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
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.
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
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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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