Synth Site: Clavia: Nord Lead III: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.9 out of 5
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Russell Butterfield a hobbyist user from United Kingdom writes:
I dunno why some folk are saying that the NL3 sounds thin, maybe those who critise the NL3 may try and programming it before they critise it, compared to the NL2 and NL1, the earlier Nords may be rawer in the way of it sounds, I used to own the NL1 but I prefer the NL3 by a mile, but the NL3 can excel itself and you can mould it into any analoug synth sound with a of programming I have been programming synths for over 20 years, and the NL3 can sound, like an ARP-Pro Soloist, a Moog, a Jupiter 6 and 8, an Elka Synthex, a Prophet 5 and a Oberheim....well what Im getting at its great at re-creating any other synth, but the NL3 does not have a real identity of its own. But it does the job well, and it can sound so organic and full of life.The interface is fantastic and the NL3 screams playability. Its a joy to use and I would not be without it in my studio, but I would go as far to say this is the only analoug synth you will ever need.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-04-2007 at 15:35
Enter a hobbyist user from Atlántida writes:
Sound very organic and analogic vs Nord Lead 2 . Good filters , only 2 oscilators , snif !! ... but the cure ? the STACK function !! I love this button , stack up to 24 x 5 virtual voices and launch in a single keystroke! Overkill!!!!! Aghh...


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-31-2007 at 14:43
Markku I a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
Bitchin' synth! Will pierce any concrete, shall move any wall, pads to die for, easy and quick to use, highly addictive knobs and looks. Best pitch bender ever! Light to carry around, still built like a tank. My little wee humble wish list: that xtra octave, please, won't send arps over midi, no fx xept voice detune, ehm well, you really need any?

Heja Sverige, rest my case:)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-04-2006 at 07:35
Muziksculp writes:
I have been using the NL3 for the past 3 weeks, I have to say, This is one great sounding VA keyboard. Sounds are smooth as silk, very close to analog warmth, very detailed timbres, clean sound, and with lots of expressive power, character, the NL3 shines ! One feature that I find very nice is the Morphing feature, you can have four parts all alive, but use the morphing function to morph the outputs as well, so besides morphing parameters of each part, you can morph one part into another via by modulating the volume of each part (so A -> C -> BC -> DA > ABC ) via modwheel of other modulation sounce. This great for playing pad sounds that keep changing, evolving, expressing themselves..etc. You can play a morphing pad sound of a long time and not get bored ! Adding a dedicated effects unit does add more depth to it, I feel it is a must, especially a good reverb, but the NL3 does sound good without additional Reverb, but adding reverb just gives it that needed polish, and additional pro sound to blend in a mix. As fas as the more lead type sounds I think if you want a lead sound to cut through a mix, for trance, techno, applications, using FM is one way to do it, if you want more, a dedicated distorion effect can do wonders if assigned to a dedicated output/s on the NL3. The user interface is a Winner ! This is one of the nicest synths keyboards to program on the market, a joy to use, Warning ! can be very addictive ! The NL3 is classy synth. I won't be surprised if it becomes another classic like the mini moog.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-06-2006 at 13:23
steve r a hobbyist user from arizona usa writes:
i have owned the nord 3 for two years now, and it is still amazing me with what i come up with one this board!

i thought i might sell it because software can do so much, but every time i find something great sounding in software, i can create it with the nord lead 3 and it just sounds better!

the nord 3 imho is a pad lovers dream come true! but also great for some really evil sounding arp patterns!

no effects! whatever! i have pedals and a koass pad. but you dont need any to make it sound like your actually using effects!

the multi filters on this synth are the best i have heard in a stand alone synth period. you can program your own effects with the filters and they sound amazing!

nord lead 3 gets a 5!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-04-2006 at 20:27
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