New Nord Synth Is Now Available

Nord Lead 4 Performance Synthesiser hits UK stores      25/06/13

Nord Keyboards and UK distributor Sound Technology have  announced that the new Nord Lead 4 Performance Synthesiser is now shipping in the UK. They say that, with innovative new performance features, advanced layering and synchronisation possibilities, new filter types and on-board effects, the Nord Lead 4 is a synthesiser dream come true.Here's more details in their own words...

Nord Lead 4 is a 4-part multi-timbral synthesiser sporting a brand new 2-oscillator virtual analogue sound engine with 2x oversampling. In addition to the classic analogue 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. The filter section boasts Low Pass (12/24dB), High Pass, and Band Pass filters and also stunning new simulations of two transistor and diode ladder filters capturing the squeaky, dirty character of the originals. A dedicated filter overdrive can distort your sound before it passes through the effect section.

The new 'Impulse Morph' buttons let you override multiple parameters of the synthesiser, 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 Impulse Morphs 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 Synchronisation, it can be done in perfect sync to other layers or an external MIDI Clock.

All 4 slots have dedicated effect sections with delay, reverb, tube amp simulated overdrive, a Talk effect modelled after a vocal tract and a sample rate reducing Crush effect.

Key features

  • 4-part multi-timbral with 4 separate outs
  • 2-Oscillator Virtual Analogue Subtractive synthesis, with Frequency Modulation, Hard and Soft Sync and True Voice Unison
  • Morph and Impulse Morph performance controls
  • Wavetable synthesis, including unique Formant Wavetables
  • 12/24/48 dB Low-pass, High-pass, Band-pass filter section plus transistor and diode ladder filter simulations
  • 2 LFO/Arpeggiator sections and Mod Env section with flexible routing and syncing possibilities
  • LFO, Arpeggiator and Delay can be synchronised to the Master Clock (or external MIDI-Clock)
  • Crush,Talk, Drive, Comb filter, Compressor and Reverb/Delay effects (available per slot)
  • 2x oversampled sound engine
  • 49­-key velocity sensitive keyboard (C-C) (Not Nord Lead 4R)

Pricing and Availability:

The Nord Lead 4 is available now priced at £1549 RRP inc VAT. 

The Nord Lead 4R, a tabletop/rack version,  will be available from September 2013 priced at £1349 RRP inc VAT.

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5 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Peter K.    Said...

It does sound damn good...

25-Jun-13 12:31 PM

mixedmessages    Said...

...but is this video telling us that you need 2 of them to get a decent sequence going?

25-Jun-13 12:38 PM

raphus    Said...

I wonder if they're really wave*tables*, or just digital wave*forms*.

26-Jun-13 01:45 PM

Synht_Fan    Said...

They are waveforms, stored in RAM and each waveform originally generated from a wavetable (by Clavia). There are 128 of them (I downloaded the NL4 Manual from their website and read it up). So they are effectively the same and the "Digital" waveforms found on Korg workstations or the "Stuff" waveforms found on the Yamaha SY77/99 from the early '90s.

26-Jun-13 02:23 PM

GTRman    Said...

Please, anything but red.

27-Jun-13 09:44 AM

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