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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Defective Nation
February 21, 2013 @ 10:51 am
Why do people make ridiculous comparisons? This is not analog it is VIRTUAL analog and this means that it cannot recreate a range of analog tones. Comparing it to my ancient Roland SH2 identifies a common prob with VA in that when you detune the oscillators against each other you do not get the beating that analog oscillators produce.

HOWEVER this is an excellent synth capable of producing unique & powerful sounds (8 osc with unison detune & a powerful Notch + LP filter) but with that power comes vastly reduced polyphony. This synth sits nicely in our comprehensive collection of synths.
December 11, 2012 @ 8:06 pm
i have owned many synths including all of the Access Virus Series, i sold all of them because i was missing something i needed.. i was looking for a unique sound from outer space, and guess what i found with the nord lead 2 (rack) ?!
Yes, after turning the knobs in the nice red case with the easy to use interface, every second i spend with my nord lead 2 is a pleasant one :D

It has got a fast midi response and the filter is impressive. I love the FM Modulation and the sound is top-notch!
It only has a 3 Digit LCD but still is very easy to understand and easy to fall in love with :) !!!
und vee cum frum sveeeeeden!
November 15, 2012 @ 7:34 am
Wonderful pure synth sound. Doesn't need effects. Has a reputation for poor bass response, but I think that's really only due to the resonance zapping the bass away when turned anything past 9 o'clock. Without res, the oscs are very solid and clean (overly bright if I have to be at all picky).

Env's not quite as snappy as a JP8080, but still quicker than any other VA and has the best MIDI response if ANY VA I've owned. I prefer over the V1 because of the distortion, which is 'just right'.

Rewarding synth which you will WANT to learn inside out.

DiscoDSP? Oh please...
November 7, 2012 @ 5:39 pm
Why don't we have a place to share tips and tricks for nord lead? Electro music forum seems to be rarely visited by anyone playing nord lead. Come on guys, this synth ROCKS !
October 13, 2012 @ 9:46 am
To Manu Riga: Funny how the sound of something can be subjective. Unlike you, I've never owned a JP-8. I base my opinion on duplicating the sounds I hear from a record. Based on how perfecfectly I can duplicate songs that feature the JP. The Nord does have the ability to nail the JP-8's charater. Recenly, I replaced the Nord's role with a Jupiter 50. This time for the sound, as well as the the wonderful freedom of bringing only one synth to do a very diverse show. I'd expect to get a lot of hell from the so called "purists" for this comment, but what do I know, I only do this for money.
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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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