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At it's core is the vintage analogue modeled sound engine but being virtual analogue the Lead A1 can go so much further in terms of polyphony, modulation, accessibility and sheer range of sounds. In much the same way that the Nord Stage made a massive range of instruments available to session players while allowing them to make sounds that inspire, quickly and easily.
Nord Lead A1 Key Features
- Analogue And Digital Wavetable Oscillators - With eight different configurations, simply choose from Pitch, Detune, Shape, Sync, AM, Noise, Dual Osc & FM then get creative using the LFO, Envelopes and Oscillator control features to adjust noise, sub, sync, Frequency Modulation and Amplitude Modulation.
- Modulation - Modulate and change your sound with the LFO, Mod Envelope and LFO as Envelope features.
- Filters And Effects - Sculpt your sound using vintage synth filters based on the Mini and 303, then takes things into orbit using the FX section with Ensemble, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Ring Modulator & Drive.
Find Out More About The Nord Lead A1 Spec And Features In This Article
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Producing stand-out sounds for live or for the studio, the Lead A1 is ideal for all musical genres. Thanks to its carefully thought-out user interface, the Lead A1 encourages experimentation, allows for far speedier programming than would otherwise be possible, and ultimately delivers sensational sonic results.
Our best-ever analog modeling …
At the heart of the Lead A1 is our new analog modeling engine. Taking our virtual analog synthesis to a new level, this modeling recreates a total analog signal path with uncanny realism, and is capable of immense sonic variety. With 24-voice polyphony and four simultaneous synthesizer parts, the Lead A1 is a true synthesizer powerhouse that goes far beyond the current trend for limited capability analog reissues.
... combined with our most intuitive interface
Fundamental to the design of the Lead A1 is a brand new simple yet sophisticated front panel interface. The design is in fact the result of requests from professional players – even the most experienced programmers - who need to create the perfect sound as quickly as possible for today's live or studio time demands. The Lead A1 allows easy patch creation and experimentation thanks to a new and unique oscillator section, pre-programmed modulation matrix, and simplified ADR envelopes. Dive in and create incredible patches far quicker than would normally be possible with a synthesizer of such power.
Mod Wheel and Velocity Morph
A classic Nord feature, the Morph function via Mod Wheel, Velocity or pedal, allows you to control multiple parameters of the Lead A1 simultaneously. Morph is exceptionally easy to set-up and use - just hold the Morph button and adjust any desired knob.
The Master Clock function of the Lead A1 allows the LFO, Arpeggiator and Delay to be synchronized, either internally or slaved to external MIDI clock. A Tap Tempo button allows you to easily tap to the tempo of a drummer or to playback tracks.
The Lead A1 features four separate Arpeggiators with Up/Down and Random modes and a 4-octave range. Any or all can be sync'd to the Lead A1's master clock.
Splits and Layers
Having four identical, equally powerful synthesizers at once opens breathtaking layering possibilities. The Split-mode gives you two 2 slots on each side of the split. A flexible Hold functionality lets you latch and hold slots independently in the background while playing something else on top.
The Lead A1 features four independent audio outputs with the ability to route each slot to a different output. Plus control of Pan via the front panel knob is a welcome new addition in the Lead A1.
The Lead A1 includes the Nord Sound Manager software for OS X and Windows. Sound Manager is a dedicated librarian app which allows easy reorganizing, back-up an transfer of programs.
The Lead A1 features the convenience of MIDI over USB for use with a sequencer and all of the Lead A1's knobs transmit MIDI Control data.
Like all Nord keyboards the Lead A1 is handmade in Nord's Stockholm factory with incredible attention to detail and quality control. The Fatar® 49-key keybed, all-metal chassis, tactile knobs, and unfaltering emphasis on quality complete a synthesizer designed to last a lifetime.
- Synth engine: 96 kHz, 32 bit floating point processing
- Polyphony: 24 voices
- Multitimbral: 4 parts
- Keybed: 49 keys
- Weight: 4.85 kg (10.7 lbs)
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 802 x 92 x 260 mm (31.5 x 3.6 x 10.2”)