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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bill
April 8, 2011 @ 12:06 am
i owned this synth twice and sold it promptly both times. i really wanted to like it. i mean it sounds kinda great but there was always something about it that i just could not stand. i think it was more to do with the plastic sound of the patches. its hard to explain but it never sat right with me
Bill Hemp
April 3, 2011 @ 3:49 pm
Also used by Dymaxion Vehicle.
StaffTunes
March 7, 2011 @ 11:14 am
Got a Nord Rack 2, Very solidly made synth, but what about the sounds? Initial mucking around with the presets it can sound a bit 'thin' and 'clean' especially if you've a real analogue or two to play along side, however once you start diving in and making your own sounds, particularly using features like the ring mod, fm, filter drive and so on, it comes into it's own. It's almost like having a super nice digital synth that takes half the time to program (compared to say, a TX81z or something). Big thumbs up from me, I'll never get rid of mine!
mandragora
December 16, 2010 @ 11:05 am
The nord leads are one of the most well builded synths:
it makes 0.0 % of noise , super clean sound!
you can put the channel of your mixer to max volume and you not perceive any noise, goodwork.
leftright
December 16, 2010 @ 9:41 am
These look better than they sound. I owned one for 5 years, and I was less than impressed by it. I know many people love them, but it just seemed to lack something to me. I liked playing around with it and creating crazy sounds, but in the end I always ended up using my others synths in my songs. It's definitely hard to justify much of Nord line. I think for the price you could end up getting something much more diverse and better sounding IMO.
 
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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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