Clavia Nord Lead A1

49 Key Synthesizer with Analogue Modelling Sound Generator

  • Velocity-sensitive keys with octave shift +/- 2 octaves
  • Synth engine with 96 kHz and 32 bit floating point processing
  • 24-Voice polyphony
  • 4-Part multi-tembral
  • Keyboard Split with 2 slots for the upper and lower section
  • Modulation wheel
  • Pitch Stick with programmable range of +/- 4 octaves
  • Oscillators: Pitch, detune, shape, sync, on, noise, sub mix, fm, traditional analogue and digital waveforms
  • Unison
  • Modulation: LFO with 5 waveforms mod envelope, LFO as an additional Mod Envelope
  • Filter: 12 x 24 dB low-pass filter, high-pass and band-pass filter
  • Transistor and diode "ladder" filter simulation
  • Effects: Ensemble, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, ring modulator and Drive
  • Performance: Master Clock Sync the arpeggiator
  • LFO and Delay
  • Velocity and Modulation Morph
  • Extra Features: Mutator
  • Like button
  • "Extra fat" unison mode
  • 1 Pedal input for sustain
  • 1 Pedal input for expression
  • 4 x 6.3 mm Jack outputs
  • 1 x 6.3 mm Jack headphone output
  • MIDI input and output
  • USB port
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 802 x 92 x 260 mm
  • Weight: 4.85 kg
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  • String mallets
  • Sweetie

Further information

Number Of Keys 49
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch No
Split Zones Yes
Modulation Wheel Yes
Amount of simultaneous tones 24
Sound Engine Virtual Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Storage Medium USB to Host
USB-port Yes
Effects Multieffect processor
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 4
Digital Output No
Display Yes

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Bill Joseph, 13.08.2016
The Nord Lead A1 is well described in the comments section here.
The Users Manual is well written and can be downloaded online.
I found this to be helpful whilst testing the synth as you really don't need to tear open the sealed plastic bag containing the manual that comes with the keyboard in the event of it having to be returned.

It is an amazing instrument capable of all kinds of Tomita style soundscapes, ghostly voices (Soprano Singer included!) with huge basses and leads.
The quality of sound is wonderful with crystal clear sleighbell tones sounding like they are covered in ice.

Each synth bank can be transposed up or down, split, played solo or in unison creating pads and leads of massive proportions.
There are countless sound changing possibilities and there were no polyphony problems.

The Effects (as many as required) are absolutely superb. Particularly impressive are the reverbs which can create enormous distance which make them excellent for film music scores and ambient soundscapes.

Unlike other synths I have recently tried, there were no bugs, glitches or other problems whatsoever with the Nord Lead A1.
It was perfect.

Just turn it on and begin to create.

Thank you so much NORD for this beautifully made lightweight though rock solid professional instrument.
A truly inspirational synth!

And to Musikhaus Thomann for their caring and always helpful service..vielen Dank!
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A virtual analog with 24 voices polyphony

Lightweight, portable, easy to program. A virtual analog that emulates analog synths. Not too loud, some more dB would be appreciated, though still a valid alternative to a real analog synth. Thomann service was perfect, as usual.
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