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
June 9, 2010 @ 5:13 pm
This is one helluva synth. My relevant references are se1, pulse, prophet 08, bit99, juno 106 and @juno 2. And even in this magnificient analog company the nord rack 2 really shines. It's simple and restricting, but with enough special tricks up it's sleeve to pull off some uterly unique non-analog sounds. Some of these little tricks are the FM ability and the notch+lp filter. Glassy digital bliss, jackhammer bassmonster kickdrums and MASSIVE bass emanates from this thing, granted you search a little with the knobs. I'd read that it wasn't much suited for bass duties, but this thing can rock the shorts of both the pulse and the se1 in the bass department (sic.). Don't think of this as a virtual analog. Think of it as a digital FM/subtractive bastard synth with 'analog' controls. Best build quality I've come across, I think, next to the K2000R. Serious stuff. Highly recommended.
February 28, 2010 @ 1:44 am
This little jewel is one of the best kept secrets...get one, and hang on to it. I have owned both the Lead 2X and the Lead e...the NL3 has the best UI on the planet, bar none. But, I prefer the sounds of the's just more analog and less techno than the NL3. With a little patience, you can pick one up on eBay for a song.
Digi Fan
January 13, 2010 @ 6:52 pm
Nord Lead 2 is an absolutly outstanding board, does such a sound job of cutting through the mix, like no other, is also great for live. Studio and live this board has truly impressed. Has its own unique sound.
Joe don baker 9000
December 29, 2009 @ 10:24 pm
I picked this baby up for 400 bones and I'm loving it . I can get some crazy CS 80 type sounds . I think I might have a problem with my PCM
CIA but the tweeking the presets alone can still blow my mine I would highly suggest this as an alternative to a CS 80 or Andromeda A6 I don't know not quite as powerful but still real analog feel phat sound.
December 2, 2009 @ 6:25 pm
one of the most amazing sounding synthesizers i've ever owned! i find a lot of the presets and what i do with them when i change them up, to come out with a sadness and melancholy feel that is beyond description. eerie and spectral as well. for a virtual analog synth, in my humble opinion the NL2 is king of its kind. add to the amazing tones this synth puts out, all the controls and knobs being midi as well definitely gives you a sense of control unlike MOST other synths that are comparable to the NL2! a must have for the musicians that love to program the hell out of their gear and get just what they want out of said piece of gear!
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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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