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
Andrew P.
November 15, 2010 @ 7:20 am
Omitting Hiromi Uehara from the list of who used this instrument is a big big omission! To me, even though she's a classical pianist by training, she is a premier Nord Lead 2 player. Or maybe BECAUSE she's classically trained she can actually play this thing like no other. Sort of like Chick Corea and Yamaha KX5 are like one, so is Hiromi and Nord Lead 2.
October 26, 2010 @ 8:22 pm
As my second real synth, I thought this thing was amazing..and I still think it is. Due to money problems I had to sell it, which broke my heart and I never thought I could move on...until I bought an old ROland analog synth. Yes! The nord lead has the right kind of parameters to mimic an analog synth, but NO it does not sound close to an analog synth.
So considering the price, I'm sort of sad that I paid that for it, considering what classic synths I could have got for the same price
October 15, 2010 @ 7:10 am
Getting one of these soon, someone mentioned the price but hey it's handmade in Sweden - a country with a high standard of living. Gotta be more desirable than a 'made in china' unit, that will fall apart before long!
August 23, 2010 @ 4:38 pm
My only complaint is that the filter envelope can't go negative, which can be really limiting at times. Otherwise a great sounding, easy to control, and well built synth.
August 16, 2010 @ 4:52 pm
Ive never been sure of any of the Nord Synthesizers, their price is really hard to justify in terms of their features. Still a nice sounding and nice looking synth but the bang per buck ratio is hard to justify.
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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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