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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63 Visitor comments
May 9, 2013 @ 4:19 am
I've had this thing for years, I bought it because I heard a lot of people I trust on sound tell me it was great, I couldn't get my mind of the "Virtual" part and....never switched it on, thinking that my old Jupiter4, SH101, JX3P or Minimoog would always do a better job, what a fool...This is probably the best synth I own (The Moog set aside ruling its own category).I don't know how they do it, it sound amazing, the basses, the pads (OMG the pads) the arpeggios, the stabs, the leads....Everything is just perfect.I doubt that I'll ever switch my Jupiter on again.
April 23, 2013 @ 1:10 am
Really cool synth with a really [beep] ty keyboard. The best interface ever and really nice materials.
March 8, 2013 @ 11:43 am
@defective nation
I don't think you know what you are talking about. VA stands for virtual analogue, of course they can create sounds similar to an analogue and there is NO arguing this. I have a Ti and it can sound like a lot of different synths (may not sound exactly the same but it does sound similar and I guarantee that YOU would not be able to tell the difference in a mix.
Also the "beating" you are talking about is caused by phase cancellation which you create with ANY synth. There is a good chance you have OSC sync on and that's why you don't hear this "beating" ¬_¬
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 :) !!!
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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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