Clavia Nord Lead 2

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The incredible Nord Lead synthesizer is taken a few steps further with the Nord Lead 2. It uses the same synthesis technology and sounds as good as the Nord Lead, but adds a few nice new touches. These features include a ring modulator, OSC 1 can sync with the white noise generator, increased LFO and arpeggiator waveforms and patterns, distortion in the squelchier punchier filter section and 4 individual outputs.

All the great sound, MIDI control and analog-like sound and design that made the Nord Lead famous return in this new and improved version. For those of you who do not need the 49 note velocity+aftertouch sensitive keyboard, there is a rack module version - the Nord Rack 2.

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The Nord Lead 2 is the synthesizer of choice for many professionals including: The Crystal Method, Fatboy Slim, Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy, Leftfield, Mike Oldfield, Front Line Assembly, KMFDM, Mirwais, Underworld, Jean Michel Jarre, Skinny Puppy, Depeche Mode, and A Guy Called Gerald.

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65 Visitor comments
July 22, 2014 @ 6:14 pm
Hi, i have nord rack 2x, lately when i turn on the synth a randomly ''pitch bend error'' message started to appear and now, whenever i turn it on i'm always getting that error message.
Can anyone help me?
Slot A is set to Midi Chanel 1
Slot B is set to Midi Chanel 2
Slot C is set to Midi Chanel 3
Slot D is set to Midi Chanel 4
Global Chanel is set to 5.
These three parameters are on: P.on, C.on, A.on.
I'm using Roland XP-10 to control nord rack 2x
How can i get rid of this error, fix pitch bend and modulation?
Pedro Valente
July 20, 2014 @ 1:43 pm
I have the Nord Rack 2X, its sound is superb and the synth is also very intuitive and easy to program !!!
December 29, 2013 @ 11:46 pm
The NL2 is incredible. Cant compare it with anything really. You can get good basses regardless of what people say too. Especially with unison. The organs are great as well as the original Prophet patches which are my goto starting points for programming new sounds. Program 4 patches at once with the 4 separate outs? What more could you ask for?

For electronic music nothing is more versatile.

Perfect combination:

Any Akai MPC sampler/sequecer + Nord Lead 2 + Ensoniq dp4 multichannel effects processor + a mixer & maybe compressor - You need nothing else!!!!!
October 1, 2013 @ 2:54 pm
had one of these for a little while now, and whilst it is a very very nice synth in its own right, sat beside a real Moog or Roland it obviously lacks that smoothness and presence you get with an analogue subtractive. it is best to approach this synth as a 'digital subtractive synthesizer', not as an emulation of analogue VCOs/VCFs.
Defective Nation
July 22, 2013 @ 6:12 pm
I forgot to mention that I had only tried the lead 1 & 2 but I bought the 2x and the higher quality DACs makes a disproportionate improvement. It is so clear that only small adjustments can make a world of difference and the 2x is much more to my liking.

I strongly advise the 2x for subtleties or the 1 or 2 if you want something a bit gnarlier.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 Voices
  • Oscillators - 2 VSM oscillators: sine, 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 - 49 keys (velocity sensitive)
  • Memory - 99 patches (59 preset, 40 user), 99 performances, 10 drum kits
  • Control - MIDI (4 parts), and all knobs and controls are MIDI!
  • Date Produced - 1997
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