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Clavia Nord Lead

Performance Analog Modeling Synthesizer

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Clavia Nord Lead
Clavia Nord Lead
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Nord Lead, the first unit of the first wave of analog modeling synthesizers, set the standard for the industry for a long time ahead. It is a multi-timbral instrument with expandable polyphony (from 4 to 12 voices), capable of emulating the sounds of the best analog synthesizers of previous decades. The synthesizer had all the basic functions that were previously inherent in analog instruments - virtual generators, including LFO, filters, envelopes, and in addition to it a more sophisticated arpeggiator and the unique function of Morph which became its brand feature.

Besides, all the controllers located on the front panel were subjected to MIDI protocol and, therefore, could either control external instruments or receive control signals from them.

When the expansion card is connected, the synthesizer receives 8 additional voices (12 is the total number) and the ability to save 297 user single-voice programs and 300 performances on a PC-Card 128KB with a battery.

Nord Lead attracted the attention of mega-popular artists, including Depeche Mode, The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails, The Crystal Method, Fatboy Slim, ATB and others.

Country of origin / production: Sweden

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Usage area
Performance Synthesizer 
Analog Modeling (AM) 
Multi Timbral Capacity4 part(s)
Split/Layer4 zones
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Oscillator Type Digital
Technology of Sound Generation Nord VSM
Oscillators per voice2
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Square
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Single Voice Preset59
User-defined Single Voice40
Multitimbral Preset100
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
Band-pass Filter (BPF) 
Envelope Generator (EG)
LFO: LFO Count2
General MIDI (GM) 
MIDI in/ out
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Number of Keys49
Display type EL
Resolution: Symbols Count2
Built-in controllers
Pitch Bend Wheel 
Pitch Stick 
External controllers
Expression foot pedal 
Audio out
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)2
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified1
Resolution18 bit
External drives/ memory cards
Height105 mm
Width865 mm
Depth265 mm
Weight6.7 kg
Case/ body
Production start1995
Production end1997
Production ended

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