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
July 22, 2013 @ 4:09 pm
I am fed up with cr@p about not noticing in the mix, of course you don't if there are plenty of other sounds in there but I am talking about before the d@mn mix. When I record I remove all built in FX and this allows me to use less and get more and this is where you can really spot the differences. An age old argument but strange that it is Pro studios use all kinds of synths. If you can make a Virus sound like a Synthex good for you. [Basic tones yes but so on & so on...]

I understand about the beating however compare the Nord with a Korg MS20 or even MS10 & you get what I mean.
Defective Nation
July 22, 2013 @ 3:57 pm
Of course I know what I am talking about I own a massive synth collection gathered over 40 years and I have access to others. I think you misread. I know what VA is I have loads incl Blofeld, Virus XL etc. Since I was merely stating the obvious in that VA can sound close to analog but not get it 100%.

Since I wrote that review I had only had limited hands on of the Nord but got one a couple of months ago and I can say that it gets pretty close to many analog synths but again it has, like any synth, its differences. This has more balls than most and has a cool sound without FX
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" ¬_¬
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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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