Jan 26

Nord Lead A1 – Namm 2014

Namm 2014 and Clavia showed its latest analogue modelling synthesizer, the Nord Lead A1. My first thoughts on this was that how different is this from its other Nord Leads. It certaily looks very similar and for a 49 Note keyboard it still carries the hefty Nord Price of $1799. Nord say it has been made to “encourage experimentation with quick and easy programming and is very different from the Nord A4 as it has a completely diffent oscillator section”, but what does it sound like as it is not true analogue. The YouTube clip above allows you to hear some of its sounds without the noise of the Namm crowd.


Its main features are that it has a unique oscillator concept with 8 Oscillator Configurations; Pitch, Detune, Shape, Sync, AM, Noise, Dual Osc and FM with traditional Analog and Digital Waveforms. To modulate you get an LFO with 5 waveforms, a Mod Envelope and an LFO as an additional ModEnv.

My favorite section as always is the Filter Section and the Nord Lead A1 has 12, 24 dB low-pass filters,High-pass and Band-pass filters and transistor and diode ladder filter simulations of Mini and TB-303.

Only six effects; Ensemble, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Ring Modulator and Drive. It is 4-part multi-timbral and has a master clock sync of its arpeggiator, LFO and Delay. It also has velocity and Mod Wheel Morph with USB MIDI and will be available in April.

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