this useful in a weird way.
May 3, 2012 @ 2:27 am
Jean Michel Jarre also used the Nord Lead a lot over the last 15 years. It appeared on albums such as Metamorphoses and Oxygene 7-13.
May 3, 2012 @ 1:02 am
Man did i love this synth. Simplicity at it's best, beautiful in design & sound. Always wanted one of these as a teen, finally got one. Let it go because it was the rack version and i retired from the rack setup, but i still think about getting another all the time. I will eventually have the keyboard when i can afford to blow that much on a VA, even if it's when i'm too old to be able to hear it. This was probably the most beautiful VA synth i have ever had, and i had many. Nothing really comes close to it.
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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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