Having really made their name in the 90's with the original virtual analogue Lead it's fair to say Nord have a special relationship with synths. Leading edge DSP design gives those characteristic savage filters & lush effects, solid red metal chassis and hand construction (in Nord's Swedish factory) ensure that it's built to last on the road and in the studio. Of course things have changed since the original Lead & Modular synths, so the Lead 4 comes with greatly expanded functionality and improved sound quality.
Beyond Virtual Analogue
In addition to the classic analog waveforms there’s a Wavetable mode with unique new Formant Wavetables. Frequency Modulation and Hard/Soft sync options are available for mutilating your sound further and the True Voice Unison mode can stack up to four oscillators per voice for really thick, beefy leads and pads.
Live Tweaking And Inspirational Modulation
The new Variation buttons let you override almost any parameter of the synthesizer, instantaneously. Ever wanted to change LFO speed, Modulation routings and reverb amount - all at once, in the middle of a sound? With the Nord Lead 4 you can! With 7 assignable variations per program Nord Lead 4 gives you creative freedom to warp and improvise your sound live, both rhythmically and sonically and thanks to the Master Clock Synchronization, it can be done in perfect sync to other layers or an external MIDI Clock.
Music Tech Magazine Review The Nord Lead 4
The Lead 4 is an exceptional synth ... I’m surprised just how versatile it sounds, how flexible it is and how easy such a many layered beast is to use. But should I really be that surprised? It is, after all, the latest from a now classic range of synths which I’ve seen in the best studios across the land and is sure to join them there.
Sound Of The Lead 4
- 4-part multi-timbral with 4 separate outs.
- 2-Oscillator Virtual Analog Subtractive synthesis with Frequency Modulation, Hard and Soft Sync and True Voice Unison.
- Morph and Variation performance controls.
- Wavetable synthesis, including unique Formant Wavetables.
- 12/24 dB Low-pass, High-pass, Band-pass filters section plus transistor and diode ladder filter simulations.
- 2 LFO/Arpeggiator sections and Mod Env section with flexible routing possibilities.
- Crush, Talk and Distortion, Reverb, Delay effects (available per slot)
- 2x oversampled sound engine.
- 20 voice polyphony
- 49-key velocity sensitive keyboard (C-C) (Not Nord Lead 4R).
- Tube Amp Distortion
- Talk Effect
Programs (single sounds): 4 x 99 locations
Performances (multi sounds): 99 locations
4 outputs. Each slot can be assigned to its own output.
High resolution low noise 24 bit DACs.
All control knobs and switches send and receive control change messages.
System exclusive bulk dumps. One program or all programs.
Master Clock will sync to incoming MIDI clock.
4 Line Level Audio Outputs - ¼", 6,35 mm jacks, unbalanced
Stereo Headphone Output - ¼", 6,35 mm stereo jack
Sustain Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm jack. Use a momentary pedal, like e.g., Roland DP-2, DP-6, Yamaha FC-4, FC-5, Fatar VFP1-25 etc.
Control Pedal - ¼", 6,35 mm TRS stereo jack. Use a Yamaha FC-7, Roland EV-7, Roland EV-5, Korg EXP2 or Korg XVP10.
USB connector with MIDI capabilities
MIDI In & Out - 5 pin DIN connectors
Power Cord with IEC C14 connector
Nord CD ROM with Nord Sound Manager
Rack Ears (Nord Lead 4R only)